Chicken Florentine Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

Source: popularpaleo.com
Course: Dinner
Preperation time: 20min
Cooking Time: 1h
Serves: 4

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Ingredients

Protein (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g) Energy (KCal)
2 Fresh Garlic Clove, Minced 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Zest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
1 cup Chicken Stock 2 2 2 2 1 1 22 22
1 Pound Ground Chicken 20 20 0 0 9 9 162 162
1 Large Spaghetti Squash 1 1 13 13 1 1 60 60
1 To Taste Extra Virgin Olive Oil 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Pinch Red Pepper Flakes 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Pound Chicken Italian Sausage 21 21 0 0 27 27 335 335
1/4 cup Flax Meal 2 2 3 3 4 4 56 56
1 cup Spinach, Chopped 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
1 To Taste Fresh Basil 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 Large Egg(s) 2 2 0 0 1 1 19 19
1/2 Medium Yellow Onion, Thinly Sliced 0 0 1 1 1 1 18 18
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
1 Teaspoon Salt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total: Approximate Nutrition Info, Per Serving: 48 21 46 679
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Instructions

Meatballs:
 
Ingredients:
 
Prep:
 
  1. If you are making the spaghetti squash to go with it, get it in the oven first. Then start to prep the meatballs.  Directions for the squash are in the section below.
  2. Combine all ingredients, except the olive oil, in a large bowl. Use your hand to mix thoroughly. As gooey as it is, there’s nothing better to make sure everything comes together.
  3. Heat a large pan to medium-high, add in a fair amount of olive oil.  There’s not much fat in these meatballs, so you’ll have to compensate for it in the pan. Because we are going to finish these in the oven, we only need to brown the outside of each meatball.  On that note, if you aren’t making the spaghetti squash, be sure to have your oven preheated to 400 degrees.
  4. Once the meatballs are browned on at least two sides, transfer them to a baking dish, cover and finish in the 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. If the squash isn’t done yet, I just make it share oven space with the meatballs. I had enough time to cool and prep by squash by the time they were done.
 
Spaghetti Squash Noodles: 
 
Ingredients:
 
Prep:
 
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Open and clean the squash. Lay cut-side down in a non-stick roasting pan. When the oven is preheated, roast for 40 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool cut-side up for a few minutes before harvesting the strands with a fork.
  2. In the same pan that was used to brown the meatballs, toss in the thinly sliced onions and minced garlic at medium heat. You most likely will need to add a bit more oil to the pan too. When the onions and garlic have softened a bit and are taking on some color, add the stock. Bring to boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. We want the stock to concentrate a bit.
  3. By this time the squash should be cool enough to handle.  Add the “noodles” directly to the pan sauce and toss to coat… just like saucing linguini with a light clam sauce. A couple turns in the pan, evenly distributing the sauce and it’s ready. Plate with the meatballs, top with fresh basil.
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