Zoodles & Meatballs.
One of the greatest tricks I have ever learned is adding diced veggies to ground meats. This not only adds a ton of VOLUME, it adds servings of veggies to your burgers & adds a ton of flavor. Like - that's a lot of really good things. I play around a lot with some different combos of this, but tonight's combo was SO on point.
I used a half of a bag of Green Giant's new cauliflower rice kit - it had diced cauliflower, carrots and onions in it - already in the perfect size! - and then diced up a whole container of baby bella mushrooms. ((PS when you use diced mushrooms with ground beef, they blend in so well and you really can't even see them!! STEALH HEALTH at its freaking best!!))
I am going to give you my basic recipe below because the rest is all the same - but these veggies were used tonight and I may never do another combo again! The only difference between the recipe below and using these veggies, is I recommend sautéing the diced mushrooms first to really bring out their flavor, just a few minutes until they are fragrant and then add them in!
Tonight I served these beautiful babies over some Zoodles (spiralized zucchini) topped with Hoboken Farms Big Red sauce plus some grilled Broccolette & grilled sweet potatoes. THIS meal made me feel so good, it was light, fresh, packed with all the things I needed. And the best part, I have so many meatballs left over for the rest of the week.
TRY THIS RECIPE! And then tag me on instagram @happyslimhealthy so I can drool over your creations.
Veggie Stuffed Turkey Meatballs:
(makes 12 meatballs)
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped (SUB ANY VEGGIE!)
- 2 cups spinach, finely chopped (SUB ANY VEGGIE!)
- 1 pound 99% lean ground turkey breast
- 1/4 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
- ¼ cup ground flax seed
- 1 egg
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp garlic & herb no salt seasoning
(Can add in any other spices you wish!)
Directions: 1. Preheat grill. 2. Prep all the vegetables, and set aside in a bowl. 3. Add the ground turkey, bread crumbs, flax, egg, garlic and spices. 4. Mix together until all ingredients are incorporated together. Form into 12 small patties - if you are using the grill make them flatter than your normal meatball. 5. Grill each side for about 5-7 minutes (or bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes), or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Other veggie mix in ideas: shredded zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, chopped kale or spinach, shredded carrots - you get the idea! ANYTHING GOES! Get creative and show me some delicious combos!