Recipe: Spaghetti Squash & Turkey Meatballs

Living with Sal has been exciting for many reasons, one reason in particular has been getting the chance to cook homemade meals with him. You may see that he cooks majority of the time because I don't get home from teaching kickboxing until about 10:30PM, but there have been some nights where we cook together, and it has been so much fun! Sal knows his way around the kitchen from basically growing up in one. I, on the other hand, have to follow a recipe to a T. There are some things I know how to make thanks for my mom, but most of the time when I want to try new things, I'd rather not just guess. You'll find my sink filled with dishes and measuring cups at the end of the night. 

One Sunday night, since I knew we had no plans, I suggested we make dinner together. I had gotten a squash and ground turkey, and figured we could pull something together. I immediately suggested spaghetti squash and turkey meatballs... a healthier version of a delicious Italian dish. He had never had spaghetti squash so I immediately called dibs on making it, while he would focus on making the turkey meatballs. However, when I asked him for the recipe after, he, of course, had no idea on the measurements. We also chose not to make homemade sauce either, and used what we had in the house. 

Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients: 

  • Garlic Powder
  • Garlic Oil 
  • Milk
  • Breadcrumbs 
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Oregano
  • 1 package Ground Turkey

Directions:

  1. Throw the ingredients together and mix with hands. 
  2. Roll into balls and stick in the oven at 425 degrees until they were golden brown. 
  3. Take out of oven, and place in a pot of sauce. Let simmer until spaghetti squash is ready. 

As for the spaghetti squash, it was much easier than I thought it'd be. I kept putting off trying to make it because I thought it was a lot more difficult to make. Now that I know how easy it is, I'm going to try a lot more recipes using it - think shrimp scampi, and a few chicken recipes! 

Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:

  • Squash
  • Garlic
  • Pepper
  • Salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut squash in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds with spoon.
  3. Bake in oven for about an hour, or until top is roasted and inside is tender. Remove from oven and let cool. 
  4. Scrape out the inside using a fork - it will separate like spaghetti (!)
  5. Place in a serving dish and serve. 

 

Top the spaghetti squash with the turkey meatballs, add more sauce and enjoy!