Zucchini Noodles with Turkey Meatballs — Damn Delicious

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Zucchini Noodles with Turkey Meatballs

These make-ahead meal prep boxes will make you forget all about pasta. It’s light, healthy and low carb!

Zucchini noodles. Spaghetti sauce. And turkey meatballs.

That’s been my lunch all week.

With a hot bowl of this.

Because this LA rain will. not. stop.

These meal prep boxes are everything.

The zucchini noodles are a perfect stand-in for pasta.

And the meatballs keep me full without having the need to reach for a box of chocolate later!

Zucchini Noodles with Turkey Meatballs

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

These make-ahead meal prep boxes will make you forget all about pasta. It’s light, healthy and low carb!

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds (3 medium-sized) zucchini, spiralized*
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups marinara sauce, homemade or store-bought
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

For the meatballs

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup Panko
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9×13 baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, Panko, Parmesan, egg yolks, oregano, basil, parsley, garlic powder and red pepper flakes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Using a wooden spoon or clean hands, stir until well combined. Roll the mixture into 1 1/2-to-2-inch meatballs, forming about 24 meatballs.
  3. Place meatballs onto the prepared baking dish and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until all sides are browned and meatballs are cooked through; set aside.
  4. Place zucchini in a colander over the sink. Add salt and gently toss to combine; let sit for 10 minutes.
  5. In a large pot of boiling water, cook zucchini for 30 seconds to 1 minute; drain well.
  6. Divide zucchini into meal prep containers. Top with meatballs, marinara sauce and Parmesan.

*This is the spiral slicer that I use. It’s so easy to use – it honestly just takes minutes to spiralize!

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44 comments

What do you do when you’re ready to use them? Do you heat in the microwave? For how long?

Yes, I reheat in the microwave until heated through, about 1-3 minutes.

Where do the storage containers come from

You can purchase them from Amazon.com.

I love zucchini noodles. They’re a great way to lighten up a pasta dish.

This looks wonderful for lunches! I wish that you could add nutritional values to your recipes!

She does….it is right below the recipe! 🙂

I’ve yet to try zoodles! I need to get on that bandwagon soon!

Do these freeze ok? I love them, but don’t know if I could eat them 6 days in a row.

Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! Please use your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

You can replace eggs and flax and water: http://minimalistbaker.com/how-to-make-a-flax-egg/

It’s an awesome substitution for vegans and egg allergy folks.

Is there any way to make the meatballs without egg? This recipe is great but I have to feed someone with an egg allergy 🙁

You can omit and add a little bit of milk to act as a binder.

I use grounded flax seeds

I made these for dinner this week, and you’re right — they’re DELICIOUS!!

Zucchini I have noticed when I try to make zoodles get very watery and limp over time, any tips on how to prevent that? Yours in the picture looks nice green and not watery…HELP!

Here is a great tutorial to avoid watery zucchini noodles.

Hope that helps!

What do you use to figure out the Nutrition Facts? They’re incredibly helpful and it’s something I’d like to incorporate with other recipes as well. Thank you!

I use several different nutrition calculators to ensure I obtain similar results across the board.

Can you give me the macros on these meatballs

Nutritional information is actually provided only for select and new recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe, I recommend using free online resources at your discretion (you can Google “nutritional calculator”) to obtain such information. Hope that helps!

Delicious! I made this yesterday for lunches this week. Eating it now and it is wonderful! Thank you for another tasty recipe. My fussy son even likes the homemade sauce.

Wow, those look delicious! Do you mind if I add them to my site that features zucchini noodle recipes from food bloggers around the web?

Yes, I just ask that the recipe is not republished in any manner. Thanks!

The flavors in this recipe are on POINT! So good – thanks for helping make dinner easy for me this week 🙂

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