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We find ourselves at the first Sunday in the second cycle. Enjoy your day off, and enjoy this recipe I have been playing with lately.

Give me some feedback and input on this twist on classic spaghetti and meatballs.

In case you were wondering, I call meatballs meat candies when they contain bacon.


Spaghetti and Meat Candies


1 Whole Egg
1.5 lb Ground Beef
8-10 Slices of Bacon, chopped up finely
1/4 cup Giardiniera Relish
3/4 cup White Onion, chopped finely
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Oregano, dry
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Whole Spaghetti Squash, cooked
2 cans Diced Tomatoes

1. Preheat oven to bake at 350°F.
2. In a bowl, combine ground meat, bacon, onion, egg,  Giardiniera relish, salt and pepper.
3. Form ground meat to into balls, and place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
4. Cut spaghetti squash in half and scoop out seeds.
5. Place spaghetti squash on cookie sheet, and place in oven with meatballs.
6. Bake meatballs at 350°F for 25 minutes. Allow spaghetti squash to bake for 50 minutes.
7. In a pan, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil on medium heat.
8. Once onion and garlic are reduced add two cans of diced tomatoes.
9. Add salt, pepper and oregano to sauce and stir it up.
10. Bring it all to a boil, then turn down to simmer. Let simmer for 20 minutes covered. If sauce starts to boil when covered, remove lid.
11. Remove spaghetti squash from oven and shred it up with a fork, so it resembles spaghetti.
12. Drain off all excess liquid from spaghetti squash, then combine it with tomato sauce and meat candies.

Basically, mixing it all up. And this serves one!

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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


  1. fjdedrick on June 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm


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