One of our favorite vegan meals tastes so good this time of year and we think you’ll like it too: Spaghetti Squash with GimmeLean (TM) Sausage. You can make this with real ground sausage if you like, but we enjoy the healthy, tasty option made possible by this GimmeLean brand vegetarian substitute. This meal is good for your heart and it’s low in cholesterol. During the holidays we all have plenty of unhealthy things to munch on, so do yourself a favor and try this out.
Spaghetti squash is unique because when it’s cooked, the flesh gives way in strands like noodles of spaghetti. You can find various colors from light ivory to yellow/orange. What’s great is that you can avoid pasta and still get a dish that is like pasta.
This recipe yields 2 considerable portions:
1 3-3/4 to 4 pound spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise, seeded
1 pound bulk ground GimmeLean(TM) sausage
2 C chopped onion
3/4 C bell pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1-1/2 C marinara sauce
¾ C mushrooms, sliced
½ C grated Parmesan cheese
(You can also add other chopped vegetables to taste.)
PREPARATION: Wrap squash halves in plastic wrap. Cook one at a time in the microwave on high until tender, about 8 minutes. Pierce the plastic to allow steam to escape. Cool. Meanwhile, sauté sausage, bell pepper, onion and garlic in heavy, large skillet over medium-high heat until sausage browns and vegetables are tender, breaking up sausage with back of spoon, about 12 minutes. Mix in marinara sauce.
Using a fork, pull out squash strands from shell, leaving shells intact. Mix squash strands into sausage mixture. Season filling to taste with salt and pepper (oregano and Italian seasonings if you’d like). Spoon filling into squash shells. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
Preheat oven to 400F. Arrange filled squash halves on a baking sheet. Sprinkle each with ¼ cup Parmesan. Bake uncovered until heated through, about 20 minutes (30 minutes if previously chilled.) Cut each squash in two and serve.
We accent this with a tasty spring mix salad, olives and for a nice touch: a glass of white wine! Do you have a favorite spaghetti squash recipe or unique vegetarian or vegan meal? Please comment as we’d love to hear from you!