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Baked Zucchini Turkey Meatballs

These juicy Baked Turkey Zucchini Meatballs are low-carb, protein-packed and loaded with shredded zucchini, spices, and parmesan cheese!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: healthy, lowcarb, meatballs, turkeymeatballs, zucchini
Servings: 24 meatballs

Equipment

  • Cheese grater
  • Large mixing bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground turkey meat (you could also use ground beef)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 whole egg
  • 2 cloves garlic; minced
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. parsley; chopped
  • 2 zucchini; shredded and drained (about 1 1/2 - 2 cups once water is removed)
  • salt + black pepper to taste
  • 24 ounces your favorite marinara sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey meat, olive oil, egg, garlic, onion powder, Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, parsley, zucchini, salt and pepper. With your hand, mix all of the ingredients together until well combined. The mixture will be very moist but still hold its shape once rolled into balls.
  • To form the balls, I use a mini ice cream scoop that is equivalent to about 2 tablespoons, and roll the scooped mixture with your hands to form balls. Place on the prepared baking sheet and repeat until you form 24 meatballs.
  • Bake the meatballs for about 20-25 minutes until browned and evenly cooked through. The meatballs will be firm. Place the meatballs in your favorite marinara sauce in a saucepan and let absorb for a few minutes. Serve on top of your favorite pasta, zoodles, spaghetti squash, or enjoy them just as they are!

Notes

  1. Add 1/4 tsp. of red chili flakes to the turkey meat mixture if you want to add spice!
  2. If you want to add even more veggies to these meatballs, you can add 1/2 cup of chopped spinach and 1/4 cup of shredded carrots. 
  3. If you want to make a Turkey Meatloaf instead of Turkey Meatballs, simple add the turkey meat mixture to a loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of shredded carrots in addition to the 2 whole zucchinis. Top the meatloaf with ketchup or marinara sauce and slice!