What’s for dinner? THIS.

Celebrity trainer David Kirsch whips up these turkey meatballs as an entree, usually served with greens like spinach or kale. Missing that side of pasta? David’s compromise is the filling, tasty addition of spaghetti squash.

Here’s how to make this low-fat, protein-packed dish:

1 spaghetti squash
1 Vidalia onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic
6 plum tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup chopped Pomi tomatoes (or other preferred type)
2 tablespoons low-sodium tomato paste
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
3/4 pound lean ground turkey
1 egg white
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon each chopped fresh parsley and oregano
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
a few dashes of hot pepper sauce to taste

Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap the entire squash in foil and bake for 1 – 1 1/2 hours on a baking sheet until tender when pierced with a fork. Rotate halfway through time. Set squash aside to cool. Heat a nonstick skillet with cooking spray on medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until softened. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and basil, and simmer for 15 minutes. In a medium bowl, combine turkey, egg white, shallots, mustard, parsley, oregano, pepper, and hot pepper sauce. Mix and form into 8 meatballs. Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium-high with cooking spray, then add meatballs and cook for 4-5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Pour the marinara sauce over the meatballs and cook another 8-10 minutes until cooked through. Cut spaghetti squash in half, discard seeds, then use a fork to scoop out 3 cups of squash. Arrange on a serving platter, top with the meatballs and sauce, and enjoy!

Nutrition Per Serving:
(Makes two servings.)
483 calories
38 grams protein
18 grams fat
4 grams saturated fat
11 grams fiber
12 grams sugar

Want more? See also: David’s Guiltless Barbecue Burger Recipe
About this expert: David Kirsch is a celebrity trainer, the founder of New York’s award-winning Madison Square Club, the creator of a popular line of nutritional supplements, and the author of five books, including the bestselling The Ultimate New York Diet. Visit DavidKirschWellness.com for more information.