Mediterranean Shrimp Spaghetti Squash

Mediterranean Shrimp Spaghetti Squash

Oct 08, 2015

Spaghetti Squash is really one of the most versatile and easy to prepare varieties of squash! It can essentially be turned in to any type of cuisine that you are hungry for without overpowering any flavors that need to stand out. 

You can make a Buffalo Chicken style Spaghetti Squash, an Asian style “lo mein” Spaghetti Squash or make traditional Italian Spaghetti with meatballs or a meat sauce, but using a Spaghetti Squash instead of pasta! 

Check out the recipe below for a new dish that might just surprise your taste buds!

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Mediterranean Shrimp Spaghetti Squash 

Prep/Cook Time: 45 minutes          Number of Servings: 4   

Ingredients

  • 1 large spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise with seeds removed.
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons kalamata olives sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil (and extra for garnish)
  • 12 oz Shrimp, cooked
  • Non-stick cooking spray

 Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray your baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place spaghetti squash halves cut side down on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until a sharp knife can be inserted with only a little resistance.
  3. Remove squash from oven and set aside to cool for handling later.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the onion. Cook until it is tender and opaque in color and then add the garlic and stir for another 1-2 minutes.
  5. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are warmed through.
  6. Turn heat to low and add olives, feta cheese, basil, and shrimp to the skillet and lightly turn to mix.
  7. Using a large spoon, scoop out the squash and collect the "spaghetti-like" strands from each of the halves of squash and add to the skillet.
  8. Toss until evenly mixed and coated with the other ingredients and serve warm topped with fresh slices of basil (optional).

Tips

  • Add diced cooked chicken instead of shrimp if you don’t like seafood or even cannellini beans for a vegetarian dish!
  • This is a nice alternative to the carbohydrate-heavy traditional spaghetti pasta that you don't have to feel guilty about going back for seconds!
  • You can use black olives if you don’t like kalamata olives.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

Calories: 277     Protein: 22.4gm    Total Carbohydrates: 17gm    Fiber: 3gm 

Total Fat: 14gm    Cholesterol: 182mg    Sodium: 495mg

 

Melanie Kluzek, Registered Dietitian for County Market

 



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