Monday, May 4, 2015

Quick Spaghetti Squash

I had a lot of people wanting this one...
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You will be happy to know it is super simple!!
Tonight my boys were wanting spaghetti, one of their favorites that we don't make as often as I should.
I used to make everything from scratch and add all the ingredients in the crock pot all day. 
The only problem with that is I would forget to start it before 10 am .

So as a busy on the go mom, I started to tweak it and use very few ingredients.
The boys love real noodles, So I buy quinoa noodles or veggie noodles for them. And I have mine on spaghetti squash. 
Spaghetti squash is just something no one else in my family enjoys, no matter how many times I have them try it. But I love it! So I always have lunch for the next day with the other half. I don't mind not sharing this one.

You don't need hours in the kitchen to do this. And you don't need to use an expensive jar full of sugar and salt and other ingredients list that I can't pronounce either. I stopped buying ready to go sauces a few years ago. They just add way too much crap to it. I like to know and control what I put into my body. 
So I always have this meal in the house, ready to go for those rainy days like today.

What you will need
1 small spaghetti squash, better for portion control and cooks faster
1 can of crushed tomatoes
1/2 can of diced tomatoes
4-5 TBS of Italian seasonings of your choice
1 tsp garlic powder or 2 garlic cloves
1 lb of lean ground chicken ( you can use lean turkey, lean hamburger, steak)

Here is what I did tonight

Microwaved the whole squash for 3 min this softens it up just enough to cut in half without chopping off your fingers!
Then I take half of it,clean out the seeds and place in a glass dish with lid, add a little bit of water to the bottom for moisture and nook again in the microwave for 3-5 min with the lid on; depending on the size.

The squash should easily shred into noodle like strands, shred it up with a fork; then add your spaghetti sauce, place back in the microwave uncovered for 3 min to let the sauce soak in. Stir it up let it sit for just a bit for the flavors to soak in and serve it with salad or a side of steamed broccoli.

This can also be done in the oven. You can also add fresh herbs, onions, and so many different fresh ingredients, I love too add diced zucchini. 

If you try this or have any ideas, ingredients or tips you want to add; please comment below, take a picture and tag me in it when you try this!

1 comment:

  1. This sounds delicious! I will definitely have to try it. I've made spaghetti squash before, but combined it half and half with whole wheat spaghetti. It gives it that "spaghetti-like" texture. But I think I will try your recipe next, since no one else in my home eats it but me also. Thanks for sharing... :)


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