Turkey Meatballs with Butternut Squash Marinara

What a delight. These quantities makes 5 portions which makes it an ideal food-prep recipe. Plus it’s delicious and filling.

This recipe is adapted from a Fit Men Cook recipe which you can find here.

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Butternut Squash Marinara

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 red pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 1 cup chicken stock (stock cube)
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

  1. Peel and chop butternut squash into medium-sized cubes. Quarter the tomatoes and the pepper, removing the seeds and stalk of the pepper.
  2. Spread squash, tomatoes and pepper on a baking sheet with the unpeeled cloves of garlic. Then season with salt and pepper, and 2 tsps of Italian seasoning.
  3. Roast for 45 minutes. After roasting, allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  4. Put the coconut oil into a frying pan and cook the onion with the balsamic vinegar and the remaining tsp of Italian seasoning. Cook until the onion turns brown and translucent.
  5. Squeeze the garlic clove from their peel.
  6. Put the roasted vegetables into a blender and blend with the stock until smooth.

Approximate macros for 1/4 cup serving:

25 calories, 1g protein, 7g carbs, 0g fat, 1g fibre, 2g sugar

Turkey Meatballs

  • 1 pack of turkey mince (340g)
  • 1 cup spinach, finely chopped
  • Half cup of feta, crumbled
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  1. Combine all ingredients (except coconut oi) in a bowl and mix.
  2. Form into 10 meatballs.
  3. Heat coconut oil in frying pan on medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook, turning frequently so that the meatballs don’t stick or burn.
  4. When the meatballs have nearly finished cooking, reduce the heat to low and pour in the sauce. Turn the meatballs carefully in the sauce and cook for about 5 minutes until they are cooked through and the sauce is hot.

Serve 2 meatballs with a quarter cup of sauce on half a jacket potato, approximate macros:

395 Calories, 40g protein, 43g carbs, 8g fat, 6g fibre, 5g sugar.

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