Moni’s Meatballs and Zoodles

If you’re a spaghetti and meatballs fan living a low-carb lifestyle, this one is for you!  This tasty meatball recipe is a family favourite in the Kendall household. 

The mince provides tons of protein, B12, iron, and zinc, while the remaining ingredients round out the flavour, texture, and nutrient profile.  

Scorecard

Macros

One serving provides 467 calories, 45 grams of protein, 23 grams of fat and 16 grams of net carbs. 

Micros

The Cronometer screengrab below shows the nutrients in 2000 calories this recipe provides relative to our Optimal Nutrient Intakes (ONIs). 

Ingredients

Serves: 4

Meatballs

  • 17.6 oz (500 g) hamburger or ground beef (90% lean) 
  • 8.8 oz (250 grams) frozen spinach 
  • 6 tbsp (65 grams) tomato paste
  • 1 egg  
  • 1 onion, minced 
  • 5 cloves (15 grams) garlic, minced 
  • 3 tbsp (26 grams) sunflower seeds
  • 3 tbsp (22 grams) pumpkin or squash seeds
  • 2 tsp (4 grams) fennel seed
  • 1 tsp salt

Sauce

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup (24 grams) basil 
  • 1 cup (250 grams) tomato paste 

Zoodles

  • 4 medium zucchini, spiralised

Directions

  • Pre-cut all your veggies.
  • Mix your ground beef, spinach, tomato paste, egg, minced onion, garlic, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, fennel seeds, and salt in a large bowl. 
  • Form meat mixture into balls, placing them in the fridge for 20-30 minutes or so they hold up while cooking.
  • Place the meatballs in one frying pan and begin cooking them.
  • Simmer your tomato sauce ingredients in another pan, adding the fresh basil.
  • When both are ready, mix in one frypan to simmer together. 
  • Spiralise your zucchini and add your meatball mixture on top.  For an even more luxurious taste, add cheese if it suits your goals. 

Contributor

  • Monica Kendall

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