Zucchinetti And Walnut Meatballs In Fresh Tomato Sauce

Preparation time

30 Minutes

Cooking time

35 Minutes

Serves

2-3

Enjoy a plate of pasta entirely guilt free! Low in carbs but high in vitamins this dish is to be enjoyed guilt-free.

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If you are into clean eating, this is your dish! Even though everything is made from scratch, it doesn't take up much time to prepare.

Healthy Cheats For Local Favourites

If you aren’t getting at least one typical hawker dish a day, you get grumpy? A life without chicken rice, doesn’t make sense? Think again! We are helping you to cut those extra calories out of your favourite dishes. Start cooking at home and say bye-bye to those extra kilos and those energy slumps. Card

Working With The Right Utensils

Who would have thought that it all starts with the hardware? Don’t drench your food in oil.

  • Buy an oil spray bottle and fill it with your favourite one. Spray oil into a wok or pan and you will use less.
  • Get a zoodle slicer! Make noodles out of Zucchinis and carbs are cut out of a dinner that usually includes a serving of lo mein.
  • Use smaller plates and bowls. It has been scientifically proven, that people who eat from smaller plates, tend to eat less. Try it!

Eating The Right Fats

By cutting back on fat, we don’t want you to leave it out entirely. But rather choose the right oils. Fill your new oil spray bottles with healthy ones. Coconut oil withstands high heat and is great for frying. 

It also is proven to have an anti-inflammatory effect. Walnut oil is high in healthy fatty acids and gives your salads a great nutty flavour. Use olive oil to spray into an oven dish before popping a fish or meat into the oven.

Stay clear of lard, palm oil or refined oils that do more harm than good.

Finding Alternatives

  • Instead of soy sauce, that has wheat and a high salt content, use liquid aminos or tamari. Less salt and gluten-free too.
  • Opt for whole grain. Make your rice more nutritious and filling by using brown rice. Extra fibre speeds up your digestion and cleanses from the inside. 
  • When a recipe calls for pork belly, cut off most of the fat but keep the lean, meaty parts. You will lose a tiny bit of taste maybe, but your heart and arteries will thank you later in life. Try it with our Hokkien Mee!
  • Your favourite food is Ngoh Hiang or deep fried spring rolls? Try these Vietnamese spring rolls instead and cut the calories in half! 
  • Don’t eat the fatty skin when you get chicken rice and only eat half the rice or get plain white rice from another stall and spice it up with some sambal. 
  • Sweet chilli sauce is pure sugar, so a drizzle is better than drenching your fishballs in it.
  • Cook with low-fat coconut milk, homemade sambal, that has little sugar, salt and oil and have veggies with every meal to fill you up with almost no calories and lots of vitamins.

With these tips and regular exercise, you might be starting into a new life soon. So start cooking!

Ingredients

2
Zucchinis
, washed and dried, spiralized into noodle form with a spiralizer kitchen tool
1
Egg
, free range and organic if possible
1
cup
Walnuts
4
cloves of
Garlic
, minced
1/3
cup
Carrots
, peeled and chopped
2
Shallots
, chopped
1
cup
Bread Crumbs
, vegan, gluten-free
1
tablespoon
Parsley
, chopped
1
tablespoon
Basil
, chopped
1/2
cup
Tomato paste
1
can
Tomatoes
1/3
cups
Red Onion
, sliced
Kosher Salt
Pepper
Olive Oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Place walnuts in a food processor. Add in basil, parsley, carrots, bread crumbs, shallots, the egg, half of the chopped garlic and a dash of salt.
Process until it becomes a paste. You might need to scrape down the sides and pulse to get it all mixed up.
Take an ice cream scoop and scoop out one ball each. Place on a baking tray or in an oven proof dish. Let bake for about 30 mites on 180 degrees Celsius.
Cut off the ends of the zucchinis and cut them in half. Place the top of the spiralizer on one end and start twisting. Repeat with remaining zucchinis. Blanch them for 2 minutes in boiling salt water, if you don't want to eat them raw.
Heat up some olive oil in a pan. Fry the onions until lightly browned.
Add the remaining chopped garlic.
Add the tomatoes. Dawn is using canned ones but you can use fresh ones as well, if you have peeled them before.
Mash them into chunky bits and add tomato paste and some black pepper. You may add salt if you like.
Place the zuchinetti on a plate, put some meatballs on top and pour sauce over.

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