Homemade turkey bites with sweet potato and zucchini! Perfect bites for little ones or for on-the-go bentos. Add habanero or jalapeño to spice things up. Adapted from recipe by Paleo Gluten Free Eats.
- 1 medium zucchini, grated (about 1 cup)
- 1 medium sweet potato, grated (about 2.5 cups) Yellow or Japanese is best here, but orange works too!
- 1/4 onion, minced (1/4 cup)
- Optional: 1/4 habanero pepper or 1/2 jalapeño, minced.
- 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt (or 1/2 teaspoon normal salt)
- 1 Tablespoon garlic powder (use 1/2 for little kids!)
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon dried parsley or other herbs of choice
- 1 pound ground turkey or chicken
- 3 Tablespoons arrowroot powder (optional)
- Optional add ins: love adding 1 teaspoon paprika, minced green onion, or Trader Joe's Umami seasoning
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Shred or grate your vegetables using a food processor or box grater. You should have about 1.5 cups of zucchini, and about 2 cups of sweet potato. Mince the onion and add all vegetables to a large bowl with the sea salt, garlic powder, and turkey. Optional: mince the spicy pepper and add to bowl.
- Sprinkle with the arrowroot powder and then mix well. I used a stand mixer, but you can use your hands or a fork!
- Using a small ice cream scooper or a Tablespoon, divide into small balls. Roll between hands then slightly flatten each ball. This shape cooks more evenly and reduces the risk of drying out the turkey. (Makes approximately 30-40 bites!) Place on parchment-lined or silpat-lined baking sheet and add to preheated oven. Cook for about 18-20 minutes or until fully cooked.
- Serve! I like them on their own or with a little chipotle mayo.
- Makes about 40 bites; adult serving is about 6 bites.
Turkey should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165ºF.
Recommended dipping sauce: Primal Kitchens Chipotle Mayo, Sugar-Free (or low sugar) Ketchup, Primal Palate BBQ Sauce
My favorite potato to use in this recipe is the yellow-fleshed Hannah sweet potato, but regular orange ones, as shown in these pictures, will work fine! (Japanese sweet potatoes also work, but they're expensive so I usually save them for roasted whole Japanese sweet potatoes.) And you can use up to 3 cups sweet potatoes in this recipe!
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Category: Meat
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: turkey bites, baked turkey meatballs