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Vegetti and Meatballs


I’ve been shopping again. Completely non-essential but I have fallen in love with my new veggie spiralizer. It seems all we’ve eaten this week is veggie noodles. I’ve swapped out the regular pasta & noodles for vegetti in lots of things. All a bit of an experiment but my fav’s so far are a spicy chicken and coconut soup (a bit like a laksa…recipe coming soon) and vegetti and meatballs.

Vegetti is a great way of increasing the amount of vegetables you’re eating and also reducing carbs (if that’s your goal). As long as you don’t over cook them they will give you a noodle like texture.

Some other delicious options are to use carrot or sweet potato instead of zucchini for your vegetti. They might just take a little longer to cook so keep that in mind.

My fancy new spiralizer

 

If you don’t have a spiralizer, slice the veggies up into long thin strips instead. Buying a spiralizer is a good investment though. You don’t need to spend a lot of money or get anything too big. The smaller handheld ones work really well.

Curly wurly vegetti

 

You could always forget about making meatballs and just cook up the minced beef like a spag bol if you prefer. My advice is if you do make meatballs, ensure they are small enough to get on a fork with some vegetti without having to cut them up. For 150g of minced beef per person I made 16 pieces each. I’ve started using dried onion flakes in a lot of my recipes, this is due to my own laziness and desire not to cry each time I make dinner. If you don’t have them you can always use fresh onion, shallot or even diced spring onions.

Vegetti meatballs
Fry off the meatballs until brown all over in a little olive oil

 

Vegetti meatballs
Throw in everything else and pop the lid on for 3-4 minutes

 

Vegetti meatballs
Looking pretty damn delicious already

 

Vegetti meatballs
Ready to go. Sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese if you like.

 

If you’re looking for other vegetti recipes try my Tuna & Lemon Courgetti.…is also delish!

 

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A lower carb alternative to traditional spaghetti and meatballs....vegetti and meatballs!
Course Main Meals
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
person
Ingredients
Course Main Meals
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
person
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Sprialize or slice up your zucchini
  2. In a small bowl, place the minced beef, half the onion flakes, half the oregano and half the pepper. Mix thoroughly and roll into about 16 meatballs
  3. Heat the oil in a medium pan (with a lid) add the meatballs and brown all over. They don't need to be cooked through yet
  4. Add the tomato passata, remaining onions, oregano and pepper. Add the bay leaf, honey and salt & gently stir through
  5. Add the vegetti to the pan & put the lid on to help it steam for about 3-4 minutes
  6. Remove from the heat and serve
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