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Turkey Meatballs (GF/CF) and Spaghetti Sauce

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Full disclosure: I started eating paleo recently (i.e. no gluten, no dairy). After a very long time reading research and various other things I decided to try working with my diet to help with my MS. My family does not eat this way- I’m pretty sure I would be dead if I so much as proposed the idea. Dinner can be a little interesting because of our different diet plans so I try to adapt as best as I can- or I make two different dinners. Spaghetti is always a big hit around here so I’ve started making paleo meatballs and then having two options- traditional spaghetti or zucchini noodles (aka zoodles). The picture with this post is with zucchini for the simple reason that everyone else was already eating before I got a picture. I don’t have a recipe for zoodles for you because all I did was peel a zucchini (yes, it really is that simple). I encourage you to try zoodles because they are super easy and very good as a pasta. Not to mention the health benefits of a zucchini over a pasta noodle. Unless you are in my household; in which case I would never propose a green vegetable over pasta- nope never!

meatballs and zoodles

Turkey Meatballs (GF/CF)

  • 1  lb. ground turkey
  • 1   egg
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4  c. almond meal
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients; use your hands to mix and form into balls. Bake 20-25 minutes, until browned and cooked all the way through. I then add them to a spaghetti sauce on the stove. You could use a canned/jar spaghetti sauce but I think it is easy to make your own.

Easy Spaghetti Sauce

  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • ½  onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 T olive oil

Heat olive oil until shimmering in a pot. Add garlic and onions, cook until onions are translucent (3 minutes). Add canned tomatoes and sauce, then add spices. Bring to a simmer, if you are using meatballs add them now, and cook 15 minutes.

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