Zoodles and Meatballs

by | Nov 24, 2019 | Entrées

Not only is zucchini nutritious, a good source of vitamin A and rich in antioxidants, but they also make an excellent low carb alternative to spaghetti. Just a slight trick to making it without losing all the noodles during cooking. Warm up the pan on medium to high heat then add some avocado oil and sauteè the zucchini. Add your seasonings and serve immediately. I used a veggetti to make the zoodles but there are various tools out there you can use. You may already have your favorite. If you want to go more of a convenient route then you can even buy spiralized zucchini at Costco. Find them in the frozen aisle.

I always add more seasonings to the marinara sauce and get rid of some of the excess water so the sauce is a little thicker. Add marinara sauce in a pan and add all seasonings and cook for 5 minutes or so until it thickens to your desire. Meanwhile, add all seasonings to the meat and make 12 meatballs. Use oil if your hands get sticky. Cook them in the air fryer for 4 minutes each side. Heat coconut oil in a pan and brown the meatballs for 1 minute each side then add the prepared marinara sauce. Zoodles and meatballs are ready to be served!

Fresh Zucchini, Zoodles

Zoodles and Meatball

Perfect substitution for spaghetti. Light but flavor and to full satisfaction. Bring out your air fryer
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Entrées
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free, gluten free, keto, low carb, paleo
Servings: 3
Calories: 509kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pack 100% grass-fed beef 16oz pack
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Marinara sauce

  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro sprinkle on top
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 organic marinara sauce 16oz jar

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients of the meatballs in a bowl with meat
  • Make medium sized balls - use oil if it
    gets to sticky
  • Then mix and cook in the air fryer for 8 minutes total at 360F - 4 mins each side
  • Meanwhile, prepare the marinara sauce with all the spices and add meat balls when ready then simmer for 5 minutes to let the juices absorb.
  • Pair it with you favorite dish. I have it with zoodles (zucchini noodles)

Notes

You can brown the meatballs after cooking in the air fryer is you want more color. Air fryer can vary in temperature range. 
Nutrition Facts
Zoodles and Meatball
Amount Per Serving (3 g)
Calories 509 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 1027mg45%
Potassium 25mg1%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 16IU0%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 12mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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