Spaghetti Squash with Marinara & Italian Nut Meat
This is one of my favorite meals! I just had to share it with you, finally. It is snowing outside and COLD! This is a perfect COMFORT FOOD dish that doesn’t leave you feeling heavy, bloated or sluggish after eating it. My kind of meal! This recipe is gluten free, healthy, nourishing and tastes AMAZING! For those of you working towards a weight loss goal, replacing spaghetti squash instead of rice or pasta is a great idea. – You will definitely notice how you look and feel.
Spaghetti squash contains many nutrients and is a great source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, Vitamin A, beta carotene, potassium and dietary fiber – plus, it’s low in saturated fat and cholesterol and has a high water content.
Watch the easy “how to make” video!
Roasted Spaghetti Squash:
Take one spaghetti squash - Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut squash in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds. Place on a baking sheet, cut side down and bake for 30-40 minutes.
While the squash is cooking, prepare your marinara sauce (if making from scratch) and the Italian walnut meat.
- 3 Large organic tomatoes
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes (soaked if dried and not in olive oil)
- 2 – 3 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1/8 tsp. cayenne (optional)
- 3 dates (pitted and soaked)
- 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
Place all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender (Vitamix) and blend till smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Italian Nut Meat:
(Makes about 1 cup)
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 2 TB. Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- Bragg’s Liquid Amino’s – squirt
- cayenne – to taste (optional)
Place walnuts in a food processor and process into small pieces. Add the remaining ingredients; pulse to mix well. That’s it! Easy-peasy! This mix will keep well in the refrigerator for about a week.
When the squash is ready, remove from the oven and with a towel, hold the squash and scrape the interior flesh with a fork or spoon into a bowl or on plate.
Top with marinara, fresh cut basil and Italian nut meat. You can add chevre goat cheese if you so desire. Enjoy!