spaghetti squash turkey

Gluten-free Chicken bolognese with roasted spaghetti squash:

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This is a healthier version of spaghetti bolognese where I replaced the pasta with spaghetti squash and the red meat with chicken.

I’ve been meaning to make this for quite sometime and when I finally got my hands on this beautiful squash I had to make it right away!

Oven-roasted squashes are tastier and give you long beautiful strands which resemble the perfect Al dente pasta. Moreover this High nutrient, low calorie pasta is the best healthy & yummy alternative to the High-Carb pasta. It’s good to try such healthy alternatives as you can eat without guilt while the flavors remain intact. It’s also a great Gluten-free, dairy-free meal for the ones with gluten sensitivity and helps you feel lighter without all the bloating.
It’s officially my new favorite veggie!

Ingredients :

  • Whole spaghetti squash – 1 
  • Lean minced chicken/turkey – 1 kg
  • Onion – ½ (medium) finely chopped 
  • Tomatoes – 2 (blanched & pureed)
  • Garlic – 3 cloves, minced
  • Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Ground cayenne pepper OR Red chili podwer – 1 teaspoon
  • Smoked paprika OR kashmiri red chili powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – to taste 
  • Pepper – 2 teaspoons
  • Ginger garlic paste – 2 teaspoons
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Cilantro – handful (chopped)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Usually the squash is cut in half before roasting it but sometimes the exterior might be too hard to cut through. So I place the whole vegetable on a baking tray lined with aluminium foil and pop it into the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes while turning over the squash midway. They’re done when brown spots appear on them. Let cool and slice the squash in half vertically.
  2. Use a fork to work your way through the flesh. As you scrape the squash with the fork, you’ll notice that they break into long thin strands. That’s how a spaghetti squash is. I like to start from the outside and work my way in. Be gentle and don’t overdo it as you might break those beautiful strands. Keep them aside in a large bowl. Season lightly with salt, pepper & dried oregano if you prefer and toss the strands gently.
  3. Now let’s cook the chicken. Heat oil in a wide and shallow pan and add the minced garlic and chopped onions. Let them cook until golden. 
  4. Then add the seasoning – cumin, ginger & garlic paste, smoked paprika & red chili powder
  5. Mix in the pureed tomatoes and let it cook for 5 minutes until well combined. Add the minced chicken to this mixture with some water and let the meat cook for 20 mins. 
  6. Add salt,pepper and 1 tsp of sugar. If you like it hotter you can add some cayenne pepper too. 
  7. Finally garnish with some cilantro.
  8. While plating, serve the turkey on top of the spaghetti squash to make it resemble pasta. Sprinkle some grated parmesan if you prefer. Enjoy your delicious meal with no guilt!
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