I recently shared with you my journey towards living a healthier lifestyle. Part of that involves replacing unhealthy foods with those that are better for me. This has become pretty important to me. However, it’s not always easy to get my family to follow suit. I’ve been asked by some fellow moms how I get my kids to eat nutritious meals. The truth is that sometimes they happily eat it (and I try my best to refrain from jumping for joy in front of them when they do) and other times I have to try to disguise certain foods to make them seem, well, less healthy. I’m not a great cook by any means, but I have begun to slowly build up my repertoire of tried and true recipes. There’s one recipe in particular that my three kids (okay, my two daughters and my husband) can’t seem to get enough of and so I thought I would share it with you all. It’s easy to make (if I can make these, so can you – trust me) and super delish to boot!
Spaghetti Squash & Beef Casserole (I get at least two meals out of this for my family of four) Ingredients:
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 2 lbs. ground beef
- 3 (6 oz.) cans tomato paste
- 2 tsp. onion powder
- 2 tsp. oregano
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. basil
- 1.5 c. water
- 2 c. mozzarella cheese
- salt and pepper
- Cook your spaghetti squash. *I usually do this step the night before. I find it easiest to cook it whole in the oven at 400 degrees for about an hour (make sure you poke holes in it with a fork beforehand). Larger squash may take longer. You want to be sure the squash is soft enough so you can easily insert a fork or knife into it. Once you take it out of the oven and it’s cool enough, cut it lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Then, take a fork and scrape out the insides. It really does resemble spaghetti (hence the name).
- Brown beef in a skillet and drain the fat. Add tomato paste, water, and spices (salt and pepper to taste). Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
- Coat casserole dish with cooking spray. Add spaghetti squash and beef mixture.
- Stir, adding most of the cheese. Cover the top with additional cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
I usually refer to this dish as “my special beef casserole” and I call the squash “special spaghetti!” I’m too afraid to let my kids know it’s not actually pasta! I hope you’ll give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. Bon appetit!