Oodles of Noodles… in a Bowl

I am obsessed with the air fryer we recently purchased. I can’t get enough of fried errryyything. That shouldn’t surprise me. Prior to clean eating, I ate fried everything.. but the not-so-good-for-you, found-in-a-drive-thru-or-food-truck kind. This is the best of both worlds. Dreams really do come true.


You can see a few posts back where I highlight the benefits and details of this magical air fryer, plus, you’ll get a sweet cinnamon toast crunch waffle recipe! I’m finding it unbelievable the amount of things that can be fried. Plus, it’s insanely easy to use, wash, and use again. Anything that cuts down on time spent monitoring, I’m all in. I wouldn’t call myself forgetful… but…


These bowls are great, even if you don’t have an air fryer. I originally created this recipe to use with sweet potato noodles, long before the air fryer. The same concept applied, I would peel and spiralize the sweet potatoes, then put them in microwave to soften for a minute or so, and steam them in a covered skillet until they were soft. My husband still prefers the sweet potatoes over the butternut squash. We operate in two different mindsets, his being that death by vegetable is inevitable.


That’s what I love about these bowls – they are totally customizable! You can change everything from the base to the protein to the different toppings. The spinach on the bottom is also totally optional, but is a great way to make this bowl heartier and get in some extra veggies!


This bowl is also 21 Day Fix approved, if that’s a plan you’re following. If it’s not, you should be, it’s life-changing! Without making any changes to the recipe below, this meal will count as 3-4 greens (depending on the size of your squash), 1 red, 1/2 yellow, 1/2 blue, and 1/2 tsp.


Oodles of Noodles... in a Bowl
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  • 1/2 medium sized butternut squash
  • 1.5 cups lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/4 white onion
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 T salsa
  • 1/4 cup cheese of choice
  • Coconut oil spray
  • 1 fresh lemon or lime
  • salt free seasoning of choice


  1. Skin the butternut squash, cut it in half and use a veggetti or stand attachment to create noodles
  2. Spray air fryer basket with coconut oil and add in squash, cook on 320 degrees for 10-15 minutes, tossing frequently (If you don't have an air fryer, the squash can be steamed in the microwave or in a skillet with a lid)
  3. Toppings
  4. While squash is cooking, cook ground turkey/chicken in a skillet until cooked through
  5. Slice peppers and onions and add to air fryer or pan with the squash
  6. Sprinkle salt free seasoning on squash mixture to taste
  7. Bowl
  8. When squash mixture is soft and protein topping is cooked, combine and mix
  9. Prepare two large bowls with 1 cup of baby spinach in each
  10. Separate the noodle mixture into the two bowls
  11. Add in the black beans
  12. Sprinkle on cheese
  13. Top with salsa (the corn you see in the images is Trader Joes Tomato-less Salsa!)
  14. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 fresh lemon or lime on top of each bowl
  15. Enjoy!

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