Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Asparagus, Sweet Pepper and TomatoHomemade 

Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Asparagus and Sweet Pepper

This is a healthy recipe that is perfect for dinner. Spaghetti squash can simply be made stringy like noodles with a fork after baking it. It makes  a great substitute for spaghetti pasta and you can combine it with many recipes.

I decided to make a mix of vegetables and chicken for this faux pasta dish. The colours are perfect for a Fall meal and tasty with fresh herbs.

Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Asparagus, Sweet Pepper and Tomato
Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Asparagus, Sweet Pepper and Tomato

Ingredients:

  • 1 Spaghetti Squash
  • 2 Skinless chicken breasts chopped into cubes
  • 3 leaves of fresh basil chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 4 mini pearl red onions sliced thinly (or 1/2 an onion)
  • Asparagus
  • 1/2 a sweet pepper/bell pepper sliced and chopped (orange or red)
  • 1 medium sized tomato chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of butter (optional)

 

Spaghetti Squash, mini red pearl onions, asparagus
Spaghetti Squash, mini red pearl onions, asparagus
Baked Spaghetti Squash
Baked Spaghetti Squash
Baked Spaghetti Squash made stringy with a fork
Baked Spaghetti Squash made stringy with a fork

Directions:

  1. Cut the spaghetti squash in half with a sharp knife (scoring the squash first sometimes helps when cutting it vertically in half)
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake the two halves of the spaghetti squash face down on a baking sheet for 30 minutes
  3. Wash the asparagus and cut into approximately 1 inch pieces and steam for 10 minutes while squash is baking
  4. Preheat frying pan on medium heat on the stove and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan
  5. Add minced garlic, sliced onions, basil to the pan and stir
  6. Add chicken cubes seasoned with a pinch of salt and pepper to the frying pan and stir frequently for approximately 10 minutes (until chicken is cooked)
  7. Add chopped tomatoes and sweet pepper to the pan and stir for approximately 3-5minutes
  8. Add the steamed asparagus to the pan last and stir in with chicken and other vegetables
  9. Remove the spaghetti squash from the oven after baking and let cool for a couple minutes
  10. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter for 20-30 seconds in the microwave (optional)
  11. Place half of the spaghetti squash face up on a serving plate
  12. Use a fork and pull it through the spaghetti squash flesh so that the inside of the squash becomes stringy
  13. Add 1/2 a tablespoon of melted butter into the spaghetti squash and mix in for a buttery flavour (optional)
  14. Place the chicken and vegetable mix on top of the spaghetti squash and serve
Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Asparagus, Sweet Pepper and Tomato
Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Asparagus, Sweet Pepper and Tomato

I like this dish because it isn’t as heavy as a traditional pasta dish and all the ingredients are fresh and easy to get at your local supermarket. I hope you enjoy this healthy spaghetti option as much as I do.

 

 

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