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Turkey kofta with tomato onion salad

Grilled turkey kofta skewers with tomato onion salad, one of those healthy and easy low carb dinner recipes that go down a treat with the whole family.

Turkey kofta with tomato onion salad

Turkey kofta with tomato onion salad

These yummy turkey kofta are ready in just 15 minutes, and are jammed packed with protein. Not to mention how delicious they are, and ridiculously easy to prepare. If you don’t happen to have skewers, that’s not a problem at all, you can just shape them and grill them as they are, especially if you go for a grill pan, where the skewers won’t fit in.

You can serve them on their own, with the delicious tomato and onion salad and creamy Greek yogurt with mint, or flatbread or tortilla wraps. If there are any leftovers, they are great as a work lunch, that would save you some money on an expensive and bland take-away lunch.

Turkey kofta with tomato onion salad

Turkey kofta with tomato onion salad

I started solids with baby number two a few weeks ago, and so far so good, she loves pretty much whatever she gets. She doesn’t seem to be too keen on pureed food though, and to be honest, I was going to try the baby led weaning anyway. It’a amazing to see how such a tiny creature grabs foods with her chubby little hands and munches on it.

I so hope she’ll grow to be less fussy than her older sister, with her, meal time can be a hit and miss, you never know when she’ll demolish the whole plate or look at it with disgust. So disheartening to see her refusing cooked food, but there is still hope. And while she refused to even look at these turkey kofta, her little sister gladly took a few bites. Hoorey to that!

Turkey kofta with tomato onion salad

Turkey kofta with tomato onion salad

I just shaped one kofta for the baby without any salt, and seasoned the rest. I did not use too much seasoning for us either, I think when you grill meat, the smokey flavour is delicious as it is, and you really don’t need to mask all that with strong spices. The only problem with grilled meat is that is can become dry if the meat is lean. There are, however, a few tricks to get the meat nice and succulent, even if you opted for a reduced-fat mince.

I used turkey thigh mince, rather than breast mince, I am not too keen on the breast one, it’s a bit chewy.  I often use it in different dishes like Turkey, spinach and ricotta lasagna or Lean turkey spaghetti bolognese. To keep it moist in this recipe, I added one tablespoon of vegetable oil to the mixture, and grated a raw onion, carrot and one boiled potato. The result: some succulent kofta, flavourful and incredibly tasty.

Don’t think that the tomato and onion salad is too simple, it might look boring, but it’s actually one of the nicest and healthiest salads I have ever had. The olive oil and vinegar make the simplest dressing, and keep the salad light. Again, keep the seasoning low, just the good old salt and pepper would do, and really well. You can also enjoy these kofta with some homemade potato wedges.  This is a real treat!

 

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Turkey kofta with tomato onion salad
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Turkey kofta with tomato onion salad
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Turkey kofta with tomato onion salad, one of those healthy and easy low carb dinner recipes that go down a treat with the whole family. Ready in just 15 minutes.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Turkish
Servings: 12 kofta
Calories: 92 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
Ingredients
For the turkey kofta
  • 450 g turkey thigh mince (1 lb)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 boiled potato
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp freshly-chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • Greek yogurt to serve (optional)
For the tomato onion salad
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • a pinch of salt and pepper
  • fresh parsley, to garnish
Instructions
  1. To make the kofta, grate the onion, carrot and potato and combine with the turkey mince.

  2. Add the oil, and chopped parsley and season with salt and pepper. Shape patties no thicker than 1 cm or 1/2 inch each.

  3. If you use a grill pan, pre-heat it, then shape 12 patties and place on the grill, for about 2-3 minutes on each side.

  4. If you use a large grill, shape the kofta around 12 skewers, then grill until cooked through.

  5. To make the salad, chop the tomatoes and onion, and add them to a bowl.

  6. Add olive oil and vinegar, season to taste, mix well and garlish with chopped parsley.

Nutrition Facts
Turkey kofta with tomato onion salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 92 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 130mg 5%
Potassium 262mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 23.2%
Vitamin C 9.7%
Calcium 2.1%
Iron 6.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Recipes Made Easy
    September 4, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    They look fabulous. Ive made lamb kofta before but never turkey.

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      September 4, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you! They are tasty, I have to try with other meat too.

  • Reply
    In Good Flavor
    September 7, 2017 at 12:31 am

    I remember feeding my little ones was a roller coaster of emotions—I felt down when they reject something and elated when they enjoy something else. But overall, it was a joy to watch them experience food. I have never made kofta before, but I’ve got to try it. It sounds so simple to make, not to mention healthy and delicious!

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      September 7, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you! Indeed, feeding little ones can be scary and exciting at the same time. I hope you’ll love the recipe 😊

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