zoodlesBrown Baggin’ It is our weekly food blog brought to you by TeachEatRepeat. Each week, these Brooklyn-based teachers present their favorite recipes for workday lunches. 

This week we’re sharing one of our favorites: zoodles and meatballs! Zoodles are zucchini noodles; they are delicious and good for you. We’ve hooked nearly our whole school on the zoodle train. Even better: this dish tastes more delicious a day or two after you make it.

What You’ll Need

  • 5 medium zucchini
  • If you’re making your own sauce:
    • 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
    • 2 TBSP olive oil (2 for the veggies and 1 to grease the pan)
    • 1 tsp oregano
    • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp pepper
    • 1 tsp dried basil
    • 1 scoop chopped garlic
  • For the meatballs
    • 1 lb lean ground beef
    • 2 TBSP tomato paste
    • Any chopped veggies you want to sneak into your meatballs. We like onions, carrots, cilantro, and mushrooms, but the meatball is your oyster, so to speak.
  • Blender
  • Spiralizer
  • Saute Pan

What To Do

  1. If you’re making sauce, do that first.
  2. Place all sauce ingredients in a blender or food process and let it fly!
  3. Spiralize your zucchini using a julienne peeler, spiralizer, or food processor.
  4. Once you’re ready to cook the zucchini noodles, toss them in a hot greased skilled with salt and pepper (or just season them and microwave them for a minute or two).
  5. For super simple meatballs, grab your favorite ground meat (we like extra lean ground beef), and chop some spinach, onions, and carrots (you can use whatever veggies you prefer!).
  6. Form your meat into balls, and grease a clear baking tray with coconut oil. Put your meatballs in the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Flip once and cook for another 7-8 minutes.
  7. Once everything’s ready, place the contents in your Tupperware. This only gets better as the week goes on!

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