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Stuffed “Q Balls”

Stuffed What???

I came across these funky little vegetables called “Q Balls”. They are a small round zucchini-like vegetable. And it seemed only fitting to scoop out the seeds and stuff them! I combined the leftover beef and zucchini mixture [3]with some bread, seasonings, cheese (for the adults) and stuffed. And then baked!

Stuffed “Q Balls”

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 35 minutes


  • 4 “Q Balls” or small zucchini ($2) From the farmer’s market $.50 each…more details on that adventure next week!
  • Leftover Beef and Zucchini mixture [4] ($1.25)
  • 2 heels from the bread loaf ($.05)
  • 1 green tomato (from the garden) I thought this would give it a nice tangy taste!
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning ($.05)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese ($.15)
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese ($.20) On sale with Kroger mailer coupon!
  • 2 large heads broccoli ($.74) On sale this week
  • Leftover pasta from Tuesday ($.50)


  • Cut off tops of “Q Balls” and scoop out the insides.
  • Combine ground beef/zucchini mixture with bread cubes, diced green tomato, Italian seasoning, and Parmesan cheese (omit if dairy free!). Stuff into “Q balls”. Over stuff, as it will shrink some when baking.
  • Place in glass baking dish and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Add mozzarella cheese to the tops and bake another 5 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
  • Steam broccoli in stove top steamer, or in microwavable bowl covered with plastic for 4-5 minutes.
  • Serve Stuffed “Q Balls” with Steamed Broccoli and Pasta.

Cost $4.94