Lately I’ve been having a lot of epic fails in the kitchen… I hit a few bumps in the road with coconut flour and knocking things over. A pinch of confusion with a dash of clumsy.
I bought my veggettie (such a weird name in my opinion) from Bed Bath and Beyond for $15 — cheap and worked pretty good in my opinion, but this is my first time making ZOODLES (zuchinni noodles… theres quite a few names for it).
I’ve heard of much better “noodelizing” devices. Yes I definitely just made up that word. But it works right?
Anyway, use whatever you like… Ive seen a noodle machine and I’ve seen people use julianne peeler), but this whole dinner was SUPER easy in my opinion for how good it tastes… I ate seconds and I didn’t feel one bit guilty.
I mean how can YA?! Its zucchini, turkey and yummy sauce. SO! Onto the goods…
This is in 3 Parts — 1. Zoodles 2. Meatballs 3. Sauce Voila. First things first, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees, we will be baking these noodles since they are naturally soft. The idea is to dry them out as much as possible.
Part I: ZOODLES
Rinse and dry off completely… cut the hard end off and insert the zucchini in the vegettie (or look up other ways to noodelize your zucchini) — it will spiral out naturally. Drain in a colander for 15 minutes — the water will naturally drip down. Lie the noodles flat on a baking sheet, and pat dry with paper towels to soak up as much of the excess water. Once the oven is ready, pop them in for 10 minutes. You don’t want watery soggy noodles or else your spaghetti will be a soup.
I added a bit of salt to give the noodles some flavor… this is optional but it tasted amazing. I used Pink Himalayn salt.
Set aside and move onto the meatballs…
- ground turkey (2lbs)
- 2 tsp of dried oregano
- 2 tsp of Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp of rosemary
- 1 tsp of black pepper
- salt to taste (a pinch)
- 1tsp of crushed red pepper
- 3 tsp of garlic
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of mozzarella
- 4 packets (2 cups) of quick oats *you can use 2 cups of bread crumbs, but I have oatmeal for days here and find other ways to use it, plus its healthier and makes them much more most in my opinion).
Combine ground turkey and ingredients, mix well. I used a spatula. Get aggressive ladies.. its already dead. Make sure your spices are evenly distributed.
Make 1 inch meat balls and place in a large skillet/pan.. add about 2tbsp of olive oil to cook them. Put on medium heat. When the bottoms have cooked half way (when you only see grey colored meat vs pink colored) flip the meat balls and cook the other side.
*be careful not to overcook them, the mozzarella keeps them soft. (amazing)
Set aside and move onto the sauce…
- 1 6oz can of tomato paste
- 2 10.5 oz jars of tomato puree
- 6 oz of water
- 3 tsp of garlic (minced)
- pinch of dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
- Chopped fresh basil (I used a small pack from walmart)
- *I know some people like to add a little sugar to their sauce (which tastes amazing too) but I wanted to keep it as healthy as possible!
- Or if you’re lazy or short on time (#StoryofMyLife) just buy some healthy organic sauce.
Combine the ingredients in a pan and simmer on low.