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Baked Turkey-Zucchini Meatballs

Bowl with Spoon

Prep time:
25 minutes

Kitchen Timer

Cook time:
20 minutes

Fork

Servings:
Makes 6 (6-meatball) servings

Three ways to serve these meatballs:

  1. In hot pasta sauce over hot cooked pasta. You can use canned pasta sauce or make your own with this recipe.
  2. In hoagie buns topped with warm barbecue sauce
  3. Add to hot vegetable soup

Prep Tip: To freeze meatballs for later use, place cooled meatballs on cookie sheet lined with wax paper, leaving space between the meatballs. Loosely cover and freeze about 2 hours or until firm. Remove meatballs from pan and place in a heavy-duty plastic bag. Close bag and freeze for up to 2 months. When you are ready to serve them, just heat them in the microwave oven.

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Baked Turkey-Zucchini Meatballs

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Bits of zucchini, sweet potato or carrot add specks of color and moistness to these tasty meatballs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup shredded fresh zucchini, sweet potato or carrot
  • 1/2 cup dry unseasoned whole grain bread crumbs or finely crushed cornflakes cereal
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground turkey or lean ground beef

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  1. In medium bowl, use a fork to mix egg until combined.
  1. Stir zucchini, sweet potato (or carrot), bread crumbs (or cereal), onion, Parmesan cheese, water and salt into egg.
  1. Add ground turkey or beef. Use hands to mix until just combined.
  1. On a piece of wax paper, use hands to gently pat meat mixture into a 6 x 6-inch square.
  1. Use a knife to cut meat square into 36 1-inch squares. (Be careful not to cut wax paper.) Remove meat squares from paper and gently roll into balls. Place in shallow baking pan, leaving space between meatballs.
  1. Bake, uncovered, about 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, using a meat thermometer. (If you don’t have a meat thermometer, you can purchase one from a supermarket or dollar store.)

 

 

Three ways to serve these meatballs:

  1. In hot pasta sauce over hot cooked pasta. You can use canned pasta sauce or make your own with this recipe.
  2. In hoagie buns topped with warm barbecue sauce
  3. Add to hot vegetable soup

Prep Tip: To freeze meatballs for later use, place cooled meatballs on cookie sheet lined with wax paper, leaving space between the meatballs. Loosely cover and freeze about 2 hours or until firm. Remove meatballs from pan and place in a heavy-duty plastic bag. Close bag and freeze for up to 2 months. When you are ready to serve them, just heat them in the microwave oven.

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Bowl with Spoon

Prep time:
25 minutes

Kitchen Timer

Cook time:
20 minutes

Fork

Servings:
Makes 6 (6-meatball) servings