Eggplant Meatballs and Zoodle Meal Prep
Italian food is so satisfying, isn’t it? The tang of rich tomato sauce paired with gooey cheese and perfectly cooked pasta is the stuff of dreams. We concepted this easy meal prep to incorporate the traditional Italian flavors that we all love, but with a few lightened up substitutions. These eggplant meatballs are actually meatless, and we subbed traditional wheat flour or breadcrumbs for almond flour, making them gluten-free as well.
These eggplant meatballs are the perfect Meatless Monday dinner, and are even Whole30 compliant! They do take a little while to bake, but the actual hands-on preparation time is minimal, making these perfect for an easy meal prep or a comforting weekend dinner.
Though typically thought of and treated as a vegetable, eggplants are actually fruits (because they have seeds and grow from flowering plants). Their characteristic deep purple color is an indication of the presence of a range of antioxidants, which are crucial for cellular health and longevity. Eggplant is also a good source of fiber, and its mild flavor makes it pretty easy to add to just about anything. We love the taste and texture of it blended with garlic, onion, and Italian seasoning for these eggplant meatballs.
Spiralized fruits and vegetables are a consistent way to enjoy a lightened version of a huge range of dishes, and this easy meal prep is no exception. Instead of traditional pasta, the use of zucchini noodles as a base for the eggplant meatballs allows for a significantly lower caloric intake, plus the added benefit of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium, and fiber. Plus, using zoodles basically ensures that you’re getting at least one extra serving of vegetables in each portion, all without compromising any flavor or convenience. And who doesn’t want that? This easy meal prep is both light and satisfying, and is a gamechanger for the mid-week dinner blues.
Eggplant Meatballs and Zoodle Meal Prep Ingredients:
1 large eggplant
1 cup onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
¾ cup almond flour
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 zucchini, spiralized
1 jar pasta sauce, Whole30 compliant if necessary
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