Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles

You know….I love carbs.  I L-O-V-E them.  Bread! Pasta! YUM! But I honestly don’t love them as much as I love zucchini.  Oh, zucchini!  Such a diverse veggie whether I fry it, put it in some muffins or making zoodles like these there are so many ways to make it delicious.  How about adding one of my families favorites to it? Yes! So now we have a new recipe to add to our dinner routine, Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles.

Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

It’s funny to think that this was one of my very first recipes that I put on my blog.  Looking back almost 8 months in I have realized how far I’ve come with my photos so I’m going through and giving them a fresher look.  And this one needed it….badly!  While the pictures were bad I will give myself a little credit in the fact that I had basically 0.2% experience in photography.  Knew nothing about food styling (still working on that).  Didn’t have a clue about blogging.  I just knew that I wanted to share my food, family and what I enjoy.  So I jumped in and here I am.  Learning more every day about photography, writing and sharing.  Really hoping that it will continue to grow from here.  Ok, enough about me-on to the recipe that got this all started only with better pictures.

Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles | Bottom Left of the Mitten

First, let’s start off with the meatballs. You can use any beef flavor rice you like or even shake it up with different flavors but I always stick to the beef flavored as I find it give the best taste.   Cook the rice according to package directions then……and this is *Important*…let it cool! Not only could you burn your hands when mixing the meatballs together it could end up cooking the eggs. Once it’s cooled add it to your turkey, and egg.  Toast the bread and crush up into the meat mixture. Form into meatballs and put onto greased baking sheet.

At this time preheat the oven to 350 degree.   Prepare your ‘zoodles’ using a spirilizer.  Chop onions, garlic, green peppers.  Add all of it into a bowl then top with olive oil.  Put onto another baking sheet then put both the meatballs and the zoodles now go into the oven for 35 minutes.

Porcupine Meatball with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

In the last 5 minutes of the meatballs and zoodles cooking heat up the spaghetti sauce.  Assemble this beautiful ‘paasta’ take all the vegetables and zoodles, top with meatballs then finally pour sauce over the top of your meatballs.  Sprinkle with Parmesan and here you are….

Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

This recipe has been updated with photos & recipe.

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Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Porcupine Meatballs and Zoodles
Tender turkey mixed with beefy rice to make the perfect meatball. Place atop zucchini noddles and chunky vegetables. Cover with spaghetti sauce & top with Parmesan for a different kind of 'spaghetti & meatballs'.
Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
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Ingredients
Porcupine Meatballs
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Porcupine Meatballs
Porcupine Meatballs with Zoodles from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Porcupine Meatballs
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions then…...and this is *Important*…let it cool!
  2. Once it’s cooled add it to your turkey, and egg. Toast the bread and crush up into the meat mixture. Form into meatballs and put onto greased baking sheet.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degree.
Zoodles
  1. Prepare zucchini 'zoodles' using a spirilizer. Chop onions, garlic, green peppers. Add all of it into a bowl then top with olive oil. Put onto another baking sheet.
  2. Both the meatballs and the zoodles now go into the oven for 35 minutes.
  3. In the last 5 minutes of the meatballs and zoodles cooking heat up the spaghetti sauce to pour over the top of your meatballs and zoodles.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Enjoy!
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My Dad’s Chicken & Rice

I’m serious when I say that I have been eating this meal most of my life. It’s a recipe that my dad invented, thus the name ‘My Dad’s Chicken & Rice’. He cooked it for us growing up and when I was old enough gave the recipe to me and I’ve been making it myself for about 20 years now.

My dad is a great cook! He makes the most unbelievable grilled chicken. My mouth is watering a little right now as I’m thinking about it. I want to think that he got his skills from my grandmother. On Sunday’s growing up we would have big dinners of lamb, creamed spinach and croissants. Dessert was almost always chocolate pudding with whipped cream. I loved those Sunday’s and I try and keep the tradition alive in our house where Sunday is a day for family and feasting.

Now back to the recipe because once you make ‘My Dad’s Chicken & Rice’ I know that it will quickly become a keeper you make for years yourself.  Gather up your ingredients.

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For years I made this recipe on the stovetop in a stockpot using quick cooking rice.  But this Christmas I asked for a Rice Cooker and started making it that way.  Let me tell you abut this rice cooker……

I LOVE IT!  I know a rice cooker seems like something you would use only occasionally but let me tell you that I use this thing all the time. It is a steamer, slow cooker and I pretty much haven’t used my large stockpot (with the exception of this soup) since I got it. If you do not have a rice cooker, please feel free to make this on your stovetop following the same instructions.

In the pan or in your rice cooker add the water, chicken bouillon, rice, soy sauce, water chestnuts and fancy mixed vegetables. If you are using the rice cooker it will let you know when it’s all cooked. If you are doing this on the stovetop follow the package directions for cooking 1 cup of quick cook rice.

Chicken & Rice

Now let’s cook your mushrooms and onions. I cook these separate from the chicken because the chicken will get soggy if cooked together and I like the chicken to be really crispy.  Just add a little butter or oil in the bottom of your pan and sauté until mushroom and onions have browned. Add them to your pot.

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Heat about 1 tbs. of oil in the bottom of the same pan used for the mushrooms and onions. Cut chicken into cubes and dredge into a mixture of flour, pepper and garlic powder.

Chicken & Rice
Add chicken to pan and fry until golden brown.
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Your rice should be cooked so now just add chicken as the final step and stir to combine all the goodness.

Chicken & Rice
With this recipe I make Chinese Slaw Salad to go with it. Here are the ingredient I use.

Chinese Slaw

Take your Ramen Noodles and break them up. Melt the butter and add the noodles to the pan, discard the packet you won’t be needing it. Brown the dry noodles to your liking for a crunchy topping on this salad.

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Take the wet ingredients plus the brown sugar and mix together.  Chop the lettuce and put it in a bowl.  Add the bag of coleslaw mix.  Top with dressing.  Stir to mix.  Top with Ramen Noodles.  Right before serving I cut a lime I half and squirt over the top.  It just adds a great citrus kick to it.

Chinese Slaw

Plate it all up and here you are…..

Chicken & Rice

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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My Dad's Chicken & Rice
Delicious Chicken & Rice meal the whole family will love. Serve with Chinese Slaw Salad, recipe included.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
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servings
Ingredients
My Dad's Chicken & Rice
Chinese Slaw Salad
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chicken
Servings
servings
Ingredients
My Dad's Chicken & Rice
Chinese Slaw Salad
Instructions
My Dad's Chicken & Rice
  1. Add the water, chicken bouillon, rice, soy sauce, water chestnuts and fancy mixed vegetables. If you are using the rice cooker it will let you know when it’s all cooked. If you are doing this on the stovetop follow the package directions for cooking 1 cup of quick cook rice.
  2. Cook your mushrooms and onions using add a little butter or oil in the bottom of your pan and sauté until mushroom and onions have browned. Add them to your pot.
  3. Heat about 1 tbs. of oil in the bottom of the same pan used for the mushrooms and onions. Cut chicken into cubes and dredge into a mixture of flour, pepper and garlic powder. Add chicken to pan and fry until golden brown.
  4. Once rice is done cooking add chicken to the pan. Stir to combine all ingredients. Serve.
Chinese Slaw Salad
  1. Take your Ramen Noodles and break them up. Melt the butter and add the noodles to the pan, discard the packet you won’t be needing it. Brown the dry noodles to your liking.
  2. Take the wet ingredients plus the brown sugar and mix together.
  3. Chop the lettuce and put it in a bowl. Add the bag of coleslaw mix. Top with dressing. Stir to mix. Top with Ramen Noodles.
  4. Right before serving I cut a lime I half and squirt over the top.
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