Spaghetti (Squash) and Meatballs!

I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegetables into our family meals because I feel like we don’t eat enough vegetables.  It’s important to me that our family meals be delicious AND nutritious, and sometimes there are small things you can do to incorporate vegetables.  I was also recently inspired by a friend of mine who was doing a lot of cooking with spaghetti squash, so I decided to give it a try… I was in the mood for spaghetti and meatballs but we subbed spaghetti squash for the pasta spaghetti and other than that just did things the same way we would have had we been using regular pasta.

First, we started with 2 spaghetti squashes, which we cut in half length-wise, and then we scooped out the seeds.  We sprinkled the cut sides with olive oil and salt and pepper, and then baked them in the oven for 1 hour, 15 minutes at 400 degrees.spaghetti squash(5)

While the spaghetti squashes were cooking, I chopped 1 white onion (but a yellow onion would do just fine), and I mixed up the meatballs.  Into the meatballs I put 1 lb. of ground turkey, along with 1 egg and approximately 1/2 cup of seasoned breadcrumbs.spaghetti squash(8)

I then sauteed the onion in approximately 2 tsps. of olive oil.  Once the onion started to become a little bit soft and translucent, I rolled the meatballs into large marble-sized balls and added them to the pan to brown.spaghetti squash(6)

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While the meatballs were browning, I started to heat up 2 jars of tomato sauce in a pot on the stove.spaghetti squash(7)

Once the meatballs were browned, I stirred the meatballs and onions into the tomato sauce to continue cooking, and I allowed the sauce to simmer for approximately 15-2o minutes.

The very last step is to use a fork to create strands of “spaghetti” from the squash.  It’s best to do this once the squash has cooled enough to allow you to handle it easily without burning yourself.spaghetti squash

We then served the sauce & meatballs on top of the spaghetti squash and had a delicious meal!  On the side we had some steamed asparagus (which Julia actually LOVED!) to complete our healthy family meal.spaghetti squash(3)

(Yes, his bowl was already dirty, because he was having seconds!)

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