Paleo Spaghetti Squash Fritters
Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo
I love finding new ways to get in some protein and veggies without resorting to meat or salads. Spaghetti squash fritters feel like comfort food and these ones are guilt-free.
1 spaghetti squash
5 strips bacon
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 cup green onions, chopped
1-2 tsp garlic salt
Black pepper to taste
Top your spaghetti squash fritters with chipotle veganaise (or sriracha with coconut yogurt), sliced avocado
Makes 10-15 fritters
- Preheat oven to 375 F
- Cut spaghetti squash in half and bake for 45 min or until tender
- While squash is baking, cook bacon strips
- Combine bacon and green onion in food processor or chop
- Mix 3 eggs, coconut flour, garlic salt and pepper with green onion and bacon
- Scoop out spaghetti squash and set aside to cool
- Use strainer or paper towel to pull moisture from spaghetti squash (don’t skip this step like I did the first time, your fritters will fall apart!)
- Add egg, bacon, green onion mixture to spaghetti squash
- Use coconut oil or tallow and get the pan very hot. Place squash mixture into oil to fry.
- Serve with chopped avocado and sriracha mayo or chipotle veganaise!
Thanks to the eggs, these sqaghetti squash fritters are high in selenium, which is important for healthy thyroid and metabolism function. Selenium also helps the brain. Spaghetti squash is naturally high in vitamin C. The coconut oil plus the avocado on top provides an ideal dose of healthy monounsaturated fats.
Meats have been shown to develop carcinogenic (cancer-causing) properties when cooked at high heat like frying, searing, and grilling. To reduce this risk, try cooking bacon in the oven. Simply place bacon strips on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until done. This method takes longer but eliminates one of the main concerns associated with red meat consumption.
Chinese Nutritional Therapy
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), squashes are soothing to the digestive system and nourish spleen and stomach meridian. Yellow is the color associated with the earth element, which is the element of spleen and stomach. The high Vitamin A content often found in yellow and orange foods helps heal the mucosal lining of the digestive tract, supporting healthy GI function.
If you need help balancing digestion or boosting energy, try acupuncture.