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Spaghetti Squash Pizza Nests


I was having a hankering for pizza awhile back and came across these low-carb pizza bites! I doctored the original recipe a bit to make them a bit less calories and fat and let me tell you...these are SO GOOD! I have several clients who say they miss their weekly pizza, so these have provided them with a great alternative when they're not looking to splurge on the real thing. These aren't super filling so they would work great as an appetizer for a party or, if you made them for dinner, you could serve them alongside a big, yummy salad. Hope you enjoy!

INGREDIENTS​:

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash, halved

  • Nonstick cooking spray (I used extra virgin olive oil spray)

  • 1/2 c shredded cheese (I used "pizza blend"; you could also use mozzarella or parmesan)

  • 1/2 c turkey pepperoni slices

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 2/3 c pizza sauce

  • 1 tsp parsley

  • salt and black pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.

  2. Place spaghetti squash cut side down on the baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes, or until tender. (This will depend on the size of your squash). Reduce heat to 375 degrees when the squash is done.

  3. Let cool for about 10 before before using a fork to shred the squash into spaghetti pieces into a bowl. Add the garlic powder, salt, and pepper and mix together.

  4. Transfer 1/4 cup of the squash to a greased muffin pan, being sure to press down the bottoms and sides to create cups. Place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes.

  5. Spoon pizza sauce into each cup and top with cheese and pepperonis. Bake again for about 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

  6. Top with parsley if you choose and serve!

NUTRITION:

(Makes 12 pizza cups. One serving=4 pizza cups.)
Per serving: Calories: 131; Fat: 7g, Carbs: 7g, Protein: 9g

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Photo credit given to Delish. Recipe adapted from: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a56113/spaghetti-squash-pizza-nests-recipe/

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