5-Ingredient Zucchini Meatballs + More Healthy Meatball Recipes

Apr 4 2019
Meet your new go-to recipe! These magical meatballs are bulked up with shredded zucchini and feature a touch of cream cheese for extra richness and deliciousness. Check it out!

Hungry Girl's Healthy Zucchini Meatballs Recipe

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1/4th of recipe (4 meatballs): 203 calories, 6.5g total fat (3g sat. fat), 442mg sodium, 7.5g carbs, 1g fiber, 2.5g sugars, 27g protein

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Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes


8 oz. (about 1 medium) zucchini

1 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef (at least 96% lean)

1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/4 cup (about 2 large) egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute

2 tbsp. light/reduced-fat cream cheese



1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Shred zucchini, and place in a strainer to drain. Using a clean dish towel (or paper towels), press out as much moisture as possible.

Transfer zucchini to a large bowl, and add remaining ingredients and seasonings. Thoroughly mix.

Firmly and evenly form into 16 meatballs, and place on the baking sheet, evenly spaced.

Bake for 10 minutes. Flip meatballs, and bake until cooked through, about 10 more minutes.


3 Ways to Serve ‘Em!

⭑ Italian Style - Cover your meatballs in marinara, and top ‘em off with Parmesan cheese. Mmmmmm…

⭑ Asian Style - Grab some thick teriyaki sauce or marinade, and coat those meatballs. Then sprinkle with sesame seeds!

⭑ BBQ Style - The sweet & smoky flavor of BBQ sauce goes perfectly with these meatballs. Don’t forget to top it all off with some chopped scallions for crunch!

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