Turkey-Apple Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

Turkey-Apple Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

Classic spaghetti and meatballs gets a major makeover in this 1-hour main dish recipe! Instead of regular pasta, we opt for low-calorie, low-carb spaghetti squash, and we switch out the beef meatballs with homemade turkey-apple meatballs, which are lower in saturated fat. It's a healthy meal your whole family will enjoy.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 (3 pound) spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, chopped, divided
  • 1 medium apple, cored and coarsely shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound uncooked ground turkey breast
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped peeled eggplant
  • 2 cups bottled light chunky-style pasta sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

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  1. Cut squash in half lengthwise; remove seeds and strings. Place one half, cut side down, in a microwave-safe baking dish. Using a fork, prick the skin all over. Microwave on High for 6 to 7 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork; carefully remove from baking dish. Repeat with the other squash half. Cool squash slightly. Using a fork, shred and separate the squash pulp into strands. (You should have about 4 cups.) Set aside.
  2. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add mushrooms and half of the onion; cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer mushroom mixture to a large bowl. Stir in apple, thyme, pepper and salt. Add turkey breast and mix well. Shape mixture into 12 meatballs, each about 2 inches in diameter.
  3. Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Add meatballs. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until no longer pink (165°F), turning occasionally so meatballs brown evenly. Reduce heat if meatballs start to get too brown.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the eggplant and remaining onion in the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in the pasta sauce.
  5. To serve, divide reserved squash among four serving plates. Top with meatballs and sauce mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1¼ cups squash mixture and 3 meatballs
  • Per serving: 343 calories; 8 g fat(1 g sat); 7 g fiber; 39 g carbohydrates; 32 g protein; 57 mg cholesterol; 14 g sugars; 570 mg sodium;
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3 lean protein, 2 starch, 2 vegetable, ½ fat

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