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A Heart-Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish

Last updated 5 years ago

This simple, easy-to-make, heart-healthy dish is perfect as a satisfying Thanksgiving meal side, or as an entrée of its own. — Laurie Taunton, MS RD

Recipe: Spaghetti Squash with Spinach and Cannellini Beans


1 spaghetti squash

3 tablespoons of  olive oil

3 cups of baby spinach

1 can of cannellini beans

3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

Parmesan cheese (optional)

Sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Rub the inside of each half with a drizzle of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the halves cut-side down on a parchment- lined baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes until tender.
  2. Heat oil on a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes or less. Sauté spinach for about 5 minutes. Add the cannellini beans until warmed through. Remove from heat.
  3. Remove squash from oven when it is cooked through and tender. Using a fork, pull the strands of squash from the peel so it resembles spaghetti. Place the squash into a serving bowl and add the spinach and cannellini bean mixture. Toss to combine and taste for seasoning. Garnish with cheese if desired.

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