Turkey Basil Artichoke Meatballs (egg free, nut free)

So let’s talk about the subject I so have been avoiding…The CrossFit Open. This time last year I was crapping my pants on a regular basis, more nervous than I knew was possible for doing the workout in my own gym, all because I was hoping to make it to Regionals. This year, I get a little nervous because I know the workout is going to hurt, then after the workout, I go out for day drinking. And gluten free pizzas. Obviously. Like Sunday.

I don’t look at the leader board, I don’t compare my score to anyone, and I don’t workout like my life depends on it. I rest when I feel like resting, I complain mid workout, then I smile after. It’s actually quite relaxing not worrying about Regionals. As much as I absolutely love CrossFit and love competing, it’s nice to be a 24 year old for a little. To do fun things, be more comfortable in my own skin, and not fret over missing a workout. I love it.

Anywho, here is a recap on how I’ve done on the 2 CrossFit Open workouts.

  • 13.1- 162 reps
  • 13.2- 278 reps

Well, that was boring. Glad we got that out of the way early.

If you’re bummed the Bachelor is over because now you have nothing to talk about with your girlfriends, here is a blog to entertain those feelings. And now you’ll have something else to talk about with them. Like how hilarious this man is. Yep, you heard me right. This man wrote a blog about the Bachelor. He’s a cool husband. Here’s a line from his finale blog post: ‘Army Brat had some weird dress technology going where she was able to make her boobs vanish.  Look, rule of thumb.  Want to make a man regret dumping you, have your boobs in line.  Where did they go?’ I like him. He’s mean. And funny. Those people are the best kind of people.

Do you ever get disappointed in yourself when you go to Whole Foods and have absolutely no clue where to throw away each particle of trash you have? Ugh. I feel that disappointment every time. So really, I’m disappointed AND broke at least 2 times a day. Why do I do this to myself?

I need new tennis shoes. Like, bad. These ones smell worse than I knew possible. After a workout, while I’m driving home, I have to roll down the windows. Even in the snow. The smell takes over. And not to mention, there are some definite holes being created within my shoes. Why do my feet have to be so excessively sweaty? And why do I have to run funny? My shoes would last a lot longer if this was not the case.

I think I’m going to get laser hair removal. I want to bad. Pretty much on my entire body. But that will be mucho expensive, so I will have to start saving. Who needs a savings account when you can feel like a hairless cat? Answer, no one.

You know what would be perfect with these meatballs? My meat sauce. True story.

When the f*ck is a new episode of New Girl going to be on?! I’m starting to get pissed off.

Sorry for the random Friday. But I get more ADD as the week goes on. #sorryfornotbeingactuallysorry


Turkey Basil Artichoke Meatballs (egg free, nut free)


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 (14 ounce) can of artichoke hearts, diced
  • ¼ yellow onion, finely diced
  • 45 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon fat of choice (I used bacon fat)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place skillet over medium heat, add fat of choice, then add diced onions and artichoke hearts.
  3. Move artichoke hearts and onions around in the pan and cook until onions are translucent. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Once they are cooled, in a large bowl, mix together ground turkey, artichoke hearts and onions, and the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
  5. Make 18 same sized meatballs. I used an ice cream scoop then shaped them with my hands. Duh.
  6. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.
  8. Eat up. With veggies. With meat sauce. With dipping sauce. With anything really. Your hands for gosh sakes.

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55 thoughts on “Turkey Basil Artichoke Meatballs (egg free, nut free)”

  1. I got laser hair removal on my underarms and it was the best thing I ever did! I had a groupon. I want to do more but it’s expensive!

  2. New Girl will be back on the 19th. Shows usually take a mini break during their season. Same thing with The Mindy Project. I can’t wait either!

  3. True story: I did burpees so vigorously during 13.1 that I wore a hole in my shoe. I didn’t even notice until I was laying on the floor, writhing in pain, and my husband says “Hey look, your foot’s hanging out.”

    1. That’s hilarious, Stephanie! I am currently gazing upon the massive hematomas on my shins from the deadlifts in 13.2….

  4. “Who needs a savings account when you can feel like a hairless cat”….I almost peed my pants laughing so hard at that one!

  5. I want laser hair removel too! But…turns out im not a millionaire. reality bites. Anyhoo, my NEW and ATTAINABLE goal is to save $450 for the Tria home laser hair removal system and torture myself at home instead of paying some tech thousands of dollars to do it for me. Sounds better right?

  6. yeah… laser hair removal isn’t really all that great. i had 8 treatments done on my pits and didn’t have to shave them for a while… but now i do. granted, everything is much finer now, but it’s a myth that it will make it go away forever! check out deals on groupon. they run that shiz all the time.

  7. Outstanding job on 13.1 and 13.2!! Completely loving your outlook re: CrossFit right now. You deserve to be 24, have some fun and not stress for once. You’re an amazingly successful blogger and now author!, and you should damn well enjoy it. #cheerswithavodkashot

  8. I’ll have to check out the Bachelor blogger! I watch that trash too. And, when I saw Lindsay walk out in that dress in the finale, I said “She looks gorgeous, and way to represent the flat chested!” For some reason I had been fooled into thinking she was more robust during the season.
    You rocked 13.1 and 13.2! I’m MUCH older than you, and could only dream of such numbers. I was 105 (totally psyched to get 75# snatches 5x… a PR!) and 202. By butt and legs are on fire after 13.2. I’m 44 and chasing my youth -I’ll take it.
    Bought turkey meat yesterday so I can make these meatballs today – they look awesome. Happy weekend everyone!

  9. Try deodorant on the tops and bottoms of your feet. My husband does this and I always thought it was so weird but truly, the man never smells. Ever. And he does Krav. All the time. Actually, he does smell, but always like a delicious mountain spring.

  10. Danielle Halsey

    I love your blog! It’s the best thing ever! You basically speak my thoughts excatly! And I feel your pain on New Girl. I just get uber sad when it’s not on….

  11. This makes me feel better about my decision to not do the open for some reason. I’ve been crossfitting for a year and feel as though I *should* do it but I think the anxiety would override any joy I’d get from it. Instead, I’ll support the athletes from my box as I’m sure you will/do! The chicken nuggets were awesome so I’m debating between those and these yummalicious meatballs. I shall never say yummalicious again.

    1. I’ve been Crossfitting for a month and made the naive choice to compete in the Open this year. Sometimes I regret it because it’s been an anxious time thus far, but I know I’d be less in engaged (read: lazy) if I wasn’t under the gun to do my best in a competition situation each week.

  12. You seriously crack me up a lot. We don’t know eachother but you say things that I can relate to…like “I like him. He’s mean. And funny. Those people are the best kind of people.” I’m glad I’m not alone.

    I’ve been creeping your scores on CrossFit.com and holy sh** lady, you amaze me! I’m glad you’re having fun with it. That’s the best part.

  13. look for laser hair removal deals on groupon, i got an amazing deal for brazilian 😉 also you are awesome at crossfit!

  14. I got laser hair removal to the bikini area and I have dark hair and light skin and it didn’t work for me! I shelled out 700 bones for it too!

  15. I made these meatballs and they were so fantastic! You’ve inspired me to try to make other fun veggie-meatball combos. Keep up the awesome blogging Juli!

  16. Thanks for posting and making my first meatball attempt successful! My husband and I enjoyed them with a simple homemade basil tomato sauce and shredded sauteed zucchini and asparagus! YUM! Thanks again 🙂

  17. paleOMG is right! I made these with the meat sauce and put it over spaghetti squash….WOW! This is definitely going to be a regular dinner at my house!

  18. I made it with spaghetti squash and basil marinara sauce tonight. Best dinner I’ve had in ages! Incredible home run on this recipe!!

  19. These were phenomenal and über easy to make. I just threw everything into my kitchenaid and made mini meatballs with my melon balled. We had this over spaghetti squash with a home made tomato based sauce. Thanks so much!

  20. I made them for lunch today. They couldn’t have been easier or more delicious. Really quick too! A definite favorite. I am adding this to my cookbook

  21. Yum. My son (3 years old) finally met a meatball he likes – he likes his meat simple – hamburger patty or a steak (he’d eat steak every night if I fed it to him! Not sure I can afford to keep him when he’s a teenager!) He had his dipped in ketchup with carrots, cucumbers & steamed broccoli. I had mine of zucchini “pasta” with marinara. Delicious dinner last night & lunches for me for the rest of the week. Another hit – and super easy!

  22. Question: When you say, “fat of choice”… what are my choices? I’m a complete newb and neeeeeed guidance!

  23. Hi, Juli,

    Thanks for the recipes! I have given up grains and sugar (not ready to talk about dairy yet), and while I feel *tons* better, I am having to retrain my view of food, fat, etc., and your site is very helpful.

    Oh, btw, I also used your egg pie recipe last night. A way to get around the burning is to put it in a water bath. (This assumes you have a larger crock pot.) Grease your pan and cover it with foil, then put about 1″ or so of water in the crock pot around it.

    Best of luck with your competition!

  24. You know what I’m gonna do? You can’t stop me. I’m gonna chop up and add some jalapenos to the mix

  25. I’ll pipe in here so you know you aren’t crazy hehe I have an account setup for my laser hair removal projects. I started with my pits and can’t tell you how much I love it. Of course not all the hair is gone and I do an at home wax job that takes like 2 minutes once a month but I am no longer a hairy beast. I want to do my legs next so the account needs to grow 🙂

  26. These were really good! Our family is just starting Paleo and this was so easy and yummy! Makes the transition so much easier!

  27. Great recipe. I added rosemary to the pan when cooking the onions and artichokes and thought it added nice flavor.

  28. I have made these twice now, once as meatballs and once as meatloaf, and both times they rocked! Thanks Juli for the recipe, I never thought to use artichoke hearts with turkey!

  29. I finally made these, and they were fabulous! Has anyone tried freezing them? What about prepping the onion, artichoke, and basil in a food processor?

  30. I made these meatballs tonight for something dinner and they were great! Nice to have a different variation on meatballs. I might even stick them in soup later on this week.

  31. These are SERIOUSLY THE BEST THINGS EVER. so delicious, so moist, so portable. I’ve made them twice in a week. The best is you can really add whatever spices or herbs you want but the key is keep the artichokes to keep them beautifully moist. I like to brown them in a cast iron first and then bake them— so good! Thanks 🙂

  32. I love all of your recipes so I was very excited to find this egg free turkey meatball recipe from you!! The addition of artichokes was a departure from any meatballs I have made in the Past and they really livened up the flavor and made them less dry. I served them
    With a pesto sauce over zoodles for me and rice for the family . So good!

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