Beef

Zucchini Spaghetti & Meatballs

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4 ingredients and 20 minutes, that’s it!  I love simple meals for my family, but even more for my weekly meal prep.  Because I make such large batches to feed my whole family I take the even easier route and make this zucchini spaghetti recipe that uses a meat sauce to save a little time, but there is something about eating actual meatballs that I love, and so I make them for MY plan ahead meals.

Keep in mind that I only prepare meals for half of the week, so I do 2 meal prep days instead of 1.  This recipe is easy to double if you want to do the whole week at once and if you have tupperware that seals well, you can throw half of it in the freezer.  The trick is to pull your next day’s meals out the night before and transfer them to the refrigerator so they are thawed for the next day.

Ingredients:

1 lb  93/7 beef

2 lg zucchini

1 jar natural (no sugar added-in ingredients list) spaghetti sauce – I like Rao’s Homemade

1/2 T EVOO or coconut oil

seasoning to taste for meatballs- *red pepper flakes, garlic powder, sea salt & ground pepper (use what YOU like)

 

Line a cookie sheet with foil.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Mix desired seasonings and beef together.  Round beef into even-sized balls and place in 4 lines along the pan.  This lets you easily see how many meatballs go in each portion, (1 lb/4= 4 oz portions).  Bake for 8 minutes, flip, bake for 8 more minutes.  Bigger meatballs require more time, I usually get 6 per portion.

While meatballs are baking, get a large pan and heat your EVOO or coconut oil over medium heat.  You can make the zucchini strands with a mandoline, but I prefer the Veggetti, it is quicker and cuts more evenly.  Add the strands to heated oil and saute for about 10 minutes while randomly stirring.  Do not let it get mushy!

When everything is done plate it up and add 1/4 c. sauce to each serving.  Done!

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I hope you enjoy this easy meal!

xo-jessica-signature

 

2 Comments

  1. Carly Carr

    June 8, 2016 at 3:25 am

    May I use pork or chicken instead of beef? Beef and I don’t play well together?

    • jehler

      June 8, 2016 at 4:33 am

      Ground pork or chicken could definitely work although I haven’t tried either. Keep in mind that pork typically has a higher percentage of fat. Turkey is always a delicious substitute 🙂

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