Zucchini Balls

I have to tell you guys a secret.

Oatmeal doesn’t do a lot for me.

I know. Gasp. Bear with me.

It’s not that I don’t like oatmeal. I think it’s fine. Especially when it’s topped with a splash of cream and a spoonful of peanut butter. And maybe some chocolate chips. What of it?

Because, let’s be honest, we all know that I’m not making that kind of breakfast for myself during the week before I rush out the door to work, oatmeal is more of a weekend dish for me.

But sometimes, owing to the fact that it doesn’t make me do back flips or somersaults like it does some people, I want something more savory. Maybe with eggs. Definitely with cheese.

Sure, breakfast tacos are an option. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with a breakfast taco.

But then, I’m pretty weird. So I came up with these zucchini balls.

Yup. They’re like vegetarian meatballs. And I ate them. for. breakfast.

Zucchini Balls
serves 1

1/3 large zucchini
1 egg
2 T panko breadcrumbs
1 T cilantro, chopped or torn, plus more for garnish
1/2 oz sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded
1/4 cup cooked grain (I used Trader Joe’s Harvest Grain Blend)
1/8 t cayenne pepper
1/4 t garlic powder
salt+pepper, to taste
cooking spray

1. Using a box grater or shredding attachment on food processor, grate zucchini.  Squeeze excess moisture out and place in a mixing bowl.
2. Add all other ingredients (through spices) to bowl and mix until combined.
*Note: the grain blend I used was a mix of Israeli couscous, red quinoa, split chickpeas and red and green orzo, but you can use any short grain you like.
3. Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium.
4. Form 1-inch balls out of mixture and place in skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes and then rotate, browning all sides.  I used 2 forks to do this as they are fairly delicate.
5. Place on a plate, garnish with extra cilantro and serve hot.

And yes, in case you were wondering, I ate my breakfast on a bed of homemade coleslaw.

I am such a freak.

You could maybe just make these for dinner sometime.

16 thoughts on “Zucchini Balls

  1. Considering I had my lunch for breakfast again today – cilantro lime shrimp with quinoa, avocado, sundried toms and black olives – I don’t find your zucchini balls odd in the least. This is why we are friends.

  2. I am all about non-breakfast foods for breakfast. I’m almost always in a savory mood for my first meal. Looks great!

  3. I love savory breakfasts! Most of the time I end up with cereal because I either a) pressed snooze too many times or b) am lazy, but this looks awesome. I would totally eat them day or night. 🙂

  4. I like stuff like this for breakfast. I’m all about the savory breakfasts, that’s why when I make oatmeal I usually add broccoli and cheese. It’s just better that way.

  5. I’m not huge on oatmeal either…I don’t get the hoopla? It’s kind of bland? This looks way tastier!

    Hope you are having a great weekend so far!

    • It is kind of bland- it requires some serious doctoring to make it worth a weekend breakfast! Thanks, Ameena, I hope you had a great weekend, too!

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