Look no further for a perfect Stuffed Spaghetti Squash! My Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash is a scrumptious, clean-eating vegetarian meal!
Hello party people! Are you ready for a fiesta?
Alright, sorry that was lame. I sometimes struggle with how to start a post and then terrible things like that happen. I’ll keep working on it 🙂
What I don’t struggle with is packing all my favorite southwestern or Mexican flavors into a healthy package. I love Mexican food, but I know I can’t eat the real stuff all the time.
My Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash is perfect bowl of nature’s goodness!
Just think black beans, peppers, tomatoes, cheese and all the best southwest inspired spices. Topped with just enough cheese to hold it together.
The bowl is a vessel straight from nature, a spaghetti squash! All those low-carb, clean eating “noodles” go into the stuffing goodness.
I got this idea from my brother’s girlfriend, Erica. She made me something similar the last time I was at their house in Charlotte. I loved it so much, but she hadn’t written her recipe down.
So I of course, came home with a mission to make my own version.
I’d say this little Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash was a huge success! I hope you enjoy.
Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
- 1 medium spaghetti squash, cut in half
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 medium sweet onion, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, divided
- 1/8 teaspoon chipolte powder, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
- 1/2 cup 2% Mexican cheese
- Toppings: cilantro, plain Greek yogurt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Place spaghetti squash flesh side down in a glass baking sheet with 1/2 cup water.
- Roast for 30-35 minutes or until just tender.
- When the squash has 10 minutes left cooking, add the olive oil to a large saute pan over medium heat.
- Saute the peppers and onions. Season with a healthy pinch of the salt, pepper and seasoning. Cook 5-10 minutes until translucent and soft. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add the black beans, tomatoes and more salt, pepper and spices. Cook another 5 minutes.
- When the squash is done, remove from the oven and allow to cool enough to touch. Flip the squash upside down and with a fork, rake out most of the squash, allowing for a quarter inch to stay along the bowl.
- Add the squash to the black bean mixture. Stir well and season with the rest of the salt, pepper and spices.
- Scoop the mixture back into the spaghetti squash shells, layering with a small amount of cheese. Leave about half the cheese for the top.
- Return to oven for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Serve with cilantro and plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream.)
If you like it spicy, add additional chipotle powder.
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Thanks for stopping by today! See you tomorrow to talk about ways to kick start your running after winter.
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Ever cooked spaghetti squash?