Easy Dinner Recipe: Zucchini Meatballs with Garlic Sauce

Easy Dinner Recipe: Zucchini Meatballs with Garlic Sauce

Looking for a quick and tasty dinner option? These zucchini meatballs are a winner every time! With simple ingredients and easy preparation, you’ll have a nutritious meal on the table in no time.


Gather the following ingredients:

  • 2 zucchinis
  • 250 g of rice
  • 200 g of ricotta
  • 80 g of breadcrumbs
  • 60 g of grated Parmesan
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1 egg
  • 500 ml of water + as needed
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Herbes de Provence
  • Black pepper

Subheading: Garlic Sauce Ingredients

  • 50 g of light mayonnaise
  • 50 g of Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • Chopped dill
Preparation of Meatballs
  1. Grate the zucchinis and place them in a bowl.
  2. Salt the grated zucchinis and let them rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Squeeze out excess moisture from the zucchinis and transfer them to a clean bowl.
  4. Add ricotta, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, egg, and herbs. Mix well.
  5. Shape the mixture into meatballs and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake at 200°C for 30 minutes.
Cooking the Rice
  1. Rinse the rice under cold water to remove excess starch.
  2. In a pan, sauté onion and carrot in olive oil until softened.
  3. Add the rice, water, salt, pepper, and spices to the pan.
  4. Cover and cook on low heat for 25 minutes until the rice is tender.
Making the Garlic Sauce
  1. In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, minced garlic, and chopped dill.
  2. Mix well until smooth and creamy.
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  1. Once the meatballs are cooked, allow them to cool slightly.
  2. Serve the meatballs with the rice and garlic sauce on the side.
  3. Enjoy your delicious and nutritious meal!
Health Benefits

Zucchinis are low in calories and rich in nutrients like vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber. This recipe provides a healthy dose of vegetables and protein, making it a balanced meal option.

  • Substitute breadcrumbs with almond flour for a gluten-free option.
  • Add chopped spinach or kale to the meatball mixture for extra nutrition.
  • Use different herbs and spices to customize the flavor to your liking.
Tips for Success
  • Make sure to squeeze out as much moisture as possible from the grated zucchinis to prevent the meatballs from being too watery.
  • For a crispy exterior, broil the meatballs for a few minutes after baking.
  • Double the recipe and freeze extra meatballs for future meals.