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Kid-friendly meatballs get the whole family involved in cooking dinner

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For a new spin on meatballs, add basil pesto for big flavor. The pesto replaces the minced herbs, minced garlic and grated cheese in standard meatball recipes. Buy pesto from the refrigerated section of the supermarket — it has a fresher flavor than the jarred pesto sold in the grocery aisles

This kid-friendly recipe is easy to follow, so young ones can join in on the cooking fun. Just be sure an adult is nearby to help, especially when using the oven.

Pesto Turkey Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

Serves 4

Vegetable oil spray

1 pound (93% lean) ground turkey


3/4 cup pesto

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper


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