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  • Serves:4-6
  • Prep Time:30 mins
  • Cook Time:15 mins

Healthy Hidden Veggie Meatballs

+1 Edgell Lentils

These yummy meatballs are a great way of dishing up loads of vegetables without anyone knowing! We’ve snuck even more vegies in by adding some brown lentils to the mix. For a lighter option, we like to serve the meatballs on top of zucchini noodles. Yum!

Original recipe by EAT LIVE MOVE | 1.9.15



  • 500g lean mince
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 large zucchini, grated
  • 1 tablespoon mixed herbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 2 x 400g cans no added salt diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon no added salt tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bag spinach


In a large mixing bowl combine mince, half the onion, carrot, zucchini, egg, breadcrumbs and herbs.


Mix well until all ingredients are well combined. Season with pepper.

Roll mince mixture into small balls, no bigger than 1 tablespoon amounts, place onto a lined tray.

Heat a large frying pan (the biggest one you have), add a splash of olive oil to the pan. Once the oil is hot add the meatballs to caramelise. When the balls have a golden exterior remove from the pan and set aside on a plate.

Add a small amount of oil to the pan along with the remaining onion. Allow to cook slightly in the meatball juices. Deglaze pan with ½ cup water. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, remaining water and basil.

Add the meatballs back into the tomato sauce, you want each meatball to be submerged in the liquid. Keep the heat on medium high to allow the sauce to reduce and thicken. Add remaining half of lentils.

When the sauce is thickened and the meatballs have cooked fully they are ready to serve.

Serve with pasta, rice, polenta, cauliflower puree or anything that takes your fancy. When serving add a layer or spinach, about ½ a cup, between the pasta and meatballs for example to add even more veggies.


To make zoodles, peel a zucchini lengthways using a julienne peeler. Pour boiling water over zoodles and stand for 1 minute. Drain and serve.

Healthy Tip: As an alternative to zoodles, substitute for wholemeal pasta or brown rice.

Let's face it, We could all do with more vegies in our meals.

That’s why we started the Edgell +1 Project. We wanted to show just how easy it is to add one extra vegetable to your meals. We scour the web each month to find some of Australia’s favourite recipes, then head to the kitchen to show you how easy it is to add extra vegetables to your meals.