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Spaghetti Squash Boats
Spaghetti Squash Boats!
I’m always looking for creative ways to incorporate more vegetables into my diet. As a child I hated vegetables and did my best to avoid them at all cost. The reason I hated them is because I hated the taste. Now that I’m older and my taste buds have matured I find myself loving the same vegetables I hated in my youth and seeking recipes to add flavor to old favorites and a few new favorites.
Eating healthy can sometimes be a challenge and finding foods at a reasonable price that are great tasting is a task. So we go to the grocery store to buy foods that are considered healthy, but are clueless about what to do with them. I decided that I would try this recipe because I love spaghetti and meat sauce. I wanted to see if I could find a healthier alternative without giving up great taste.
I made this recipe last night, seasoned it with lots of herbs and spices and the results are in! It was Delicious! I was surprise at how tasty it was, but also at how much it tasted like my favorite spaghetti recipe and at almost half the calories. This is a great substitution to the spaghetti and meat sauce that I love so much.
Cut both squash in half length wise and spoon out the seeds. Place the Squash face down in a large pyrex dish. Cover the bottom of the Dish with water about 2/3 cup and Microwave on high for 15-20 min.
In a large bowl add turkey ground and season to taste. Add 2tbsp. of olive oil to a large pan and heat. Now add seasoned ground turkey and begin to brown. Dice medium onion and add to the pan along with 1 tsp of parsley.
Next, Dice medium tomato and add to pan. Add tomato paste and 1/2 cup water to pan. Stir and cook until paste has dissolved.
Once the paste has dissolved add 1 bay leaf and the remainder of the parsley. Stir, cover, and simmer for 15min. stirring occasionally.
Check the spaghetti squash using a fork to pierce the skin of the Squash. If done piercing the skin will be easily done. Next, use a fork to free the squash from the walls of the squash.
Spoon cooked meat sauce into the spaghetti squash halves and mix. Add parmesan cheese and your ready to eat.
* If you like you can put the Squash in the oven at 325 degrees until cheese has melted and serve!
Your Spaghetti bowl is now ready to serve and for added taste. I sprinkled more parmesan on top.
*If you would like to know the seasonings I used they are salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne. You can season to your own taste.
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