One of my favorite items to meal-prep → MEATBALLS! When I first began meal-prepping, I was all about the shredded chicken in the crockpot with rice. For any of you in the same boat, you know a gal can only eat so much chicken and rice before starting to get a little loopy!
When my boyfriend first suggested making meatballs for meal-prep my initial thought was “Woah, that’s going to take forever - balling each one, frying them up, etc”. Thankfully, after a couple go-arounds, I consider myself a meatball professional! Mix ingredients with your hands (this is the fastest and only way to do it), use a cookie scoop to ensure they are all the same size, and utilize your parchment paper while BAKING them.
Meatballs work great for meal-prepping and maintaining a healthy diet for many reasons.
They can be nutritious! -- Ex. Lean ground turkey instead of beef and/or oats instead of breadcrumbs).
So many different flavor combinations - Barbeque meatballs, Italian meatballs, Greek meatballs, Roasted Garlic & Zucchini meatballs… Possibilities are endless.
If you happen to have leftovers, you can freeze them for a later time.
Spiralize your favorite vegetable for a lower carb meal OR indulge over a gluten-free pasta. I like to have them over spiralized sweet potato!
Below is a new flavor combo that I just LOVE! The zucchini keeps these meatballs moist even if you are reheating like I do. ENJOY!
Roasted Garlic & Zucchini Meatballs
*Makes around 24 meatballs
1 pound lean ground turkey - I use 93/7
1 cup finely grated zucchini
½ cup gluten-free quick oats
*5-6 cloves roasted garlic, smashed
1 egg, whisked
2 Tablespoons ketchup
½ teaspoon basil
½ teaspoon parsley
½ teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line sheet pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine turkey, zucchini, oats, garlic, egg, ketchup, basil, parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.
Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on sheet pan evenly spaced. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until each meatball is cooked through.
*Substitute roasted garlic for freshly minced (1 Tablespoon) or garlic powder (1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon).