I get a lot of meal prep recipes from the blog Paleo Running Momma and the ones I've tried always turn out delicious! I definitely recommend sifting through that blog when you have the time. I always try to pull out the easier and simple ingredient recipes that she posts, like this slow cooker meatball one. I doubled the meatball ingredients to make enough for my weekly meals and also a few meals for my mom. I did not end up making the sauce portion of the recipe because my friend hooked me up with some homemade Italian sauce that her family makes, which was amazing! For the noodles I tried something a little different and mixed spaghetti squash together with zucchini noodles. I thought that combination turned out tasting great and paired well with the meatballs and marinara. For the spaghetti squash I preheated the oven to 400 degrees, cut the squash in half lengthwise, removed the seeds, placed the cut side down on a baking sheet, and baked for 40 minutes. For the zucchini noodles I just put them on top of the meatballs in the slow cooker once there was 30 minutes left on the timer. Super easy! Also, I set the slow cooker to 4.5 hours on low since I doubled the meatballs and that was too long. I recommend sticking to 3.5 hours on low and definitely no more then 4 hours. Overall, I ended up really enjoying this meal and it was really easy to throw together.
Paleo Slow Cooker Meatballs in Marinara Sauce
For the Meatballs:
*You can use your favorite mix of ground meat as well
**I recommend always adding extra basil and garlic if you use plain tomatoes.
***Each slow cooker is a bit different. I cooked mine for 4 hours, you can check at 3.5 hours if you can and adjust cook time from there, if necessary. Cook time should not be longer than 4.5/5 hours or meatballs will be overcooked and dry.
Original recipe found here
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