Spaghetti Squash with Chicken and Tomato Sauce

February 24, 2017
A healthy light meal after a full day.
Coconut Free
Corn Free
Dairy Free
Egg Free
Gluten Free
Nut Free
Peanut Free
Soy Free
Sugar Free
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This is one of those meals that even though it has meat in it it still feels light. I don't know why but usually when I think of light meals I tend to think something vegan or vegetarian, even though I know those can be heavy too. Still I usually equate meat with providing a fuller heavier meal. But this is a nice light sauce and even though I've paired it here with spaghetti squash it can be paired with any noodle. Or honestly we all kept going back to get just the sauce! In the past I've gone though the effort to remove the seeds and skin and puree my tomatoes to make a sauce. Which is all good and does create a great sauce, but after a busy day running after kids, I just wasn't up to it. I had remembered someone mentioning that they just use the whole tomato so I decided to give it a try. So glad I did too, because turns out I'm not bothered by seeds being in my sauce either. Not that I'll never remove seeds again, just that it's nice to know I can take the easy route when I want to!

Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash (can be replaced with any noodle of your choice)
  • 5 roma tomatoes, chopped keep seeds/juice
  • 1 pound ground chicken (any ground meat can be substituted)
  • 1 large handful of fresh spinach, about 2 cups
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons oil/fat of choice
  • Sea salt/pepper to taste

Steps

  • Cut squash into quarters and scoop out the seeds
  • Put squash quarters into large pot and fill with water until squash is covered
  • Put the pot over medium-high heat on stove top
  • Let squash cook for about 20 minutes or until¬†tender, not too much or it will get mushy
  • While squash is cooking heat up your oil/fat of choice in a large frying pan over medium heat on stovetop
  • Add onions and cook for about 10-15 minutes then add the chicken, garlic, parsley, thyme and salt/pepper
  • Continue cooking and stirring until chicken is pretty much cooked through then add the tomatoes and the spinach
  • Cover and let simmer for another 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally¬†
  • Serve sauce and squash together, warm
Enjoy!

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