Dijon Thyme Turkey Meatballs + WIAW

Meatballs are the ultimate winter food.

Too bad it’s normally more like spring by now!

With the weather still cold, I prepped a big batch of balls this week.  Rather than going the traditional route, I opted for a mustard-laced turkey version.

dijon thyme turkey meatballs

These Dijon and thyme balls were full of flavor.  Because I baked them, they were light enough not to put me to sleep after lunch.

Thyme is a herb that I love but rarely think to use.  It retains a fresh flavor even after cooking.  It’s pungent but not offensively so.  With the spiciness of Dijon, it made for the perfect turkey meatball mix.

Recipe at the bottom of this post.


This WIAW I missed the California warmth, but was happy to reset a bit after all that dining out!


Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!



My morning cocktail happened, as always.  Then I moved on to a savory breakfast with a side of sweetness.

I sautéed some no-salt deli turkey with spinach and then used it for an egg white scramble with cumin, garlic, and cayenne.  On the side I had cinnamon-raisin Ezekial bread.  I am not a raisin fan, but bought this on impulse… and I LOVE it!  The raisins aren’t the dried out nasty kind and made for a delicious morning dessert.

savory egg scramble

Mid-Morning Snack:

Cod mid-morning?  Why not?  I at that with a quinoa bake experiment. (More to come on that for Friday’s #strangebutgood link up… any guesses?)

cod and quinoa


Crab salad.  I mixed crab meat with snow peas, nutritional yeast, cayenne, and nutritional yeast and ate it with a pita pocket.  I love crab.

There were some unpictured Tagalongs too (chocolate-peanut butter Girl Scout cookies)#sorryimnotsorry

crab salad

Afternoon Snack:

Then came the turkey balls!  I also grilled a bunch of veggies to go with these.  Because I live in a condo, we aren’t allowed grills; however, I’ve been using my grill pan to get an acceptable char for my veggies.

turkey meatballs


I had a little experiment.  I tried to make my cauliflower crust pizza in a pan… it stuck but I just ate it right out of the dish.  It made for an easy clean up!  Topped with crumbled Dijon Thyme Turkey Meatballs, zucchini, and babaganoush. Topped with #yolkporn and a drizzle of balsamic-fig glaze.

cauliflower crust pizza



Marshmallow Chocolate Chip Protein Cake.  WIth chocolate protein powder and a healthy serving of Nuttzo (a.k.a the best nut butter ever).

marshmallow chocolate chip protein cake


Dijon Thyme Turkey Meatballs

Dijon Thyme Turkey Meatballs

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey breast
  • 2 T oats, loosely ground
  • 1 T fresh thyme
  • 1 T nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 C egg white
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 350°.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In large bowl, combine all ingredients.  Shape into 1-1/2-inch meatballs.

Arrange balls on baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Makes 5-6 servings.


I’ve actually been cooking this week and have recipes to share.  Shocking! 😉

What’s your favorite cold weather food?

Have you fallen victim to Girl Scout cookies this season?  It made for an excellent pre-workout fuel. 😉


  1. says

    Chared veggies and crab – YES!! And I want to try these Turkey Meat balls – I desperately need to change up the way I prepare my chicken, I start to get sick of it, so these are perfect!

  2. says

    Some nice yolk porn you got going on there! I’m a big fan of stews when it gets cold… but I’m more than happy to move on to some summery foods now!

  3. says

    This looks so much better than my sad turkey meatloaf I made for lunches…ok next time!! Fav cold weather food- soup or chili! And I def got bamboozled into buying cookies from a coworker…but made them into truffles (recipe on my blog!)

    • Laura says

      Hee hee… you’re always welcome to my balls! I don’t have a grill, but I bet that would be delish! I’ll come over to have yours. 😉

  4. says

    I swear I will not make eye contact with the Girl Scouts who are strategically waiting outside my local grocery store to pounce on their next victim. Don’t believe the innocent act….they are deadly! 😉

    • Laura says

      It better be nice next weekend – I keep telling Sarah and Heather how awesome the park and the Beltline are but it’s been gross every time they come!

  5. says

    I LOVE cinnamon-raisin Ezekial bread – yum!!!!

    OK< love the balls!!! I use TJs hot & sweet mustard in pretty much everything including my turkey meatloaf so balls would be perfect! :) I also add in garlic powder vs the fresh but not thyme – should that be next? 😉

    I have yet to try nutritional yeast but everyone uses it so maybe I should – benefits?

    • Laura says

      Nutritional yeast is great! Vegans say it’s a cheese replacer, but I think it’s more of a nutty taste. It’s one of the best non-animal sources of folic acid and vitamin B-12, and is high in many other minerals and amino acids. Talk about a super food! It’s not like Brewer’s yeast – it’s grown on beets and dehydrated, so it’s free of candida.

  6. says

    Girl Scouts accosted me when I was in downtown Decatur a couple weeks ago. And by accosted, I mean I purposefully walked past their table so I could buy some samoas!

  7. says

    I’ve actually never had Nutzo but I will trust your recommendation and pick it up next time! Question: your grill pan and the pan you used for cauliflower pizza- were they cast iron? What do you normally use?? I just got a cast iron pan and also some Caphalon non-stick pansa nd pots (wedding shower=score), but I’ve never used nice/more expensive cookware before always my old cheap stuff from college. Any thoughts/recommendations are welcome! Thanks!

    • Laura says

      It’s really pricey, but I swear it’s worth every cent!

      The grill pan is a nice non-stick Caphlon that I love. The pizza pan is a crappy only one that I need to throw out. I lost my old cast iron – need to replace it!

  8. says

    Those meatballs look awesome!! I don’t always like meatballs but I think the mix of ingredients in these will be great!
    I have eaten a LOT of pasta this winter – something about the cold just makes me crave carbs. And, we devoured our Girl Scout cookies in about 2 days – 4 boxes – gone!!!

  9. says

    OMG I love all things mustard… it’s bordering on obsession. I might have to grab some ground turkey on the way home… thanks for sharing!

  10. says

    That looks like an insanely good day of eats! YUM!

    I am going to try those turkey meatballs soon. Patrick HATES mustard, so it will have to be when he is out of town. Which is quite often :-)

  11. says

    Even though meatballs are a winter-y food, I’m so glad it’s now SPRING! You can totally post meatballs any time you want, though! Especially with that type of amazing spice combo :)

  12. says

    Meatballs look amazing, but I’m currently avoiding mustard and eggs due to food sensitivities (wahh), so they’ll have to linger on Pinterest for a while! I think your bake is quinoa, kalamata olives, tomatoes, tofu .. kind of like a Greek tofu quinoa bake?

    • Laura says

      I have been meaning to go get tested… you post inspired me to re-consider it!

      The bake was a Mexican-inspired one. I posted it Friday! :)

  13. says

    I actually can make a pretty mean meatball. I usually make them for the Hubby in the fall so he can have meatball subs. Yup, so I’m a vegetarian who has never tried tofu but makes meatballs. Clearly I have issues.

  14. says

    Oh man, you had me at dijon! Gimme those balls, woman! I’ve actually been thinking of making some meatballs soon…not sure where the original craving came from, but I’ve got a couple of #strangebutgood ideas that I want to play around with! And well, now that I finally feel like I”m getting a smidgen of my kitchen mojo back, maybe I’ll actually make them instead of just saying I will! 😉

    Proud to report I have not had a SINGLE girl scout cookie this year! I even turned down a Thin Mint a week or so ago…because I was offered the last one…please, everyone knows you can never have just ONE Thin Mint! 😛


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