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 :)
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!
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.
- 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
- Cook your Poor Man's Vodka sauce as directed in the recipe OR heat up marinara sauce in a large pot.
- 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.
- 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.
- Place meatballs in the sauce, cover the pot and simmer on medium low for about 15-20 minutes.
For the squash:
- Preheat oven to 425 F
- Cut the spaghetti squash in half length-wise.
- Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and discard.
- Line a baking sheet with foil.
- Drizzle olive oil and a splash of water in the well that is formed inside the squash from removing the seeds.
- Quickly flip the squash flesh-side down onto the foil-lined pan so the water stays as contained as possible.
- 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.
- 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.