Zucchini is an excellent vegetable to include into your diet providing anti oxidants as well as a powerful weight loss tool due to its high water content. Substitute ground beef with lean ground turkey for your burgers and/or meatballs to dramatically decrease your saturated fat intake, while incorporating grated zucchini to bulk up your meal with vegetables which will help you feel fuller, longer.
Zucchini Turkey Meatballs/Burgers
1 package of ground extra lean ground turkey (local, hormone and anti-biotic free)
2 medium green or yellow zucchini, grated
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 one small onion
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce or 1 tsp chipotle chili pepper spice (optional, great for burgers or eating with salad)
1/4 brown rice bread crumbs
Set broiler on high, arranging rack so that burgers will be about 2 inches from the heat.
In a large bowl, combine grated zucchini, salt, onion, garlic, dried basil, oregano, pepper, bread crumbs and then turkey. Mix well and scoop out 12-14 portions.
Place burgers in oven and broil for 7 minutes. Carefully flip each burger and continue to broil for another 7 minutes on the other side. Depending how large your make your meatballs the time can be shorter or longer. Serve warm. Also can be made into turkey burgers!