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Zoodles and slow-cooker turkey meatballs

Recipe: Zoodles and slow-cooker turkey meatballs

We love a recipe that’s cheap, easy and delicious. This one checks all the boxes at $1.70 per serving.

Serves: 10
Total cost: $17.00
Cost per serving: $1.70

Special Equipment:

  • Slow-cooker
  • Veggie Spiralizer

Finished product:

Zoodles and turkey meatballs in a Shmeal container

Turkey Meatball Ingredients

  • 1 egg  $0.25
  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey  $7.98
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs $0.35
  • 3 tbsp olive oil  $0.33
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese  $1.24
  • 8 cloves of garlic, minced  $0.56
  • 2 tsp dried oregano  $0.20
  • 2 tsp dried basil  $0.20
  • 1 tsp salt  $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp pepper  $0.05
  • 1 onion, sliced  $0.32
  • 2 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes  $3.38

Zoodles Ingredients

  • 3 medium zucchinis  $1.77
  • Salt to taste  $0.05
  • 3 tbsp olive oil  $0.33

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How to make Garlic Parm Turkey Meatballs

  1. Scramble egg in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add ground turkey, breadcrumbs, parmesan, garlic, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, and olive oil.
  3. Mix with your hands to combine.
  4. Roll medium sized meatballs – a little bigger than a golf ball – and place on a cookie sheet.
  5. Add a layer of sliced onion to bottom of slow-cooker.
  6. Brown the outside of the meatballs in a pan.
  7. Layer meatballs on top of onions.
  8. Add crushed tomatoes over meatballs.
  9. Turn on slow-cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.

How to make Zoodles

  1. Rinse and dry the zucchinis and cut off the ends of the zucchinis.
  2. Spiralize the zucchinis and catch the zoodles in a cookie sheet. I used this WonderVeg Spiralizer that I got for $24 from Amazon, and I thought it worked great.
  3. Lay your zoodles out on a layer of paper towels. Salt lightly and add another layer of paper towels on top. Let sit for about 15 minutes. Roll up and let dry for another 15 minutes.

Assembling the bowls

  1. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a pan and heat to medium-high.
  2. Use tongs to add a serving of zoodles to the pan, and stir-fry about 3-5 minutes, until al dente.
  3. Transfer zoodles to the bowl, and top with 3 meatballs. Optionally garnish with more parmesan cheese.


Turkey meatballs recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/09/10/crockpot-turkey-meatballs/

Zoodles adapted from Gourmet Girl Cooks: http://www.gourmetgirlcooks.com/2014/11/sunday-night-pasta-how-to-make-non.html

By Shmeal

The Shmeal Team. 🐖💻

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