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Beef Meatballs & Zucchini Spaghetti

If you’re avoiding sugar and high carb foods you’ll love zucchini spaghetti. Like most families, every so often we enjoyed the typical Italian meal. Growing up naive about nutrition I equated food to taste and fuel, and that was it. I eventually caught on that white refined pasta and soda is not doing anything in my body’s favor. Then naturally, I bought into thinking whole wheat pasta was the “healthy” choice. However, after following a paleo diet I learned pasta is pasta. Whole wheat or refined, it all turns into one thing. Sugar. On top of that both are still highly processed. Instead of looking for quality of pasta, what’s more important is quantity. I learned it’s best to keep consumption low, to just completely cut it out all together.
What to do then when you crave an Italian meal of meatballs and pasta? As creatures of habit it’s always fun to try to replicate that which we are trying to avoid. What better way than to replace your pasta with zucchini spaghetti! It serves the same purpose, to hold all that good sauce. I’d say this dish has some eye appeal on top of that.

Beef Meatballs & Zucchini Spaghetti

Makes: four servings

You will need a spiral slicer for this recipe. I used the Tri-Blade spiral slicer from World Cuisine. You will also need a large pot to fit a steamer basket.

ingredients:

3 medium zucchini

1 lb grass fed ground beef

spices salt, pepper, garlic, fresh basil

coconut flour (tropical traditions)

365 organic tomato basil sauce

1 egg white

directions:

    meatballs:
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Take your ground beef at room temperature and break it up with a fork. Combine 1 egg white and fold in evenly.
  3. Mix in your spices (salt, pepper, garlic) to the meat
  4. Add a spoonful of coconut flour to help bind the meat
  5. Grease a glass pan with coconut oil.
  6. Put in the oven for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
  7. zucchini spaghetti
  8. Rinse zucchini and use the spiral slicer (according to it's directions) to create your "spaghetti"
  9. Set up your pot and steamer basket and add in 1/2 in of water on the bottom. Steam zucchini "spaghetti" until soft.
  10. Heat up pasta sauce in a separate pot.
  11. *Add meatballs, spaghetti, and sauce and top it off with freshly snipped basil to make a carb friendly Italian meal.

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