Oatmeal meatballs

The other day I was talking to my bestie Inna about meatballs.  Yes, these are totally normal conversations between the two of us.  After swapping a few meatball recipes, Inna said that she made hers with oatmeal.  Oatmeal?  In meatballs?  Yes, please.

Guess who ended up trying some yesterday?  This gal!

I was too impatient to wait for a recipe, so I just threw what made sense to me together and voila.  Baked, oatmeal meatballs.

Peanut loved them.

We’ve been having a hard time with meat – as in, she prefers not to eat any.  I make up for is by cooking with tofu, but since Jon and I are not big tofu fans, it usually means that I make 2 different meals (or at least 2 separate options).  I’ve been experimenting with a bunch of options to encourage her to eat meat and this one did the trick!  She gobbled them up – without any tomato sauce or ketchup! (a tried and true way to get her to eat just about anything).

After finishing the meatballs, I decided to test out a couple of new tricks that I learned via Ashley’s Tutorial Tuesday: Food photography.
Tutorial Tuesday


I usually take most of my photos on the floor by the glass slider either early in the morning or in the early afternoon.  It provides the perfect amount of light.

The problem is that my teeny tiny little house and my teeny tiny little dining nook doesn’t provide a whole lot of space, but I make due.

I’ve been thinking about setting up a Lightbox like I’ve seen online, but we all know just how much time I have on my hands (read: none, zippo, zilch), so I settle for this:

So there you have it.

Oatmeal meatballs
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Baked meatballs with oatmeal
Recipe type: Entree
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 onion, ground
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Beat the eggs and milk, add the remaining ingredients and mix until they're all combined.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until the center of the meatball is near 180 degrees.
  3. If freezing, lay out on baking sheet and place in the freezer for 30 minutes, then store them in a zip lock bag.



  1. I don’t know why, but I find the meatballs on the floor kind of hilarious! :)

  2. You know you’re a blogger when….your food is on the floor so you can get the perfect picture.
    Never done that ;)

  3. These are great! I love how you shared your set up and recipe ;)

  4. Huh, that is very interesting! I never would have imagined oatmeal in meatballs. I’m always afraid of making meatballs because I shouldn’t be able to mess something so simple up, but I totally would. Maybe if I tried yours, at least I’d be going outside the box so if it exploded, it wouldn’t be so bad? ;) Thanks for sharing the recipe! I’ll have to save it!

  5. My mom & grandma always used oatmeal in their meatballs. I thought it was strange the first time I saw a recipe with breadcrumbs in the meatballs instead of oatmeal. Now I think they are basically interchangable ingredients in meatball recipes, but I basically have only 3 meatball versions: one for spaghetti & meatballs, one for swedish meatballs, and one for chicken meatballs that go in an italian wedding soup recipe I have. YUM, now I’m hungry!

  6. Yep I’ve totally put my food on the floor to take a photo as well. Shh…

    Kind of random, but what kind of yogurt to you feed Peanut? We’re just starting to experiment with yogurt, and it’s nearly impossible to find it without aspartame or splenda. We setlled on some baby yogurt, but I was still curious what you guys buy.

  7. Sounds tasty! I have to say it’s still a little funny to me when you mention Inna because I know who she is. We worked together a few years ago and I think we actually work in the same building now (different companies). I remember she was always asking me about what I cooked for dinner back then.

  8. Thanks for the recipe. My kiddo doesn’t like meat either so I’ll have to try this.

  9. I was so confused for a minute … I read “Peanut” then I seen the meatballs on the floor … I thought is “Peanut” her cat or dog? I finally caught up and read about the lighting…. lol! I may try the oats today, but since it’s extra lean turkey maybe just a little … I don’t want them to absorb to much moisture.

  10. I thought peanut was the cat/dog. I made them for my dog sadie , who loved them.

  11. I realize peanut is your daughter, who is adorable…

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