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Southwestern Spaghetti Squash and Turkey Meatballs

Spaghetti squash and turkey meatballs


  • 4 cups spaghetti squash, cooked using whatever method you prefer; if your squash is large, you’ll have more than you need for this recipe

  • 1/2 lb. ground breast-meat turkey

  • 1 tbsp. minced onion

  • 1 tbsp. dried parsley

  • 1 tbsp. dried basil

  • 2 tbsp. breadcrumbs

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

  • 2 14.5-oz. cans petite cut diced tomatoes with jalapenos

  • 2 oz. Monterey jack cheese

  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro


Mix turkey with minced onion, parsley, basil, and breadcrumbs. Mix in egg. Form into 12 meatballs—each about a rounded tablespoon.

Heat oil in a skillet. Brown meatballs evenly, about five minutes total. Pour tomatoes over meatballs and heat for about five minutes. Meatballs will be cooked through and tomatoes heated.

To serve: Put about 1 cup of squash on each plate and top with meatballs and sauce. Sprinkle with Monterey jack cheese and cilantro.

Makes four servings

Each serving contains about 297 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat, no trans fat, 110 mg cholesterol), 990 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 4 g dietary fiber, 10 g sugars, and 18 g protein.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 3/10/2011
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