Thursday, August 13, 2015

Crock-pot Turkey Meatballs, Zucchini Noodles and Cheesy Garlic Bread

So this has overnight become one of my favorite, mostly healthy, meals. I'm not a huge spaghetti person so this recipe is ideal for me. In order to achieve the zucchini noodles invest in a Vegetti. They sell them on Amazon, at Walmart and Target, you should be able to get the basic model for under $15. 

Crock-pot Turkey Meatballs & Zucchini Noodles

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 lb 97-98% lean ground turkey
  • 1/5 C. Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbls. olive oil
  • 1/4 C. grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbls. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 2 slices of large sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 large jar of your favorite maranara
  • 1small can of crushed tomatoes
  • chopped fresh basil for serving, optional
  1. Beat the egg in a large mixing bowl. Add the ground turkey, bread crumbs, onion, Parmesan, garlic, and seasonings in a large bowl. Mix everything up just so the ingredients are combined - avoid overmixing. Roll into desired size balls.
  2. In large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat, heat olive oil and cook meatballs until browned on outside, inside will remain pink.
  3. Cover bottom of crockpot with 1/4 C. sauce, place meatballs into crockpot and cover with crushed tomatoes and remaining sauce.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours. Top with fresh basil if desired. 

*Prior to serving meatballs, use Vegetti to create zucchini noodles (I use three medium sized zucchinis for this.) Saute noodles on medium high for 4-5 minutes with your favorite seasonings. I used fresh garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil and parsley. 

Cheesy Garlic Bread

  • 3 Rolls, halved
  • Parmesean
  • Mozzarella
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 3 Tbls. butter melted
  • Parsley
  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place halved rolls onto baking sheet. Combine melted butter and garlic in bowl and brush onto rolls. 
  3. Cover rolls with a 2/3 parmesean and 1/3 mozzarella mixture of cheese.
  4. Sprinkle with parsley and bake until cheese is melted and lightly browned.

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