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Zucchini|Maires Marketplace

The Superbowl is coming up this Sunday and our men folk will be running on adrenaline and will need some extra energy to jump up and cheer when their team makes a touchdown.  This is a great idea to help satisfy a meat craving while sneaking in some extra veggies.  A very satisfying taste they will also help to change things up in your diet by getting away from the traditional ground beef and opting for a light low fat ground turkey.  For Superbowl Sunday you can just shape them into meatballs, make as hamburgers, or cut into squares and serve with marinara sauce or their favorite dip.  Goes well with ranch dressing too!

 

The zucchini will help make the pound of turkey go further and I was able to freeze the extra for future meals.  Just wrap them in a piece of stretch wrap in the shape you want. My two college age sons really like these patties.  They were a little spicy but not too dense.

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I shredded zucchini almost like noodles, then added herbs and spices and baked them in the oven on a silicone mat.  The mat works great to keep the edges from burning like they tend to on regular baking sheets.  The two I fried were brown, (which my RN sister says is unhealthy).  If I bake them on a silicon mat in the oven they turn out a lighter color, lower fat content and evenly cooked.  I would suggest using the silicone mat on a pan with sides, the zucchini puts out some water.  I can also flatten them out for sandwiches or break them up into pasta sauce (zucchini pasta or red lentil pasta).  They also work great to dip in guacamole or salsa.  Superbowl Sunday is almost here too!

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I mixed together the zucchini with onions, garlic and spices, then added the ground turkey and mixed it well, make into about 12 or so good sized meatballs or flatten for patties or to handle to dip into guacamole or salsa.
Recipe
Pretty simple recipe.  The sky is your limit.  You can make burgers, add to a stir fry, cut up and use as meatballs or just eat them alone like you would meatloaf.
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