When our children were younger, spaghetti for dinner was a weekly event. It was quick, cheap and somewhat healthy. Even though the kids are grown, hubby and I still enjoy our spaghetti dinners (albeit not as often.)
Currently, I’m doing a Whole 30 challenge which excludes the eating of grains. How can one eat spaghetti without noodles? The answer: Spaghetti Squash.
Before I share my healthy version of spaghetti, please know that I’m a super picky eater and it is a struggle for me to eat my vegetables. If I’m truly honest, if it weren’t for the Whole 30, I would have never tried spaghetti squash. Now, that I’ve tried it~I like it and plan on incorporating it more into our meal plan.
The VP Version of Healthy Spaghetti
1 Spaghetti Squash
1 Jar of Organic Spaghetti Sauce (Or Marinara Sauce)
1 Can of Roasted Tomatoes
1 lb of Ground Turkey
1 TBSP Italian Seasoning
2 tsp of garlic salt (or 1 to 2 garlic cloves)
In a skillet, cook ground turkey until brown and crumbly. While turkey is browning, empty jar of spaghetti sauce (marinara sauce), can of tomatoes, 1 TBSP Italian Seasoning and garlic into your crock pot. Add turkey after it’s browned. I find the flavor of our spaghetti sauce is greatly enhanced if it simmers in the crock pot. I typically make my sauce the day before, chill overnight and start crock pot in the morning (low setting) right before I leave for work. The sauce is hot and waiting when we get home from work.
Now, all we have to do is cook the spaghetti squash. There are several ways to cook spaghetti squash. Last night I used my Instant Pot. I washed off the outside of my squash, sliced the squash in half, scooped out the seeds, placed the squash cut side up in my Instant Pot, added 1 cup of water, put the lid on to seal, and used the manual setting for 7 minutes. After Instant Pot beeped, I Wwaited for pressure to release 5 to 10 minutes. Then I took the squash out of the Instant Pot and forked the inside of the squash to look like spaghetti. Placed spaghetti squash on my plate and added my sauce….DELISH! (and healthy too!)
Have you ever tried spaghetti squash? If so, did you like it?