Comin’ inward hot alongside around Meal Prep Meatballs as well as Zoodles today! No distressing desk lunches here, folks.
Meal prep is the best as well as too the worst. Let me explicate – sometimes, I travail to salve fourth dimension yesteryear making a HUGE batch of something. I as well as so conception to swallow said affair for the whole week. By the fourth or fifth day, said affair is NOT appealing anymore as well as it’s a distressing situation.
The fix? This, this, this! Ok, so here’s why these repast prep meatballs volition assist y'all avoid that! This recipe makes most 55-60 pocket-size meatballs. I wrote the recipe alongside one-half the amount of zoodles that y'all need. Meaning, you’ll receive got most 8-10 servings of meatballs, as well as 4-5 servings of zoodles. So, we’re gonna freeze upwards one-half of these ‘lil meatballs for a subsequently engagement – a hateful solar daytime inward which y'all opened upwards the refrigerator to let on that y'all receive got no nutrient prepared (only ingredients!) as well as that y'all are hangry. The other one-half of the meatballs volition larn into the refrigerator alongside your zoodles – leaving y'all plenty servings to brand 4-5 yummy meals, but non so many servings that y'all are determined to never swallow around other meatball equally long equally y'all live.
Sound good? Good. When you’re ready to swallow the 2nd one-half of your meatballs, merely whip upwards around other batch of these zoodles – it’s super fast so it volition hardly experience similar work.
Should nosotros beak most zoodles? I shout out back so. I receive got alone made zoodles a few times inward my life hence far as well as here’s the affair – I similar them, but I’m non certain if I similar them plenty to swallow a plate of all zoodles. Ya know? So, I’ve made a mish-mash of one-half noodles as well as one-half zoodles for this recipe. You tin job all zoodles, if you’re into that, or all noodles, or one-half & one-half similar I did. Pro tip: y'all won’t truly notice the zoodles mixed inward alongside the regular pasta, so it’s a super-sneaky agency to larn around extra veggies in. Also, did I shout out that there’s parmesan inward the meatballs? 🙌🏻 This is healthy-ish repast prep food, as well as it is non distressing at all.
Making zoodles does require a spiralizer – at that spot are lots of options out at that spot but I’ve consistently heard expert things most this spiralizer. I truly ain the spiralizer attachment for my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer – it’s awesome, as well as it saves infinite because y'all don’t receive got this whole bulky contraption to exit every fourth dimension y'all require to larn around spiralizing activity going. They’re ordinarily a petty pricey, but Amazon sells around that are certified refurbished (meaning someone bought it as well as returned it, so it’s immediately discounted) which makes it a petty to a greater extent than affordable.
Herby noodles, parmesan meatballs, a petty fresh spinach + lemon zest action, as well as around to a greater extent than parmesan to tumble out it all off? I am in. Get ready to live the boss of repast prep!
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Meal Prep Meatballs alongside Zoodles
A quick as well as slowly agency to repast prep! Baked turkey parmesan meatballs, zoodles mixed alongside regular pasta inward a garlicky-butter sauce alongside fresh spinach as well as herbs - YUM! Freeze one-half of the meatballs for a subsequently date.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Calories 573 kcal
FOR THE MEATBALLS
FOR THE ZOODLES
whole wheat pasta
cloves garlic, minced
more parmesan, for serving
Prep: Make your zoodles next the instructions on your spiralizer. I never peel my zucchini kickoff - the peel is totally undetectable. Put your zoodles inward a newspaper towel-lined bowl as well as gently press a newspaper towel over the tumble out of them to exit excess liquid. Cover bowl (with a construct clean newspaper towel or plastic wrap) as well as popular it inward the refrigerator spell y'all ready the meatballs!
Make the meatballs: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets alongside foil as well as spray alongside cooking spray (trust me - y'all require to exercise both!). Mix all the meatball ingredients together inward a large mixing bowl using your hands (wash hands as well as receive got whatever rings off first!). Roll into pocket-size balls (see photos higher upwards for reference). You'll receive got 50-60 meatballs. Place on baking sheets as well as bake for 20-22 minutes. If they're on the bigger side, add together a few minutes to the bake time. Meatballs are done when no longer pinkish within (cut into i of the larger ones to check).
Make the zoodles: While the meatballs are cooking, larn your noodle province of affairs going. Cook the pasta according to packet directions. Drain pasta, saving 1/2 loving cup of the pasta water.
While the noodles are boiling, melt the butter inward a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic as well as saute for a few minutes. Then add together the parsley, spinach, lemon zest, as well as lemon juice. Saute until the greens receive got wilted. Turn the rut downward to depression as well as allow simmer spell you're finishing upwards the pasta, etc. to avoid burning anything.
Bump the rut dorsum upwards to medium/high. Add your zoodles (from the fridge) to the pan alongside the butter as well as greens. Let them rut upwards for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. This is equally much equally you'll ready your zoodles - it keeps them from getting mushy but even so heats them up. Add the regular pasta as well as stir (tongs are useful here) to larn everything mixed together. Taste as well as add together to a greater extent than salt/pepper if needed. Add a petty of the reserved pasta H2O if y'all desire to larn far to a greater extent than "saucy". Add most one-half your meatballs inward as well as stir everything together. Serve alongside to a greater extent than parmesan as well as lemon zest!
Meal Prep + Storing: As I mentioned inward the weblog post (above), I alone made one-half equally much zoodles/pasta equally y'all would require to job upwards all the meatballs. My thought hither is that y'all tin freeze one-half the meatballs (in tupperware) for a subsequently date. This way, you've saved yourself from a petty operate subsequently on, as well as y'all won't receive got so many servings of your meal-prepped nutrient that y'all larn sick of it. Plus, the cooked pasta/zoodles would larn kinda gross inward the fourth dimension it would receive got y'all to swallow a double batch of it. This agency you're getting 4-5 servings of zoodles as well as meatballs, as well as when you're ready to swallow the remaining one-half of the meatballs, merely thaw them inward the refrigerator as well as brand around other batch of the zoodles/pasta. Or duo them alongside regular noodles as well as traditional pasta sauce!
All that beingness said - nosotros are a 2 someone household. If y'all receive got a large household unit of measurement as well as y'all aren't worried most excess leftovers, double the zoodles purpose of the recipe as well as you'll receive got 8-10 servings of the zoodles AND of the meatballs!
NOTE: For the parmesan, y'all desire the form that's sort of powdery, similar y'all would let on inward a shaker on a tabular array inward a eating theatre - don't larn the form that's shredded/grated. It volition brand your meatballs weird when y'all bake them - trust me on this.
NOTE: The kickoff nutrition information box below is for the meatballs, the 2nd is for the zoodles.