Spaghetti that won’t kill your diet

Posted: January 23, 2012 in Uncategorized
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As many of you may have read here, I have spent the last 3 weeks attempting to get myself healthy by making it a habit of eating ‘clean’. This usually consists of fresh fruits, veggies, and lean protein. That being said (and I think anyone who has been on a diet can relate) eating clean can become terribly monotonous and boring.

I feel your pain kid

One of the ways to make things more interesting is to take recipes that you know and love and substitute healthy alternatives. A perfect example of this is what we did at my house yesterday with spaghetti squash. For years, people(including myself) have been thinking up ways to go ‘low carb’ but until recently, I had never explored the wonderful world of spaghetti squash.

My family generally eats pretty healthy as for years we have eaten turkey meatballs over a bed of spinach rather than your typical pasta and meatball dish. This is a great healthy alternative although certainly leaves something to be desired in the texture category and flavor (flavour for you Canadians out there) category. However, since being introduced to the world of spaghetti squash, I can honestly say it makes me miss pasta a little less.

From a health standpoint, spaghetti squash completely blows typical spaghetti out of the water. Not to bore you with a ton of numbers, but here are a few important ones: (all values are per 1 cup)

  • Carbs: Spaghetti-42 grams   vs  Spaghetti squash – 10 grams
  • Calories: Spaghetti -220        vs Spaghetti squash – 42

Note: this nutritional information was taken from your typical processed, enriched white flour spaghetti

So without further ado, here is how you can make spaghetti squash and use it as a substitute for your favorite pasta dish. The preparation is so simple it’s almost silly.

Ingredients:

Spaghetti squash (really, that’s it)

  • Note: I would recommend buying the smaller spaghetti squash because the bigger they are, the harder to cut in half. Seriously, it’s like trying to juggle cats.  
  • As far as portions go, 1 small(ish) spaghetti squash is more than enough to feed 2 people

Directions:

1)Wash the spaghetti squash and cut in half, long ways.

2)Place on a baking sheet, face down. (you do not need to spray the sheet)

3)Bake at 375 degrees for 60 minutes. When it comes out of the oven it will look like this…

4) Allow to cool until it can be handled.Please don’t burn yourself! 🙂

5) Take a fork and scoop out the middle section (seeds and all) and discard.

6) Finally, separate into strands by running a fork through the squash, long ways.

finished product

From here, the squash is your oyster (see what I did there?). Use it any way you please. Yesterday, we (my Mom) made turkey meatballs and marinara sauce and had a healthy version of spaghetti and meatballs but just like with pasta, their are literally endless possibilities.  

I hope you enjoy my first attempt at recipe sharing via the blog-0-sphere!

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

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Comments
  1. Sarah Abbott says:

    I’ve been doing this the past few months and it is a great substitute for spaghetti! Cutting them in half is always a little bit of a circus. I thought this website might be helpful for your clean eating habits. A friend of mine posted it. http://www.nourishingmeals.com/p/recipes.html

    Keep up the quality blogs!

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