Spaghetti Squash and Meat Balls
October 5, 2010
We love spaghetti squash at our house!! The kids don’t even miss regular pasta noodles because this dish is so tasty! And we all find it fascinating that there is a “real” food that grows in nature that owns the trademark for spaghetti. The Italian version is a “knock off” of the real thing! 🙂
This recipe is from a friend, John Elder. Check out more of his recipes and is extremely informative health and wellness blog here. You won’t be disappointed! I’ve learned many things from this guy that have radically shifted my thinking!
Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meatballs
- 1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise
- coconut Oil (or EVOO)
- salt & pepper
- 1 onion, finley chopped
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 tsp fresh oregano
- 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 T oat bran or almond meal or breadcrumbs
- 1 lb. ground turkey or grass fed beef
- 4 cups chopped kale or spinach or other greens
- 1 c. chicken stock
Preheat oven to 375. Season cut sides of squash with salt and pepper. Bake, cut sides down, on a baking sheet or in a glass dish with a little water in the bottom until tender, about 45 minutes. Another way I do this ti to steam my squash in a big steamer pot for about 20-25 minutes or until tender. This way is faster. Cool and scrape flesh into a bowl with fork to create strands of “spaghetti”. Drain before using.
Heat 1 tsp. coconut oil or other oil in medium skillet over medium. Cook onion and garlic, 1o minutes. Add oregano, cook 30 seconds. Divide between 2 bowls.
Stir 2 T cheese into one bowl of onion mixture. Mix in breadcrumbs, turkey (or beef), 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Form into balls.
Heat 4 tsp oil in large skillet over medium. Brown meatballs on all sides, 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate and repeat as necessary. To pan, return remaining onion mixture, chicken stock, and meatballs. Gently simmer, slightly covered, until meatballs cooked through, 5 min. Add greens and cook until just wilted, 1 minute.
To serve, spoon spaghetti squash onto plates, then top with meatballs and spinach-sauce. Top with remaining Parmesan cheese.