Stretch a Pound of Ground Meat with Less Meat Balls
  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 1 - 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely grated
  • 1 medium zucchini, finely grated
  • 1 cup finely chipped diced onion
  • 1 cup or more cooked rice or other grain
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons dried thyme, oregano, basil, parsley or whatever blend takes your fancy
  1. Use your hands to mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. If desired, cook a small amount to test the flavor. Make any adjustments needed.
  3. Divide into 6 to 8 portions and form these into smaller balls, depending on the size you want.
  4. Cook as desired. I flattened mine slightly and pan fried them in a little olive oil.
Recipe by Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen at