Healthy Cold Lunchbox Recipes: Easy Mini Turkey Meatballs Recipe for Work or School Lunches by 30Seconds Food

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Healthy Cold Lunchbox Recipes: Easy Mini Turkey Meatballs Recipe for Work or School Lunches

"A huge request this back-to-school (back to the office) season is cold lunchbox ideas to tuck into backpacks or purses that’ll stay good for a few hours until lunchtime and do not require heating," says Rachel Maser, mom of four and founder/creator of the clean eating blog, Clean Food Crush®. Here's an easy recipe for mini meatballs that kids and adults will enjoy. Add toothpicks to the lunchbox for serving along with berries and melon. These stay good in the fridge for up to three days.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: Makes about 40 meatballs


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 3 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil

Here's how to make it: 

  1. In a large mixing bowl add all of the meatball ingredients except for the oil. Stir to combine. With clean hands, take about 2 to 3 teaspoons of turkey mixture and form it into a mini meatball. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the meatballs for 5 to 6 minutes, gently stirring, until golden brown on all sides and cooked through. Allow meatballs to cool completely before assembling the lunchboxes.

Photos: Clean Food Crush

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Skillets $10 & Up
Oat Flour $6 & Up
Ketchup $2 & Up
Smoked Paprika $3 & Up
Olive Oil $4 & Up
Avocado Oil $6 & Up
Lunchboxes $8 & Up

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Elisa Schmitz
This is such a great idea. Love the creativity!
How fun for kids...

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