Spinach Artichoke Spaghetti Squash

Spinach Artichoke Spaghetti Squash

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I LOVE pasta and cheese! These are two things that are my downfall so I am loving one alternative way to eliminate one of these things but still get the yummy goodness mixed all together!!

 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4 

 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 spaghetti squash, seeded
  • 3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 3 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (divide in half during prep)
  • 3 cups baby spinach (packed in)
  • 1 1/4 cupes canned artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh Italian parsley

 

Directions how to prepare spaghetti squash:

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There are two different ways to cook spaghetti squash!!  Before doing one of these two options, don’t forget to cut the spaghetti squash in half and scoop the seeds out.

Longer time (to get a work out in while it cooks!): Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Rub olive oil in the squash and place cut side down on a foil lined baking sheet.  Cook for 30-45 minutes.

Quick time: In a microwave safe dish, place the spaghetti squash cut side up along with an inch of water in the bottom.  I used my Pampered Chef Rockcrock which worked perfectly!  Top with either a lid or cover with a paper towel.  Microwave for 10 minutes until soft.

 

Spinach Artichoke Spaghetti Squash Directions: 

  1. Turn oven onto broil setting.
  2. Take your cooked spaghetti squash and scrape the insides with a fork to help get the strings off of the sides of the spaghetti squash.  Once done, put spaghetti squash strings back in and place on a foil lined baking sheet.  Put to the side.
  3. In a large pan, heat 3 teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook until tender for 6-8 minutes.  Stir every few minutes so the onions to not burn or stick to the pan.
  4. imageAdd garlic and season with the salt and pepper.  Cook for 60 seconds until the garlic is fragrant.
  5. Add the sour cream, cream cheese and half of the Parmesan cheese into the pan.  Stir ingredients until the cream cheese is melted.
  6. Add the spinach and artichoke hearts, stir and cook until the spinach leaves are wilted.
  7. Pour half of the cooked mixture into each half of spaghetti squash.  Mix the sauce and spaghetti squash strings together to combine it as much as you are able to.
  8. Top the spaghetti squash with the mozzarella cheese and the other half of the Parmesan cheese. image
  9. Place the pan under the broiler and cook for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted and has a bit of a browned cooked look.
  10. Sprinkle with fresh Italian parsley and enjoy!!

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Reindeer Cracker

Reindeer Cracker

Reindeer Cracker

Ingredients:

  • Graham Cracker
  • Chocolate Icing or Nutella
  • Red and Green M&M’s
  • Pretzels

Directions:

1. Spread chocolate icing or Nutella on top of the graham cracker.

2. Place a pretzel on each top corner of the cracker for the “antlers” for the reindeer.

3. Put two green M&M’s for “eyes” on the top area of the cracker.

4. Put one red M&M below the green M&M’s for the “nose.”

5. Break a pretzel to create the “mouth” and place it on the cracker below the red nose.

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Christmas Tree Treat

Christmas Tree Treat

 

Ingredients:

  • Sugar Cone
  • White icing with green food coloring
  • Red Gel Icing
  • Candy Sprinkles
  • Directions:
    1. Mix green food coloring into white icing.
    2. Carefully spread green icing onto sugar cone with a plastic knife. A plastic knife works easier so it does not break the sugar cone as much as a regular knife would.
    3. Decorate red gel icing around the green icing on the sugar cone as if to make “garland” on the tree.
    4. Use candy sprinkles to put “decorations” on the tree!

     

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Santa Graham Cracker

Santa Graham Cracker

Santa Graham Cracker

Ingredients:

    • Graham Cracker
    • Pink Icing
    • Red Gel Icing
    • M&M’s*
    • Mini Marshmallows

Directions:
1. Break off a graham cracker so you only have two rectangles together or one square depending on which type of graham crackers you have.
2. Use on tablespoon (less if you’d like) of pink icing and spread onto the graham cracker.
3. Turn the cracker so it appears as a diamond shape in front of you.
4. In the top corner, use the red gel icing to make a triangle on the graham cracker.
5. Have your child pick out which color M&M’s they want to use for Santa’s eyes. Place two M&M’s right below the red gel triangle to place the “eyes.”
6. Use a red M&M right below the “eyes” to place the nose.
7. Place a mini marshmallow on top of some of the red gel triangle.
8. Fill in the “beard” area with mini marshmallows.

*If your child prefers Skittles or another round shaped candy, please feel free to use one of those!

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Oreo Spider

Oreo Spider

Oreo Spider

Ingredients

    • Oreo
    • Pretzel Sticks
    • White Icing
    • Candy eyes (found in cake decorating section of store)

Directions
1. On a plate, use white icing to create a spider web (see above picture for example).
2. Carefully place 3 pretzel sticks in the Oreo on each side to create the “legs” of the spider.
3. On top of the Oreo, dab two small circles and then place candy eyes on it.
4. Place Oreo spider on spider web.

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