Juicy Turkey Meatballs on Zoodle Nests
Juicy turkey meatballs in a zucchini noodle (zoodle) nest, drizzled with basil oil dressing. Healthy ingredients, keto, paleo, whole30, and gluten free!
Servings: 6 people
- 1 lb ground turkey room temp
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup purple onion finely chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 tbsp almond flour
- 1 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp salt and pepper each
- 3 tbsp avocado oil
- 2 large zucchinis
- salt and pepper
Using a spiralizer, spiralize zucchini into long noodle like strands. Once you have both zucchinis cut into noodles, begin to form into "zoodle" nests.
To form a nest, grab a handful of zoodles off the counter and cut the extra long strands with kitchen scissors. Stick a fork in the middle of your zoodle pile and twirl against the inside of your other hand. Keep twirling until a nest is formed.
Use the fork to scoop the bottom of your zoodle nest and rest it on a greased baking pan or a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Continue until all zoodles are gone.
Spray tops of zoodles with cooking spray, sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, then set aside.
Heat a skillet or frying pan with oil over medium heat. You will know its ready when the oil runs thin.
Take all ingredients for the turkey meatballs and dump into a large mixing bowl. Make sure turkey has warmed up close to room temperature so not to freeze the coconut oil.
Using both hands, mix ingredients together in bowl to form a large ball. Divide into 6 pieces and roll into balls for larger meatballs, or pull out smaller golf ball size pieces to roll into smaller meatballs.
Once balls are formed, gently place on stovetop pan and begin browning. Cook on 2 sides for about 1-2 minutes each. When both sides are slightly browned, remove from stove stop.
Transfer to baking safe dish, or use skillet and bake in oven for 20 min.
Put your zoodle nests in oven for 25 min. To save time, bake both zoodles and meatballs in the oven at the same time.
When both are finished baking, transfer zoodles to a plate, top with a meatball, and drizzle basil oil dressing on top.