Another amazing Zoodles recipe today! I bought of a ton of zucchini recently,and have been experimenting with “noodles” in place of regular, high calorie pasta noodles. And I just cannot contain my excitement in sharing these recipes!!

The other night, my kids wanted spaghetti and meatballs, so I made regular, whole wheat pasta for them, but decided to do zoodles for my husband and I.

Chicken Meatballs and Zoodles

You guys…it was SO good. I was a bit skeptical about this, but the key was having really flavorful sauce and meatballs, and you don’t even notice the zucchini. It’s a lot easier that using roasted spaghetti squash and I liked the flavor better too. Seriously delicious.

If you have yet to get yourself a zucchini spiralizer (THIS one is my favorite), I highly recommend that you do so asap, and start getting on board the zoodle train. You will be SO glad you did.

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chicken meatballs and zoodles
Chicken Meatballs and Zoodles
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
A much healthier and lighter version of spaghetti and meatballs, this tasty recipe will have you saying goodbye to high carb and high calorie pasta noodles forever!
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 302 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 medium zucchini (spiraled)
  • 1 25oz jar marinara sauce (I used Trader Joe's Organic Tomato Basil Marinara)
  • 1 lb ground chicken breast
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat Panko
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients except for the zucchini and pasta sauce. Shape the ground meat mixture into 24 meatballs (about 1” each) and place on baking sheet. Bake in oven for about 15-18 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through and browned on the outside.
  3. In a large sauce pan, combine marinara sauce with the cooked meatballs, and simmer own low until sauce is heated through, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, wrap noodles completely with paper towels, and place in a large, microwave safe dish. Heat in microwave for about 2 minutes. The paper towels will help to absorb the extra water that the zucchini releases.
  5. Divide noodles into 4 different serving bowls. Top each with with meatballs and pasta sauce. Sprinkle with a bit of extra grated parmesan cheese, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Entire recipe makes 4 servings

Serving size is about 6 meatballs with sauce and zoodles

Each serving = 4 Points*

*based only on ingredients with an SP Freestyle value

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Meatballs and Zoodles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 66
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.3g 11%
Saturated Fat 0.9g 5%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 1210mg 50%
Potassium 553mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6.6g 26%
Sugars 8.5g
Protein 36g 72%
Calcium 12%
Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

2 Comments

  1. Matoaka Eagle Reply

    FYI. I learned that spiraled veggies can be refrigerated in a glass container or plastic bag, with a paper towel tucked in to absorb the moisture, for 4-5 days. http://www.laurafuentes.com/how-to-store-spiralized-zucchini-veggies/

  2. Matoaka Eagle Reply

    Delicious!!! 6 meatballs = 3 smart points. Sooo good. I used Paesano Sicilian Gravy. Wow! 1/2 c. = 3 smart points. The spiraled zucchini is good even uncooked! Thanks for a great recipe.

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