Healthy Comfort Food From Hungry Girl: Chicken Enchilada-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

LISA LILLIEN
LISA LILLIEN

Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of ten books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her PEOPLE.com blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more.

It’s the eternal struggle — we know we should be eating more vegetables, but we want to eat more comfort food! Good news: You really can have it all. Spaghetti squash is a total superstar. It mimics pasta for a fraction of the calories. This enchilada-inspired bake is crazy delicious and completely healthy… It’s a must-make!

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

Hungry Girl’s Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Serves: 4

1 spaghetti squash (about 4 lbs.)
2 5-oz. boneless skinless chicken breast cutlets, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
1 tsp. cumin
½ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. chili powder
½ tsp. salt
⅓ cup chopped onion
⅓ cup chopped bell pepper
¼ cup black beans
½ cup red enchilada sauce
½ cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Microwave squash for 6 minutes, until soft enough to cut. Halve lengthwise; scoop out and discard seeds.

2. Fill a large baking pan with 1/2 inch water. Add squash halves, cut sides down. Bake until tender, about 40 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Season chicken with 1/2 tsp. cumin, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, 1/8 tsp. chili powder, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Cook chicken for about 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through.

4. Transfer chicken to a large bowl. Shred with two forks — one to hold the chicken in place and the other to scrape across and shred it. (Or just finely chop before transferring to the bowl.)

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SOURCE: People Magazine – Lisa Lillien