Friday, December 27, 2013

Zucchini Meatballs/Meatloaf (Onion and Garlic Free)


2 pounds ground beef
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup bread crumbs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp pepper

tomato puree(optional)


Mix all ingredients.

To make meatloaf, place in bread pan and form into loaf. Cook at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. Drizzle top with tomato puree. Bake for an additional fifteen minutes, until safe internal temperature is reached. (Ovens vary.)

To make meatballs, measure by tablespoon and form into balls. Cook on greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until no longer pink in the center.

Freezes well for use with spaghetti or in meatball subs year round.

Nutrition Facts: Serving Size 1 small meatball (24.5 g), Calories 40, Total Fat 1.4g, Saturated Fat 0.6g, Cholesterol 16mg, Sodium 71mg, Total Carbohydrates 1.6g, Dietary Fiber 0.1g, Sugars 0.4g, Protein 5.0g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 2%, Iron 3%

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Chili (onion and garlic free)

I realized I never posted my chili recipe. Good weather for it!


1 lb ground beef
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (12 oz) can tomato paste
1 (15 oz) can corn, drained
2 1/2 oz carrots, pureed (baby food) Or finely grated carrots, but baby food is easy and mimics some of the onion flavor
2 green peppers
1 tbsp chili pepper
1 tbsp cocoa powder
2 (15.5 oz) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
1 cup water
1 tbsp hot sauce (my store brand is onion and garlic free. If unavailable, consider red pepper flakes to taste)


Brown beef. Drain grease. (Recipe can be made vegetarian by substituting crumbles.)

Finely process green peppers. Puree one can of beans. Combine all ingredients in a large crock pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

I serve with shredded cheddar cheese and tortilla chips.

Nutrition Facts Serving Size (216.8 g), Calories 305, Total Fat 2.9g, Saturated Fat 0.9g,
Trans Fat 0.0g, Cholesterol 25mg, Sodium 321mg, Total Carbohydrates 48.3g, Dietary Fiber
12.1g, Sugars 8.0g, Protein 24.2g, Vitamin A 34% • Vitamin C 42%, Calcium 9% • Iron 36%