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April. Cooking challenge. Day 19.

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Another food discovery for me was spaghetti squash. Neither squash nor spaghetti. I didn’t really fall in love with it the first time I tried it but the taste sort of grew on me and now I use it from time to time with different meat sauces. Today is such a day. Our dinner tonight was Beef Taco Spaghetti Squash.

Taco Spaghetti squash

Ingredients:

 

  • 3 small spaghetti squash (24 oz each)
  • olive oil spray
  • 1 lb 93% ground turkey
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp bell pepper, minced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 oz can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup part-skim shredded Mexican cheese blend (omit for W30)

For Pico de Gallo

 

  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 jalapeno, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or two if they don’t fit). Cut the squash in half lengthwise, and use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and soft yellow strands. Spray the inside of the squash with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place the squash facedown on the baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes or until the flesh easily pierces with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, brown turkey in a large skillet breaking it into smaller pieces as it cooks. When no longer pink add dry seasoning and mix well. Add the onion, pepper, water and tomato sauce and cover. Simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
  3. Combine the ingredients for the quick pico de gallo in a medium bowl. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
  4. Once the squash is cool enough to handle, use a fork to scrape the inside so the strands appear. Spoon scant 1/2 cup meat inside each squash bowl. Top each with 2 tbsp cheese and transfer them to the oven and bake another 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven, top with pico de gallo and serve immediately!

Note

I used beef instead of turkey as that was the only ground meat in my freezer. I also had zero time to make pico de gallo. And the only cheese in my fridge was cheddar marble cheese. Oh, and no chili powder.. of course. Everything else was according to the recipe. 

 

 

 

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