Home Food & Drink Go GREEN…ZUCCHINI Your Meatball


I hope you’re having an amazing funfilled summer! I have especially been enjoying the warm weather, spending time outdoors and the long 3 day weekend that included Fourth of July!  It has been a special time filled with family, friends and long days of gatherings.
Now, speaking of holidays and entertaining, here’s my latest creation for continued summertime meal ideas—zucchini meatballs. A meatball totally independent of meat!
These delicious zucchini meatballs will have your taste buds spiraling out of control! You will not miss the meat after taking one bite out of this veggie meatball alternative.  These treats are filled with spiralized yellow and green zucchini, fresh basil, fresh parsley, fresh mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese and grated cheese.
The meatballs are shaped and lightly rolled in Italian flavored bread crumbs on a cookie sheet drizzled with liquid gold (olive oil)–they crisp up nicely. Italian inspired, these tasty zucchini meatballs, with the most sumptuous moist and cheesy texture, make for the perfect appetizer.  They can also be served as a light healthy main course, accompanied with a side of fresh marinara sauce and an antipasto or green salad.  Your friend, Dishin’ with Denise, would remind you that cooking with care, creativity and inspiration will surely produce great recipes.  Always use the freshest ingredients and your food will be bursting with flavor! This versatile summer squash has unlimited possibilities and many health benefits. Perhaps these meatballs will become “the new normal,” although as for me…I’m not ready to give up my beef!     “Mangia”…Denise xoxo 
Recipe Yields: 24 large zucchini balls 
(you can make smaller for appetizers or snack size.)
8 large zucchinis (4 green, 4 yellow) 
    lightly peeled and spiralized or buy them already cut that
    way. I like to cut up a bit with a scissor to make the long
    strands more manageable for rolling.
2 large Vidalia onions chopped 
    and sautéed in a frying pan until soft and light brown,
1 cup fresh chopped parsley
1 cup fresh chopped basil
1 cup grated Locatelli cheese
1 lb. of fresh mozzarella (cut into cubes)
1 lb. of whole milk ricotta 
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Fresh black pepper 
3 large beaten eggs
1 ½ cups bread crumbs + more for rolling
1/3 cup olive oil + ½ cup more for brushing cookie sheet
    (it helps to brown up without frying)
Put your spiralized zucchini into a large pan with the olive oil and sauté for 4-5 minutes. The zucchini will release a lot of water, so drain and cool completely.
When cool:  Be sure the sautéed onions are completely cool as well. Now add all other ingredients and mix well. Working carefully with your hands, shape into meatballs and roll lightly into a dish of bread crumbs. Continue shaping, then place on cookie sheet and bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Keep on Rolling…..xoxo
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Some Secrets Aren’t Meant to Be Shared

From author Meg Mitchell Moore comes a warm, witty and suspenseful novel filled with small-town secrets, summer romance, big time lies and spiked seltzer. In “Two Truths and A Lie” the leader of an idyllic beach town “mom squad” has made surprising effort to include a new resident and her daughter in typically closed-group activities, though they’re not the only ones she’s been spending more time with. A blend of propulsive thriller and gorgeous summer read, Moore’s latest novel is a reminder that happiness isn’t always a day at the beach, some secrets aren’t meant to be shared and the most precious things are loved ones.

Romantic Adventure Proves Anything Can Happen

No. 1 “New York Times” bestseller Susan Elizabeth Phillips returns to her Chicago Stars series with a romance between a quarterback and one of the world’s greatest opera singers – and a major diva – in “When Stars Collide.” It’s Mozart meets Monday night football as the temperamental soprano and stubborn jock embark on a nationwide tour promoting a luxury watch brand, they engage in soul-searching, trash talk and backstage drama. Threatening letters, haunting photographs and a series of dangerous encounters also complicate their lives and make them wonder if it’s the work of an overzealous fan or something more sinister.

Transatlantic Love Story Raises the Royal Stakes

“New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author Alyssa Cole’s second Runaway Royals novel, “How to Find a Princess,” is an Anastasia-inspired romance featuring a long-lost princess who finds love with the female investigator tasked with tracking her down. When a threat to her grandmother’s livelihood pushes the princess to return to Ibarania, the investigator takes her on a transatlantic adventure. When they finally make it, they realize there’s more at stake than just cash and crown, and the princess must learn what it means to fight for what she desires rather than what she feels bound to by duty.

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