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Turkey Zucchini Meatballs

Alternative-uses-for-zucchini-Photo This is yet another great and different use for all of the abundant summer zucchini! I was intrigued when Sweet Wholesome Baby posted about zucchini meatballs.  I decided to make them and made some adaptations based on my families preferences.  When everyone loved them I had to make them again so I could get the portions and the timing right and share with you!  I love that the mild flavors of these meatballs seem to go well with a variety of sides. 

Turkey Zucchini Meatballs make great unique mealsWe have had these over rice, pasta and spaghetti squash and I think they would also go well with gnocchi. 

A healthy paleo and whole 30 mealThey have a short list of ingredients and you can do a shorter cooking time and finish them in your slow cooker with your favorite sauce if you have a busy afternoon of activities. 

Turkey Meatballs in the Slow CookerYou can also halve this recipe, add your favorite veggies (and maybe some gnocchi ) to the pan and make it into a sheet pan dinner 🙌🏻

Sheet Pan Dinner with Meatballs

This really is a great alternative use for the zucchini and great meatball recipe here is why:

  1. The zucchini makes the meatballs super moist 
  2. If you or your children don’t like zucchini on it’s own it’s a great alternative way to eat it and redeem its health benefits 
  3. The mild flavors of these meatballs lend to a variety of dishes 
  4. This recipe can be made into an easy sheet pan dinner 
  5. This recipe makes a lot and can be used for 2 dinners in one week or frozen for the future 
  6. These meatballs are gluten free
  7. This recipe can be adapted to be made dairy free and paleo / whole 30 friendly
  8. Lastly it is Kid Approved!

Sheet Pan Dinner with Meatballs

Zucchini Turkey Meatballs

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course:Main Course
Keyword:brownies, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Meatballs, One Bowl, Quick Recipes, Slow Cooker, zucchini

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs lean turkey chop meat
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini about 1 medium
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • 1/8 cup (2 TBS) Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Pre-heat Oven to 400 degress
  • Measure all ingredients into a medium mixing bowl
  • Mix until thoroughly combined
  • Use a large scoop (if you want) and measure and roll out meatballs onto a greased baking sheet
  • Bake for 20 - 25 minutes (until lightly browned) * see note for slow cooker instructions
  • Enjoy with your favorite side!

Notes

1. This can be made dairy free if you replace the parmesan cheese with 2 extra TBS of Nutritional Yeast
2. To make them in the slow cooker:
a. Bake for 10 minutes at 400
b. Put in slow cooker with 1-2 cups of your favorite sauce for 3-4 hours on low
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