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Zoodles with Spicy Marinara and Turkey

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Zoodles with Spicy Marinara and Turkey

So it’s been a little quiet over here on Cooking In Cleveland and I feel like I owe you guys an explanation.  Roughly sixteen days ago, my fiancé and I decided to try to complete our first Whole 30.  For those of you that aren’t familiar with the “Whole 30” concept, it’s a diet that is basically an elimination plan.  It basically says: no added sugars (including natural sugars like honey or stevia), no alcohol, no soy, no dairy, no grains (including healthy grains like quinoa and no corn), and no legumes for 30 days.  It’s a commitment to eliminating foods that are known to cause inflammation, common food allergies, and also to learn what foods are “food triggers” for unhealthy habits.

To say that the intro to this 30 day challenge has been tough is probably an understatement.  Sugar withdrawal is no joke!  I read the Whole 30 book and ordered the cookbook before we decided to jump in and try this, and also there are a ton of food bloggers that have recently written about their Whole 30 experiences which were really helpful.  If anyone wants any more information about the Whole 30, you can check out their website or comment below and i’ll answer anything that I can.  It’s been fun to try out new recipes from the Whole 30 cookbook, and i’m compiling a lot of new recipe ideas for upcoming posts.  On the downside, i’ve been doing a terrible job of organizing myself enough to photograph recipes as i’m cooking since I typically am quite hangry when I get home from work. (Allegedly that will stop in the next few days?  Pray for me.)

This recipe was one that seriously saved me on Monday.  Dinner came together so quickly thanks to the jarred arrabbiata sauce I used, and my hanger was quickly sated.  Normally I make my own sauce, but in a pinch, I highly recommend using this Rao’s brand sauce.  Look at that label!  All real ingredients that I bet your grandma puts in her tomato sauce.  One ingredient that you don’t see in that list?  SUGAR.  You would not BELIEVE how many foods are hiding added sugars.  That’s actually the #1 thing that has surprised me in doing the Whole 30.  There is even cane sugar in mass produced chicken broth!  WHYYY!?  The moral of the story is: next time you go to pick up a jar of sauce for the pantry, check the ingredients list and the nutrition label and look at that sugar content!

Also, I decided to serve this dish with zoodles rather than pasta since on the Whole 30 you have to give up al grains.  I have a very simple hand spiralizer which, admittedly, is a bit labor intensive.  If you have a veggie spiralizer, you can go ahead and prep the zucchinis in whatever noodle shape you’re used to working with.  If you don’t have a spiralizer, many grocery stores are starting to sell pre-spiralized zoodles in the pantry area, so you can just pick up a package or two of those.  If you hate zucchini and you love pasta, you can go ahead and use regular al-dente pasta in this rather than the zoodles.

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Zoodles with Spicy Marinara and Turkey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add some olive oil to a large sauté pan over medium heat. Once fragrant, add the ground turkey to brown.
  2. Once the turkey is fully brown and broken up into pieces, add in the onion and sauté for about 3-5 minutes, until the diced onion is softened.
  3. Add in the garlic and stir to combine. Once the garlic is fragrant (about 30 seconds), add in the tomato paste and italian seasoning. Really smash the tomato paste into the turkey/onion/garlic mixture and allow to toast for a little bit to really intensify the flavor of the tomato paste.
  4. After the tomato paste has been thoroughly combined with the turkey mixture and has turned a deep red with some orange-ish spots, stir in the Rao's Arrabbiata sauce.
  5. In a separate large sauté pan with a matching lid, add in some olive oil over medium heat.
  6. Once the olive oil is fragrant, add the zucchini noodles and cover with the lid. Allow the zoodles to steam for about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add the zoodles to a bowl, top with the spicy marinara-turkey mixture. You can top with either some shredded parmesan (not Whole 30) or some nutritional yeast (whole 30 compliant and dairy free alternative to cheese!). Enjoy!
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