The base of this week’s healthy recipe comes from my friend and business partner, Oxygen cover model and overall just awesome person, Lori Harder and her Busy Girl Healthy Life cookbook. I love making up a big batch to have extra on hand and now that the days are getting shorter and it’s getting cooler outside, it can be used as an ingredient in some of your favorite comfort foods, like my latest favorite: Spaghetti Squash “Spaghetti”.
For starters you need to make up a batch of Lori’s Turkey Sausage:
- -16 oz Lean Ground Turkey
- -2 tsp olive oil
- -½ tsp Garlic Powder
- -2 tsp Italian Seasoning
- -2 T. Fennel Seed
- -½ tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- -½ tsp Smokey Paprika
- -¼ tsp Ground Cayenne Pepper (optional)
- -Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions: Heat olive oil in fry pan. Add the ground turkey and all seasonings and cook til well done. Chop turkey while frying to hamburger consistency.
Notes: This recipe can be doubled or tripled, packaged in desired serving sizes and frozen. Can use this low calorie, low-fat recipe in place of any ground sausage in any recipe.
Spaghetti Squash and Sauce
Now to make the delicious healthy recipe concoction in the photo above, cook a spaghetti squash. Cut in half and de-seed lay cut side down on a pan or baking sheet coated with olive oil. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes or until the inside is soft and removes easily with a fork. (Baking time will vary depending on the size of the squash). Using a hot pad grab the squash halves turn over and remove the fleshy insides and pull apart the “spaghetti strings” with forks.
Now for the hard part…I don’t have the time or talent to make my own pasta sauce, so I go to my local co-op and buy an Organic, no sugar added bottle along with a can of organic diced tomatoes and heat them in a medium saucepan on medium on top of the stove (I do not microwave food much. That is the subject of a whole blog itself…).
Now that all your ingredients are warm, start with a layer of “spaghetti noodles” from the squash, add as much turkey sausage as you prefer followed by the pasta sauce. Top it off with some fresh grated Parmesan. I just had this last night and my mouth is watering thinking about it!
Let me know what you think. Did it satisfy your pasta craving?