Turkey Meatballs & Zucchini Noodles

Ok so I know that zucchini noodles are “all the rage” right now, but they should be! They are AWESOME! And, they are even toddler approved. YES.

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  1. They’re easy to make if you have the right tool- a spiralizer.
  2. They’re a low-carbohydrate alternative to pasta.
  3. They’re naturally gluten-free.
  4. You incorporate more veggies into your diet! WIN. WIN. WIN.

So in this recipe, we’re using them to make a classic “spaghetti and meatballs”, except with a much healthier substitute for the pasta!

Let’s get started.

First, let’s talk about the prep for this one. The meatballs can be made in advance, and even stored in the freezer if you want to make a large batch and portion it out. Otherwise, it all has to be done on the spot. Don’t worry, it doesn’t require too much hands on time.

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So let’s make some meatballs! Start by combining all of the meatball ingredients (turkey, oats, mushrooms, egg, Worcestershire, and seasonings) in a large bowl. Now you’re going to get your hands dirty on this one. I’m going to make you step outside of your clean, comfort zone. PLEASE wash your hands first!

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Really dig your hands into the meat mixture, and knead it until the ingredients are mixed well. This should only take a minute or so.

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When it looks well mixed, start portioning it out. I used a small scoop but you could also just use a spoon and try to make them all about the same 1 1/2 inch size.

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Round them out (like you’re playing with play-doh) into balls and line them up on a foiled and sprayed baking sheet.

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Bake the meatballs in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until cooked through on the inside. NO PINK! If you want them to get a little browned on top, place them under the broiler on high for about 5 minutes.

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While those puppies are in the oven, get everything else ready. I used this time to spiralize my zucchini noodles. I also set my marinara sauce on the stove in a small saucepan and let it start heating on low.

*Side Note: When choosing your marinara, ALWAYS read your labels. You want one that doesn’t contain any unnecessary ingredients, like sugar. It should be made up of tomatoes, onions, basil, garlic, olive oil, seasonings, and that’s about it!

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When you’re ready to cook your noodles, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the zucchini and continuously stir or flip around if you’re a really cool chef. It should only take about 3-4 minutes before they soften.

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To finish it, toss your meatballs with the marinara. Use this to top your zucchini noodles, and garnish with delicious parmesan cheese. YUM! All the satisfying flavor of traditional spaghetti in a much more nutritious way!

Find the full recipe and printable below.

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Happy cooking! Questions or comments? Leave them below!

 

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