3 simple meatball recipes perfect for the lunchbox

In this post I want to share my 3 main meatball recipes. One beef, one lamb and one turkey recipe to keep it varied and yummy for the kids. All delicious and easy to make in advance.

I’ve mentioned before my love for bulk cooking and my fantasy about an upright freezer, but lately my fantasy is even bigger: I want a walk in freezer.

I want to share with you 3 simple meatball recipes I usually cook in bulk to freeze and save me a lot of trouble when preparing the lunchboxes.

Simple meatballs

Whenever I prepare meatballs for the kids lunchbox I cook them in the oven and with no sauce. That way, I can freeze them already baked and when thawing them, they’ll be ready to eat.

I usually send the meatballs on their own, with no sauce or gravy. Easy and clean to eat, still super yummy. They are a success! I might send some lemon or lime slices depending on the type.

Beef and zucchini meatballs.

These meatballs are super easy and the added value is that they contain a nice amount of veggies as well, perfect for picky eaters! 

What you’ll need:

  • 500g lean mince beef.
  • 1 medium sized zucchini (courgette).
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup of grated grana padano (or any other hard cheese)
  • 1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and  black pepper to taste

First grate the zucchini and use a clean tea towel to squeeze it and remove excess of liquid. 

mix all ingredients in a bowl

Shape up the balls in the desired size. (I like to make them small)

bring them to the oven for about 20 min in 200C.

I like to bake them in the cake pop told, the one with the little hole in it so that excess of liquid can go through leaving the meatballs crispy.

Remember to let them cool completely before freezing them. 

Moroccan meatballs.

These lamb meatballs are full of flavour yet not spicy. My kids favourite (and mine!).

  • 500g of lamb mince
  • 1 super finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 garlic clove chopped.
  • fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper.
  • salt and  black pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and shape into meatballs. always try to pack them as much as possible so they don’t loose shape while cooking. 

Bring them to the oven for about 20 min in 200C.

Turkey meatballs

I don’t make this very often but I should. The girls love them and its a leaner alternative to the beef and lamb meatballs.

photo credit: alangkelly
  • 500g of turkey mince
  • 1 super finely chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese (grana padano is my favourite choice)
  • salt and  black pepper to taste.

As with the other meatballs: mix all ingredients in a bowl and shape into meatballs. always try to pack them as much as possible so they don’t loose shape while cooking.

Bring them to the oven for about 20 min in 200C.

Cook ahead, you’ll thank yourself later

Whenever a prepare meatballs I make twice as much as I need. that way I always store some ready to go in the freezer. 

I have lately discovered the Wonderfull world of vacuum storing food, and I just store the meatballs in two portion packs and label them appropriately. 

Vacuum storage is not only great because it preserves food better and longer but it also reduces a lot of space in the freezer. I REALY REALLY recommend it. 

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