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Meatball Bites with Spaghetti Squash

By Jason Fung, MD

Meatball Bites with Spaghetti Squash

Tucked into a “nest” of spaghetti squash, these cute little meatball bites are a slightly different twist on Paleo pasta: they’re great for kids, but even adults need a little change sometimes, and this is a quick way to perk up an old favorite. Recipe from Paleo Leap
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dinners + Mains
Cuisine American, Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 4
Calories 373 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 spaghetti squash cut in half lengthwise and seeds removed
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 egg whites whisked
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tbsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tbsp dried thyme
  • cooking fat
  • salt
  • pepper

Ingredients for the tomato sauce

  • 2 cups tomato sauce (good quality)
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tbsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tbsp dried thyme
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 425 F.
  • Place the spaghetti squash on a baking sheet, cut side down, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Combine the ground beef, dried parsley, dried, basil, dried thyme, and egg, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix everything until well combined.
  • Roll the meat into meatballs of about 1 inch in diameter.
  • In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the tomato sauce and season to taste.
  • In a large skillet placed over a medium heat, sauté the meatballs until browned on all sides.
  • Add the tomato sauce to the skillet and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through.
  • Once the spaghetti squash is cooked, use a large spoon to scoop the stringy pulp from the squash and place in a bowl.
  • Lower the oven’s heat to 350 F.
  • Mix the egg white with the spaghetti squash, and then fill each cavity of a muffin tin with the squash mix, pressing down in the middle to make a “nest” for the meatball.
  • Place one meatball on top of each muffin and place in the oven for about 15 minutes.
  • Serve with remaining sauce drizzled on top of each meatball bite.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Meatball Bites with Spaghetti Squash
Amount per Serving
Calories
373
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Cholesterol
 
111
mg
37
%
Sodium
 
868
mg
38
%
Potassium
 
1410
mg
40
%
Carbohydrates
 
42
g
14
%
Fiber
 
10
g
42
%
Sugar
 
19
g
21
%
Protein
 
34
g
68
%
Vitamin A
 
1195
IU
24
%
Vitamin C
 
20
mg
24
%
Calcium
 
184
mg
18
%
Iron
 
7
mg
39
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword American, Dinners + Mains, Italian, Mediterranean
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Jason Fung, MD

By Jason Fung, MD

Jason Fung, M.D., is a Toronto-based nephrologist (kidney specialist) and a world leading expert in intermittent fasting and low-carb diets.

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