Turkey Zucchini Meatball Subs

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You know how some people just love going to the movies, and they’ll go see pretty much anything and often end up liking it? Those people are the opposite of me. I am not a movie person in the slightest. A few weeks ago I was talking about this with a friend and I actually added up all the movies I’ve seen in the last couple of years — 6 in 2011 (which I thought was a respectable amount) and only 2 in 2012. I just don’t like movies, man. They’re too long, too boring, and I just lose interest so fast. Unless it’s a movie I’ve been dying to see, sitting in a movie theater feels like jail to me — I instantly get fidgety and squirmy and have-to-check-the-time-y.

What I like is television. Specifically sitcoms. I mean, Mad Men is great and everything, but sitting through hour-long installments of Jon Hamm slowly killing himself with bourbon can be a bit much. That makes me sound shallow and stupid, doesn’t it? I mean, yeah, basically. 30 minutes seems like a much more reasonable amount of time to devote to watching something than 2+ hours. I’m busy, you know!?! I have to get back to taking pictures of my dinner and stuff.

Anyway, this is all to say that I am super excited that TOMORROW NIGHT my favorite television show of all time — NBC’s Community — comes back after being off the air since last May. This show just makes me happy and warms my heart and cracks me up and I can’t recommend it highly enough! If you’re planning on watching tomorrow, too, I suggest you (1) make these turkey zucchini meatball subs (they’re not quite chicken fingers, but they do at least feature zucchini zircles!) and (2) read this write-up of the show’s best episode just to get psyyyyyched.

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TURKEY ZUCCHINI MEATBALL SUBS (recipe from Iowa Girl Eats)

1 small zucchini, grated on box grater
1/4 small onion (red or white), diced
4 cloves minced garlic
1 lb lean ground turkey
1 egg white
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
5 hot dog buns
about a cup of marinara sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400. Combine first ten ingredients (through panko) in large bowl and mix well using your (clean!) hands. Shape turkey into about 15 golf-ball sized meatballs, and place them on a wire rack placed over a foil-lined baking sheet and sprayed generously with non-stick spray. Bake meatballs 20-22 minutes, or until no longer pink in center.
2. Turn oven to broil, then open up hotdog buns and place three cooked meatballs in each bun. Spoon marinara sauce on top of meatballs, then top with mozzarella cheese. Broil until the sauce is warm and cheese begins to brown (mine took about 3 minutes).

These meatballs smelled absolutely heavenly while they baked. Plus, if you use whole-wheat hotdog buns and part-skim mozzarella cheese, this isn’t all that bad for you.

Six seasons and a movie!

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7 thoughts on “Turkey Zucchini Meatball Subs

  1. okay, you sold me on “Community” — will watch tonight — Meatballs might be the featured dish πŸ™‚ these look GREAT

  2. Awesome looking meatballs! I’m also psyched for Community. Still sad about 30 Rock ending last week … a sub like this would certainly help me feel better. πŸ™‚

    • You’re right, it was definitely a bummer that Community starting up meant 30 Rock ending. But at least 30 Rock got 7 great seasons — I don’t think we’ll be quite so lucky with Community…

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