Squash is a vegetable that many like to hate. Possibly it’s the feel or maybe the considerably bland taste that’s generally attributed to it, however the squash has a excessive dietary worth and it’s value discovering methods you can actually take pleasure in it and even be taught to like it.
Spaghetti squash makes a straightforward entry level into the squash dinner scene as a result of it’s so delightfully shreddable and maintains a noodle-like texture fairly than turning to mush. This dish makes use of that fascinating attribute as a backside layer in a turkey and harissa squash skillet that may have your style buds dancing.
This family-friendly skillet is a country cross between a Greek-style moussaka and a skillet lasagna. As a result of spaghetti squash is much less intensely flavorful by itself and doesn’t get too smooth, it makes the proper base layer for this skillet fairly than eggplant which might be conventional in moussaka.
I’ve lightened up this dish by utilizing turkey fairly than lamb to supply a lean protein possibility that absorbs as a lot of the tangy sauce as doable. The sauce is made with a crimson pepper harissa sauce, tomatoes, and it’s enriched with spinach and conventional moussaka seasonings. As an alternative of a béchamel, I’ve topped all of it off with massive dollops of ricotta cheese leading to a straightforward and flavorful household dinner.
Turkey and Harissa Squash Skillet
Energy 447, Protein 37g, Whole Carbs 20g, Fats 25g
Prep time: 20 min
Prepare dinner time: 60 minutes
1 spaghetti squash 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pound floor turkey 1 onion, diced three cloves garlic, sliced half teaspoon pink Himalayan salt half teaspoon floor black pepper half teaspoon allspice three cups contemporary chopped spinach (about 1 entire 5oz package deal) 1 jar (10oz) ready harissa sauce both gentle or spicy 1 can (15oz) crushed tomatoes 15ozcontainer ricotta cheese Contemporary parsley or cilantro, chopped, to garnish
Preheat oven to 400 levels. Minimize spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and take away seeds. Place reduce facet down on a baking sheet. Bake squash about 30-40 minutes simply till it’s simply shreddable. It might nonetheless be al dente for higher texture. Whereas squash is baking, warmth olive oil in an oven-proof skillet (like forged iron) with the onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and allspice. As soon as turkey is cooked by, add the spinach and prepare dinner till spinach is wilted. Take away turkey spinach combination from skillet and place in a bowl (preserve the skillet out). Stir within the harissa sauce and crushed tomatoes then set the bowl apart. When squash is completed, take away from oven and scrape out the squash with a fork. Hold the oven on. Place the squash in the identical skillet used for the turkey and unfold the squash evenly throughout the underside of the skillet. Spoon the turkey spinach combination excessive of squash. Prime with dollops of ricotta cheese. Bake 20 minutes. Take away from oven and serve sizzling garnished with chopped parsley or cilantro.