Zoodles & Meatballs with the #Microplane #Spiralizer

I’ve been eating very poorly these past couple of weeks. I’m an emotional eater so whenever I’m stressed out, I start stuffing my face. I do it to comfort myself, because food never disappoints. It never judges or criticizes, even though I inveritably judge and criticize myself for giving in to temptation.
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The Husband cooks dinner 90% of the time and he puts a lot of thought into menu planning. I’m a lucky gal – most nights, I come home from work and a hot, healthy, home-cooked meal is waiting for me. So are dirty counters and a mountain of dishes but I shouldn’t complain!

Lately, the Husband has been swamped with work meaning we’ve been ordering a lot of take-out. It tastes delicious but I’m craving vegetables that aren’t swimming in cream sauce (gawd do I ever love cream sauce). Hell, who am I kidding? We haven’t seen a vegetable in days!
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Time for me to make these zoodles ‘n meatballs again! Back in October, I had the privilege of attending the Food Bloggers of Canada conference, held here in Vancouver. I was lucky to meet a representative from Microplane, who offered to send me a free spiralizer to try out. I can’t say enough good things about Microplane. I’ve been using a Microplane grater for the past few years and my kitchen wouldn’t be complete without it. I’m not only saying that because I received free product from this company – I would be singing my grater’s praises even if I hadn’t. It’s perfect for zesting citrus into baked goods, parmesan over pasta, and chocolate into my mouth (seriously).

Microplane Spiralizer

Just to be clear, this is a photo of the spiralizer, not the grater that I just spent the last paragraph gushing about!


I’ve been seeing bloggers spiralizing the heck out of vegetables for lighter, healthier meals and I’ve been wanting to buy one for the longest time. When Microplane offered me one, I jumped at the opportunity.
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So easy to use – just insert and twist!


The Microplane spiralizer is incredibly easy to use. Just make sure to be careful with your fingers because the metal prongs are sharp. You aren’t able to spiralize the entire zucchini based on the design – you’re left with a nub of zucchini at the end which is fine, because I just popped it into my mouth and ate it.

Meatballs

1 1/2 pounds of extra lean ground beef
2 pork sausages, removed from the casing (I used honey mustard pork sausages)
3 large eggs
2 tbsp milk
1/2 cup bread crumbs/cracker crumbs
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tbsp Italian seasoning (combo of dried marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano and sweet basil. If you don’t have Italian seasoning, equal parts thyme and rosemary should do the trick)
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup onions, finely diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
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Mix everything together in a large bowl. I recommend using your hands so that everything gets thoroughly mixed and combined. Form the meat into two inch balls. Sear the meatballs in a frying pan, only to get colour on the outside but not to cook them all the way through.

Transfer the meatballs to a sheet pan and bake for 20 minutes to half an hour, until they are cooked through and are no longer pink inside.

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Heading into the oven.


Spiralize as many zucchinis as you want, top with meatballs, marinara sauce (I used store-bought but you can make your own), parmesan and chopped basil. Then pat yourself on the back for making and eating something that’s both tasty and healthy-ish!
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Disclosure: I received a Microplane spiralizer to review. All opinions are my own.

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16 thoughts on “Zoodles & Meatballs with the #Microplane #Spiralizer

  1. Ok, I’m not big on veggie noodles, but you made them look FABULOUS. (The giant meatball definitely helps! 🙂 And I know exactly what you mean when you just need veggies. I love junk food, but I can tell when my body is like ENOUGH ALREADY, GIVE ME SOMETHING GREEN STAT! This seems like the perfect solution for those times!

  2. I am grateful for this post for 2 reasons… 1) I initially read “dirty dishes” as “dirty laundry realized I had laundry sitting in my washer since this morning. (Gasping when I realized this was apparently an overreaction according to my husband.), 2) I now want a spiralizer… you know, because I need another gadget.

    In all seriousness though, this recipe looks delicious. I’ve never tried veggies for noodles, though I’ve been meaning to try spaghetti squash, maybe I’ll try this instead :). I know what you mean about emotional eating, feels so good at the time, but then not so good after. Take out is SO tempting, easy and delicious, but it takes its toll after a while! Haha.

  3. I saw your comment on facebook and laughed out loud!!! I have a spiralizer in its box that needs to have its trial run—and this is exactly what I’d make. Of course, Bill would have a cow. The dreaded zucchini! He does the dishes, so I don’t mind dirtying another pot to make him his noodles. Happy, happy Easter, my friend!!! Hope you can take some time for you! xo

  4. These look amazing! I have yet to get on the spiralizer bandwagon, but it sure looks like a delicious one 🙂

  5. Niiiice! I do the meal planning mostly, since husband is the one in law school at night and we both work during the day, but when I get too busy we sadly eat out too. I love zoodles though, and how easy it is to get a quick, healthy dinner on the table!

  6. I’ve been wondering about those spiralizers – Thanks for showing me a picture………You did a beautiful job on the photo……….the cheese is so delicate looking! Get some veggies girlie – There was a chain once down here called the Black-Eyed Pea and you could get a plateful of veggies. when I was in college, i can’t tell you how many times I went there to get just that………..any 4 side veggies on the menu, plus a salad really always made me feel so much better. And I didn’t have to cook! 🙂

  7. You are a lucky woman!! to come home to a hot, healthy, home-cooked meal! Dude, Tony rocks! and glad he was able to enjoy a meal from you!! 🙂 the Microplane spiralizer looks awesome and so does your dish!!! love this, Nancy!!!

  8. What a fantabulous idea, Nancy! Love the zoodles. Okay, now you can add stellar salesperson to your list of accomplishments because I want to copy your zoodles…So, I guess I’ll need the microplane spiralizer!

    P.s. Take-out is fun (and it equals less dishes – yay!) but nothing like homemade goodness =) And a bit of Nancy magic!

  9. I’ve been seeing the spiralizer everywhere on the internet and need to buy me one. Healthy meals are kinda non-existent these days in our house too. Late work schedules are evil! Love how light this meal looks 🙂

  10. That looks so pretty, I have to get with it and get one of those spiralizers. I see you are not posting as much, I hope everything is okay as I love your site and your wonderful sense of humor and writing.

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