Paleo In Minutes: Spaghetti Squash Veggie Bowl

by danielle on November 8, 2012

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you know I am a big fan of meal prep for the week. I always block out a chunk of time on Sundays, or Saturdays depending on my work schedule to cook a bunch of veggies and lean proteins ahead for the week. One of my fall favorites to cook ahead is spaghetti squash! It is super easy to bake. I literally just punch a bunch of holes in the whole squash and stick in the oven at 400 for about an hour or so. When begins to get softer on the outside I take it out slice in half and scoop out the seeds and it’s done! Virtually no prep whatsoever! I scrape it out with a fork and store it in the refrigerator plain to have on hand for the week. This recipe requires only one thing to be made in minutes. Prep your squash ahead of time. It will last you a bunch of meals and you can change them up as you go! Easy!

spaghetti squash veggie bowl

Ingredients: 

  • 2-3 cups cooked spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/2 tbs. coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup apple juice sweetened cranberries
  • 1-2 tbs. hemp seeds
  • Optional Protein (I used goat cheese  but if you’re going for Paleo swap with chicken, shrimp, or ground turkey)

Directions:

  1. Heat a skillet with your coconut oil.
  2. Microwave your spinach until cooked (about 3 minutes).
  3. Saute your spaghetti squash to warm in the coconut oil 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add in your spinach and saute 1 minute longer.
  5. Lastly add in your hemp seeds and cranberries and continue to saute.
  6. Serve with your choice of protein on top and fresh pepper
  7. Enjoy your meal in minutes!

*If you’re making this Paleo and want to make it creamy with adding the cheese add in 1/3 cup canned light coconut milk!

Makes 1 Serving

spaghetti squash veggie bowl

What’s your favorite way to enjoy Spaghetti Squash?? Any recipes to share?

{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessie November 8, 2012 at 8:52 am

Favorite way to eat Spaghetti Squash: Either with pb (it’s actually really good), or mixed in a salad with tuna, vegetables & salsa :)

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danielle November 8, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Hmm never tried spaghetti squash and PB but now I’m interested!

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance November 8, 2012 at 10:17 am

Spaghetti squash is a great base for a filling dish. I like it with a thicker chili on top!

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danielle November 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Never tried it with chili but it sounds great!

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LUCIE November 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Awww I was waiting for this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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danielle November 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Glad you like it!

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Kristen@Change of Pace November 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Cranberries! YUM! We eat a lot of spaghetti squash at our house. Our kids even like it with a little butter and salt. We use it as a base for a lot of things. Mainly used in place of pasta.

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danielle November 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I am obsessed with it! That’s awesome even your kids like it!

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Linz @ Itz Linz November 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm

i love topping spaghetti squash with veggie chili!!

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danielle November 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Never tried it with chili but it sounds so good!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm

My favourite way to eat spaghetti squash is in this casserole that my aunt makes every Thanksgiving with tomatoes and cheese and other good stuff in it!

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danielle November 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Sounds delicious!

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Kim@hungryhealthygirl November 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Spaghetti squash is one of my favorites too. I love topping it with roasted veggies or mixed in a salad.

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danielle November 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I bet it’s awesome with roasted veggies!

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Paige @ Your Trainer Paige November 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I haven’t had spaghetti squash in so long! Gotta pick one up next time at the store.

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danielle November 8, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I love it! It’s in season too so I’ve been finding it everywhere!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl November 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I see people cooking/baking with coconut oil all the time these days…are there certain health benefits to this product that you are aware of??

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danielle November 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Yes! It is really great! It helps regulate blood sugar, is good for hair and skin, and can be beneficial for heart disease prevention!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl November 9, 2012 at 5:54 am

Thanks! I am thinking that I may have to start incorporating it into my diet.

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danielle November 9, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Yes definitely!

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Kierston November 8, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Love spag squash…and goat cheese!

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danielle November 8, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Me too! Two of my favorites!

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Rachel November 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Sounds delish! I love spaghetti squash, just don’t buy it too often. I usually like it with tomato sauce though lol

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danielle November 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I love it with tomato sauce too!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots November 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm

yum! I usually just eat it with vodka sauce and turkey meatballs from Trader Joes!

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danielle November 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Sounds awesome Kaitlin!

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Lisa November 8, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Mmm…spaghetti squash with hemp seeds! I need to try! Now I just need to go to the store to buy more squash! Yay now I have an excuse ha. I also love spaghetti squash with homemade marinara! Or even a “faux cheese” sauce.

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danielle November 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Hahaha any excuse to buy squash right?! Faux cheese sauce?! Now I want the recipe!

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Caitlin November 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm

This combo of spaghetti squash, goat cheese, and cranberries seems so incredible to me! Great recipe as usual. Last time I tried to make spaghetti squash though I had SUCH a hard time getting those darn seeds outta there.

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danielle November 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Thanks Caitlin! I always take them out after it’s cooked! Makes it a little easier!

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Chelsea@Ahintofhealthy November 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm

This sounds yummy! The only spaghetti squash meal I have tried is just putting spaghetti sauce on top!

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danielle November 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm

That’s still delicious! Simplicity at it’s best!

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Jess @ JessieBearWhatWillYouWear November 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm

looks fab! I need to get spaghetti squash.

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danielle November 8, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Thanks Jess!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectabesl November 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I have been loving spaghetti squash lately! I love it with some cinnamon and almond butter!

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danielle November 8, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Never tried it with cinnamon and almond butter but that sounds great!

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AJ November 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm

I really like spagetti squash! I am excited to try this recipe, its so simple! Here’s one of my favorite recipes:

http://fittraveleraj.blogspot.com/2012/05/spaghetti-squash-with-turkey-meatballs.html

Its not paleo, but I’m sure you could figure out how to make it paleo!) but its still pretty healthy!

-AJ
FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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danielle November 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm

I’ll have to check it out! Thanks for sharing!

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Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife November 9, 2012 at 12:49 am

mmm spaghetti squash is a great substitute! I don’t have it as often as I wish because my fiance doesn’t loveeee it he doesn’t mind it sometimes though when i sneak it in!(:

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danielle November 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Hahaha you just have to sneak it in more often lol! I love it!

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Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food November 9, 2012 at 3:11 am

I have a spaghetti squash waiting to be used in my kitchen right now! Perfect timing! :)

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danielle November 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Excellent! Hope you like the recipe!

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish November 9, 2012 at 7:10 am

I love love love spaghetti squash, and have used it in place of pasta in a variety of recipes. Overall, I’ve found that it pairs best with Mediterranean flavors, as opposed to Asian-inspired flavors. For some reason, I just don’t love soy sauce/peanut sauce on my spaghetti squash, but that’s just me! My favorite way to prepare it is super simple: olive oil, fresh herbs (basil, parsley etc), garlic, sauteed spinach and parmesan. If I’m making it a meal, I’ll add chicken or salmon. So good!

I can’t wait to try your recipe–I bet it’s fantastic with goat cheese and coconut oil!

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danielle November 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Interesting! I’ve never tried it with Asian inspired flavors but I do love it with tomato sauce!

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Melissa @ Fit 'N' Well Mommy November 9, 2012 at 8:58 am

Your recipe looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it!

I love making a spaghetti squash tomato bake with turkey. It is the perfect casserole! http://fitnwellmommy.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/health-lessons-learned-lately-we-eat-our-way-the-way-that-works-for-us/

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danielle November 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm

That sounds amazing! Going to check it out now!

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Miz November 9, 2012 at 10:55 am

YAY
thanks so much for this recipe….

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danielle November 9, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Glad you like it Miz!

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