Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Spaghetti made from spaghetti squash and it is oh, so good!  


Servings: 2

Per serving
One Lean protein
3 vegetables servings
3 condiments

Ingredients:

1 spaghetti squash (about 4.5 lbs.)

Meatballs Ingredients
12 oz. raw extra lean ground beef – 2 lean
¼ cup fat-free egg substitute
(like Egg Beaters Original)
1/2 tsp. dried parsley – 1 condiment
1/2 tsp. minced garlic – 1 condiment
1/8 tsp. salt – ½ condiment
1/8 tsp. black pepper - ¼ condiment

Sauce
1/2 cup diced green onion – 1 vegetable
1/2 cup diced cauliflower – 1 vegetable
1 tsp. chopped garlic – 1 condiment
1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes = 3 vegetables
1/4 cup chopped basil (fresh) – ¼ condiment
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (this really makes it pop) – ½ condiment
1/4 tsp. ground cumin – ½ condiment
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese – 1 condiment

Directions:

Oven needs to be preheated to 400 degrees.

Microwave whole squash for 3 - 4 minutes, until soft enough to cut. Cut in half and scoop out seeds. Place the two halves cut-side down in a shallow tray or baking pan add an inch of water.Bake for approximately 35 - 40 minutes, until tender. 

Remove squash from oven. Turn the two halves over and let cool. Use a fork to scrape out the squash strands. Scrape lengthwise for best results. The squash should come out easily in long strands. Cover to keep warm.

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

Mix meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Form 12 meatballs and place on a baking sheet, evenly spaced. Bake until just cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Bring a medium pot sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Cook and stir green onion and cauliflower until slightly softened, 6 - 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 - 2 minutes. Add all remaining sauce ingredients except Parmesan cheese. Add meatballs and bring sauce to a low boil. Reduce heat to low. Gently stirring occasionally, simmer until veggies have softened and meatballs are hot, about 8 minutes.

Add half of the sauce to 1/2 cup of the spaghetti squash strands and stir to coat. Serve topped with 6 meatballs and Parmesan cheese topping!

You will be so happy you took the time to make this Medifast Lean & Green recipe!  Like me, I think this will become one of your favorites.  Substitute the beef with ground turkey, for even leaner protein.

10 comments:

  1. I cannot wait to try this. My late hubby made beef stroganoff with chopped meat, and I loved it. Spaghetti and meatballs is my FAVORITE comfort food, so the idea of the two together has me looking so forward to making it! This site helps me to write my essays on this theme. Thank you.

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