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Feed the Fam: Spaghetti Squash Bake

This entry is part 17 of 25 in the series Feed the Fam

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It’s fall and that means all things fall are on the forefront. Pumpkin spice, cozy casseroles, boots and leggings and of course, great seasonal veggies like squash. I love squash. I don’t think I’ve met a variety I don’t like. Spaghetti squash is awesome, and while I’m not going to pretend it’s pasta (it’s not!!!), it’s a good substitute if you’re looking for a lighter, healthier option than pasta. This spaghetti squash bake is a delicious healthy meal my whole family loves.  For the squash, I’m giving you two options for the cooking method. You can bake it while you’re preparing the rest of the meal, or you can cook the squash in the crockpot (this is what I did when I was a working mom, to cut down on the cooking time).

Ingredients

2 spaghetti squash 1 1/2 to 2 lbs each
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 lb ground beef
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 cup tomato sauce
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
pinch of cinnamon
5 cups fresh spinach
1 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, sliced or shredded

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 425. Slice your spaghetti squash lengthwise and scoop out seeds with a spoon. Place seed side down on a baking tray and add one cup of water to the baking tray. Bake for 30 minutes, or until tender. Allow to cool before scooping contents out. Use a fork to scoop out the squash, it should look similar to spaghetti.

***Another option would be to cook the squash in the crockpot. This might be easier for working families. Cut squash lengthwise, scoop out the seeds. Puncture outer skin with knife a few times. Place in crockpot and cook on low for 5 hours. When you get home from work, your squash is ready.

In a large sauté pan cook onions for 3 minutes. Add garlic and mushrooms. Sauté for 1 minute. Next add the ground beef. Break up meat and brown for about 4 minutes. Add canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Stir together and let simmer on low heat for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Finally add two cups of fresh spinach and cook for another 3 minutes on low heat.

Your spaghetti squash rinds will serve as your serving vessel. Scoop about a cup of spaghetti squash, pour on some of your meat sauce and top with 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese. Bake at 450 for 7-8 minutes.

***You will likely have some leftover spaghetti squash. Store it and serve it as a side tomorrow.

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About Meagan Sabich

Meagan Sabich
Meagan Sabich grew up in Las Vegas, NV and moved to Reno in 2004 to attend the University of Nevada, Reno. Since then, she has called Reno her home. She's a former corporate girl who worked for Microsoft and Facebook, before turning in her work badge to be a stay at home mom and wife for her two girls, Sophie and Sadie, and husband Mike. Meagan is an avid cook and very passionate about food. When she gets free time she likes to blog about her cooking adventures on her blog at Waist Not, Want Not, or share recipes for Reno Moms Blog Feed the Fam Series. Meagan is very passionate about fitness and enjoys yoga, zumba and weight training.

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