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Spaghetti Squash Skillet

A little dinner inspiration for your week! Spaghetti Squash lasagna 🍝 

Ingredients
2 small spaghetti squash (about 1 1/2 pounds each)
2 teaspoons olive oil
(8-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 ounces shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese,
1/2 lb 93% lean ground turkey
1 1/2 cups lower-sodium marinara sauce
1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)

1. Cut each squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds. Place squash halves, cut sides up, on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes. Scrape inside of squash with a fork to remove spaghetti-like strands.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan. Add spinach; cook until spinach wilts. Remove from heat. Combine spinach mixture, squash strands, ricotta cheese, salt, and half of mozzarella cheese together and remove from skillet.
3. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add turkey to pan; cook 4 minutes or until browned. Add sauce; cover, reduce heat to medium, and simmer 4 minutes.
4. Mix in spaghetti squash into skillet. Sprinkle evenly with remaining mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Cook until cheese is melted.

Makes 4 Servings

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Spaghetti Squash Bake: 2 Ways (Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten Free)

Yesterday was the last day of the #plantpower challenge so today I wanted to celebrate with a #plantpower approved recipe. What exactly is this? #plantpower is Kasey and Heather‘s challenge run for a month where they encourage their blog readers to add more plants into their lives. Heather is a vegan but this challenge is not about going vegan for me. It has been an experiment in adding more plant based foods such as fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and beans into my diet. I am the worst about getting extra veggies in my diet so any excuse to add in more plant based foods and I’m sold. Here are two dinners, two different ways, and both plant based! A dinner full of veggies is just what I need.

Spaghetti Squash Bake: 2 Ways 

Tomato Basil Spaghetti Squash Bake

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 small spaghetti squash 
  • 14 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 box or bag fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup white kidney beans, cooked
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • Fresh basil

Directions: 

  1. Precook your spaghetti squash before getting ready to assemble your dinner (it will take 45 minutes to an hour).
  2. To do this preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Slice the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out your sides.
  3. Bake the squash cut side down for 45 minutes to an hour until done.
  4. In a skillet over medium to low heat saute the olive oil and baby spinach until wilted. Meanwhile preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Add in the crushed tomatoes and paste letting simmer over low heat 1-2 minutes.
  6. Mix in the kidney beans and fresh basil, simmering 1 minute more.
  7. Lastly add in your spaghetti squash (scraped out with a fork) and toss with the sauce.
  8. Pour the spaghetti squash mixture into an 8X8 baking pan sprayed with olive oil.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  10. Enjoy!

Makes 4-6 servings

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Spicy Black Bean Spaghetti Squash Bake

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 small spaghetti squash
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika

Directions: 

  1. Precook your spaghetti squash before getting ready to assemble your dinner (it will take 45 minutes to an hour).
  2. To do this preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Slice the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out your sides.
  3. Bake the squash cut side down for 45 minutes to an hour until done.
  4. In a skillet over medium to low heat saute the tsp. of olive oil, zucchini, and bell pepper until cooked.
  5. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Add in the diced cherry tomatoes and shred the carrot over the veggie mixture continuing to cook.
  7. Mix in the cooked black beans and spices while cooking to saute over low heat.
  8. Lastly toss in the cooked spaghetti squash.
  9. Pour your mixture in a greased 8X8 square or round baking pan.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  11. Enjoy!

Makes 4 servings

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What’s your favorite way to up your plant intake???