The end of the school year brings on a million projects and other things to get done before that last day.  On my list this year?  Turn my 5th grader into Jim Henson (didn’t he wear flannel shirts a lot?) and make a (realistic) plan to build a tree house for a 2nd grade presentation. There are the days there is not much time to plan for lunch.  And because there is still a chill in the air in Colorado though, I get to break out my favorite spaghetti squash recipe for an easy lunch!

Lately I’ve started keeping spaghetti squash on hand.  Winter squashes keep for a while, so if I don’t have a use for it right away, I’ll have it for a day like this.  And I love this spaghetti squash recipe because I can use up all those random leftovers in the fridge or what ever else I’m in the mood for.  Whatever combination of protein, vegetables, and cheese I have goes into the boat!

My Ridiculously Easy Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Start with getting the oven pre-heated to 400 degrees (Fahrenheit).  Then slice that squash in half, lengthwise.  Soften raw squash in the microwave for a few minutes to make cutting through it a bit easier.  Gather anything you want to add to your boat.  Today I used:

  • Chicken (sausage also works great, or omit for a vegetarian option)
  • Spinach (kale and mushrooms are good additions)
  • Monterrey Jack Cheese (I added cheddar as well, but you can you whatever you have on hand)
  • Seasonings (since I was short on time, I just used salt and pepper today, but dried or fresh basil, parsley, or oregano are some of my favorites)

My favorite recipe for spaghetti squash makes a healthy and easy lunch, dinner, or side. Let kids can help with prep on a make-your-own family dinner night!

Bake squash for 30-45 minutes, until softened.  I bake them skin-side up, with a small amount of olive oil on the flesh of the spaghetti squash to prevent sticking.

Once softened, remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes.  Remove the flesh with a fork and watch it turn into spaghetti (the kids always think this part is so cool!).  Then transfer to a separate bowl and add remaining ingredients.  Mix well and fill the empty squash boats with the mixture.

My favorite recipe for spaghetti squash makes a healthy and easy lunch, dinner, or side. Let kids can help with prep on a make-your-own family dinner night!

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Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, until warmed throughout.

My favorite recipe for spaghetti squash makes a healthy and easy lunch, dinner, or side. Let kids can help with prep on a make-your-own family dinner night!

Make it a fun make-your-own dinner night with the kids

Set up shop Subway-style, with a line of everyone’s favorite ingredients.  Let the kids pick and choose what they want to add to their boat.  They can add their mix-ins to a bowl, and you can add the mixture to the mostly-baked squash.

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Dietary-restriction friendly

Gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegetarian?  Yep!  Just leave out the ingredients that don’t work for you – it will be just as yummy!

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Spaghetti Squash Boats

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 whole spaghetti squash
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp grated cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded chicken breast

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400.

  2. Slice squash in half, lengthwise.

  3. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until softened.

  4. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes.  Once cooled, remove flesh and put in separate bowl.

  5. Mix in remaining ingredients, seasoning to taste.

  6. Place back in oven for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.

Recipe Notes

Be creative with the ingredients, using whatever proteins, vegetables, and seasonings you have on hand!

What is your favorite ingredient to keep on hand for a healthy lunch on busy days?  Tell me about it in the comments – I’m always looking for new ideas!

(And make sure to Pin this spaghetti squash recipe for the next time you need some meal time inspiration!)

My favorite recipe for spaghetti squash makes a healthy and easy lunch, dinner, or side. Let kids can help with prep on a make-your-own family dinner night!

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