Saturday, February 20, 2010

Turkey, zucchini, garlic meatballs... YUM!!!

I know what you must be thinking… zucchini… in meatballs? Yes. I have to admit… I am addicted to turning traditionally fatty meals into figure friendly ones… and adding zucchini is just the ticket in the recipe I came up with yesterday.

Here’s what you’ll need (and feel free to make this into either meat loaf, patties or any shape you like)

2 lbs ground Turkey

1/2 cup grated Romano cheese (or a grating cheese you like, except fatty ones like cheddar or swiss)

1 large zucchini, grated

1 egg white

as much Italian seasoning as you like

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

4 green onions, chopped

3 cloves garlic, mashed or minced… OR… some roasted garlic!!!! YUM!

Put all the ingredients into a large bowl.

I put gloves on, because raw meat between my fingers makes me gag… BUT you just use your hands to squish it all together and get it all good and mixed up, then form your meatballs, patties or loaves…

I use a special raised meatball pan, but you can place them on a foil lined, lipped baking sheet, and bake them at 400 for about 20 minutes or so…

They are awesome in sandwiches between lettuce leaves… or made into burgers.

Make them tiny and dip them into white bean dip for lunch, or put them on a skewer for kids to dip into BBQ sauce or marinara…

It’s a great way to “sneak” zucchini into the diet…

Add any minced veggies you like!!!


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