This was one of my very first “healthy” dishes I cooked! It was a pretty long process since I’m an amateur cook still learning to cut/slice things efficiently and what not. I didn’t have the right tools to make the zoodles (used a peeler on the zucchini so strips were wider) but the marinara covered any zucchini taste left (haha- I’m not a huge fan of veggies). The meatballs turned out really good, which I’m happy about! Overall, great dish I would totally make in the future. No, the zoodles still do not taste like pasta at all but covering it in marinara makes it totally okay. Not bad for a legit first dish by myself.
Original Recipes aka recipes I googled and tried to follow:
- Spicy Turkey Meatballs: Spicy Low Fat Turkey Meatballs Recipe on SparkPeople
- Zucchini Noodles: How to Make Zucchini Noodles from Elana’s Pantry
I tend to not follow recipes exactly because I may not have the right resources (whether it’s because I bought the cheaper alternative at the supermarket, do not have the right tool, do not have ingredients at the moment (or because they’re expensive and I would never use it again! I hate wasting and letting them expire), or lazy/time consuming, or whatever reason I made up at that moment cooking.
Spicy Turkey Meatballs
- Shady Brook Farms Lean Ground Turkey, 20oz
- Progresso Bread Crumbs – Garlic & Herb, 1/4 cup
- Egg White, 2 large
- Garlic, 1 tsp
- Red Pepper Flakes, 1 tsp
- Old Bay Seasoning, 1 tsp
- Garlic Powder, 1 tsp
- Italian Seasoning, 1 tsp
- 1 baking tray
- Non-fat Cooking Oil Spray
- 1 Zucchini, medium (what does medium even mean? i have no idea. i just deemed it medium)
- 1 peeler (i asked for the Veggetti for xmas!)
- Francesco Rinaldi Tobe Healthy Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce (too lazy/cheap to make real marinara sauce)
- In bowl combine all ingredients, mix
- Spray pan with Pam or other fat free cooking spray
- “Ball” meat into 1 1/2 inch diameter balls (I made 43 out of the meat I had)
- Place balls into pan. Make sure they are not touching each other.
- Cook on high heat, checking occasionally to see if it’s brown yet
- When brown on one side, flip over balls to other side. Turn down heat to medium.
- When it looks brown on both sides, cut into the middle of the thickest one to see if it’s cooked.
- Looks good? Turn off heat and taste! 🙂
Zucchini Noodles aka Zoodles:
I used a peeler to make it into thin strips of zucchini. Might be a mind trick, but the thinner I can see the zucchini, the less I can taste of it. A tool like the Veggetti .. $11 on Amazon might make it more attractive/taste better. I decided to sautee it for a bit on the pan but it just make it more soggy… so probably wouldn’t do that next time.
Then just heat up 1/4 cup marinara in the pan (perfect amount for the amount of zoodles I had) and pour on zoodles and stirred in the meatballs.
Taste: 5/5 on Meatballs & 3/5 with Zoodles + Marinara = 4/5
xoxo bon appetit