Happy New Year! I am starting off the year with some comfort food favorites lightened up for a fresh healthy start to the year. Lightened up Zoodles and Meatballs with Spicy Marinara Sauce made for Discover, a Blog By World Market. This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market.
Spaghetti and Meatballs. One of the ultimate comfort food meals. Typically not a super unhealthy meal – it’s not deep fried or anything, but I prefer to make mine a little more lightened up. I am not the biggest fan of carb laden pasta, so I substitute spaghetti noodles for the increasingly popular zucchini noodles or “zoodles” as they are called now.
I have been making zucchini noodles for years and years now but before the spiralizing appliances/gadgets became popular I would use the larger holes on a box grater to make zoodles. They were more flat lingine like noodles than round spaghetti like ones, and I risked grating some knuckles when making them but it still worked. Now I use my spiralizer which gets the job done a lot quicker. And it is fun to see how long of a noodle we can make with it.
I typically make meatballs with a mix of proteins such as ground pork and pork sausage, ground buffalo, ground chicken or ground turkey. When I make them with ground turkey breast I find that they tend to be a little on the drier side than a fattier protein such as sausage so I will add in some ground pork or dark meat turkey to keep them juicier. I also add in a few other ingredients to bind them together while keeping them on the lighter side. I also bake in the oven on a broiler pan so the fat drains out but they still stay nice and moist. No one likes a dry meatball.
I also have a few “Secret” ingredients to my spicy marinara sauce that keeps in all the flavor while keeping it in the healthier spectrum of recipes. To see step by step directions and find out about my secret ingredients head over to Discover, a blog by World Market. I hope you enjoy my version of spaghetti and meatballs with my zoodles and meatballs. Feel free to post any comments on my blog or on Discover if you make the recipe and have any questions. I am more than happy to help out!
This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market. I am a World Market Tribe Ambassador.