Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Beef and zucchini meatballs.

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I promised you a recipe for the meatballs I made the other day (to use up yet another zucchini from our garden :). I realized that it was, probably, a little confusing, so I want to explain myself : the recipe does have quite a bit of ground beef in it, and not just zucchinis, so sorry to all of my vegetarian friends :) They do taste pretty good, even for those of you with some picky kids (like mine!)

So here's what you'll need:


  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4-1/2 onion, nicely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 TB each of fresh parsley, oregano and basil ( or 1 tsp. each dry)
  • dash of red pepper flakes
  • 1 TB vegetable oil


  1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Cook onions in 1 TB vegetable oil until soft and translucent 
  3. Chop herbs nicely, then set aside. I used fresh herbs from our garden (one of my favorite things about having a little garden) but you can definitely use dry herbs from your spice cabinet
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4. Turn oats into oat flour by pulsing it in a food processor a few times. Combine all the ingredients together

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5. Mix everything until evenly blended, then form 1 1/2 inch meatballs

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6. Bake for about 20-25 min. or until no longer pink inside. Cover with your favorite pasta, bbq or marinara sauce and serve with rice, pasta, in meatball subs or just some colorful veggies on the side

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Bon appetite :)

I shared this recipe with these awesome parties:
Blissful and Domestic, Sumo's Sweet Stuff,  Frugal Foodie Mama  Homemaker on a Dime   I should be mopping the floor   By Stephanie Lynn  The Shabby Nest     My Turn (for us)  Tatertots and Jello  Love Bakes Good Cakes 
Fluster Buster's party   Frugal Follies 


  1. Oh they sound good, I will have to try them!

    1. Let me know how you like them :)

  2. Hi Lena, they do sound delicious! Great way to sneak in some vegetables too!

  3. Hi Lena~ I can't wait to try these:) They look fantastic! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

    1. They taste "pretty good" (according to my kids ;)

  4. Meatballs and meatloaf are great places to sneak in vegetables. I often put spinach in mine. I have never made oat flour out of the oats before you put them in. Do you think that makes a big texture difference? I've never noticed the oats once they are cooked.

    1. I actually like the texture a little better with oat flour. I think, it makes it smoother but, honestly, I made meatballs with just oats before, and the difference is not very significant.

  5. Lena, I hope you are all feeling better? YOU know how much I love zucchini. I think the first one has sprouted in my garden. xx

    1. Wohoo!!! Soon you'll have a ton of them :)

      I'm feeling a little better but not completely there yet. I just need more rest, I think, but I wish I could explain that to my kids :)

  6. Hello lena
    Many thanks for your comments on my latest post.
    This looks really delicious i really must try it.
    Glad to hear you are feeling better. Are you low in iron perhaps?

    When you have a moment pop into my blog as i have a giveaway on the go :-)

    Amanda x

  7. That looks super yummy!!!!! I love having a little garden. I think that you appreciate every little morsel more.
    Have a happy Sunday!

  8. These look delicious! I like to make meatballs for spaghetti and subs, and this just might be a way to hide some extra veggies for my family. Plus, I can use up all that parsley I have, lol. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Lena,
    These look so yummy! I saw your thumbnail on Marvelous Monday and had to come check these out! I added them to my Zucchini board and am now following you on Pinterest, too.
    Happy Monday!
    Ang, Juggling Act Mama

  10. I'm always looking for ways to sneak veggies into my meals, so this sounds delicious!

  11. I'm really curious about these and just might have to try them!

  12. Great idea! I have two huge zucchini sitting on my counter right now. I was thinking what else besides bread I should make with them...thanks!

    Over The Apple Tree

  13. I made these tonight but I found them to be bland. I think I need to add more onion to make them taste right. The texture was great and I was thrilled to find another use for zucchini since I don't really love to eat it straight.

    1. Hey, I'm so glad you tried them! And thank you for your feedback. I think, you are right. More onions will, probably, make them even tastier. But my husband really doesn't like onions, so I add very little if at all every time. What can I do with this man? :)

  14. So far I have refused to use the word Z...ini on my shopping list...BUT since it's you and you are recommending this veggie...well I will try it, besides your meatballs look to darn delicious to pass! Thank you for sharing and linking to the Fluster Buster Party. I'm hosting today, Have a great week, Lena!, Lizy

  15. These sound great, Lena! I'm your newest FB follower :) Thanks so much for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends last week - I hope you'll join us again tomorrow. I look forward to seeing what you've been working on this week! :)

  16. Beef and zucchini meatballs are preeminent for health. I like to relish these on Sundays. Thanks for sharing an excellent post.


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