Lean turkey meatballs & zoodles

Turkey meatballs and zoodles have definitely been a go-to meal for me lately. I don’t eat meat that often, but I love turkey because it’s lean and FULL of protein. And pairing it with zucchini noodles makes sense because… well, because I’m obsessed with my spiralizer at the moment 🙂 but also because they’re super delicious, full of vitamin C and make a great substitute for pasta!

What you’ll need:

  1. 1 medium-large zucchini
  2. 1/2 chopped up onion
  3. 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  4. Half a can of diced tomatoes
  5. 1 tbsp tomato paste
  6. 2 tbsp rosemary
  7. 2 tbsp turmeric powder
  8. 1 tbsp cayenne powder
  9. 1 tbsp avocado oil (or olive oil)
  10. 1 package lean ground turkey
  11. Salt & pepper

To make turkey meatballs:

  1. In a bowl, mix together turkey with 1/4 chopped onion, 1 tbsp rosemary, 1 tbsp turmeric powder, and some salt and pepper – feel free to incorporate other add-ins like breadcrumbs or cheese, I just decided to keep mine extra lean 😉
  2. Form turkey into meatball shapes with your hands and set aside
  3. In a pan, heat up avocado oil (or olive oil) on medium-high heat for 1 min
  4. Place meatballs into pan, rotating after 2-5 mins until sides are brown
  5. Leave meatballs in pan for another 5-10 mins until fully cooked through (you can check by cutting one in half, and making sure there’s no pink!)

To make tomato sauce: 

  1. Heat up 1 tbsp avocado oil in a pot, adding in leftover onion, garlic and rosemary and saute for 2 mins
  2. Add in diced tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 tbsp turmeric, 1 tbsp cayenne pepper, some salt and pepper, and 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water (depending on how thick you want the sauce to be)
  3. Optional: add in a splash of white wine if you have some lying around in your fridge!
  4. Cook in pot for 10-15 mins, stirring every few minutes

To make zucchini noodles: 

  1. Heat up a pan on medium heat with a splash of avocado oil
  2. Spiralize 1 full zucchini and add to pan
  3. Saute for 2-5 mins (you don’t want them to get soggy so remove when al dente)

Once everything is prepared, place some zoodles in your plate with tomato sauce, top with a couple turkey meatballs and enjoy!

-B

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