Chicken Meatballs & Spaghetti Squash

annnnnnd, we have a new favorite dinner up in here! I could not believe how much flavor these meatballs had and how I went to bed excited that I was going to get to eat them again the next day. I didn't feel like I was at all missing out on the regular noodles my husband was eating right across from me at the dinner table and was full and satisfied when this meal was over-- winner winner chicken meatball dinner! 

Here's how it goes:

INGREDIENTS:
1lb ground chicken
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp minced fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 spaghetti squash

DIRECTIONS:
Let's start with that dang squash because it's going to take a while. Here's how I get it done:

-Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
-poke holes all along the top side of it and throw it in the microwave for 5-6 minutes. This should soften it up enough to cut it in half.
-Scoop out the seeds, drizzle the insides with olive oil and place face down on baking sheet
-bake for an hour, remove from oven, flip squash over and let cool
-once cooled, with a fork, remove insides of squash

For the meatballs:

-Take the meat out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before starting this prep (the book actually doesn't say to do this, but I learned the hard way. My fingers almost froze off when I was mixing it because the ground meat was so cold!)
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-This is how I do it because I am not fancy. I put all of the "dry"ingredients (so everything but the meat) into the vitamix and get it all mixed together well.
-Put the ground meat and mixed up ingredients into a bowl and mix with your hands until it's blended well.
-Roll into golf sized balls, I made about 20
-Cook in oven for 20-25 minutes or until center is no longer pink

Place meatballs on top of pile of spaghetti squash, top with your favorite sauce, and enjoy! ***If doing the Whole30, either make your own sauce from the recipe in the book or find an approved sauce! Mario Batalli's Tomato Basil is compliant and that is what I used to save time on making my own!***

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