I have been married to a wonderful Christian man since 1976. The Lord has blessed us with two daughters and two sons. I consider each day the Lord gives me on the earth yet another chance to serve Him.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Spaghetti Squash with Chicken Meatballs


This is such a low-cal delicious recipe.  Easy to make and very good.   This is one of my favorite low-cal meals.



SPAGHETTI SQUASH WITH CHICKEN MEATBALLS
(serves 4)

Ingredients:
*1 small spaghetti squash
*1/2 cup water
*1 pound ground chicken
*1 egg white
*1 teaspoon italian seasoning
*1 tablespoon red bell pepper, finely chopped
*1 tablespoon green bell pepper, finely chopped
*1 tablespoon onion, finely chopped
*1 teaspoon garlic, minced
*1/4 cup italian bread crumbs
*1 tablespoon skim milk
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1/8 teaspoon black pepper*1 onion, chopped
*1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
*1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
*3 garlic cloves, minced
*1 carrot, peeled & sliced
*1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
*1 large tomato, diced
*1 quart stewed tomates
*1/2 teaspoon leaf oregano
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1/4 teaspoon pepper
*1/8-1/4 hot pepper flakes (optional)
*1 tablespoon italian seasoning
*2 bay leafs



Directions:
~Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds.
~Place spaghetti squash, cut side down, in a baking dish.
~Add water to the baking dish.
~Cover and bake spaghetti squash in a 375 degree oven.
~Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the spaghetti is tender and easily pierced with a fork.
~Remove from oven.
~When cool enough to handle, scoop out squash, separating strands with a fork, and set aside.
~Turn oven down to 350 degrees.
~Spray a cookie sheet with a cooking spray.
~In a large bowl, mix ground chicken, egg white, bread crumbs, 1 tablespoon green & red peppers, 1tablespoon onion, 1 teaspoon italian seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt & milk, until well mixed.
~Roll chicken mixture into 1 inch meatballs.
~Place meatballs on cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
~Remove from oven and set aside.
~Spray a large skillet with a cooking spray.
~Sauté green & red bell peppers, onion, garlic, mushrooms & carrot for about 5-8 minutes, over medium heat.
~Add chopped tomato and cook for 2 minutes.
~Add stewed tomatoes, oregano, italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, bay leafs, salt & pepper.
~Continue to cook and stir for abut 2 minutes.
~Add chicken meatballs into tomato mixture, turn heat down and simmer for 20 minutes.
~Remove bay leafs.
~Stir in spaghetti squash & serve.

Variations:
`Substitute stewed tomatoes with spaghetti sauce.
`Substitute ground chicken with ground turkey.
`Substitute ground chicken with ground beef.
`Add 1/4 grated parmesan cheese to meatball mixture.
`Add 1 cup shredded sharp cheese to mixture after adding spaghetti squash.

Vegetarian Variation:
`Substitute chicken and use Bocca crumbles
`Substitute chicken for zucchini or eggplant.

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