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Nutritional Recipes

Zucchini “Meatballs”

Written by COA Nutrition Team On August 16, 2018

These healthy ZucchiniMeatballs” are delicious served with marinara sauce and pasta. You’ll love this meatless 30-minute meal!


  • 4 zucchinis
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-cup ricotta cheese
  • 1-cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 3 tbsp. fresh chopped basil
  • 3 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium diced onion
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic


  1. Remove each end of the zucchinis and use a cheese grater to shred into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Sprinkle salt over shredded zucchini, toss, and let rest for 20 minutes to pull out excess moisture.
  3. Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  4. Using a dish towel/cloth squeeze out excess liquid from the shredded zucchini.
  5. Move the zucchini to a dry mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients.
  6. Stir until evenly mixed and form into golf ball-sized balls.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until browned, flipping halfway through. Makes 15 meatballs
  8. Serve over whole wheat pasta with our healthy marinara sauce.

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Planning Ahead Tip of the Month

“Plan Your Meals for the Week”

For cooking newbies, shopping for exact recipes can prove helpful. But for us, busy working moms, it is more interesting to look for ingredients you can use in a variety of dishes, this practice can save you time and money. After all, if you buy an entire bunch of tomatoes for a single taco salad, you’re going to end up with a lot in the garbage. But if you buy a whole bunch of tomatoes, cook them and divide them up to use in pastas, in wraps and in salads. You can save on cooking time and keep from throwing away your money. Go into the store knowing how many servings of proteins, grains and vegetables you need. When you get home, get creative to use up everything you’ve purchased.

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