Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Recipe Renovation #2

 Spaghetti and Meatballs

I am such a lover of pasta, but nutritionally it is lacking. Pasta is full of carbohydrates, which essentially your body converts to sugars, and is a high in calories. Meatballs can also be high calorie when made with a fatty cut of meat and then fried up crispy.

My version of spaghetti and meatballs is guilt-free and full of nutrients your body will love you for and leave you satisfied! These meatballs are made with lean ground turkey and loaded with lots of spices, you won't even miss the fat. I put together a quick, homemade pasta sauce and pile the meatballs atop roasted SPAGHETTI SQUASH!!


Preheat the oven to 375 F. Cut the spaghetti squash in half. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste. Roast for 45 minutes or until tender.

1 slice whole wheat bread, no crust
1/4 C milk (just enough to cover the bread
2 tsp toasted ground fennel
1 tsp toasted, ground coriander
1/2 tsp yellow mustard seed, ground
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic, minced
1-2 tsp. lemon zest
1/4 to 1/2 C parmesan cheese
1 large egg
salt and pepper, to taste
1 package of ground turkey, extra lean


Remove the crust from the bread. Cut into cubes. Soak the bread in milk for 15-20 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the spaghetti sauce.
1 tbsp. evoo
1 medium onion, chopped
4cloves garlic, minced
2 cans organic, crushed tomatoes 
1 tbsp. basil, chopped
1 tbsp. oregano
red pepper flakes, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste

In a dutch oven, saute the onions on medium in evoo until translucent. Add the minced garlic. Saute for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Prepare the meatballs. Squeeze the milk from the bread. In a large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients to the ground turkey. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on greased baking pan.

Bake for 10-12 minutes on 375 F.
Remove from the oven and place in the tomato sauce for 10 more minutes or thoroughly cooked through. 
Remove the spaghetti squash and top with sauce and meatballs.
The Fashionista Foodie


Marissa said...

I made a recipe with spaghetti squash a few weeks ago for the first time and LOVED it! It's so yummy and a delishh substitute for pasta. I'm about to try it with a sauce and meatballs too now :)

PS. Hope you're doing well! I love your foodie updates, keep 'em coming!


Meghan Rae said...

You'll have to share that recipe with me! I'm always looking for new ways to make spaghetti squash!

Let me know how you like this!!

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