This dish is not only delicious, it’s also healthy, protein-rich, and pretty simple to make! Zucchini is a staple in many bariatric and low-carb eating plans, and meatballs are always a great way to get in protein in perfect portions. 

*NOTE – I use whole wheat bread crumbs in this recipe. If you are completely low-carb/gluten free you can substitute grated Parmesan for the bread crumbs and it works beautifully!*



For the Meatballs

8-9 Bariatric Servings of 3-4 Meatballs
4-5 Regular Servings of 4-5 Meatballs

1 lb lean ground beef
1/4 C whole wheat bread crumbs
2 eggs, beaten
2 T Worcestershire sauce
2 T cold water
2 tsp Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste (I used about a teaspoon of each)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Using a cookie scoop, shape the meat into 24 balls (give or take) onto a parchment or plastic wrap lined baking sheet. Freeze for at least two hours or overnight. Transfer to storage bag and store for up to 6 months in the freezer.

Place frozen meatballs into slow cooker and cover with favorite sauce. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.


For the Zucchini Ribbons

1-2 Regular Servings of about 1/2 C of zucchini (or 1-2 zucchini, depending on appetite)
3-4 Bariatric Servings of about 1/4 C of zucchini
2 medium zucchini
salt, pepper, Italian seasoning to taste
cooking spray OR oil of choice

Cut the ends off of the zucchini and throw away. Using a vegetable peeler or a mandolin, cut the zucchini into long, thin strips.
I used the peeler to very carefully peel thin strips of the zucchini. Watch your fingers!

Lay zucchini strips on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Spray the tops with cooking spray OR very lightly brush with oil of choice. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and seasoning to taste over the top.

Bake at 350 for 5 minutes then flip the zucchini with a spatula or tongs and continue cooking for another 5-7 minutes, or until tender and slightly browned around the edges. The zucchini will shrink slightly.

To Serve

Lay strips of zucchini in bottom of serving bowl. Top with meatballs and sauce. Top with Parmesan cheese.

1 Corinthians 10:31
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

PS – my hubby (AKA Ronnie the Sound Guy) LOVED this dish and said it was a definite “Do-Over”!