Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

The hardest thing about sticking to a diet is trying to avoid carbs. Bread, chips, crackers, and especially noodles are my weakness. Fortunately I recently discovered spaghetti squash! This is an amazing substitute for spaghetti noodles. Not quite the same flavor but it has a stringy texture like noodles and tastes great with tomato sauce. Best part is that unlike noodles, spaghetti squash is extremely low in calories. Just about 30 calories in a one cup serving. I could seriously eat this stuff all day long. Oh wait, I have been! I usually eat at least 1 of them per week. You can easily microwave spaghetti squash (about 20 minutes on high) but you can also stick it in your crock pot and make a meal of it! I cooked it with some seriously good homemade turkey meatballs. My husband devoured them!

Ingredients:
For low-fat Turkey Meatballs:
– 1lb lean ground turkey (like Jennie-O)
– 3 large egg whites
– 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
– 1 clove minced garlic
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
You will also need:
– 28oz jar of light spaghetti sauce. I used Ragu light tomato basil. (50 cals per 1/2 cup)
– One spaghetti squash. 
Directions: 
1. Mix all meatball ingredients in a bowl. Shape into 1/4 cup size meatballs. I made 14 balls.
2. Pour sauce into bottom of crock pot.
3. Cut spaghetti squash in half and scrap out seeds.
4. Place spaghetti squash (cut side down) in pot. I got a large squash and was only able to fit a half of it in my pot.
5. Place meatballs in sauce around the squash.
6. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 5.
7. Using a fork, scrape out the squash. It will come out in spaghetti-like strings.
8. Top with meatballs and sauce.
Note: I made my meatballs the night before and then popped them in the crock pot early the next morning. 

This is big brothers meatball eating face :)

Weight Watchers Points:
Meatballs = 10 points for 2    1 point each!!!!!
UPDATE: The meatballs are big but I was thinking 10 points seemed like a lot. So I just went back and looked at the Weight Watchers Recipe where I got my info and they were calculating the points of spaghetti noodles with the meatballs! No wonder! So I just entered all the meatball ingredients in my Weight Watchers App and they come out to be 1/2 point per meatball!! Although I would make them 1 point each just to be on the safe side. This dish just got a whole lot better!!! Thanks to my Facebook followers for questioning the points as well.
Spaghetti Squash = 0 points!
Ragu Sauce = 1 point per 1/2 cup
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Comments

  1. says

    I've never had Spaghetti squash before, but it looks really good!!! My husband is a diabetic, (he's been taking insulin since he was 6 years old, and will be 40 in March) I'm thinking this looks like a great meal to fix for him, so that he will be able to have enough to fill up!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!! You are the best!!!

  2. says

    My husband just asked me this morning – "what do we do with the spaghetti squash in the garden" – he thought it was like a zucchini but I told him no, it'll be like spaghetti hence the name! I'm saving this recipe, I'm going to show him tonight when he gets home!

  3. says

    My husband dislikes spaghetti and it's one of my favs. Maybe this will change his mind. It looks very appetizing. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  4. says

    My husband dislikes spaghetti and it's one of my favs. Maybe this will change his mind. It looks very appetizing. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  5. says

    While I have nothing against carbs, the more natural the foods the better, and a great idea of just plunking the squash right down in the sauce. Brilliant! I'm going to make a meatless version of this.

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  7. says

    my daughter takes leftover spaghetti squash noodles & makes patties (maybe w/egg) and fries & they are so good!! I will try to find out what she uses :)
    ~Tess

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