Tasty Turkey Meatballs with Zoodles

Spaghetti and meatballs..what could possibly be more comforting than that? This is one of those meals that is totally satisfying and hits the spot when you need that warm and fuzzy feeling. Lean ground turkey is full of good protein. One of my FAVORITE things about meatballs…you can add whatever flavors you want! If you’re out of oregano, just add basil and thyme. There is so much flexibility with this recipe and easy to sneak in those veggies your boyfriend/kids don’t like 🙂 You can easily grate carrots, broccoli, even zuccini to add more nutrients to this recipe.

turkey meatball prep 2

The key to being successful on my journey to feeling great has been spices and herbs. Nothing beats using the freshest ingredients. Supporting local farmers during the summer and stopping at their roadside stands for vegetables, fruit, and herbs makes me sooooo incredibly happy! To know that the food you are eating was grown locally by the farmer that sold it to you is just so amazing. You may or may not pay a little extra for locally sourced food, but supporting local business and farmers makes the world a better place.

turkey meatball raw

Sourcing good quality meats also adds to the deliciousness of your meals. Local butchers are a great resource for questions about cooking times, what cuts of meats work well with certain recipes, and they love to share their knowledge of meat. Finding a good butcher shop and creating a relationship with them makes cooking an even better experience.  Especially when doing a Whole30, it is important to know what goes into your meals and asking a butcher to make compliant sausage is something that a lot of them will accommodate. Who knows, it might even result in a top seller for their store!

turkey meatballs on sheet pans

When it comes to my spaghetti and meatballs, having a great sauce to compliment the turkey meatballs is paramount. Sometimes you just don’t have all day to cook a sauce….it happens but that’s why Thrive Market is awesome! I found this Tuscan Pepper Spicy Tomato Sauce that is absolutely amazing. The quality of this sauce makes it taste like it could have been simmering on the stove for hours.

Tuscan Pepper tomato sauce

You can’t have meatballs without pasta am I right???? Zoodles are a lifesaver! I like to use the smallest grate for my Spiralizer that I got from Williams and Sonoma. It legit gives me the feeling of eating real spaghetti. One of my other favorite things about zoodles..my stomach does not ache at all after eating them. This recipe gives me all of the feels of a comfort meal without all of the bloat and uncomfortable feelings that pasta does.

turkey meatballs cooking in sauce

One of the secrets that I’ve learned is that the sauce is only a compliment to the main dish. I love cooking my turkey meatballs about 10 minutes less and have them finish cooking in the sauce. It adds more flavor to the sauce as well as having the meatballs absorb some of the flavors from the sauce. Adding roasted garlic and fresh basil is a great way to add flavor and a fresh touch to a jarred sauce.

turkey meatballs with basil

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 4 small zucchinis
  • 1 jar of compliant sauce (if doing the Whole30)
  • 4 cloves of roasted garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 almond meal
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • Fresh basil and nutritional yeast to top

 

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix ground turkey, eggs, roasted garlic, almond meal, salt and pepper, Italian seasoning, chopped parsley and nutritional yeast together in a large bowl.
  • Use a small cookie scoop to make the meatballs. You can use a large one if you prefer that size.
  • Place on cookie sheet with about an inch in between each meatball.
  • Cook for 25 minutes.
  • Add jar of sauce to pan and heat
  • Use spiralizer for 4 zucchinis and lay on paper towel. Lightly salt to remove excess water.
  • Remove meatballs from over and add to sauce cooking for 10 minutes.
  • Add zoodles to pan and toss with sauce and meatballs. Top with nutritional yeast and basil.

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