I don’t remember if I’ve said it before on here or not, but one of my favorite types of cuisine is Italian. I have absolutely no Italian blood in me, but I could eat pasta, red sauce, vegetables cooked in olive oil and, really, anything else with an Italian flair every day and not get sick of it.
The one thing I don’t love about Italian food? The heaviness I often feel in my stomach after I eat it! Enter: Spaghetti squash. For days when I want an Italian-inspired dish without normal noodles, I sub in spaghetti squash in order to get the same pasta feel. Of course, I love eating spaghetti squash cooked up with just some jarred sauce and veggies, but I’ve learned that it’s actually very versatile.
I decided to try a twist on the usual stuffed pepper and throw in some spaghetti squash for a different texture and extra carbohydrates. While filling, this slightly spicy dish will still leave you feeling light and satisfied. I also liked the addition of diced tomatoes in lieu of sauce for another layer of tangy flavor and a softer bite. Cheese would be great on top of these, too!
Spaghetti Squash Stuffed Peppers
Adapted from The 21 Day Sugar Detox
Makes 4 servings
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 white onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb. ground meat (I used turkey)
- 1 can no salt added diced tomatoes
- 1 spaghetti squash, roasted and insides scooped out
- 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 2 tsp. dried basil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 4 bell peppers, halved and seeded
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large pan, melt coconut oil over medium high heat.
- Sauté onions and garlic just until onions begin to turn translucent.
- Add in ground meat. As ground meat begins to brown, break up with a spatula.
- After a few minutes, add in tomatoes, spaghetti squash, and spices, cooking for about three minutes.
- In a casserole dish or baking pan, arrange pepper halves.
- Fill each pepper halve evenly with the squash mixture.
- Bake peppers for 20-30 minutes, just until tops begin to brown.
I think I would feel lost without Italian food in my life. At least I can keep my sanity for another week with these in the fridge.
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