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Spaghetti and Meatballs

There’s nothing more comforting for me than a plate of Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Rachele, @thenourishedone

Freshly made, tender bites of meatball bliss slathered in fresh sauce, or sugo as we say in Italian, immediately takes me home.

There’s nothing more comforting for me than a plate of Spaghetti and Meatballs, don’t you agree?

The nostalgia of fresh tomato sauce makes me feel the love of family even though I’m half way across the world. But what makes this meal even better is that it’s #Whole30approved.

When I started my #Whole30 journey I thought I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the foods and flavours that I LOVE, but I was willing to give that up for 30 days for my health and for my #selfexperiment…

… but boy was I WRONG!

Knowing that I can enjoy the flavours of foods I love, feel satisfied, and not like I’m missing out makes me feel more empowered than ever!

I want YOU to experience the joy of the “homey” flavours in this recipe and to feel satisfied as well. I love sharing recipes like this because it brings us closer together, like we’re together at my home sharing a meal. What better way to bring this nourished community closer together? I can’t think of anything better!

Not only is this recipe a symbol of community and big family gatherings it is a symbol of efficiency.

And what do a mean by that?

MEAL-PREP.

This huge batch of meatballs in sauce makes 40-45 ping pong size balls of meaty, saucy goodness (about 7-8 servings)! It’s great to make to meal-prep for the week, or to batch cook for a party/family gathering, or even to freeze to have them on hand for busy week night dinners. I mean, who wouldn’t want a nice bowl of Spaghetti and Meatballs after a llllooonnnnnnggg day?

On another note, making your tomato sauce is not only more flavourful, it is also healthier because this recipe has:

  1. No added sugar. Sugar is usually an ingredient in store-bought tomato sauce in order to reduce the acidity. You can simply remove the acidity by boiling your sauce for longer and/or by using fresh, high quality ingredients.
  2. No preservatives. Acids and “flavouring” is usually added to traditional tomato sauce found in stores to ensure “quality” and to prolong shelf life.
  3. Gluten-free. Many tomato sauces on store shelves contain thickening agents, like flour or corn starch, which can be problematic for those with food allergies and food sensitivities.

Many of these additives like sugar, preservatives, and starches in some tomato sauces found on store shelves can completely be avoided if you make your own sauce. and trust me, it’s worth the time.

I like topping my spaghetti and meatballs with Nutritional Yeast. It has all cheesy flavour you know and love but is dairy-free and vegan. It is packed with muscle-building protein, with B vitamins to support the metabolism, skin, hair and nails, and also known to boost immunity.

Bragg Nutritional Yeast is by far my favourite because of the quality and quantity you get for the price. The Bragg company goes all the way back to 1912 in the Health and Wellness industry, so their products are tried, tested, and true.

So here’s a taste of home, my Spaghetti and Meatballs!

Spaghetti and Meatballs

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I hope you enjoy making my Spaghetti and Meatballs! Remember, you can ALWAYS make ANY of my recipes your own. A good place to start is to look at the protein used. A great substitution would be subbing the meat mixture (minced beef, veal, and pork) with just one of these proteins or substituting it with minced chicken or turkey. You can also sub the sweet potato noodles and “zoodles” with your choice of pasta rice, or vegetables. This recipe is so versatile!

Let me know when you make this recipe by tagging me on Instagram and use the hashtag #intheNO. While you’re on my IG Page don’t forget to check out my Recipes Highlights to see many other healthy recipes.

As always, I look forward to feedback. Do you want more of my family recipes? Do you want more meal-prep recipes? Let me know in the comments below.

Yours in homecooking,

Rachele

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