This delicious meatball recipe makes a great protein addition to any salad or pasta meal!


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 small zucchini, grated
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 large organic egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon aleppo pepper or ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes*
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds, minced or crushed
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the avocado oil and basil. Mix well. 
  3. Using wet hands, form the mixture into 12 meatballs.
  4. Using a large oven-safe sauté pan or cast iron skillet, heat the avocado oil over medium-high heat.
  5. Place the meatballs in the hot pan, leaving space between them. Use a large spoon to turn the
  6. meatballs gently and cook until brown (about 30 seconds per side).
  7. Once meatballs are thoroughly browned, remove the sauté pan from the stovetop and place in the preheated oven. Bake until the meatballs feel firm to the touch (about 8 to 10 minutes).
  8. Garnish with basil and serve.

Nutrition Information:

  • Calories: 215
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 144 mg
  • Sodium: 512 mg
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 27 g

Recipe from the Institute for Functional Medicine.

Nadia Kravchuk, DNP, FNP-C

Nadia is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. She offers functional pediatric primary care, including well-child checks and acute visits, in the Pediatric Department of the Functional Medicine of Idaho Meridian Wellness Center.

Nadia and her family immigrated to the United States in 1989 where they first settled in Oregon and then moved to Idaho in 2001. Complementary medicine practices were embedded into her lifestyle at a young age, and she has implemented these principles into her conventional medicine practice throughout her career. She has more than 15 years experience in a variety of medical environments, including emergency room, intensive care unit, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, family practice, and aesthetics.

Nadia joined Functional Medicine of Idaho so that she can combine functional principles with the foundations of conventional medicine to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. As an avid gardener, beekeeper, and sustainable living enthusiast, she understands the importance and role of optimizing nutrition, sleep, physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being. She has a passion for pediatric functional medicine and understands that early recognition and interventions can correct imbalances, prevent chronic illness, and improve overall outcomes for children.

Nadia obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Northwest Nazarene University. She earned both her Master’s of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice through Frontier Nursing University. In 2017, she was the recipient of the HCA Excellence in Nursing Award. She is currently working towards her certification with The Institute for Functional Medicine. Outside of work, you will find Nadia working on her urban homestead, hiking, foraging, camping, snowboarding, and spending time with her husband and her dog, Wolfy. She is also fluent in both English and Russian.