Spaghetti Squash

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I posted last night on facebook: “ran 22 miles, taught pump, did yoga, and now cooking myself a romantic dinner for singles awareness day eve! ♥” Which got 13 likes from my friends (more likes than any other status I have ever posted)!

I was making this:

Spaghetti squash— for about the third time in one month. I’m currently slightly obsessed with it. It’s so easy and is great for leftovers too. I love italian food and won’t pass up on any opportunities to eat red sauce. Mmmmm!

You need:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • a jar of organic tomato sauce of your choice
  • premade turkey meatballs OR you can make your own which takes more work, but it even MORE delecious.

For Homemade Meatballs:

  • 1 package of ground turkey (pre-seasoned is really good)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c. (or so) panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 small or half large onion, chopped
  • extra seasonings of your choice: basil, garlic, whateva!

Preheat the oven to bake at 375. Saw the spaghetti squash in half: it’s a beeyotch! Use the sharpest knife you can find and be super careful! Then once you have done that, scrape all the guts and seeds out of the middle with a spoon or your hands. Then dab some oil on there and salt and pepper and wrap each half in foil. By this time, I’m sure your oven is like “Ummm, hello?! Why am I on?” In they go. For about 45 minutes or so.

If you’re making your own meatballs, you might wanna start that now. Just mix up all the ingredients and spoon balls onto a cookie sheet. If your oven is big enough you might even be able to squeeze them in there with the squash. They need aboout 25-30 minutes or until they seem kinda golden brownish on the tops.

Pour the sauce into a sauce pan and let it get all warm and simmery. If you are using frozen meatballs, this is the best way to cook them: just toss them in with the sauce for about 15 minutes. Even when I make my own meatballs, after they come out of the oven I like to toss them in with the sauce too for a few minutes.

When the squash is done, take it out and let it cool off. Usually the edges of the  foil cool off pretty quickly so can unwrap it to help it cool faster. Once you can grip it without melting your hand off, use a fork and just start  clawing at it. Noodles with magically appear!!!! (refer to first photo.)

Dump them in a bowl and pour sauce and meatballs over them! I added parmesan for some extra pizzazzzz…

DeLIciousO!

Goes well with red wine 😉

 

And there it is. A lower carb, higher fiber, lower calorie, higher nutrient-dense, lower fat, higher fabulous version of spaghetti and meatballs.

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2 thoughts on “Spaghetti Squash

  1. Kate February 14, 2011 / 8:51 pm

    YUUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  2. Marlea February 16, 2011 / 7:59 pm

    You are Superwoman!

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