Zoodles with Fresh Tomato Sauce, Meatballs and Garlic Biscuits - Phase 3




I planted 3 zucchini plants this year. My first time growing them. For weeks, I have had only male flowers and no female. Until about a week ago! I hand pollinated the flower and in a few short days, I had a beauty! One single zucchini. I decided to make zoodles. 

Normally, I put zucchini in smoothies, or shred them for tacos, pasta sauce, sloppy joe's, chili. But this one was special and I wanted zoodles. 

This dish is super quick to cook so be sure to have all ingredients prepped.

Since the Zoodles and Sauce are all veggies, you can eat as much as you like. Use the appropriate number of meatballs and biscuits for your weight loss goal. 




Here is my Meatball video: https://youtu.be/ujdBVkKbgmA

Use whatever veggies you like or have for the sauce. 

First, we make the meatballs.

Meatballs

1lb ground turkey (you can use beef or chicken)
1/4 cup grated carrot
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped bell pepper- any color
1/4 cup finely chopped spinach
1 large garlic clove, minced
1T dried parsley
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1T olive oil

Saute veggies in the olive oil until soft. Let cool. Mix with herbs, turkey, salt and pepper. Form into meatballs (I make 32 small ones. Each is 1/2 oz of meat. Easy to portion) Place on greased baking pan or silicone mat at bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Set aside. 

4oz for standard portion


Garlic Biscuits
Phase 1 and Phase 3
Makes 4 standard servings of grain in p1 and 8 servings in p3

1 cup sprouted wheat flour or my flour mix
1/2 cup oat milk (p1) or almond milk (p3)
1/4 cup olive oil (p3 only)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp salt 
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried basil or thyme

Mix flour, xanthan gum, and herbs, salt and pepper together. Add liquid. Stir until just moistened. Add water if the batter is too thick. You want it just thick enough to hold shape. 


Portion into 8 equal portions for phase 3 and 4 portions for phase 1, on baking sheet lined with parchment or silicone mat. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes. Brush top with olive oil, if desired. 

1 biscuit is standard portion.




Sauce for Zoodles

2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
1/2 cup diced onion
1 cup diced bell pepper
1 cup chopped spinach
1/4 cup grated carrot
1 cup chicken stock (or beef, if using ground beef meatballs)
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
2-3 stems of fresh thyme
8-10 fresh basil leaves
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes- optional
3T olive oil

Saute onion, bell pepper and carrot in olive oil for 3-4 minutes- until just getting soft. Add garlic and salt and pepper. Saute another 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, stir and cook for 3 minutes. Add stock, spinach and herbs. Cook until spinach is wilted. Add meatballs, stir. Keep warm on low heat.


Zoodles




2-3 large zucchini
2-3T olive oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tsp salt

Using a spirilizer, cut the zucchini into zoodles. Place into colander and sprinkle with salt. Toss. Let zoodles drain for 5-10 minutes. 
In a hot pan, add oil and zucchini. Saute for 1 minute, stirring around. Add garlic and saute another 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately with the sauce and meatballs. 


1 comment:

  1. awesome sauce! didn't have meat defrosted so I made a vegetarian meal by omitting the meatballs and adding pine nuts. I also didn't make the biscuits but took your bread and added garlic and thyme. So good.

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