Spaghetti Squash with Avocado Dressing

Ok, so I have to admit, I made this about 4 months ago and completely forgot to post it because of finals and such, but I am posting it now because it was an absolutely AMAZING recipe.  As many of my friends know, I am not a huge fan of pasta, but I see all kinds of pasta sauces I want to try.  My solution? Spaghetti squash; similar texture to pasta, but rather than loading up my diet with carbs, I’m eating veggies instead! Good deal!

I came across this avocado dressing recipe while roaming the abyss of Pinterest one night and I decided that I HAD to try it, seeing as avocado is one of my all-time favorite foods.  I also decided to add some more texture to this dish by throwing in some seasoned ground beef.  Overall, this dish came out REALLY GOOD! I haven’t had time to make it again, but it is definitely at the top of my list!

Here is the recipe for Spaghetti Squash with Avocado Dressing

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For the Squash

Ingredients:

  • 1 Spaghetti Squash
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt (table sale is fine)
  • Italian Seasoning (optional)
  • Cookie sheet

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º
  2. CAREFULLY cut the squash in half the long way
  3. Place the two halves on a cookie sheet, drizzle with Olive Oil, Salt and seasoning
  4. Do not scoop out the seeds yet, it is a lot easier to do after it has roasted for a bit.
  5. Roast the squash for about an hour, remove from the oven
  6. Use a fork and lightly scrape the top layer from one end to the other, all the seeds should come up with it.
  7. Discard the seeds and top layer. Loosen up the sides and bottom a little bit, return the oven and bake for 20 more minutes
  8. Scrape the squash out into a bowl.

For Ground Beef

  • ½ pound ground beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp grill seasoning

Brown meat in pan and add seasonings listed above.  Once meat is cooked, combine with squash.

For Avocado Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized ripe Avocado, pitted
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1-3 garlic cloves, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Place the garlic cloves, lemon juice, and olive oil into a food processor. Process until smooth. Now add in the pitted avocado, basil, and salt. Process until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour sauce on spaghetti squash and meat and toss until fully combined. Serve immediately.

dressing recipe courtesy of http://ohsheglows.com

I loved the combination of the textures in this recipe.  You’ve got the creaminess of the avocado, the slight crunch from the squash, and the amazing meaty goodness of the well-seasoned beef.  All-in-all, a wonderful meal!  I will definitely be using avocado in more dressings in the future!

Enjoy!