This is a perfect example! Perfect easy summer dinner, any night of the week. [For gluten-free, you would need to purchase gluten-free oats and gluten-free cornflakes.]. They just didn’t care anymore. Stick with the recipe, it is perfect! Stir, breaking up the feta a bit, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Spray the top and bake until firm and browned, about 20 to 25 minutes. I I wanted to add COOKED quinoa to boost protein, do you think I could just add 1 or 2 cups to mixture, or reduce original zucchini amount by a bit? The kids ate it up within 5 minutes and said it was delicious. Chicken or Turkey Zucchini Meatballs Baked in the Oven; Turkey Zucchini Meatballs Baked in the Oven; I’ve been trying to get back to a dairy-free paleo diet. that sounds awesome! Would it be possible to add pea protein in place of some breadcrumbs? What a clever idea! Still were not as firm as I hoped for. Pinned! The ricotta cheese is extra depending on high much you use. Hi, I was wondering why the carbs are 30 per 4 meatballs. Thanks so much will be coming back to this site time and again. Can I substitute something for the cheese? Just made these, they are delicious! How how many cups of grated zucchini would it be as I already have mine grated? These turned out really flavorful. Hi, I’m Gina Homolka, a busy mom of two girls, author and recipe developer here at yum! Add salt and pepper generously and mix everything with your hand. From simple healthy soups to sumptuous cakes for special occasions, all our recipes have been tried and loved by our family and our friends. The texture was a bit softer than I would have preferred, however maybe I could have baked them longer, We made this with spaghetti squash and it was great!`. We both thought they were great – will definitely make them again. Otherwise they tasted really good. Could you use oats instead of breadcrumbs and if so what would the amount be? It came out really good. The sauce is part of the nutritionals. I am only 9 months into the gluten-free lifestyle, but now I love it and enjoy finding new recipes to make unique meals that make a beautiful presentation and are delicious and nutritious. Garnish the meatballs with fresh basil leaves and serve with ricotta or grated cheese if desired. I’m thinking that if we freeze them after they’ve been cooked in the oven, they may freeze well. I had to change the recipe a bit from the eggplant one since zucchini is very watery, and they turned out great, even better than the eggplant in my opinion and everyone who tried them, loved them! I used vegan parmesan (almond and nutritional yeast based) in place of the romano to make dairy free. Made these tonight…I was hesitant because I don’t love zucchini, butthey were incredible!! Can’t wait to make these . For dinner tonight, I substituted the breadcrumbs with half oats and half cornflakes. You can serve the zucchini meatballs hot or as a cold appetizer, garnished with the yoghurt sauce. These were great! after going through all of this to put to good use my abundance oof zucchini and other garden veggies, i could not bring myself to serve with jarred sauce, and with a garden full of tomatoes, it was a delicious marriage of flavor! pinterest. I added about half of an onion finely chopped when i cooked the garlic and zucchini and took another poster’s advice of adding red pepper flakes! I used grated parm as I didn’t have the other cheese. These meatballs were delicious. If you use almond flour it would cut the carbs down as well. I like this recipe and idea. I think that would be fantastic as an appetizer for parties. I find it always curious that you write a recipe and the reviews are always asking if they can sub this and that. My favorite kind of meatballs is made with a mixture of beef and pork. This recipe was a huge hit at our house even with my husband who isn’t a big fan of zucchini. Finally he said “did you put some zucchini in the meat balls tonight?” SURE DID. Even after most of the moisture was gone, the final product was still mushier than I anticipated. When I’m ready to try any sort of meat replacement (say hello BBQ Jackfruit Sliders)! I hope my twist is useful for anyone! Further complicating this, very few cheeses with animal rennet are so labeled. Increase heat to medium-high and add the zucchini, season with salt and pepper … or only by hand? What could you want more? But your recipes not only help people on WW, it allows the whole family to eat healthy and not even know it!! they range in size so without weighing it’s hard to say, about 2 medium, Thank you! Definitely a different texture. Not worth the effort. Make the meatballs in the crock pot according to directions here. I made these for dinner last night. Stir well, and place in the fridge to set for 15 minutes. Instead of balls, I have mini zucchini pancakes…completely flat =( Does anyone have any recommendations? Yes!! It may change the taste, but should work. These were wonderful. These are good and filling and worth every point!!! I plan to grow zuchhini next summer just so I can make tons of these! OMG these are amazing! Grate the zucchini finely and squeeze out excess liquid. Besides my question on freezing grated raw zucchini – do you think you go dehydrate grated zucchini and rehydrate it? LOL! You can serve the meatballs with zucchini immediately with mashed potatoes and salad or vegetables. My family eats gluten free and we were out of breadcrumbs so I substituted almond flour. I could taste the egg. If I made them again, I wouldn’t simmer in the sauce, just cover them in sauce as you serve them. Thank you for another great recipe. I’m a dietitian and I’m always looking for great recipes that fit multiple dietary profiles. I see you stated to freeze post baking and cooking in sauce. Will definitely make again. Had to substitute mozzarella, and substituted half of breadcrumbs for panko. I made them, without the garlic and basil (didn’t have them) and used gluten free panko. Thank you. Don’t need much. Do you know what the portion for 21 day fix are? Hi! It’s a very good idea, Gluten-free breadcrumbs sounds like the answer, ground up rice crispies or rice chex cereal also make a great GF sub. In a large bowl combine zucchini, chicken, egg, panko, cheese, garlic, parsley, basil, crushed red pepper, remaining 1/8 tsp. Even my husband loved them. Made these last night. Thanks! It’s higher in protein but lower in calories, carbs, sugar, and the sodium content is almost negligible in comparison. I have made these twice in the last two weeks.. really really good.. be sure to remove as much of the h20 as you can from the zucchini — easy enough to do — these are really fantastic.. you won’t be disappointed. No. How could I have missed that…thanks so much for your help. Substitute Flaxseed meal for the breadcrumbs! I already have all the ingredients.. Yuck! Secondly, you do not need an egg if you use lentils or flax seed. Zucchini Meatballs are meatless, made with grated zucchini, garlic, Pecorino Romano, basil, bread crumbs and egg, then baked in the oven and finished in a Pomodoro sauce. Looks delicious! I paired them with the Skinnytaste Baked Chicken Parm (which was also AWESOME). Thank you so much!! Place the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. I substituted soft toast bread crumbs for the dry bread crumbs since I didn’t have any and used grated parmesan cheese instead of cheese in the recipe. Served with marinara sauce, salad and warm naan bread. Great idea! of zucchini? Zucchini Parmesan Chicken Meatballs with Lemon Pasta Carbonara…classic creamy Italian carbonara sauce, updated with crisp zucchini parmesan meatballs and tossed with caramelized lemon and fresh basil. What can I use instead of the egg to bind them. This looks delicious but what scares me is 1,182 mg of sodium?! Otherwise, I’ll just have to give it a go next time around. Wow. I didn’t change a thing! Gradually bring sauce to a simmer again and cook until sauce is thickened. We ate them over spaghetti with alfredo sauce. Grating the zucchini is the hardest part. Made this . This is the perfect savory zucchini recipe! Thank you! It's a completely different taste and texture, I wouldn't. Thank you so much, Gina, for a wonderful recipe. About 2 1/2, but it will depend on the size of the zucchinis. Could you freeze these before baking? My 6 yr old cleaned his whole plate and asked for more. Made this tonight and it was incredible! I was going for a paleo friendly version. Oh and cheated with some garlic bread ???? But again….do NOT freeze in the sauce! I seasoned well. I used nutritional yeast instead of cheese and you can’t even tell the difference! I am not a zucchini fan but love zucchini  fries. thanks! Also Go Veggie has vegan Parm cheese. My husband was very skeptical, but he thought they were great too. did you weigh the zucchini before shredding? Pecorino cheese isn’t vegan. Thanks, Gina. These meat balls were amazing!!!!!! Make them for my vegetarian husband and the whole family devours them. After thinking it was a complete failure I made them into patties (marinara sauce and all), put some extra breadcrumbs on the outside and pan fried them in a small amount of butter. I love your website and have tried MANY recipes and they always taste wonderful as written. Don't overdo it, you still want to have some moisture, just squeeze lightly to remove what is too much. 2 pounds Ground Chuck; ½ packages Saltines, Crushed; 1 whole Egg; ½ cups Tomato Sauce; Salt, Pepper, & Garlic Powder To Taste; 2 cans Beef Consomme, Undiluted; 2 whole Large Zucchini… The meatballs had taken on some of the sauce and were wetter than before. Get recipes & exclusive content via email: You can unsubscribe anytime by clicking the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of emails you receive. Baked meatballs and caramelized zucchini and onions served over egg noodles – a favorite way to use up all those club-sized zucchini from the garden. Will try this recipe again even with my rough first time. I need to have a dinner ready to go after I pick a vegetarian friend up from the airport. I just bought one and am itching to try??? I was SO FULL from 4 meatballs with the spaghetti squash I couldn't even eat the 5th one I put on my plate. AWESOME!!! Would this work as an addition to pasta as well vs. standalone? Work perfectly! Has anyone used frozen shredded zucchini to make them? I had these for dinner tonight and they were delicious! I always make these meatballs with zucchini using ground beef, but I’m guessing you could also use ground turkey or chicken too.. Top them … Do you think that would change the taste/texture too much? Place zucchini back in bowl and add remaining ingredients except for olive oil and marinara sauce. And how wonderful that you can source everything locally! Had the texture of a meatball but also stayed light. Zucchini Meatballs are super moist, extra tender, and LOADED with flavor! These are the best meatless veggie balls. The layout, the categories i.e. DON'T DO IT! I’d love to know how the Fozen Dry meatballs turned out – I was about to freeze them in the sauce…..SO glad that your post stopped me in time! You can see more zucchini recipes like this here. The key to using the zucchini is ensuring that the water is drained as the same with the eggplant. A lot of low-carb recipes will use more of the cheese instead of breadcrumbs, You could also sub in coconut flour (also helps with water). My only question is how much zucchini to buy. Has anyone tried using oatmeal and Italian seasoning instead of the seasoned breadcrumbs?? Fresh dill is bursting of flavor, while dried dill tastes dusty. Any idea how many cups of zucchini? A few weeks ago I made these awesome eggplant “meatballs” and the most asked question I got in the comments and on Facebook was can you make them with zucchini? They were delicious and even freeze well. I baked these last night. Would this recipe work as a burger or a meatless load? Nutrition information isn’t always accurate. Not sure what was wrong. Any ideas ?? Will make again. The recipe looks more labor intensive than it actually is, I found it to be similar to making zucchini bread with the added step of shaping the “meatballs”. How can I make it GF etc. Mix until dough forms. It’s tough because I keep getting food samples with dairy in it like the goodies in my monthly low carb subscription box. mail. You can leave them out and add more salt, it will change the flavor however. 2 prefer vegetarian the other a huge meat eater. What can I use instead of pecorino Romano cheese? You're right – these are really good! I doubled the garlic cloves and sauted jalepenos with the garlic and added cumin to give it some more flavor. I crave them. I've made this recipe multiple times now – it's one of my favorites! Pingback: Easy Healthy Vegetarian Zucchini Meatballs - Shugary Sweets. Seems high in sodium! FANTASTC. Use fresh or frozen dill, dried dill won’t do in this dish. Finely chop pulp. . Thank you! When you're converting to SP, are you just taking the totals aor are you running them through the WW app? Mash the potatoes and add them to the zucchini. My only reason for the 4-star vs 5-star rating is the nutritional breakdown, especially carbs and sodium content. Other info on nutritional yeast label: 1.5 T has 70 cals, 1 g fat, 0 cholesterol, 320 m potassium, 8 g protein, 0 sugars, 4 g dietary fiber, and total carbs 6 g. Available online and at Mrs. G’s and other health food stores (try Whole Foods). I opted to make the homemade sauce, which was super easy, cheaper, and delish! Everything  truly did turn out amazing! Thanks for yet another great recipe. I will be making this up tonight! Table of Contents show. Real man food with zucchini! Michelle,  I made these and founding that grating the zucchini was so easy because I used the Pampered Chef Veggie Strip maker – I did a 3 lb zucchini in 3 minutes – no lie! can't wait to see if my little squish loves them too ;o). I followed the recipe exactly. We have a lactose-free vegetarian I’d like to make these for. They were a big hit with everyone! Do you have an approx measurement in cups to use? Amazing – could make again tonight! They are a cinch. Is that 1ounce plus 1/4 cup? Thanks in advance. Trying to make this vegan for thanksgiving! Vegan Zucchini Meatballs is quick and easy to make and they have a great deal of health benefits as well. Can you replace the romano cheese with low fat motsarella cheese. How many zucchinis did you use for this recipe? Slice them with a mandolin or grate them. Toasted garlic bread, orzo would be fun too. Hi Gina, thank you for all your amazing recipes ! Heat the sauce in a large deep skillet to warm the sauce, about 4 to 5 minutes. I have various sizes of zucchini so knowing how many cups would be so useful! Can the “meatballs” be made ahead? And they freeze very well!!! Hi these sound wonderful..trying them tonight. These are really awesome. Trying these right now for my vegetarian daughter! Chop the onion as finely as possible, you don’t want to bite on large bits of onion in the meatballs. Was looking at leftovers in the freezer and saw these.. then realized I NEVER GAVE YOU FEED BACK. In a pot, boil 12 oz of potatoes (with the peel) in salted water and once soft, drain and skin them. thank you for that awesome recipe! In addition to the best Zucchini … It was very simple to make, made plenty of meatballs for 4 people. VERY yummy, by far my favorite veggie “meatballs” Thanks!! What did i do wrong?? Thank you. OMG!!!! Question: the dough was very sticky when I went to make it into balls, is that normal or should I add extra breadcrumbs? Meh. This would be a perfect easy freezer meal that way! We have lots of zucchini growing in our garden this year and I'm trying to make things other than zucchini bread. / Zucchini Pasta and Meatballs. Tried yesterday and it was a success with everyone in my family. thanks, Pingback: Vegetarian - pegfleming | Pearltrees. AND I cut sodium use in whatever recipe I use (or eliminate it where possible). I certainly do this myself but am SO appreciative of all your hard work making it easier for me to figure what to eat thats healthier  and having WW points figured is such a bonus. Serve them as an appetizer, over zucchini noodles, whole wheat pasta or with a crusty piece of bread on the side. Loving the idea, especially since I have a few giant zucchinis on my counter I put this to the test and they turned out awesome! i was wondering if i add salt to the grated zucchini, squeeze out all the liquid, follow rest of the steps or may shallow fry the balls first and then add to the sauce ? Great job! Made these for vegetarian family members at Thanksgiving. My family and I love them served over pasta or zoodles! We're having them with pasta sauce tonight. You could also grind up some cauliflower and use that instead of breadcrumbs. I wonder how these would taste as veggie burgers on the grill? Did you do anything to replace the cheese? I was wondering about the point value on these, when I type in the info on the WW app, it’s saying 8 points?? Do you think egg whites could substitute for the egg? Scoop out pulp, leaving 1/4-in. Baked them a little longer and added them to vegetable soup! It's because of the breadcrumbs and cheese. When hot add the oil, onions and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes. ❤. Looks like a great recipe. SO FLAVORFUL, thank you! And I baked a spaghetti squash for the base. It would be much easier if zucchini were measured in cups. Or including the sauce? Heat olive oil in cast iron skillet on medium heat. Yes please, wouls like a suggestion for dairy free! These “meatballs” were out of this world. My husband and I love these zucchini meatballs even more than those made with meat! When I made these, they came out kind of soft and mushy in the middle. Can you verify this for me? Not vegan (which she never claimed it was), but it is vegetarian. My husband mostly eats vegan so no cheese for him, or eggs, or daily! Slice zucchini thinly and lay the bottom of your casserole dish. . I believe this is not a vegan dish if that’s what you are referring to. These were really really good. we loved them then tried them vegan they were great. Taste and adjust as needed. They taste like basil, oregano and parmesan, with a touch of lemon. Try almond flour, or blend up some rolled oats in blender until consistency of crumbs/flour – either of these has worked wonders for me avoiding bread crumbs in tons of other recipes, I have used oats in making veggie balls and in that recipe I used 1/4 cup, it would taste nice with some pecan  nuts chopped into it aswell. I think after they cooked with the sauce. Oatmeal is what I always use. We should never assume! 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