Zucchini Meat Balls

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Zucchini Meat Balls

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Recipe by Sagen Jackson Course: LunchCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy


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Flavor packed zucchini meatless ball recipe for subs, grain bowls, salads and more!


  • 1 flax egg

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 1/2 cups grated zucchini, peeled or unpeeled

  • 1/8 cup almonds, ground

  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 cup croutons, crushed

  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast

  • 1/2 cup pinto beans, mashed with a fork

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Make your flax egg.
  • Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the zucchini and garlic to the pan and cook for 6-7 minutes until the liquid from the zucchini is gone.
  • Transfer the zucchini and garlic to a sieve and drain as much liquid as possible. Press down with a spatula to get the most water out. Set aside and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Once zucchini has cooled, add it to a large bowl. Stir in your flax egg mixture, lemon zest, crushed almonds, parsley, oregano, basil, onion powder, croutons, nutritional yeast, beans, salt, pepper and chilli. Mix together well – you may need to use your hands to get everything incorporated.
  • Form the mixture into 16 balls. Gently compact them with your hands so they will stay together. Bake for 22 – 25 minutes, turning them once during this time.
  • Serve warm! Check out this video for serving suggestions.


  • Please note: calories shared above are for meatballs only. Does not include bread, sauce, etc.
  • For Sub: Get French bread, add meatballs and top with banana peppers, spaghetti sauce, sliced bell peppers or any of your other favorite toppings.
  • For sheet pan dinner: Make zucchini meat balls first and then bake with carrots, brussel sprouts and green beans on 375* F for 20 – 25 minutes.

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