With a one month-old and a two year-old, it is my quest to fill our dinner choice arsenal with delicious, mostly healthy meals that don’t require much active prep and cook time. I’ve discovered that spaghetti squash is my new best friend.
I’m familiar with the idea of using spaghetti squash as a pasta substitute, but I was skeptical. I assumed that the “spaghetti” pieces would be mushy and off-putting, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The strands have a great, firm texture and really hold up well in this dish, even when the leftovers were re-heated in the microwave for easy lunches the next day.
Though it does take around an hour to roast the squash, this recipe has very little active cook time. The use of jarred salsa and beans removes the need to spend time chopping a bunch of veggies.
This dish had tons of flavor and has officially been placed into regular rotation in our house. I hope you enjoy it, too!
|Southwestern Stuffed Spaghetti Squash|| |
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 1 15-oz can of black beans
- 1 16-oz jar of chunky salsa, medium or mild
- 1 heaping TBS finely-chopped jalapeno peppers, fresh or jarred. Remove seeds for less heat.
- 1 rounded tsp ground oregano
- 1 rounded tsp ground cumin
- 1 large chicken breast, cooked and shredded
- Juice from 1 small lime
- ½ to 1 cup of chicken broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican blend cheese, for topping
- Fresh cilantro with stems removed, for topping
- Heat oven to 400F. Prick whole spaghetti squash several times and place onto a baking sheet. Place in oven and roast for 45min to an hour. The skin will start to look rumpled and inside should be soft when pierced with a knife. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 20 minutes.
- Slice the squash lengthwise and discard seeds. Use a fork to flake out the "spaghetti" and set aside, reserving the squash shells.
- In a large skillet, heat salsa, black beans, jalapeno, oregano, and cumin until bubbly. Add the cooked chicken, spaghetti squash and lime juice. Continue to cook for an additional 5-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- If mixture is too thick, add chicken broth as needed to thin. You don't want it to be dry, but also not too soupy. Taste and adjust seasonings a desired.
- Set oven to Broil.
- Spoon mixture into the empty squash shells and return to the baking sheet. Top with shredded cheese and place under the broiler until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven and garnish with fresh cilantro.
I like to toss a few chicken breasts in my slow cooker, covered in water and cooked on low for 6-8 hours, to shred and use in recipes throughout the week.