Turkey Meatballs with Quinoa and Zucchini

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Rated 5.0 based on 5 customer reviews
Turkey Meatballs with Quinoa and Zucchini
Turkey Meatballs with Quinoa and Zucchini


  • 1½ pounds ground turkey
  • 1 cup cooked white quinoa
  • ½ white onion, grated
  • ½ cup grated zucchini
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1½ teaspoons ground oregano
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • (Optional) Toppings: grated Parmesan cheese, prepared tomato sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or coat thoroughly with cooking spray.
  2. Combine ground turkey, cooked quinoa, onion, zucchini, egg, parsley, garlic, soy sauce, oregano, and pepper in a large bowl; mix well to combine.
  3. Form meatballs using 1½ tablespoons of mixture; place on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until firm and cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  5. Top with Parmesan cheese and warm tomato sauce, if desired.
Mealthy tip:

Skip the spaghetti and and make romaine lettuce boats for the meatballs.


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Katie Hason says:

I'm officially obsessed with this recipe! I swear you could not even taste the quinoa or zucchini. These meatballs are by far one of my favorite, and not only that but they are so delicious. I smothered them in tomato sauce and ate them without anything else. I don't use ground turkey a lot when I cook, but this dish does not lack any flavor.

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Sam Dalton says:

Really good meatballs, especially for someone like myself that is new to eating quinoa. Goes perfectly with tomato sauce and noodles.

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Monica Allen says:

Favorite! I let the meatballs chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before cooking. The flavor was so good, I ate them alone. I used mixed quinoa instead of white, not sure if it made a difference. These are great for meal prepping too!

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Anthony Cohen says:

These meatballs turned out great. They weren't greasy, they held together nicely, and you couldn't even detect the quinoa. I made lettuce boats, thought it was excellent.

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Steven Gomes says:

Served this as an appetizer at my party. I also used homemade tomato sauce, which made this dish incredible. No need for parmesan cheese! You won't want or need it.