My lunch was the envy of coworkers today. Juicy turkey meatballs, fragrant pesto, bright green arugula over threads of yellow squash - perfect lunch for a sunny spring day. And SUPER easy. I threw it together quickly this morning before work. Last night I cooked some spaghetti squash, and had that ready to go. This morning, it was as easy as 1-2-3: throw some cooked spaghetti squash in a container, top with leftover frozen turkey meatballs and frozen cubes of pesto I made a few weeks ago, and put some arugula in a bag to add later. Lunch time came, I heated it up, added the torn arugula, and it was ready in minutes. I love easy lunches.
Spaghetti squash makes a great, low-carb pasta replacement. Since it has a very mild flavor, it picks up whatever seasonings you put it with. If you've never tried it, I totally recommend it - instead of thick, orange flesh like regular winter squash, its flesh is yellow and separates like spaghetti once cooked. I use it like pasta, add it to casseroles and soups, and have even been know to roll it up in nori with oil-packed sardines and fresh herbs...
TURKEY MEATBALLS WITH SPAGHETTI SQUASH, ARUGULA, AND PESTO
- Half squash and scoop out seeds. Then, cook squash by preferred method. Bake at 350, covered and with a little water in the pan, for about an hour OR place in a microwave safe dish with a little water, cover, and microwave for 8-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of your squash. Spaghetti squash is done when you can easily separate the strands of squash with a fork.
- In a medium bowl, combine turkey, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, and mustard until well mixed. Grab little chunks of meat and roll into balls about 1 1/2 inch in diameter.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and coat with a little oil. Place meatballs in skillet and brown, stirring occassionally. Cover skillet and let meatballs cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occassionally, until they are no longer pink the middle.
- Once meatballs and spaghetti squash are done, toss in a large bowl with arugula and pesto sauce.