Tuesday Treats: Tex-Mex Spaghetti Squash Boat

Total Time: 1 Hr.
Prep Time: 30 Min.
Cook Time: 30 Min.
Servings: 6 (1/2 cup each)

Think twice-baked potato, spaghetti-squash style! Mexican cheese, veggies and tender squash strands form a flavorful filling for a halved squash shell.

What You Need
1 spaghetti squash (2-3/4 lb.)
1 cup KRAFT Mexican Style Shredded Four Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA
1/3 cup finely chopped red pepper s
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup OSCAR MAYER Real Bacon Bits

Let’s Make It
1 – Heat oven to 400°F.
2 – Pierce squash in several places with tip of sharp knife or fork; place in shallow microwaveable dish. Microwave on HIGH 10 to 15 min. or until squash is softened, turning every 5 min.
3 – Cut squash lengthwise in half; remove and discard seeds. Scoop squash strands into large bowl. Add cheese, peppers and onions; mix lightly. Spoon into 1 squash shell; place in shallow baking dish. Discard remaining squash shell.
4 – Bake 28 to 30 min. or until heated through, topping with bacon for the last 3 min.

Kitchen Tips
Tip 1 – Food Facts: Young early-season squash can contain a lot of water. For best results, drain the scooped-out squash in a colander to remove excess water before mixing it with the cheese, peppers and onions as directed.

Tip 2 – How to Keep the Filled Squash Shell Upright: To keep the filled squash shell upright in baking dish, form a sheet of foil into a ring, then place around bottom of squash to stabilize.

As always, CLICK HERE to head over to My Food and Family for all the yummy details. When you have kids, sometimes it’s hard to get them to eat veggies. Now that Lightfoot and Liz have Micah and he’s growing up, Liz has to get creative to find ways to get her “men” to eat healthy. She’s managed to convince Micah that spaghetti comes from squash. She’s been known to throw in grilled chicken or thin-sliced steak for her carnivors, in addition to the bacon. If you want to read their full love story, check out MOONSTRUCK: SECRETS, and get the bonus of Mac and Hannah’s story, along with Liam’s birth. Or, you can read the gist of Lightfoot’s and Liz’s story in BAD MOON for free if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription. Just click on the book cover or the titles to zip on over to the buy links.

What about y’all? Veggies or no? And have you ever tried spaghetti squash? It surprised me and is pretty yummy.

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About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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2 Responses to Tuesday Treats: Tex-Mex Spaghetti Squash Boat

  1. Nope, never had spaghetti squash. Acorn squash and butternut squash, but no spaghetti. I probably should give it a whirl and this sounds yummy.

    • Silver James says:

      I even got Only to eat it as a kid and she HATES veggies! 😆 I need to cook it more often. Maybe once cool temps get here. And it really does resemble and taste a bit like spaghetti pasta.

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