Marinara Turkey/Beef Meatballs with Zoodles – Han’s Weekly Meal Prep


One of my FAVORITE recipes year round.  I will eat zoodles (zucchini noodles) everyday!

Prep Time: 60 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

Sauce:
12 Roma tomatoes – cut in half
2 tbsp dried basil
5-6 cloves of fresh garlic
2 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp crushed red pepper
1 tbsp crack black pepper
2 tbsp dried parsley
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Meatballs:
1 lb turkey
1 lb beef (I use 90/10)
1 onion
1/4 cup of Parmesan
2 eggs (brown eggs for my preference)
3 cloves of garlic or 2 tbsp of garlic powder
2 tbsp dried parsley

1 medium zucchini

Optional: Bread crumbs – I don’t personally use them to avoid carb intake, but it does bind the meatballs better if you have an issue with binding them.  I don’t have an issue with them binding.

Directions:

Sauce –
Complete the sauce first!
Take a large skillet that is deep/higher sides and heat medium/high
Add olive oil and tomato halves.
Cover tomatoes and wait 10 minutes.
Take a potato masher and smash down the tomatoes.
Add the rest of the sauce ingredients, stir and cover for another half hour; stirring and mashing every 5-10 minutes.
After 30 minutes, bring to a simmer and let sit for another half hour.

Meatballs –
Preheat oven to 350* and spray a large casserole dish or two small dishes.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and roll into meatball shapes.  Place meatballs in dish.  I make my meatballs the size of golf balls.
You can get 25-35 meatballs by using this size.
Cook meatballs for 40 minutes.
NOTE: There’s a good chance there is “beef sludge” (sounds cute right?!) in the bottom of the dish as you are cooking them..  Remove meatballs to a plate and carefully remove the sludge into the garbage and put the meatballs back UPSIDE DOWN so the bottom is up and cook additional 10 minutes.  This way the whole meatball has a nice crisp to it.
After meatballs are done cooking, add to your sauce.

Zoodles – Zucchini Noodles:
I have a zoodler which is amazing.  1 Medium zoodle is a whole zucchini and I use my cooking scissors to separate the sizes.  I toss the wanted amount in a small skillet with olive oil, cook about five minutes on medium and then combine sauce, noodles and meatballs on my plate.

If you have ever wanted to make zucchini noodles, buy this!  It is a lifesaver and it is so simple to make any type of noodle you wish out of vegetables!  Check this one out that is on Amazon for cheap!

 

 

 

 

Again – one of my favorite dishes and a dinner time favorite weekly!  For more dinner meal prep ideas, check this one out —> Italian Chicken and Orzo Stew -ish

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