August 11, 2021

Apple Spice Turkey Meatballs with a Tahini Sauce

I am a sauce person. I love everything basically drowning in sauce. So meatballs are the perfect vessel to get the sauce to me. This tahini sauce is sweetened with applesauce and pairs perfectly with the spiced apples in the meatballs.

Apple Spice Turkey Meatballs with a Tahini Sauce

Meatballs are so versatile because you can incorporate so many different ingredients to change the flavor completely. These turkey meatballs are seasoned with spices and apples for a touch of sweetness. They are Whole30 and Paleo compatible.



  • 2 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 granny smith apple- peeled, cored, and diced
  • 3 handfuls spinach
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 T ghee
  • 1 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 C tahini
  • 3 T coconut aminos
  • 1 T rice vinegar

  1. In a medium bowl add the ground turkey and the garlic. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large sauté pan on medium-low heat add the ghee. Once the ghee has melted add the diced apples, 1 teaspoon of sea salt, cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. Cook the spiced apple mixture for about 5 minutes or until the apples start to soften. Add the spinach and continue cooking until the leaves are wilted.
  3. Combine the apple/spinach mixture with the ground turkey. Mix it thoroughly so everything is combined. Using a spring-loaded ice cream scoop, form balls of the turkey mixture and place them on a parchment-lined sheet pan.
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 17-20 minutes.
  5. In a high-speed blender or a mason jar wide enough to fit an immersion blender, add the applesauce, tahini, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt.
  6. Blend everything until smooth and serve with the turkey meatballs.


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