When Lu and I first started dating, I remember being immediately impressed by all the cool places he knew about in the city.
He would casually say, “Oh, I know this spot right around the corner” as we were walking around.
A few years ago, one of those places was The Meatball Shop.
Still to this day, I’m blown away by The Meatball Shop. Not only are their meatballs legit (although, still not as good as my Pops’s meatballs), they have such a variety of options on thier menu, that literally, you couldn’t find one person in this world that couldn’t find something for their preferences on that menu.
The Meatball Shop is always bustling with cool people, playing cool music and the waiters are so happy to be serving up ‘balls every day!
I could go on and on about their meatballs, but I won’t, because, well, this isn’t a restaurant review blog, but, if you are in NYC or planning a visit, make sure you check this place out.
The last time I was there, I thought to myself, “Dang, if there was just an option on this menu for ‘balls over zucchini noodles, now that would be perrrrrfect!” ‘Cuz you know, a girl’s gotta watch her figure and I can’t be eating meatball subs without turning into a sub myself.
This was a while ago – I haven’t been to The Meatball Shop in months.
The other day, I got a random craving for their veggie balls, but I was nowhere near a Meatball Shop. So what’s a girl to do? Inspiralize!
Since the veggie balls take a pretty long time (well, longer than my usual recipes) to make, I used a canned tomato basil sauce instead of making a fresh one. You know, I love my Rao’s – I never leave the grocery store without it.
I lightened this dish up by not only using zucchini noodles, but by using almond breadcrumbs instead or regular panko and adjusting a couple other ingredients. You can find the original recipe by The Meatball Shop here.
A quick note about the recipe – don’t be afraid if the lentil meatball mixture seems too loose – it thickens and hardens in the oven, just be sure to cook for the entire 30 minutes!
Long story short, we have Lu to thank for today’s recipe.
Nutritional Information & Recipe
Weight Watchers PointsPlus*: 9 points
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