This isn’t really anything new but it was soooooo good that I just had to post it. The one new thing is the way I made the Spaghetti Squash. I roasted it. I know, you’re probably thinking isn’t that how you are supposed to cook spaghetti squash. Well, yes. Unfortunately, for about the past year or two I have been really lazy about cooking spaghetti squash. I would just throw the whole thing in the microwave. It was fine. Usually over cooked.
I recently saw a roasted spaghetti squash recipe by Diane Sanfilippo over at BalancedBites.com and remembered that I used to cook my spaghetti squash in the oven. I would cut it in half and then put it in a roasting pan cut side down in about a 1/2 inch of water. Basically, I steamed it in the oven. Roasting is way better and super easy. The hardest part is cutting the spaghetti squash in half.
So, I managed to cut the spaghetti squash in half and then I scraped out the seeds and other nasty looking bits. I then, per Diane’s advice, slathered the whole thing in melted coconut oil and then sprinkled with sea salt. Put the two halves in a roasting pan, cut side down and put it in the oven for 45 – 1 hour at 375 degrees. NO WATER in the pan. It turns out so well. Perfectly cooked and just a bit charred. The coconut oil gives it a bit of a sweet taste. Really, really good.
With all that delicious spaghetti squash available it only seemed right to top it with meatballs and sauce. I had been cooking the Everyday Paleo Marvelous Meatballs in my crock pot since 8 am. I had to get the meatballs in early so they would be ready for the Patriots game. Timed out perfectly. We just ate (late lunch/early dinner) and I am full and happy.
Here is my version of the Marvelous Meatballs recipe. Sarah’s page doesn’t actually give all of the measurements and I have made some changes. I will italicize the things that I changed.
- 2 lbs. grass fed ground beef
- 1 lb. spicy pork sausage
- 3 celery stalks chopped
- 2 carrots chopped
- 1 yellow onion chopped
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 2 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper to taste
What to do:
I put the celery, carrots and onion in my food processor and chop them up. I then put them in a big bowl and add the oregano, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt & pepper, almond meal and eggs. Mix it all up really well, then add the meat. Using my hands I mix until it’s all really well combined. Depending on my mood I will make large meatballs (baseball size) or smaller meatballs (golf ball size). Place all meatballs in the crock pot – you will have to stack them.
After the meatballs are all stacked and ready to go I mix up a 24oz. can of organic, diced tomatoes with a small can of tomato paste, about 6 minced cloves of garlic then a bunch of dried basil or lots of fresh chopped basil and salt and pepper. I pour this mixture over the meatballs and then cook on low for 7 1/2 hours. Delicious.
We can usually get 3 good meals out of one crock pot full of meatballs and we are big eaters.
So, there you go, super easy Paleo Spaghetti and Meatballs.
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Amy White MS HNC
I am a holistic nutrition counselor and believe real food is the true path to wellness. If you are interested in learning more about me and how I can help you, please see my story.
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