I'm not much into hiding veggies. I LIKE to know that my kids will eat veggies without having to hide them. Broccoli is a big favorite in our house. But lately the kiddos haven't been eating it, most likely because I've been serving it too frequently. So, what's a mama to do? HIDE the broccoli!
These meatballs are seriously moist - even when microwaved two days later.
We ate these meatballs on top of wheat pasta (since Little Guy can now eat wheat). We also still eat gluten-free quinoa pasta as an alternative. So, if you're gluten free - that's a great option too!
RECIPE: Easy Egg Free Italian Meatballs with Broccoli
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 cup chopped cooked broccoli (I warmed up frozen broccoli and it worked great)
- 1 cup bread crumbs (I used Ian's Panko Bread Crumbs, but any plain wheat or gluten-free breadcrumbs would work. I've also substituted quick cooking oats if I don't have bread crumbs!)
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce, marinara sauce or ketchup (use a brand with no high fructose corn syrup)
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce (this includes anchovies just FYI for food allergies!)
- 1/2 Tbsp basil
- 1/2 Tbsp oregano
- 1/2 Tbsp Thyme
- 1/2 tsp dried parsley
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- salt is only needed if you use a low or no salt tomato sauce
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
- Use a whisk or fork to mix together seasonings with bread crumbs
- Add the ketchup and Worcestershire sauce
- Cook your broccoli (steam it, or take a shortcut and microwave frozen broccoli for 1 minute with a tsp of water)
- Chop your broccoli in a food processor into fine pieces and add it to the bread crumb mixture
- Add ground beef and turkey and mix everything with your hands
- Scoop meatball mixture with a tablespoon (or just use your hands to estimate like I do!) and roll in your hands until golf ball sized meatballs are formed
- Bake at 400 degrees for 22 - 25 minutes or until at least 160 degrees
What's your favorite meatball recipe!!??
Yes, I know breadcrumbs are fairly easy to make, but I prefer the easy route some days! Here are two kinds of Ian's breadcrumbs, wheat and gluten-free, I've used in the past for various recipes. I used the Original Panko Breadcrumbs for this meatball recipe.