This Turkey Taco Stuffed Spaghetti Squash recipe is a healthy 30 minute meal that is more filling and satisfying than you'd ever guess! 319 calories and 3 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP
The first time I made stuffed spaghetti squash (my vegetarian enchilada version), I couldn't believe how filling it was. I could barely finish one stuffed half on my own. MY HUSBAND - the guy who runs a gazillion miles each week and can polish off an entire pork tenderloin in one sitting - was full after his last bite.
So, if you were thinking that a meal revolving around a stuffed vegetable wouldn't satisfy the big eaters in your family, I urge you to reconsider. And if my Turkey Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes regularly show up on your table, you are going to love this turkey taco stuffed spaghetti squash!
Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Tips:
Stuffed spaghetti squash meals are versatile, easy and healthy. Here are a few tips to make them work for your dinner table.
- For a 30 minute meal, cook the spaghetti squash in the microwave, as directed in this recipe. If you prefer, roast the spaghetti squash halves (cut side down) in a 400 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes.
- Let the spaghetti squash rest for a few minutes before cutting it in half to avoid burning yourself.
- Once you scoop out the inner seeds and "goopy" strands, use a fork to twist out the good spaghetti squash strands.
- Go meat or meatless by changing up the protein - beans, chicken, ground turkey, pork, tofu.
- Change up the flavors. Enchilada-style, pesto-style and Thanksgiving stuffing-style are some of my favorites.
Serve this alongside a kale salad for a complete meal.
Turkey Taco Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
- 2 2 pound each spaghetti squash
- 2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 pounds extra lean ground turkey
- 1 yellow onion chopped
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper
- 2 14 ounce can diced tomatoes with chiles
- ½ cup grated pepper Jack cheese
- 1 tablespoon minced cilantro
- Using a large, sharp knife, pierce a spaghetti squash in several places. Place the spaghetti squash in a glass baking dish and cook in the microwave on HIGH for 12 to 15 minutes, turning the squash halfway through cooking.
- Before handling let the squash stand for 10 minutes. Cut in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and fibers.
- Using a fork, twist out strands of the spaghetti squash flesh and place in a large bowl. Let stand at room temperature. Save the shells of the squash for stuffing later.
- Preheat the broiler.
- Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey and onion. Cook, breaking up the turkey with a wooden spoon, until the turkey is cooked through and the onions are tender.
- Stir in the garlic, cumin, oregano, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper, and cook for 1 minute.
- Stir in the diced tomatoes and spaghetti squash strands, and cook until heated through, about 1 minute.
- Place the spaghetti squash shells on a large baking sheet and fill with the turkey mixture. Top each with 2 tablespoons grated cheese.
- Place under the broiler and cook until the cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Watch closely so it doesn’t burn.
- Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.
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