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Ground Chicken Spaghetti Squash Pesto Bowls


Spaghetti squash is a gourd that I’ll use in heavy rotation and then forget about for a few months. Fresh pesto and well-seasoned chicken round out a cozy winter bowl I hope you’ll love eating!


Prepare the Squash and Chicken

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Cut the spaghetti squash in half and remove the seeds.
3. Place the squash face down in a baking dish or on a rimmed cookie sheet with a small amount of water.
4. Bake about 45 minutes or until just tender and the inside flakes away in noodle-like strings.
5. While the squash is cooking, heat up one tablespoon oil in a pan and add diced onion. Sauté until translucent. Add the chicken. (Add extra oil if needed.) Season with salt and pepper and sauté until cooked through, about 15 minutes more.
6. When the squash is finished cooking, scrape the inside of it out into large bowl. It should resemble pasta.
7. Add chicken to the squash pasta.
8. Drizzle with olive oil, add the pesto and toss well. Garnish with basil and optional poached egg.  

Prepare the Basil Pesto

1. To a food processor or small blender, add the basil, nuts, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and sea salt and blend/mix on high until a loose paste forms.
2. Add olive oil a little at a time (streaming in while the machine is on, if possible) and scrape down sides as needed. Then add one tablespoon water at a time until the desired consistency is reached – a thick but pourable sauce. (If avoiding oil altogether, just use all water.) Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more nutritional yeast for cheesy flavor, salt for overall flavor, or lemon juice for acidity.