Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash


I love spaghetti squash. You can dress it up like pasta once it’s cooked. There are many ways to prepare this squash. Bake, microwave and even in the pressure cooker. I typically microwave mine but this time I baked it. This recipe is delicious, low carb and can be served as a meal or side dish. 


Once you cut open the squash, scoop out the seeds and pulp just like you would do with a pumpkin. 
Baking 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a baking pan, spray or oil bottom of pan. Drizzle olive oil over squash. Salt and pepper prepared squash, I used garlic salt. Place cut side down in your baking dish. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until done. 

Microwave
Salt and pepper inside of prepared squash. Fill baking dish with one inch of water with squash inside. Microwave on high for 10 minutes. 


Ingredients:

Olive oil, if baking

Garlic butter, I used Shamy’s

Parmesan Cheese, grated

Salt and Pepper, I used garlic salt and fresh cracked pepper 


Once your spaghetti squash is cool enough to handle, scrape the inside of the squash. Spaghetti like strands will begin to form. Continue to scrape the inside until strands are no longer coming from the sides and bottom of your squash. Add garlic butter, salt and fresh ground pepper, and top with Parmesan or your choice of Italian cheese.  I did not add amounts for the ingredients because each squash will yield different amounts of squash depending on the size. Use what you prefer as far as butter, salt, pepper and cheese. 


I chose to eat my squash on a plate like spaghetti but you can load it back into the empty squash shell if you prefer. This is a delicious low carb meal or side dish.  Mangia mangia!  Enjoy!

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Mozzarella Meatloaf

This is a small meatloaf recipe.  It can be doubled or tripled for larger families. I typically make a couple of smaller loaves and share with family  or freeze the leftovers. 

  
Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds ground chuck, I use 80/20, if you prefer, use ground chicken or turkey  

3/4 teaspoon garlic salt, or more to taste 

1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or more to taste

1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese

1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs

1 egg, beaten

2 teaspoons Worchestshire sauce

1/4 cup tomato sauce, I used the one with basil, garlic and oregano

1 mozzarella cheese stick, I used string cheese

Pizza sauce, marinara sauce or ketchup for the top of meatloaf, about 1/4 cup

    
  Place cheese stick in the center and cover completely with the meatloaf mixture.   

 
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients except for cheese stick. Once ingredients are combined, flatten meat out and put cheese stick in the center. Form into a loaf or loaves if you make 2 mini loafs as I did and place in baking pan. Brush on topping of your choice, pizza sauce, marinara sauce or ketchup. Bake for 35-40* minutes until done. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.  Mangia!  Mangia!

*If you make one meatloaf, I would add a couple of cheese sticks and bake longer.