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Turkey meatballs on zucchini 'pasta' with easy tomato sauce

Main Meals (Dinners)
2 peopleServes
Prep   30 min
Cook   25 min
  • Zucchini, 3 medium
  • Turkey mince, 300 g
  • Dried garlic powder, 1 teaspoon(s)
  • Dried paprika, 1 teaspoon(s)
  • Ground cumin, 1 teaspoon(s)
  • Chia seeds, 4 teaspoon(s)
  • Chilli flakes, 1 pinch(es)
  • Olive oil spray, 1 spray(s)
  • Red onion, 2 medium, finely diced
  • Crushed tomatoes, 1 400g can(s)
  • Dried thyme, 1 teaspoon(s)
  • Basil, 1 handful(s), roughly chopped
  • Pepper, any type, ground, 1 pinch(es), to taste


Preheat the oven to 180 °C.

Use a spiralizer to turn the zucchini into ‘pasta’ spirals. Alternatively, most supermarkets sell ready-made zucchini pasta or ‘zoodles’ in the vegetable section.

Bring a small pot of water to the boil, and cook the zucchini for 1-2 minutes until soft. Strain, and leave to one side.

Combine the turkey mince in a bowl with garlic powder, paprika, cumin, chia seeds and chilli flakes. Shape into balls and place on a baking tray lined with paper or foil. Keep in mind that because we’re not using any egg, flour, or binding agent in these meatballs, so they’ll need to be handled with care. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and place to one side.

Meanwhile, heat one spray of olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and saute for 2-3 minutes or until transparent. Add tomatoes in to the pan and reduce the heat. Then add the thyme, stir together, and bring to the simmer.

Add the meatballs to the sauce, and continue to cook until sauce is reduced.

Divide the zucchini 'pasta' between two serving bowls, add the meatballs and sauce over the top, and sprinkle with fresh basil and black pepper.

Nutrition facts per serve
Makes 2 serves

Note: If food units vary from the book, be guided by the following food units.

Meat & Protein 1.5
Bread & Cereals0
Healthy Fats & Oils1
Protein41.8 g
Total fat12.5 g
- Saturated fat3.5 g
Total carbohydrates25.9 g
- Total sugars18.5 g
Fibre13.6 g
Sodium532 mg

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