Buffalo Chicken Meatballs & Carrot Noodles + More Healthy Veggie-Noodle Recipes

Jul 25 2019
Ready for the dinner duo you never knew you needed? Buffalo-wing-inspired meatballs pair perfectly with carrot noodles in a creamy sauce. Make dinner for two, or save the second serving for some delicious leftovers!

Hungry Girl's Healthy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs & Carrot Noodlesp Recipe

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1/2 of recipe (5 meatballs with about 1 1/2 cups noodles): 300 calories, 10g total fat (2.5g sat fat), 806mg sodium, 24.5g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 10.5g sugars, 29g protein

Freestyle
SmartPoints® value 4*

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

Meatballs

8 oz. raw lean ground chicken (at least 96% lean)

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

2 tbsp. (about 1 large) egg white or fat-free liquid egg substitute

2 tbsp. panko breadcrumbs

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/8 tsp. black pepper

Dash cayenne pepper, or more to taste

1 1/2 tbsp. Frank's RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper sauce, or more for topping

 

Carrot Noodles

12 oz. frozen spiralized carrots (like the kind by Green Giant), thawed and drained

2 tbsp. fat-free plain Greek yogurt

1 tbsp. light ranch dressing

1 tbsp. light/reduced-fat cream cheese

1 tsp. chopped garlic

Optional topping: chopped scallions

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix all meatball ingredients except hot sauce. Form into 10 meatballs, and place on the baking sheet. Bake until cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Cook and stir carrot noodles until hot and slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low. Add yogurt, dressing, cream cheese, and garlic. Cook and stir until mixture is uniform and entire dish is hot, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and cover to keep warm.

In a medium-large bowl, combine hot sauce with 2 tsp. water. Mix well. Add meatballs, and thoroughly toss to coat.

Serve meatballs over carrot noodles.

MAKES 2 SERVINGS

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