Hearty, rib-sticking food doesn’t have to pack a day’s worth of calories. Gina Homolka, author of the wildly popular blog Skinnytaste, has a new collection of hearty slow-cooker recipes out that pump up the flavor and nutrition and cut out the fillers. This slow cooker Italian turkey and zucchini meatball recipe is packed with lean protein and healthy squash. Best of all, you can set it and forget it!

Want the secret to making the juiciest turkey meatballs ever? Add shredded zucchini. And here’s the secret to making a really great sauce with very few ingredients: Add some freshly grated Pecorino Romano. Since we’re all busy and want dinner on the table with as little prep time as possible, rather than frying or baking the meatballs first, I plop them right into the sauce and let them slowly cook directly in the pot. A 6-quart slow cooker is recommended for this recipe.

Reprinted with permission from Skinnytaste Fast and Slow