These make-ahead meal prep boxes will make you forget all about pasta. They’re light, healthy, and low-carb! Prepping your meals is an excellent way to stay on track and save time during the week. It takes no more than an hour to whip up and it tastes just like the real deal with delectable Italian flavors.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Beef! It’s What’s for Dinner</p></h4>
Meatballs are a classic Italian dish that make a wonderful topping to your pasta! Full of protein—yet definitely not lacking in flavor—meatballs are an excellent source of nutrition. Grass-fed ground beef is the way to go when purchasing meat. It has an impressive macronutrient profile and provides brain-boosting Omega-3 fatty acids. Beef from grass-fed cattle is lower in total fat content because their diet is more natural and clean. Cows raised on this grass diet contain higher levels of a certain beneficial fatty acid called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA can help prevent several diseases and conditions like obesity and diabetes.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Rich with Nutrients</p></h4>
There is something irresistible about the aroma of roasted garlic. So captivating with its powerful notes; making it a popular flavor booster in endless amounts of dishes. A diet rich in garlic gives your body a one-up against fighting disease and keeping healthy! It contains numerous minerals and a surprising amount of vitamins—such as B6 and C. Garlic also holds allyl sulfides. An anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting compound that studies have shown to slow the growth rate of cancer cells. Last but not least, it carries antioxidants that protect against cell damage and aging, something many of us strive for!
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Zucchini Noodles and Meatballs</p></h4>
<h5>Prep Time: 30 mins | Cook Time: 30 mins | Serves: 5 </h5>
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Ingredients:</p></h5>
* 1 pound grass-fed ground beef
* ⅓ cup almond flour
* ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
* ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
* ½ teaspoon garlic powder
* ½ teaspoon onion powder
* ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning
* 1 large egg
* 28 ounce can diced tomatoes, no sugar added
* ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
* ¼ teaspoon black pepper
* 1 teaspoon onion powder
* 1 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1 teaspoon dried basil
* 1 teaspoon dried oregano
* 1 teaspoon dried parsley
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
* 2 garlic cloves
* 5 medium zucchini, spiralized
* salt, to taste
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Instructions:</p></h5>
1. Preheat oven to 375℉. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, add all meatball ingredients. Mix until everything is evenly blended.
3. Using a 1.5 tablespoon scoop, scoop up meat and form into round balls. Place onto prepared baking sheet. You should be able to make about 25 meatballs.
4. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until meatballs are fully cooked.
1. Add all marinara sauce ingredients to a blender. Blend on low speed until pureed.
2. Pour sauce into a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened. You should have approximately 3 cups of sauce.
1. Add oil and garlic to large skillet. Bring to medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add in zucchini.
2. Cook until zucchini is tender but still crisp. Add salt as needed. Drain water from zucchini noodles.
1. Add zucchini noodles to meal prep containers. Add about 5 meatballs to each container.
2. Add 4-5 tablespoons of sauce to each serving. I recommend storing the sauce in a small, separate container. Only adding to noodles when ready to eat. You will have a lot of leftover sauce, which you can store for a future recipe.
3. When reheating meal prep, the zucchini will release more water. Drain water before adding sauce.