Zoodles and Meatballs (zucchini noodles with slow cooker turkey meatballs)

Zucchini noodles and turkey meatballs – when it comes to Zoodles, it doesn’t get more classic than that! I’ve been making zucchini noodles long before I got my spiralizer, but now they are so popular you can even buy them pre-cut in the supermarket!

Zucchini noodles and meatballs – when it comes to zucchini noodles, it doesn't get more classic than that! I've been making zucchini noodles long before I got my spiralizer, but now they are so popular you can even buy them pre-cut in the supermarket!Zucchini Noodles and Turkey Meatballs

 

Zucchini noodles and meatballs – when it comes to zucchini noodles, it doesn't get more classic than that! I've been making zucchini noodles long before I got my spiralizer, but now they are so popular you can even buy them pre-cut in the supermarket!

I made a pot of my Crock Pot Italian Turkey Meatballs at my toddler’s request but rather than eating mine with pasta, I served it over (zucchini noodles) for a lighter low-carb alternative (perfect for using up zucchini from your garden).

And since so many are asking, although I have and love my Instant Pot, I still love my slow cooker! I have the 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker (affil link). I love it because you can adjust the time you want it to cook, and it automatically turns to warm when it’s done. It also has a probe for meat that automatically shuts off when done. I hated my old crock pot, it burnt everything and my food had a weird taste. This slow cooker is so great, I actually own several!

A good rule of thumb is one medium zucchini per person, since you lose some when you cut them and the shrink a bit when they cook. To cut them, I use my spiralizer or you can use a mandolin fitted with a julienne blade. If using a mandolin, be careful the blades are VERY sharp.

Zucchini noodles and meatballs – when it comes to zucchini noodles, it doesn't get more classic than that! I've been making zucchini noodles long before I got my spiralizer, but now they are so popular you can even buy them pre-cut in the supermarket!
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Zoodles and Meatballs (zucchini noodles with slow cooker turkey meatballs)

6
Freestyle Points
325
Calories
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 3 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Italian
Zucchini noodles and meatballs – when it comes to zucchini noodles, it doesn't get more classic than that! I've been making zucchini noodles long before I got my spiralizer, but now they are so popular you can even buy them pre-cut in the supermarket!

Ingredients

  • 12 leftover crock pot turkey meatballs and sauce, 1/2 batch
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 8 oz each zucchinis, cut into long julienne strips (with a mandolin or spiralizer)
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Make the meatballs in the crock pot according to directions here.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. When hot add the oil, onions and garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Increase heat to medium-high and add the zucchini, season with salt and pepper to taste and cook about 1 minute. Give it a stir to mix everything around and cook another 1 to 1-1/2 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked through yet firm.
  • Quickly remove from skillet to prevent them from further cooking.
  • Divide the zucchini between 3 bowls and top with 4 meatballs and sauce, add some grated cheese and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup zoodles, 4 meatballs, Calories: 325kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 1.5g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 715mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 4g
Freestyle Points: 6
Points +: 8