Turkey Quinoa Meatballs Over Roasted Potatoes

2 lb. ground turkey breast
3/4 c. cooked quinoa
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 egg
2 Tbsp. Parmesan, Romano, or Asiago cheese
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. pesto sauce
2 Tbsp. roasted shallots
1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper
2 cans crushed tomatoes

Combine turkey and remaining ingredients except tomatoes. Roll into balls and cook in skillet coated with olive oil. Place 1/2 can crushed tomatoes in bottom of crock pot. Layer meatballs and tomatoes ending with tomatoes.

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Cook 5-6 hours on low.

I served this over roasted potatoes cooked with onions, green peppers and celery. I boiled them first and then drained them and returned them to the pan they were boiled in so they could dry out. I put 2 Tbsp. olive oil and 4 Tbsp. butter in the skillet and sauteed the veggies for a few minutes, added the potatoes, and cooked until they were golden.

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Even though meatballs and potatoes may seem like an odd combination, this recipe for meatballs is so similar to meatloaf, it works really well!  We topped it off with shredded cheese.

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