Monday, August 12, 2013

TURKEY MEATBALLS WITH SPAGHETTI SQUASH MARINARA

I love spaghetti squash and this recipe is sure to please!! You get the taste of pasta without the guilt and the meat balls have a ton of flavor !! Enjoy :)




  • 1 spaghetti squash (4-5 pounds)
  • 1 Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped Pomi tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium tomato paste
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • ¾ pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 dashes hot-pepper sauce

-Preheat the oven to 400°F

-Wrap the whole squash in foil. Place it on a baking sheet and bake 1 to 1 ½ hours, turning the squash over halfway through cooking until tender when pierced with a fork. Set aside to cool.

H-eat a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Add the onions and garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until softened. Add the plum tomatoes, Pomi tomatoes, tomato paste and basil. Simmer gently for 15 minutes. Set aside.

-In a medium bowl, combine the turkey, egg white, shallots, mustard, parsley, oregano, pepper and hot-pepper sauce. Mix gently and shape into eight meatballs.

-Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray. Add the meatballs and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, turning often, until browned all over. Pour the marinara sauce over the meatballs in the skillet. Cover and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through.

-Cut the cooked spaghetti squash in half. Remove and discard the seeds. Scoop out 3 cups of squash from the shell (reserve the remaining squash for future use). Arrange the squash on a serving platter and top with the meatball-marinara sauce mixture.

Makes 2 servings
Per serving: 483 calories, 38g protein, 48g carbdohydrates, 18g fat, 4g saturate fat, 11g fiber and 12g sugar

1 comment:

  1. This looks soooo tasty! Thanks for explaining the recipe so clearly! Also it looks really healthy, I will definitely add these ingredients to my shopping list this week :)

    Lorraine xx
    http://lollikelly.blogspot.co.uk/

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