If you have been on the hunt for a healthy meatball recipe, I have one for you. In fact, I have several! All delicious, family friendly, loaded with vegetables and easy to make!
Meatballs are, hands down, my favorite go-to protein. When I don’t have a clue what to make for dinner, I usually end up whipping up a healthy meatball recipe.
Why? Because healthy meatballs are easy to make, quick to cook and are amazing to enjoy in lots of different ways. Such as….
Serving ideas for meatballs
- Over your favorite pasta with veggie-loaded tomato sauce
- as a appetizer
- over a salad
- with mashed potatoes
- over rice
- over riced cauliflower
- with roasted veggies
- in a roll
- in a lunch box
- as is!
I also love that a good healthy meatball recipe is a great thing to make during your meal prep. You can make them ahead of time and reheat quickly a few days later or pop them into your freezer to make a delicious, nourishing meal come together in minutes.
How to freeze meatballs
I prefer to cook my meatballs before freezing. So much quicker to get onto the table and I already know they have been cooked through and are safe to eat.
Before freezing cooked meatballs, allow them to cool completely on the counter. Then transfer them to an air-tight, freezer safe container.
However, sometimes meatballs stick together when frozen touching one another. If you want to be able to take out a few meatballs at a time to defrost, try freezing them on small baking sheet or plate and then transferring them to your storage container of choice once frozen. This will prevent them from freezing to one another and make taking one or two meatballs out at a time much easier.
Tips for making meatballs
- Use a small cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon to portion out the meat mixture. This will help the meatballs to be close to the same size and cook evenly.
- If the meat is sticking to your hands when rolling, dampen your hands slightly. You don’t want them dripping well, but a little water on your hands will help the meatballs from sticking to you.
- Use whatever ground meat you have on hand. You can easily swap out ground chicken for turkey. Bison for beef. Or even a ground white meat for a ground dark meat! However, if you decided to use ground chicken or turkey in a beef recipe, be aware that you might need to up the seasoning in the recipe. Turkey and chicken tend to be much blander in flavor and need a boosting of seasoning that beef, bison and pork do not.
Ready for a healthy meatball recipe or two to try on for size? Here are some of my absolute favorites!
These healthy turkey meatballs are easy, veggie-loaded and full of that beloved ranch flavor! Loaded with protein and quick to make, they are the perfect weeknight dinner.
These egg roll meatballs are a wonderfully flavorful, quick veggie-loaded recipe that you are going to love. Naturally gluten free, and super easy to make!
These Chicken & Cauliflower Meatballs are bound to become a new staple! So simple and made with only 7 real food ingredients, these delicious little bites are the perfect thing to make for a protein-packed and veggie-loaded addition to any meal! And they are gluten free, dairy-free, Paleo, Whole30, egg-free and nut-free too! So yeah, they are basically magic in edible form!
These beef and mushroom meatballs are easy, quick and sure to become a household favorite! Full of flavor, yet made with just 7 ingredients, they are Whole30, Paleo, gluten free, egg-free, and dairy-free.
Great for when you want to make something vegetarian, these bites can be enjoyed the same way a traditional meatball can AND they are also packed with added veggies.
Healthy and spicy! These meatballs are Paleo, had added zucchini and a drizzle of hot sauce for a little spicy kick. Also Whole30, keto, and gluten-free.
Make these veggie-loaded chicken bites as meatballs! They aren’t just easy to make, but they are super delicious and a healthy start to dinner! Family-friendly, gluten free, Paleo and Whole30
My first and favorite veggie-loaded meatball recipe! Super kid-approved and easy to make, this healthy meatball recipes has 4 different kinds of veggies in it, is egg-free, gluten free and is wildly delicious!