Turkey Meatballs with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Turkey Meatballs with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes


I was so happy to receive Melissa Hartwig’s new cookbook for Christmas; Whole30 Fast & Easy. There are so many wonderful recipes that are on my list to try. Even though I am not doing a Whole30 right now, most of our favorite dinners are Whole30 compliant; it is such a clean and delicious way to eat. If you are interested in checking out this cookbook, click this link. I also recommend her previous book; The Whole30 Cookbook which you can find with this link.

I’ve decided to make one recipe a week from my Whole30 cookbooks and share them with you. First up…Turkey Meatballs with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes.

I make turkey meatballs about once a week to go along with my 13 year old’s favorite thing to eat; pasta. I skip the pasta and eat my meatballs with zucchini noodles. My go to turkey meatball recipe has bread crumbs in them, and I have been looking for a good gluten free recipe so I was excited to try these from the new cookbook.

I was also excited to try the roasted tomatoes; a great addition to my zucchini noodles.

I did end up making an adjustment. The Whole30 recipe calls for baking the meatballs, but I much prefer to throw them in the crockpot with some tomato sauce. I added a can of crushed tomatoes to the crockpot, browned some crushed garlic cloves to add as well as a bay leaf.

The Whole30 recipe called for Italian seasoning which I did not have but ended up making my own. I’ve included the recipe below.

This dinner turned out wonderful! I loved these meatballs; great texture and flavor overall. Pairing them with zucchini noodles, roasted tomatoes, and some fresh basil was heavenly.

Try them out and let me know what you think!



5 from 1 vote

Turkey Meatballs

From Whole30 Fast & Easy but made in the crockpot.


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. For the sauce:

    Crush garlic cloves with edge of a knife and saute until just browned in olive oil.

    Place crushed tomatoes, browned garlic, bay leaf, and salt and pepper into crock pot.

  2. For the meatballs:

    In large bowl, combine the turkey, egg, almond flour, garlic, Italian seasoning, fennel seeds, pepper, salt, and olive oil. Form into balls (I make them about 1 1/2 inches in diameter). Drop meatballs into sauce. Set crockpot on low, 4 to 6 hours.


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Roasted Cherry Tomatoes


  • 2 pints red and/or yellow cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • sea salt & pepper to taste


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Season with salt and pepper. 

  2. Place tomatoes on a sheet pan sprayed with non stick spray. Roast in a 400 F degree oven for 10 minutes.


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Italian Seasoning


  • 1/2 cup dried basil
  • 1/2 cup dried marjoram
  • 1/2 cup dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup dried rosemary
  • 1/4 cup dried thyme


  1. Combine all ingredients and store in a glass jar or airtight plastic bag.









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1 thought on “Turkey Meatballs with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes”

  • Well Robin, you have heard me say that I am not fond of turkey burgers or meatballs…but this dish is fab. I love it. Great for leftovers too. The zucchini noodles are always wonderful. I think we are the only household that never complains there is too much zucchini around!

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