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Greek Spaghetti Squash Boats

Greek Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Looking for a new way to enjoy spaghetti squash? This simple, hearty, Greek spaghetti squash recipe is quickly becoming one of my favorite weeknight go-tos. Not only is it nutritious, it’s sinfully good! And it’s ready in 35 minutes from start to finish, so it’s an easy meal to whip up that everyone will love (see also vegan variation below).

Greek Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 large spaghetti squash, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 large organic red bell pepper, chopped
  • 14 oz can or jar of artichokes in water, chopped
  • ½ to 1 lb organic ground beef
  • 2 cups organic spinach
  • 1/2 cup organic feta cheese
  • Optional: Squeeze of lemon juice

For the Greek Seasoning:

  • 1/2 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp marjoram
  • 1/4 tsp thyme

VEGAN VARIATION: Instead of ground beef and feta, add chopped walnuts or pine nuts and beans (giant, white, or garbanzo) when sautéing the veggies.

To Make Greek Spaghetti Squash Boats:

Mix together Greek seasoning ingredients in a jar and set aside.

Preheat oven to 400F. Pour 1 cup of filtered water in a roasting pan then place the spaghetti squash halves face down, then roast them for 30 minutes. While the squash is roasting, heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and sauté the onion, garlic and pepper until fragrant and soft, around 7 minutes. Remove the sautéed veggie mix from the pan and set aside in a bowl.

Return the pan to medium heat and add the ground beef and Greek seasoning mix (or beans and nuts, if making a vegan version). As you cook the meat, break it into bite-sized crumbles. When beef is fully cooked, add sautéed veggie mix back in along with feta cheese and spinach. Turn off heat and place cover on sauté pan until spinach is wilted and feta is somewhat melted.

When the squash is finished baking, remove from oven, transfer to a large plate and scrape a fork along the inside to loosen strands of squash into “spaghetti.” When done, top with some of the meat and veggie (or vegan veggie) mix, then drizzle with Garlic Olive Oil or Lemon Olive Oil as a finish. If you have fresh lemon on hand, squeeze some juice over the top and serve immediately. Serves 4 as a light meal or 2 as a main course.

What I Love about these Greek Spaghetti Squash Boats

Not only are they delicious, these squash boats are PAMM compliant! In a nutshell, PAMM (which stands for Pan-Asian Modified Mediterranean) means:

  • 40-45% low-glycemic carbs: veggies, fruits and legumes
  • 30-35% healthy fats, like olive oil, avocado, nuts
  • 20-25% lean protein, like organic meat or chicken, or if vegan – more beans and nuts

I’m a big fan of plant-based meals supplemented with a little bit of animal protein. Besides ground beef and a little feta cheese, this dish is literally overflowing with nutrient-rich veggies. Spaghetti squash is jam-packed with nutrients. One cup of the stuff has only 42 calories but provides a good source of fiber, antioxidants vitamin C and beta-carotene, manganese and vitamin B6. This spaghetti squash recipe also contains artichokes, which are naturally very low in sodium, yet full of fiber, antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals. They’re also one of my top foods for detox support. And onions and garlic have been on my list of top healing foods forever!

The thing that ties the whole dish together for me, is olive oil – my favorite superfood. By alternating extra virgin and crushed flavored Lemon or Garlic olive oils, it’s a new flavor experience each time!

Spaghetti Squash Parmesan Recipe

Spaghetti Squash Parm with Organic Marinara

Want another delicious way to enjoy spaghetti squash? As Parmesan…Steam or bake the spaghetti squash as you would in the above recipe. Remove from oven and top with Vervana Organic Marinara, some organic mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Bake at 400 F until cheese melts. Season with Salt Blend and Pepper & Juniper Blend, to taste. Mangiare!

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Additional Reference:

Healthline. Is Spaghetti Squash Good for You? Nutrition Facts and More. Healthline.com, last accessed 4.5.20 at https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/spaghetti-squash#antioxidants

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