If you come from an Italian family like myself (or even if you don’t) spaghetti and meatballs is a dish that is absolutely amazingly tasty and popular!
However… eating this delicious meal all the time may not always be the best choice because of the amount of carbs that it’s loaded with.
That’s why I put together a recipe that is a healthier spaghetti and “meat” balls with more protein! Wait till you taste it! Alright, let’s dig in 🙂
– Cut in half long ways
– Scoop out the seeds and pulp
– Put cut side down on a baking sheet (or stone)
– For a medium-sized squash bake for 35 min on 350 degrees
– When cool enough to handle, scrape out insides with fork.
– Keep oven warm!
Makes about 18-20 balls / 30 min prep time / 35 min cook time
– 3/4 cup walnuts
– 3/4 cup gluten free oats
– 1 cup shredded carrots
– 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
– 2 tablespoons finely chopped sun dried tomatoes
– 3 large garlic cloves, minced
– 1, 15 ounce can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
– 2 tablespoons ground flax and 3 tablespoons of water mixed
-1/2 tablespoon olive oil
-1 teaspoon dried oregano
– 3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
– Freshly ground black pepper to taste (I don’t add much because I’m not a big fan of pepper)
-Toast walnuts on baking sheet 7-9 min at 350 degrees
– Add oats to food processor or powerful blender until it becomes coarse flour.
– In a large bowl add carrot, parsley, basil, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, walnuts, oat flour and mix mix mix mix!
– Throw beans in food processor or blender and chop them up to a coarse paste with some beans still intact.
– Put the bean paste into the large bowl with vegetable mix and stir mix stir mix!
– Stir in the oil, oregano, salt, pepper
– Shape into balls
– Bake 20 minutes then flip them to the other side for 10-15 min.
If you have a favorite sauce or a family recipe, you can use that to make it have more of your home feel to it 🙂 I put my favorite sauce below.
– Crushed tomatoes (28 ounces)
– 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic
– Olive oil
– Italian seasoning
– A little salt and pepper to taste
-Put olive oil around the pan
-Add crushed tomatoes, seasoning and salt and pepper to taste
-Simmer for 30-40 min then add to spaghetti squash
I know you’re going to really love how this tastes as much as I do!
Some of your friends and family may not even notice the difference between the meatball and “meat” ball 😉
Buon appetito!!!! 🙂
Peace, love and food, Elyse <3