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Chicken Cheesy Meatballs & Orzo Medley

Recipe 1


Prep 5min
Cook 35min
Total 40min

Ingredients for 15 servings

Serving size – 1 meatball

Meatballs (makes at least 15 golf-ball size balls)

  • 1 1/4lb ground chicken (or turkey)
  • 2 tablespoons dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (optional)
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 60g (or ~6 tablespoons) panko (or gluten free bread crumbs)
  • pinch of sea salt & pepper


Step 1

Set oven to 420F/216C.

Step 2

Add all the ingredients for the chicken meatballs to a large bowl. Thoroughly mix together, then form meatballs.  Note: lean ground meat tends to be very sticky so I like to spray my hands with a little olive oil while rolling the meatballs  so they are easier to make.

Step 3

Place the meatballs on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and make sure they have space.

Step 4

Bake in the oven for NO MORE than 12 minutes. I bake mine for 8 – 10 minutes at 420F. Set aside once finished.

Step 5


Recipe 2

Vegetable Orzo Medley

Prep 5min
Cook 25min
Total 30min

Ingredients for 5 servings

Roasted Veggies

  • 1 large zucchini, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large yellow squash, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • Spray olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Sea salt & pepper to taste


Orzo Pasta

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup bell peppers, diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup Kalamata olives, chopped (optional)
  • ~3 cups cooked (wheat) orzo
    • SUBSTITUTE: wheat pasta; brown rice
  • 3 cups marinara (optional)



  • Fresh chopped parsley
  • Shredded Parmesan (a pinch on each serving), optional


Step 1

Set oven to 420F/216C.

Step 2

Cook orzo according to the instructions given on the package.

Step 3

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and add chopped veggies. Lightly spray with olive oil and then add Italian seasoning and a pinch of sea salt & pepper. Mix it up on the sheet. Bake in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes. Once done, set aside.

Step 4

Set a nonstick skillet on medium heat, add olive oil, garlic, bell peppers, olives and onion. Cook until onions turn brown and slightly translucent, about 3 minutes.

Step 5

Add cooked orzo and stir, then reduce heat to low and pour in the marinara. If it is too thick, add a few tablespoons of water. Then fold in the meatballs (see above) and the roasted veggies. Remove from the heat.

Step 6

Garnish and enjoy!

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Prep 10min
Cook 1h
Total 1h 10min
Total Calories: 408cal
Total Carbs: 44g
Total Fats: 18g
Total Protein: 23g
Total Fiber: 3g
Total Sugar: 4g
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