“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Spaghetti Squash Casserole

July 22, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Spaghetti Squash Casserole. Spaghetti Squash layered with Vegetables, Seasonings, and Cheese. The recipe has several versions of this recipe, some Vegetarian and some with Meat. This recipe comes from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cook’s site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please everyone so check it out today! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Spaghetti Squash Casserole
This versatile and wholesome layered veggie and cheese casserole makes a great meatless main dish or a hearty side dish.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 spaghetti squash
2 large carrots, julienned
2 stalks celery, julienned
1 large yellow onion, julienned
1 green or red bell pepper, julienned
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
Red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
Salt to taste
3 to 5 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, or to taste
Ground allspice for sprinkling
3/4 pound shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions:
1 – Cut squash lengthwise and place the halves skin-side down in a large baking pan with an inch of water. Cover the pan with foil and bake at 350°F (175°C) for about 45 minutes, or until tender. (See note.)
2 – Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet and add the onion and carrot. Sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add remaining vegetables, red pepper flakes and season with salt, as desired. Sauté, stirring frequently, until vegetables are nearly tender, about 7 to 10 minutes.
3 – Add crushed tomatoes, garlic, basil, oregano and a sprinkling of ground allspice. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
4 – Remove squash from oven and allow to cool until you can handle it. Remove seeds with a spoon and squeeze any excess water out of meat. Remove meat and break it up into strands with a fork.
5 – Mix squash well with vegetables and put half in the bottom of a large, lightly greased baking dish. Top with half the cheeses, the remaining squash mixture, and remaining half of the cheeses.
6 – Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and slightly browned. Let cool 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.


Diabetic Dish of the Week – Turkey Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

March 31, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is – Turkey Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash. Made using 93% lean Ground Turkey, Jennie – O Turkey would be a perfect choice! Meatballs and Spaghetti made healthier! The recipe is off the Diabetes Self Management website which has a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes so check it out today. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Turkey Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

1/3 cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs (1 slice bread)
1/4 cup grated onion
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 1/2 tablespoons minced flat leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon whole fennel seeds
1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
2 egg whites
1 (12- to 16-ounce) spaghetti squash
1 can (about 14 ounces) no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
1/3 cup minced green onions

1 – Mix bread crumbs, onion, garlic, parsley, red pepper, thyme, and fennel seed in bowl. Mix ground turkey with egg whites in large bowl, and add seasoned crumbs. Knead mixture well. Cover and chill meat 10 minutes. Preheat broiler.

2 – Split squash in half. Remove seeds. Place in glass baking dish, cut side down. Add 3 to 4 tablespoons water. Microwave on HIGH 10 to 12 minutes, or until fork-tender. Set aside to cool.

3 – Form 20 meatballs with chilled turkey. Put meatballs on pan; broil 4 to 5 minutes. Remove pan, turn meatballs, and cook 4 minutes more. Mix tomatoes and broth in 12-inch skillet; simmer over low heat. Add meatballs, oregano, basil, and green onions. Stir and cook until hot, about 10 minutes.

4 – Scrape squash into strands onto serving plate. Top with sauce and meatballs.

Yield: 4 servings.

Serving size: 1/4 cup spaghetti squash with 1/4 cup sauce and 5 meatballs.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 224 calories, Carbohydrates: 20 g, Protein: 31 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 47 mg, Sodium: 450 mg, Fiber: 4 g

Healthy Vegetarian Fall Recipes

October 2, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Vegetarian Fall Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Vegetarian Fall Recipes like; Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Basil Sauce, Roasted Squash and Apples with Dried Cherries and Pepitas, and Autumn on a Plate. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/


Healthy Vegetarian Fall Recipes
Find healthy, delicious vegetarian recipes for the fall, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Spaghetti Squash with Tomato Basil Sauce
Swapping spaghetti squash for pasta is a great way to cut back on carbs and calories in this saucy vegan dinner. Here, we have tossed the squash with a simple fresh tomato sauce. Jazz up the sauce with crushed red pepper flakes, Kalamata olives and/or capers, if you like……

Roasted Squash and Apples with Dried Cherries and Pepitas
For this easy roasted side dish recipe, pick apples that hold their shape when cooked—Pink Lady, Braeburn and Winesap are good choices. If you can’t find acorn squash, substitute butternut instead………..

Autumn on a Plate
A wonderful kale salad with roasted butternut squash and Brussels sprouts features a special vinaigrette dressing and a topping of toasted hazelnuts and Parmesan cheese. You’ll be proud to serve this gourmet treat at any formal meal………

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Healthy Winter Squash Recipes

March 10, 2018 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its – Healthy Winter Squash Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Winter Squash Recipes like; Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Glazed Pepitas, Spaghetti Squash and Chicken with Avocado Pesto, and Maple-Chili Roasted Butternut Squash. Find these and more all at the EatingWell website. Don’t forget toi subscribe to the EatingWell Magazine while there, I’ve had a subscription for the last 8 years or so! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Winter Squash Recipes
Find healthy, delicious winter squash recipes including butternut, acorn and spaghetti. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Glazed Pepitas
You’ll need a pie pumpkin, not the carving kind, for this healthy soup recipe. Roasting brings out a sweet, almost smoky flavor and creates a soup with depth and character. Store-bought pepitas are a good topper, but the homemade glazed ones here are really special. Serve with a swirl of crème fraîche, sour cream or smoked olive oil, if desired………

Spaghetti Squash and Chicken with Avocado Pesto
Give pesto pasta a healthy makeover with this easy recipe that combines low-carb spaghetti squash with high-protein chicken breast. Top this powerhouse combo with homemade basil pesto that gets a creamy upgrade from ripe avocados to complete a mouthwatering chicken dinner………….

Maple-Chili Roasted Butternut Squash
To give this healthy vegetable side dish recipe a different kind of heat, try a single-chile powder, such as ancho or chipotle. Serve with simple roasted salmon or chicken, or toss into a green salad with sunflower seeds…………

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Recipes that Sneak In Veggies

January 27, 2017 at 6:16 AM | Posted in diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Daibetic Living Online website its Recipes that Sneak In Veggies. Need to get more Vegetables into your meals, well here’s some great recipes to do that. Recipes including; Spaghetti Squash with Chili, BBQ Chicken Bites, and Turkey-Vegetable ‘Sushi’. Find them all at the Diabetic Living Online website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2017! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/



Recipes that Sneak In VeggiesDiabetic living logo

Looking for healthy vegetable recipes that taste great, too? With our flavorful veggie recipes, it’s easy to transform produce—spinach, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, you name it—from bland to brilliant. Each of these delicious and diabetes-friendly meals is loaded with color and nutrients. And best of all, because vegetables are low in calories, you can add more food to your plate!



Spaghetti Squash with Chili

Swap out heavy noodles with spaghetti squash to cut back on carbs and calories. We also sneaked onion, garlic, tomatoes, green chiles, and corn into the chili to add even more nutrients and flavor to the diabetic ….



BBQ Chicken Bites

Barbecued chicken is always a hit at parties. Instead of serving with buns or crackers, scoop the mouthwatering meat into miniature pepper halves. You’ll get flavorful crunch for fewer calories and carbs……

Turkey-Vegetable ‘Sushi’

It only takes a few minutes to make these cute little appetizers stuffed with crunchy carrots, zucchini, and red sweet pepper. The cheesy turkey treats are low-carb, low-calorie, and low-fat….




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Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week – Spaghetti Squash Turkey Jambalaya

January 20, 2017 at 7:21 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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This week’s Jennie – O Turkey Recipe of the Week is Spaghetti Squash Turkey Jambalaya. Oh we got a good one this week, and it’s always good when its Jambalaya! You’ll be using JENNIE-O® Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausages along with Spaghetti Squash, and a healthy selection of Vegetables and Spices! You can find this recipe along with all the other delicious and healthy recipes at the Jennie – O website. Eat Healthy and Make the Switch in 2017! https://www.jennieo.com/



Spaghetti Squash Turkey Jambalaya

Smothered with tomato-based Jambalaya sauce, sautéed veggies and flavorful turkey sausage, you won’t miss the rice one bit in this spaghetti squash dish. This delicious recipe is on-trend, but isn’t going anywhere.


1 medium spaghetti squash
1 (14-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausages, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 small yellow onion, chopped
½ cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1) Heat oven to 400°F.
2) Cut squash in half lengthwise. Place cut side down on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 55 minutes or until tender. Shred squash with a fork and transfer to large bowl.
3) In large non-stick skillet, over medium heat, cook sausage until browned; remove and set aside. Heat oil and cook bell pepper, onion and celery 7 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Stir in tomatoes, thyme, oregano, cayenne pepper and turkey sausage. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Toss mixture with squash.


Calories 180
Protein 9g
Carbohydrates 17g
Fiber 1g
Sugars 3g
Fat 9g
Cholesterol 25mg
Sodium 610mg
Saturated Fat 2g

Healthy Recipes with Vegetable Noodles

May 8, 2016 at 5:15 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website its Healthy Recipes with Vegetable Noodles. Delicious and healthy recipes including; Shrimp Piccata with Zucchini Noodles, Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs, and Lemongrass Pork & Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl with Peanut Sauce. You can find them all on the EatingWell website, Enjoy! http://www.eatingwell.com/



Healthy Recipes with Vegetable NoodlesEatingWell2Eat more vegetables with these healthy recipes for zucchini, squash and more vegetable noodles.

Put down that box of pasta and try vegetable noodles instead. With a spiral vegetable slicer or vegetable peeler, you can create ribbons or strands of nutrient-packed veggies that are lower in calories than pasta. Firm vegetables hold their shape best as they pass through the noodle-forming blades of the vegetable slicer—also known as a spiralizer. Try carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, turnips, summer and winter squash, or even apples and pears in these delicious recipes. Eating more vegetables is just a twirl away.



Shrimp Piccata with Zucchini Noodles
The tangy lemon-caper sauce in this healthy Italian makeover recipe is a natural with shrimp. Serving it over zucchini noodles (aka zoodles) keeps the dish summery and low-cal, but it’s also delicious with whole-wheat spaghetti…..

Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs
With this spaghetti squash and meatballs recipe, you can reduce the carbohydrates and increase the vegetable servings by skipping pasta and serving the Italian-seasoned turkey meatballs and quick, homemade marinara sauce over thin strands of cooked spaghetti squash instead. Cooking the squash first in the microwave and then in a skillet to cook off the extra moisture, gives the squash a more spaghetti-like texture……

Lemongrass Pork & Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl with Peanut Sauce
In this Asian-flavored spaghetti squash recipe, thin slices of lean pork tenderloin are marinated with lemongrass, ginger, brown sugar and soy sauce. The flavorful marinade is then cooked with peanut butter and coconut milk to make a delicious sauce for this low-carb noodle bowl…….



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Kitchen Hint of the Day

July 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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Now here’s one I’ve never heard of before!

Bake a double crusted pie with two strands of spaghetti sticking up in it to absorb any excess liquid. Let the top part of the spaghetti stick up a few inches. When the pie bakes, if there is any excess liquid inside of it, the liquid will climb up the spaghetti instead of pouring out the of the sides or the top.

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