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Hidden Veggie Meatballs (Gluten free, Dairy free)

  • Author: Michelle
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Units Scale
  • 4 oz zucchini (about half a large zucchini)
  • 4 oz carrot
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 3/4 lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg (see notes for AIP)
  • 2 tbsp almond flour (sub 2 tbsp of coconut flour for AIP, see notes)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 tsp black pepper (omit for AIP)
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil

To serve (optional)

  • 16 oz pasta sauce
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped


  1. Using a food processor, finely shred the carrot and zucchini. Use a nut milk bag or clean dish towel to squeeze out the excess liquid.
  2. Add the vegetables to a bowl along with the pork, turkey, egg, almond flour, and seasonings. Stir well to combine. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out the meatball mixture. Wet you hands and form into round, uniformly sized meatballs (about 1.5″ in diameter). Place on a clean plate.
  3. Using a large, deep (oven safe) pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the meatballs. Allow to crisp on all sides until lightly browned and crisp.
  4. To make without a sauce- Transfer the pan to the oven at 375 F degrees. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the meatballs are 165 F.
  5. To make with a sauce- Pour the sauce over the meatballs and lightly stir to coat. Bring the sauce to a low simmer for 15 minutes, or until the meatballs are 165 F.
  6. Serve the metaballs over pasta and top with parsley, or with a side like rice and roasted vegetables.


If making the meatballs AIP, also add about 1 tbsp of olive oil to add extra moisture to account for being egg-free.

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Global


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 267
  • Fat: 18.4g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.1g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 19.7g

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