Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

My all time favorite CLEAN comfort dinner.  I can’t stop eating this dish.

You will need:

-A spaghetti squash ( get a big one, or two small)

-about a pound of ground meat (chicken, turkey, or beef)

-1 stalk celery diced finely

-1 carrot   shredded

-1/2 an onion diced finely

-3 cloves garlic crushed or chopped finely

-Italian herbs 

-2 eggs

-a slice of bread i like sprouted multi-grain

-crushed red pepper

-low sodium marinara sauce    My favorite is Victoria brand tomato basil   You can of course make your own, but you’ve got enough things to do, am I right?

Pre-heat the oven to 350 and start prepping your squash.  Cut it in 1/2 lengthwise and scrape out all the seeds and turn upside down in a baking pan with a little water.

Mix your meat, eggs, carrot, onion, celery, and herbs together.  Toast your bread and after it cools, crumble it into the mix.  (store bought bread crumbs are garbage)  I like to also add a tiny dash of Worcestershire sauce, a tiny splash of soy sauce and a tiny splash of balsamic vinegar.  Add just a smidge of salt, some black pepper, and I like a good dose of crushed red for spice.

Fry a tiny bit of your meat mix on the stove so you can test the flavor before you bake it.  Adjust seasonings as necessary.

Roll them up, put them in a baking dish, cover them in sauce

bake the squash and the meatballs about 30-35 minutes.

When the squash gives a little when you touch it, its ready.  Pull them out and flip right-side up.  They will overcook if you leave them upside down steaming.   When you scrape a fork across the squash, it pulls into tender delicious spaghetti like strands for you to top with sauce, meatballs, and if you are feeling decadent…. a little grated hard cheese.

All the extra veggies in the meatballs make them super moist and healthier than most.

I go crazy on this dish, hope you love it as much as I do!

xoxoxo,

The Minx

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