Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash @EclecticEveryday

The New Year has been off to a great start with our family. We just got back from the most wonderful winter vacation. We took the whole family and stayed in a cabin in the mountains and went skiing. I was able to break away from the baby for a few hours thanks to my amazing sister-in-law’s baby-sitting services. I got to go with my son and husband down the mountain from the top a few times. I’m not the best skier, but I had a great time. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with my son by next year.

The days were full of fun adventures and wonderful memories. In addition to skiing, we went hiking, did a rope obstacle course way up high, and the guys went snowboarding. We also climbed to the top of Grandfather Mountain, went gem mining and even trout fishing. It was the best week. After each fun-filled day of the week, we gathered as a family together and made dinner. Because our days were filled with so much activity, we needed some wholesome, healthy (and of course quick and easy-to-make) dinners to help fuel us for the next day.

One of my favorite things we made while we were in the mountains were these stuffed spaghetti squashes. I usually make stuffed spaghetti squash with Bolognese and top with Italian cheeses. But, for these we opted to go a different route, making them with southwest flavors. They only take a few ingredients and the whole family really loved them.

Spaghetti squash may look intimidating if you’ve never cooked with them before, but believe me when I say they are super simple. You can easily cook them in the oven or in the microwave. Sometimes when I’m in a hurry, I just stab them with a fork a few times and then microwave on high until tender. Because of size variations, you’ll have to continue to check and turn your spaghetti squash while cooking.

For these squash, I baked them in the oven, and then when they had just about 10 minutes to go, I added the filling and finished baking.

Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash @EclecticEveryday

For the filling, I start with MorningStar Farms® Chipotle Black Bean Crumbles™. It contains whole black beans and flavorful southwest spices. These add great flavor to the squash and balance out the sweetness very nicely.

Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash @EclecticEveryday

I also added some defrosted frozen corn and a can of Rotel to the filling. I heat in the skillet and then divide the mixture up evenly, filling the squash.

Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash @EclecticEveryday

To top these off, I use Sargento Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican Cheese. It’s a quick-melting blend of Monterey Jack, Mild Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla and Asadero cheeses that adds creamy, smooth flavor to enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas and other Mexican dishes like this.

Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash @EclecticEveryday

After the spaghetti squash halves are filled, I bake them again for about 10 minutes.

Before serving, I top with some fresh cilantro for garnish and serve. You could also add spicy salsa and cool sour cream for garnish too. Yummy!

Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash @EclecticEveryday

There are so many creative and fun recipes you can make with simple ingredients found in the dairy aisle and freezer section of your grocery store like I’ve used here. And, with the New Year, this makes it easy to keep those healthy eating resolutions. Be sure to check these out and other great ingredients on your next shopping trip.

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Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash @EclecticEveryday

Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash @EclecticEveryday

Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash @EclecticEveryday

Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

2 medium spaghetti squash

olive oil

salt and pepper

1 package MorningStar Farms® Chipotle Black Bean Crumbles™

1 cup Sargento Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican Cheese

1/2 cup defrosted frozen corn

1 (10oz) can Rotel

1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro

Directions:

Heat oven to 375°. Have spaghetti squash and scoop out seeds. Brush each half with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place cut side down in a shallow baking dish. Add 1/2 cup water to dish. Place in oven and bake until tender, 30-40 min.

Heat medium skillet over medium heat. Place MorningStar Farms® Chipotle Black Bean Crumbles™ in skillet with 1/3 cup water. Add corn and Rotel to skillet. Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat until sauce is very thick and most of liquid has evaporated.

Turn oven to 450°. When squash are done remove from oven and spoon black bean and corn mixture evenly among the squash. Top with Sargento Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican Cheese. Return squash to oven and bake at 450° for 5-7 min or until cheese is melted.

Serve stuffed squash garnished with fresh cilantro.

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Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash @EclecticEveryday

18 Responses to “Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash”

  1. 1
    Stephanie — January 25, 2016 @ 9:33 am

    Mmmmmm! This is my kind of meal! It looks super tasty!

  2. 2
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — January 25, 2016 @ 11:47 am

    mmm I love finding new recipe ideas for Spaghetti Squash! I actually have a Spaghetti Squash in the pantry, I may have to give this a try!

  3. 3
    The Food Hunter — January 25, 2016 @ 2:32 pm

    recipes like this make me realize I need to eat more spaghetti squash.

  4. 4
    Brenda@SugarfreeMom — January 25, 2016 @ 2:42 pm

    How funny, Great minds think alike! I just posted a stuffed spaghetti squash recipe as well today! Looks yummy!

  5. 5
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — January 25, 2016 @ 3:41 pm

    I’m glad you had a great vacation!! I had spaghetti squash for the first time recently, believe it or not! Gotta try it at home now!

  6. 6
    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — January 25, 2016 @ 4:10 pm

    Great recipe! I love spaghetti squash!

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — January 25, 2016 @ 5:05 pm

    I love your Southwestern twist on stuffing a spaghetti squash. Very flavorful!

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    I think just the name “spaghetti squash” makes us gravitate to pasta-friendly toppings. Topping the squash with southwest flavors is a fresh twist. I adore Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burgers, so I’ll have to keep my eyes pealed for the crumbles!

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    Lora @savoringitaly — January 26, 2016 @ 6:36 am

    Your trip sounds absolutely lovely and how nice of your sis-in-law to help with the baby (lucky you!). What a delicious spaghetti squash idea…I’m always looking for new ways to make it!!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — January 26, 2016 @ 1:43 pm

    A cabin in the mountains sounds SO cozy! And thank goodness for your sister-in-law. 🙂 Love the look of this squash!

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    Rose | The Clean Dish — January 26, 2016 @ 7:18 pm

    We just visited Grandfather mountain, too!! I love this area of NC. There wasn’t any snow when we went – you’re lucky 🙂 I love spaghetti squash but have never prepared it this way. I’m totally intrigued by this recipe!!

  12. 12
    Melissa from Hungry Food Love — January 26, 2016 @ 9:42 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve never cooked spaghetti squash. I love everything southwestern and with lots of cheese. I want to make this soon.

  13. 13
    Tasha @thatssoyummy — January 27, 2016 @ 9:58 am

    Your trip sounds amazing and this looks delish!

  14. 14
    Kim Beaulieu — January 28, 2016 @ 4:52 am

    That’s so awesome you were able to get out and have some family fun. Nothing better than family who can watch the wee ones so Mom can get some much needed time off. Good for you. And kudos, I’ve never done downhill, I’m so clumsy I envision it ending with me looking like a pretzel.

    Love this recipe. It’s nice to have a great healthy option for meatless Monday. This looks seriously filling. Such a cool recipe.

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    That sounds like such a great and active vacation! How fun! And these spaghetti squashes look amazing. Love the southwest flavors.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — January 29, 2016 @ 10:08 am

    I LOVE spaghetti squash. It’s such a great alternative to typical pasta and packs such a punch in the nutrient department. Love this southwest version…yum!

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    pat — March 13, 2016 @ 6:33 pm

    These sound delicious I am putting them on my next party menu!

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