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Recipe: Healthy Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs

Being able to give back to our community is very important to myself and my family. We were so excited when we were asked to partner with Jennie-O to help Champions For Kids.  Champions For Kids is an organization that helps provide training and resources to communities. A Simple Service Project like the one we are doing can touch so many lives and we are so happy to be able to support Champions For Kids and help our local community.

Our family headed to our local WalMart to pick up items for our donation. You can see our whole shopping trip in our Google+ album. We had an idea of some recipes we knew our kids could make and that would be fun and healthy ways to use Jennie-O products. I was so glad to see such a wide selection of products and we picked up some extra breakfast favorites!

Since this was our SIMPLE Service Project we also made our way around the store to pick up items to go with our Jennie-O foods. These meals would be healthy ways for local families to eat. Our food bank always has families outside waiting for meals or waiting to go in and get groceries. The summer months are when donations also slow down so we wanted to help out our food bank with foods that they could give their families.

It was a great way to teach both of our children about giving and they enjoyed helping pick out foods to donate.

As part of this challenge we were asked to give up one unhealthy food. We eat rather healthy in our house but I’ll be the first to admit I have a problem with cereal. Frosted Flakes, Lucky Charms, you know the ones that shouldn’t be eaten for breakfast let alone before I go to bed. I decided to spend more time with breakfast every morning and get rid of the cereal. With this savings we could have Jennie-O turkey sausages and eggs for breakfast, or a hearty oatmeal and fruit.

We’re so happy to be able to help our community!  Find out more about Champions For Kids. You can also find Champions For Kids on Twitter and connect with Champions For Kids on Facebook.

Want to create a simple service project of your own? SIMPLE Service Project with Champions for Kids can be found on the website.

One of the best ways to get kids to eat healthy is by having them help with the food they make. Honestly this works wonders when it comes to veggies and my oldest child. She’s often the last one at dinner finishing up her vegetables. I want to find ways to inspire her, and I know she loves helping me cook. I decided that we’d make a simple and yet delicious kid friendly recipe using Jennie-O as the main ingredient.

Ingredients For Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs:

  • Your favorite spaghetti sauce.
  • Jennie-O Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey
  • garlic
  • mozzarella
  • pasta


First Kaila started out combining the turkey and garlic in a bowl. The turkey is already seasoned so we added a little pepper.

I cut the mozzarella into cubes and she began wrapping the turkey around the cheese.

It was super simple and she easily did all of the meatballs by herself.

Being careful Kaila transferred them into a pan on the stove.

I cooked them on medium heat in a little olive oil for 10 minutes and flipped them.

After 10 minutes we added our spaghetti sauce and continued cooking for another 15 minutes.

In the end we served with some pasta and veggies and had a great healthy meal. Kai kept boasting how she made the meal and it was a great way to spend time together. I hope to inspire her to want to try new things and this recipe was so easy!

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  1. Views From the 'Ville on May 21, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Those meatballs look AMAZING! I can’t wait to give them a try 🙂 They’d go so well with our spaghetti nights (whole wheat pasta and homemade spaghetti sauce).

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  3. Courtney Velasquez on May 15, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Those meatballs look delish!!!!

  4. shelly peterson on May 11, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Another great job at helping out your community! The recipe looks delicious. I have never used ground turkey before. think I will have to give it a try and see what the family thinks.

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  6. Melissa Lawler on May 8, 2012 at 10:12 am

    That looks so yummy!

  7. Terri on May 7, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I love that you are involving your children in your giving and efforts to make healthier meals! Sugary breakfast cereals are a great item to give up for good! The recipe looks so tempting and your daughter looks like she is having so much fun helping in the kitchen!

    • Kristin on May 9, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      She LOVED it! It has inspired me to let her do more, I often forget that she’s getting older now and can do much more.

  8. Ki Matlock, Champions for Kids Account Manager on May 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Kristin, your daughter looks like she is having so much fun helping out in the kitchen! What a yummy recipe with the Jennie-O Turkey.

    Your bundle of food to donate is GREAT! You are right in that it’s so easy and often cheaper to buy sugary, unhealthy food to donate. But these healthier items have so many more benefits.

    Thank you so much for participating in the Jennie-O Challenge!!

  9. amy v on May 6, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Yum! These not only sound great but look yummy too!! I love the photos too. 🙂

  10. Kathy Murphy on May 6, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Those meatballs look delish! I love the CFK program – great job.