Have you prepped a protein for the week yet?
Spaghetti squash – is the perfect plant to pair grass-fed ground beef. One cup is only 31 calories, 7 grams carbohydrate, and 2 grams fiber. And…it’s extremely filling! I don’t think of it as a swap for spaghetti, because it doesn’t taste like it (to me at least)…I actually think it’s better.
Easy Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Recipe
Recipe by: Annessa Chumbley, RD
Makes 4 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes; Total time: 1 hour 5 minutes
- 1 spaghetti squash, cut in half and seeds removed
- 2 cups grass-fed ground beef, fully cooked
- 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
- 3 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 400º. Spray the cut side of squash with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle with kosher salt (kosher or sea salt is must! Don’t skip that part…a little salt adds a lot of flavor). Bake, cut side down on a baking sheet for 40 minutes.
- In a bowl, fold together ground beef, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and bell pepper. Remove squash from oven, turn them over, and fill each half with tomato-beef mixture. Sprinkle cheese over each squash.
- Return to the oven until cheese is melted and the mixture is hot, about another 20 minutes. If cheese starts to get too brown, cover it lightly with foil. Serve!
– If only serving one or two, cook both squashes and keep one of the halves for later in the week. Half of the sauce can be frozen for later use as well!
– Any color of bell pepper would work great in this sauce
– If you are using cooked ground beef, you can season it with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Nutritional Info Per Serving
Calories: 335, Fat: 18.5g, Carbs: 18.7g, Protein: 23g
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Annessa” chumbley rd>, is a bariatric dietitian and her website “Annessa Nutritionist” provides inspiring nutrition information to the bariatric community and general public. She enjoys getting the community healthy through nutrition segments on Indianapolis’ FOX 59 Morning News, and 93.1 WIBC called “Power Up Your Week!”, as well as a local healthy cooking show.
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