"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food" -Hippocrates

Friday, November 4, 2011

Low Calorie-Spaghetti Squash!

Spaghetti Squash:
1. Buy a decent sized spaghetti squash-it will say this on the label (we got this one from the pumpkin patch)
*Pre-Heat oven at 350 degrees*
2. Cut the squash in half (you will need some muscles for this) if it helps you can heat it in the oven for just a little bit, take it out, and then cut.
3. Once cut, scrape out the pulp in the middle (click on "pulp" to see what it looks like)
4. Place 2 halves on a cookie/baking sheet
5. Cook 30-50 minutes depending on the size (check occasionally, should be able to stick fork through the back, or flip and look at the middle)
6. Flip the halves over (allow to cool enough to touch), take a fork and pull the stringy squashy off and place in a medium sized bowl. It comes off sooo easily
 7. Clean out both halves
8. And you have spaghetti like noodles made of squash, which hardly taste :)
9. Now the flavoring is up to you. I like marinara sauce with veggies :) ( I did not add any this time, but if I would have...I would cut up mushrooms, carrots,  zucchini, etc.)...OH and don't forget to heat up your sauce to pour over it :)
10. I LOVE this sauce, minus the sodium >:( 
11. YUMMM (everyone in my family enjoyed it, even the younger ones)

Calorie Differences: 1 cup cooked
Enriched Pasta: 221 calories
Whole-Wheat Pasta: 174 calories
Spaghetti Squash: 42 calories

-So if you are looking for a light meal, this would be your choice :) not quite as high in protein, but I am sure you make up for that throughout the day.

-All you really need is a Spaghetti Squash and some Marinara sauce and you are good to go :) Try this recipe out to mix up your pasta routine, and get some extra veggies into your diet, super light on calories :)


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