Zucchini Meatballs – baked meatballs with lots of hidden veggies in tomato sauce; your picky eaters will love this healthy meal!
1lblean ground beef(or other kind of meat)
1/4cupdry bread crumbs,plain
1/4cupgrated Parmesan cheese
1-2clovesgarlic,minced or 1 tsp garlic powder
1/4tspdried oregano leaves
salt and black pepper to taste
1onion,finely chopped or grated
1medium carrot,finely grated
salt and black pepper,to taste
optional ingredients: 1 Tbsp red wine,1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (chili) flakes
MEATBALLS: Put grated zucchini, ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, onion and garlic into a large bowl. Season with paprika, oregano, salt and black pepper. Mix well until combined.
Divide into 24 walnut-size meatballs. Place them on baking pan lined with aluminum foil or baking paper. Bake for about 20 minutes in 400 F (200 C) oven, or until meatballs are cooked through.
SAUCE: While meatballs are baking, saute onion in olive oil. Add remaining ingredients and simmer on low heat until vegetables are soft, about 20 minutes. You can blend or puree the sauce to make it extra smooth.
Add meatballs to the sauce, cook for about 1 minute and serve over spaghetti, other type of pasta, mashed potato or rice.