Love this twist to a family favorite recipe to help use up the squash harvest this time of year. I love healthy alternatives to comfort food, we all look forward to. So get cozy this fall and enjoy this Chicken Bacon Ranch Spaghetti Squash Boats recipe.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Spaghetti Squash Boats: Serves 6
18 oz boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and cubed
4 cups zucchini “noodles” or spaghetti squash (10.92 oz for spaghetti squash or 7.04 oz if using zucchini noodles)
5 oz lean turkey bacon, cooked & chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk
1/4 tsp sea salt (Optional)
1/2 tsp ground pepper
¾ cup reduced-fat Ranch dressing
1 cups (4 oz) reduced-fat Mexican Cheese blend
(1) 4 oz can green chilies
Chop your chicken into bits.
Mince garlic cloves.
Preheat the oven to 350.
Keep a small bit of your bacon drippings in the pan. Cook the garlic cloves (don’t brown). Toss in the chicken and cook for about 1 minute mixing it all together. Add in the milk and ranch. Mix over medium/low heat for about 2-3 minute until slightly thickened.
Add in 1 cup of cheese. Mix EVERYTHING all together thoroughly. Then fold it in with the noodles. Get it all mixed up together. At this point you can add the green Chile and bacon too.
Dump the casserole in a large casserole dish or back in the spaghetti squash. Pour the remaining cup of cheese over the top of the casserole. Cook for 15 minutes at 350 until cheese is nicely melted.
Remember to make this healthy meal complete, you will need to add some veggies. For example you could serve with a side of another steamed veggie (such as broccoli; ¾ cup per serving needed).
Ok, now it’s your turn! Make your own bacon ranch dish with this recipe and take a photo and tag us #HealthyWarner, so we can check it out!
Did you know studies show: The average American consumes ranch dressing 38 times a year. Seems like most American's find Ranch dressing goes with everything. However, Ranch dressing can be very detrimental to your health if you don't choose wisely. There are a lot of calories in most ranch dressings, as well as fat, sodium, and added sugar. So not all Ranch dressings are created equal. Ranch is only healthy if ingredients used to make it are also healthy. The good news is you don't have to give up creamy ranch. you just have to be more discerning when reading labels, and looking for dressing with no or very little added sugar, low saturated fat, and low sodium. Knowledge is power.
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