Hello and Happy Wednesday. The cold front in Austin has it feeling a bit more like fall lately. I’ll take it!
With the colder(ish) weather comes a desire for comfort food. This week, I embraced that desire by making spaghetti squash, turkey meatballs and homemade pasta sauce. I have been meaning to get more creative with my spaghetti squash (like this lasagna), but there’s nothing wrong with keepin’ it classic, right?
As if replacing pasta for a veggie wasn’t awesome enough, I got some extra sneaky vegetables in this dish. The more, the merrier! Can you guess the secret ingredient in the meatballs that makes them so “sneaky?”
Here’s a hint – it was used to replace rice/breadcrumbs.
To make these low carb, healthy, delicious, and super easy turkey meatballs, I was inspired by Bob Harper’s recipe. It makes a great base for turkey meatballs cooked with rice. I swapped the rice for the secret ingredient — zucchini!
I was really happy with how they came out, and they’ll be feeding me all week long.
Low Carb, High Flavor Turkey Meatballs
- 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
- 1/2 cup shredded raw zucchini (about 1 medium size should work)
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 3-4 Tbsp minced garlic
- dried cilantro
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
- Chop 1 medium zucchini into smaller chunks, and shred using a food processor (I used my Magic Bullet, which worked surprisingly well).
- Prepare the onion similarly. It should be chopped finely, but not as finely as the zucchini.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Season generously (I didn’t measure). Feel free to get creative and add seasonings not listed in the recipe!
- Roll into balls and spread evenly among the cookie sheet — I got 20.
- Cook for ~15 minutes or until brown.
My sauce didn’t come out tooooo stellar, so I don’t have much of a recipe to share there. I combined tomato paste, water, garlic, oregano, basil, salt and pepper and hoped for the best. It needed more garlic or something. Next time!
I joked that I’m Italian, so I make my own sauce… but I’m Polish, so it doesn’t come out so well. ; ) At least I tried. No jars with added salt/sugar/high fructose corn syrup for me!
- What’s your favorite way to enjoy spaghetti squash?
- Do you have a go-to sauce or meatball recipe?
- What’s the best thing you ate this week? =)