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August 17, 2011

Healthy Recipes: Meatballs and Zucchini


We all hate them for so many reasons.

One of the primary reasons is that the food can often be limiting and tasteless.

But we don't have to starve to be healthy. Or act like our taste buds don't exist. Believe it or not there are plenty of dishes that taste good and are good for you too.

Picture of Health is starting a feature where we will post healthy recipes periodically. We'll gather them from cookbooks, magazines, trainers and nutritionists. If you have any you'd like to send in you can email or

The first recipe is one for meatballs and zucchini from Becky Conti, a trainer at Canton Merritt in Baltimore. (For full disclosure Becky was my trainer at one point of time.)

Zucchini and Meatballs

2 lbs. lean ground meat
2 eggs
2/3 cup oatmeal
Italian seasoning
Mix well and shape into meatballs; bake on greased sheet for 30 mins. at 350 degrees.
28 oz. can Tuttoroso (or other brand) crushed tomatoes
2 cups beef broth
1/4 cup red wine
Lots of cut-up zucchini
Saute onions, garlic and about a tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes in olive oil.
 Stir 2 tbsp. of cornstarch (or flour) into beef broth and add to pot. Add tomatoes
and wine and stir to combine. Place cooked meatballs in sauce for at least a half hour.
Add zucchini to sauce and cook till crisp tender.  
 Serve over brown rice.
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Meredith CohnMeredith Cohn has been a reporter since 1991, covering everything from politics and airlines to the environment and medicine. A runner since junior high and a particular eater for almost as long, she tries to keep up on health and fitness trends. Her aim is to bring you the latest news and information from the local and national medical and wellness communities.

Andrea K. WalkerAndrea K. Walker knows it’s weird to some people, but she has a fascination with fitness, diseases, medicine and other health-related topics. She subscribes to a variety of health and fitness magazines and becomes easily engrossed in the latest research in health and science. An exercise fanatic, she’s probably tried just about every fitness activity there is. Her favorites are running, yoga and kickboxing. So it is probably fitting that she has been assigned to cover the business of healthcare and to become a regular contributor to this blog. Andrea has been at The Sun for nearly 10 years, covering manufacturing, retail , airlines and small and minority business. She looks forward to telling readers about the latest health news.

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