Italian Meatballs Over Spaghetti Squash

Ohhhh yum!  I made this a few weeks ago, and put it on the menu for this week as well.  However, I am saving it for one of the last meals because it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients that can go bad, unlike the other meals I have planned.  Well, Mr. Rodgers saw it on the menu and has been asking every couple days “WHEN CAN WE HAVE MEATBALLS?!”

That’s a good sign that this is a winner.  And you know what’s so great about it?  It’s super easy.  Aside from cooking the spaghetti squash, I had done the prep with other meals.  Allow me to explain.

Remember that amazingly yummy Saucy Paleo Pot Roast I posted about earlier?  And I told you to throw that extra sauce in a tupperware and freeze it?  Yeah.  Meatball sauce.  Check.  It worked PERFECTLY!

And remember that home made sausage recipe I rave about?  Yeah.  Double batch.  Make half into patties, half into balls.  Cook the sausage for your breakfast and toss the balls into a ziploc raw and put in your freezer.  Meatballs.  BAM!

 

Easy peasy, and delicious.  And healthy!  And apparently…it makes husbands really happy.  Can’t get better than that!

 

So, here’s what you need:

  • Leftover sauce from Saucy Paleo Pot Roast (Or create your own, but seriously….its so easy this way!)
  • Home made sausage, formed into balls instead of patties  (Probably about half a recipe, unless you want lots of meatballs!)
  • 1 Spaghetti Squash

 

And here’s how you do it!

  1. Put a soup pot on your stove, and dump your left over roast sauce into it.  Mine was frozen, so I just plopped my block of sauce in there, turned it on medium, put the lid on, and let it do its thing.
  2. Preheat your oven to 375*.  Pierce your spaghetti squash all over, place on a pan, and cook for about an hour, until it is tender to the touch.  I find it helps to roll it at least once through the cooking process.
  3. Meanwhile, when sauce has melted and is bubbly, dump in your meatballs.  My meatballs were also frozen!  Cover and let simmer at least 30 minutes, or until your squash is done.  Make sure it isn’t up too high so you don’t burn the sauce.
  4. Remove squash from oven, cut in half, and scoop out seeds.  Use a fork to remove flesh in strands.
  5. Put squash on a plate and smother with your meatballs and sauce!!  And devour!!  So flavorful and satisfying, hallelujah!

 

Peectures!

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Place sauce into pot over medium heat and begin melting.  Get your squash cooking at the same time!

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Yay bubbling sauce!  Reduce to a simmer and add meatballs, letting cook at least half an hour, or until squash is ready!

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When squash is tender, remove from oven.  Carefully cut in half and remove seeds.

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Scrape flesh out in strands and place in a bowl.

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Smother in sauce and meatballs, and DEVOUR!  Doesn’t that look amazing?!  It was just so tasty!!  I hope you enjoy this easy idea on how to prep for multiple meals at once and feed your family a super nutritious meal!

 

 

 

 

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Spaghetti Squash with Spaghetti Sauce – Kirkwood Style!

Now you may be wondering why I did not simply call this “Spaghetti Squash.” Or “Spaghetti with Squash.” Or something along those lines. There is a very specific reason.

You see, when you start eating healthy, or trying to eliminate things such as carbs or gluten…people will tell you about all these great substitutions…that you won’t be able to tell a difference, blah blah blah.  Here’s my take.  There are indeed tons of great substitutions.  I am passionate about discovering them.  However…you are going to be able to taste a difference, and that is okay.  Because when you change your diet, you aren’t trying to trick yourself, you are trying to change your life.  So trying new things is going to have to be part of your every day most likely.

Also…dear, sweet Mr. Rodgers.  The first time I made spaghetti squash I told him that it was supposed to be like noodles, so he expected noodles.  Because of that, he was disappointed when there were no noodles to be found, then declared that he “hates Spaghetti Squash.”  Unwilling to lose this amazing ingredient to cook with, I wisened up.  Instead of claiming to make pasta dishes with healthy noodles…I now claim to make squash dishes with yummy sauces.  So this is NOT Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti!  It is simply Spaghetti Squash with my mom’s Spaghetti Sauce on top.  And now, Mr. Rodgers is coming around to the wonderful squash, and all is well.  I seriously LOVED this recipe!  So without further ado…here it is!!

Here is what you need:

  • 1 Lg Spaghetti Squash, Baked, Microwaved, or cooked in a crock pot
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Diced (Optional)
  • 1 Onion, Diced
  • 3-5 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 3-4 Stalks Celery, Diced
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Italian Seasoning (and/or Oregano and Basil)
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1/4 C – 2 C Cheddar, Shredded (Originally my mom uses like 2 C, I was trying to make it more healthy so I cut it back to 1/4 C)
  • About 2 Cans Tomato Sauce (To preference…I like mine super thick and chunky…you can add more to stretch it if you desire)

And here is how you do it:

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First, get your squash cooking because it will most likely take a while.  If I remember right, mine baked for almost 2 hours!

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Now to start your sauce!  I would first get all of your ingredients together and prep your veggies.  (Normally I would have another color of pepper in there too but we were out of groceries haha!)

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Now brown your beef and drain, then set aside!

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Put butter or coconut oil in the bottom of a pan, add your veggies, and saute until tender.  Add beef, stir together, and cook another minute or so.

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Add in enough tomato paste to get it to your desired consistency.  Add seasonings to taste, stir in, and adjust.  Let simmer, even for hours, until ready.  The longer it simmers, the better it tastes.

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Remove squash from heat, and when cool enough to handle without burning yourself, cut in half.

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Scoop out seeds with a large spoon and discard.  Fluff out the noodles with a fork and scoop them out of the squash into your serving dish of choice (or just leave it in the half so it looks fancy!)

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Right before you serve, stir cheese into sauce.

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Pour sauce on top of squash, sprinkle some parm, and devour this wonderfully meaty, satisfying, low carb, healthy meal!!