Turkey Meatballs + Spaghetti Squash

I have always been the girl to sheepishly write "nothing" under exercise while at the doctors office. That or sarcastically write "chasing my toddler" ...oy. I have never been someone who has worked out mainly because I have either been bored with whatever I was doing, or just didn't feel like I needed it that much. Well, let me tell you - two kids will definitely tell your body that you need a little more fitness in your life. Not just to lose weight, which is certainly one of my goals, but mainly to work towards becoming a whole person. Working out has become an emotional outlet at the end of a long day of parenting, and I already feel so much more physical strength and energy after only 2 short weeks. I feel so silly talking about exercise because I literally know NOTHING and on top of that, I am a baby at it. But cheer me on? I need the encouragement :) 

I just finished a fitness challenge last week that lasted 15 days.  As I shared in my goals post, I am trusting God for physical and emotional wholeness this year. In part, this includes finding my own rhythm for exercise.  

Having the accountability of a challenge to follow along with has been so good for me! I love the encouragement from others in the challenge and from the trainer herself. The challenge comes with a meal plan, which I followed loosely. I like to do my own thing :)

Turkey Meatballs + Spaghetti Squash... Paleo and Whole 30 approved, quick dinner // Natasha Red

One of the dinner ideas she calls for is spaghetti squash with marinara. I went ahead and threw a bunch of things together and came out with some pretty delicious and easy meatballs to make my own version!

Turkey Meatballs + Spaghetti Squash... Paleo and Whole 30 approved, quick dinner // Natasha Red

I used the Poor Man's Vodka sauce from Nourished because it's so so good and I usually have 1 cup portions sitting in the freezer ready to go. But you can use whatever sauce you like. 

PS: Read to the end of the recipe instructions for how to make this meal Whole 30 compliant. 

Turkey Meatballs + Spaghetti Squash... Paleo and Whole 30 approved, quick dinner // Natasha Red

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey 
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsely
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (25 ounce) jar marinara sauce OR Poor Man's Vodka sauce from Noushied Cookbook
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Cook your Poor Man's Vodka sauce as directed in the recipe OR heat up marinara sauce in a large pot. 
  2. Put ground turkey, parsley, salt, garlic powder, chili powder and pepper in a stand mixer and connect the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until all the herbs and spices are fully mixed with the turkey. 
  3. Use a cookie scoop to scoop out perfectly portioned meatballs, pressing lightly together with your hands. If you don't have a cookie scoop, you can use a spoon and your hands. 
  4. Place meatballs in the sauce, cover the pot and simmer on medium low for about 15-20 minutes. 

For the squash:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  2. Cut the spaghetti squash in half length-wise. 
  3. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and discard. 
  4. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  5. Drizzle olive oil and a splash of water in the well that is formed inside the squash from removing the seeds. 
  6. Quickly flip the squash flesh-side down onto the foil-lined pan so the water stays as contained as possible. 
  7. Pour about a teaspoon of olive oil on the skin of one of the squash slices, rubbing in with your hands all over the skin. Do the same on the other slice. 
  8. Bake for 1 hour. Once cooked, let cool a bit and scrap out the spaghetti squash with a fork. 

Pour sauce and meatballs over squash and serve! 

*Notes: To make this Whole 30, omit the sugar from the Poor Man's Vodka Sauce recipe...or use a sugar free jarred sauce. 

Turkey Meatballs + Spaghetti Squash... Paleo and Whole 30 approved, quick dinner // Natasha Red

Make sure to check out this great post on all the different ways to cook spaghetti squash and for more yummy recipe ideas!