This quick and easy paleo turkey meatballs and zoodles recipe is the perfect Whole 30 compliant dinner that’s also gluten free, grain free and perfect for even the pickiest eater!
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Carbs and PCOS
Spaghetti has always been a staple in my home, until that whole carb gluten thing started posing a problem as an adult. When I was dealing with the worst symptoms of PCOS, it was very important to me to make sure that I was keeping to clean foods that would help me improve my symptoms, no matter how good that spaghetti tastes. See the problem with refined carbs like spaghetti is that it quickly turns into sugar, and if you have PCOS that can result in symptoms.
I’ve known about spaghetti squash and zucchini noodles as replacements for traditional wheat based noodles, but how to make it taste like the spaghetti dinners of old was a challenge. Then the paleo turkey meatballs entered my life.
Paleo Turkey Meatballs and Zoodles
These paleo turkey meatballs are so easy to make and packed with flavor, and are perfect for either a quick dinner for the family, or for meal prep on a Sunday that can be eaten for lunches all week-long. You can also used different types of meat, I’m just a huge fan of ground turkey.
Finding a marinara sauce that doesn’t come with tons of added sugar can be difficult as well. Primal Kitchen just came out with a line of Whole 30 compliant marinara sauces that are a perfect match for this recipe. One of my favorites is the tomato basil because the taste isn’t too overpowering.
The zucchini is also extremely easy to spiralize and heat up in a pan, which is a welcome change from conventional wheat noodles that take, especially when your a kid, seem to take 50 years to cook.
I use coconut flour in the recipe as a way to hold the meatballs together, but if you have a nut allergy or prefer something other than coconut flour you can also use cassava flour as a replacement. Unlike most conventional nut flours, cassava flour is actually made from cassava root so there’s not a nut to be found. And out of all of the baking flours it matches the closest to wheat flour. My favorite is Otto’s Cassava Flour.
You can check out some of the other recipes I’ve made using cassava flour like my paleo bagels.Print
A fun and tasty spaghetti dinner using ground turkey and zucchini noodles for delicious turkey meatballs.
- 1lb ground turkey
- 1 handful spinach
- 3 minced garlic cloves (separated 2 cloves together and 1 clove alone)
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
- 2 tsp coconut flour
- 2 tsp parsley
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 1 tsp all-purpose seasoning
- 1 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 and stove top to medium heat.
- In a medium saucepan on medium heat, pour in olive oil. Once warm, place in the 2 minced garlic cloves, green onions, red pepper flakes and spinach. Sauté all together.
- In a mixing bowl, place the ground turkey, the sauté mixture and the rest of the ingredients minus the coconut flour.
- Mix together. Slowly add coconut flour until you are able to form the mixture.
- Using a large spoon or a small ice cream scoop, form the meatballs.
- Place the meatballs back in the sauce pan and brown on all sides (2-3 minutes on each side)
- Once brown place the saucepan with meatballs in the oven and cook for 20 minutes.
- To cook the zoodles, place the spiralized zucchini in a saucepan on medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes until desired consistenc