Whole 30 Spaghetti Squash and Turkey Meatballs

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I am still loving the whole 30! I am Sicilian and grew up on spaghetti and meatballs so it not only brings me back, it is something I crave. This Whole 30 approved recipe that I got from the Whole 30 cookbook and made a couple tweaks on was just what I needed last night for dinner! 

  • 1 Whole Spaghetti Squash 
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
  1. PREHEAT the oven to 425 F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. 
  2. CUT the squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds with a large spoon. Drizzle the insides evenly with the olive oil. Place the squash flesh-side down on the baking sheet. 
  3. ROAST the squash for 1 hour, until fork-tender. Carefully turn the squash flash-side up and let cool until cool enough to handle. 
  4. USE a fork to gently scrape out the flesh; the squash will come out in a noodle-like strands. Season evenly with the thyme, salt, and pepper, and serve immediately. 

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1/4 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 2 tablespoons cooking fat, plus more if needed

  1. PREHEAT oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. THOROUGHLY mix the turkey, egg, onion, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Roll into 15 to 20 meatballs, each about the size of a golf ball. 
  3. MELT the cooking fat in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the fat is hot, add the meatballs. Cook for about 30 seconds per side, turning to prevent burning, until browned all over, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat and add more cooking fat if the pan begins to smoke. 
  4. TRANSFER the meatballs to the prepared baking sheet. Transfer to the oven to finish cooking for 8 to 10 minutes, until the internal temp. reaches 160 F. Let the meatballs rest for 5 minutes and serve. 


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