Healthspan staff August 21, 2018

Get a punch of flavour and a kick of protein in these Thai inspired turkey meatballs, with an extra 26g of protein on top of the naturally occurring protein in the food.

Thai inspired turkey meatballs with turmeric, lemongrass and herb broth - Serves 2 



  • 250ml hot chicken stock
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric or a thumb sized piece of fresh
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, white bits only
  • Thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 banana shallot
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 birds eye chilli, pierced with a knife
  • 200g brown rice
  • 250g pack turkey mince
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1tbsp sunflower oil
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 1 scoop Healthspan flavourless protein
  • 1 red onion, coarsely grated
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 50g sugarsnap peas
  • 1 head of pak choi
  • Small bunch coriander, roughly chopped
  • Small bunch thai basil, roughly chopped
  • Chilli sambal, to serve

Method

  1. Add the turmeric, lemongrass, ginger, garlic, shallots and birds-eye chilli in to the bowl of a food processor and blend with sunflower oil to a paste.

  2. Place the paste into a saucepan set over a medium high heat and cook, stirring constantly for 3 - 4 minutes, until fragrant. Add the chicken stock and bring to the boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to a simmer and leave to cook and infuse for 20 minutes. Then strain through a fine mesh sieve and place back onto the heat to keep warm.

  3. Cook the brown rice according to packet instructions and set aside.
  4. In a big bowl, mix the mince, spices, onion, protein powder and lemon zest together really well with your hands. Roll the mixture into about 10 small meatballs.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. add the meatballs and fry, turning often, for about 12 mins until browned all over and cooked through.
  6. Bring the broth back to the boil and add the sugarsnap peas and pak choi and cook for 2 - 3 minutes until the vegetables are cooked but still have some bite

  7. To serve, place mounds of rice into the bottom of 2 lipped serving bowls. Ladle in the broth and top with the meatballs and herbs. Serve with the sambal.

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn't possible, supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.

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