Lamb meatballs with zoodles & kale

Enjoy lamb meatballs with spiralised zucchini noodles (aka zoodles) without worrying about carby pasta for a delicious and nutritious light and tasty spring meal.   The lamb provides the majority of the calories in this meal as well as the protein, zinc, choline, B12 and phosphorus. The tomato boosts the potassium and vitamin C and B1 while the kale and zucchini fill in some copper, vitamin K, vitamin A, folate to provide a more balanced macronutrient profile.    


This recipe provides 490 calories, 40 g of protein, 30 g of fat and 10 g of net carbs.   


The Cronometer screengrab below shows the nutrients provided by 2000 calories of this recipe relative to the Optimal Nutrient Intakes.  


Full recipe

  • 150g lamb meatballs
  • 200g marinara sauce (homemade or sugar-free)
  • 100g zucchini (spiralized)
  • 30g baby kale or spinach
  • 10g parsley, chopped


  • 800g ground lean meat (e.g. lamb, beef, kangaroo, venison, pork, chicken or a mixture of these)
  • note: pork and chicken must be fully cooked*
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


Full recipe

  • Heat a frypan to medium heat and place in meatballs, turning every few minutes so they brown all over, cooking them in their own fat.
  • Once all sides are brown, pour in the marinara sauce and cook for 5 minutes or until sauce is bubbling then turn off and place a lid on the pan and let rest till you are ready to eat (the meatballs will keep cooking in the sauce and when you re-heat them).
  • Place greens on a plate and top with re-heated meatballs and sauce.
  • Add parmesan, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper for taste (optional).


  • To make the burgers put the ground meat of choice in a bowl.
  • Heat a frypan to a medium heat spray the pan with olive oil spray or use a tiny bit of coconut oil.
  • Add the diced onions and crushed garlic to the pan and lightly cook till soft. Turn of heat.
  • Add the onions to the ground meat.
  • Add the salt, pepper & tomato paste.
  • Use your hands to mix all the ingredients together and roll into even balls about 40g each.
  • Combine with other ingredients as per instructions above or freeze ready for another time.

Suitable for 

  • blood sugar & diabetes 
  • athlete & bulking 
  • nutrient-dense maintenance 
  • blood sugar & fat loss 
  • bodybuilder  
  • ketogenic


The ranking of this recipe is shown below.  Click the links to see the highest-ranking recipes for each goal.

nutrient density82%
fat loss73%
blood sugar & fat loss89%
blood sugar & diabetes 97%
athlete & bulking 94%
ketogenic 93%