Skinny Spaghetti and Meatballs

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I don’t know too many people who wouldn’t love a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs.  I, myself could sit and eat a plate of pasta at just about every meal.  But seeing that I no longer eat wheat, I need to get creative to still enjoy some of my favorite foods.  So today I am including a recipe of mine for spaghetti and meatballs that is wheat free, dairy free if you want it to be, healthy and delicious. 

For the meatballs you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 package of lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh basil finely chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 onion grated
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • a small dash of nutmeg


In a bowl combine all ingredients and mix well.  Shape into whatever sized meatballs you prefer and place on lightly oiled baking sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through.  Put meatballs into baking dish with tomato sauce and bake for 1/2 hour or until bubbling hot.  Serve with spaghetti squash when ready.

For the spaghetti you will need the following:

  • 1 medium to large spaghetti squash
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a batch of homemade tomato sauce or 1-2 jars of your favorite store-bought tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup sliced marinated artichokes
  • 3 tbsp toasted pine nuts


Cut spaghetti squash in half length wise and place in roasting dish cut side up.  Fill the pan half way with water and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until squash is cooked.  Once the squash is fully cooked remove from pan and using a fork scrape the squash length wise from the shell and put in a bowl.  Toss  tomato sauce, salt and pepper, artichokes, olives and pine nuts in bowl with spaghetti squash and mix thoroughly.  Put mixture into casserole dish and bake at 375 degrees for 1/2 hour or until bubbling.  Serve while hot with meatballs.

Top your plate with a sprinkle of freshly chopped basil, and if you have no problem with eating dairy products, feel free to put a little grated cheese on top.  Serve this with a light salad and you have the perfect meal.


About Lisa

Lisa is a Certified Personal Trainer who is passionate about fitness and living an active lifestyle. She has a strong background in nutrition, having been a Chef for almost 15 years and applies this knowledge to helping her clients achieve their goals.
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