Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti

Spaghetti was one of my favorite meals as a kid but it left me feeling uncomfortably full, weighted down, and sluggish. My body was telling me something and I wasn’t listening. Sound familiar? Have no fear, squash is here!

That’s right, it’s squash season and spaghetti squash is a more nutritious choice for making pasta dishes. It just SQUASHES (I had to…) traditional pasta noodles by being gluten-free, grain-free, and full of fiber and vitamin C. It doesn’t have much of a flavor by itself, just like regular spaghetti noodles, so you don’t have to worry about it tasting funny. Try it out!

photo by Katarina Arneric

INGREDIENTS:

  • Spaghetti Squash
  • 1-2 large portabella mushroom (or your select favorite mushroom)
  • 1/2-3/4 lb of grass fed ground beef
  • 25oz can organic pasta sauce (I like 365 Tomato Basil from Whole Foods)
  • ***the amount of ingredients can very depending on how much you like of any one thing (big meat eater? love mushrooms? always drenching your spaghetti in sauce?)

photo by Katarina Arneric

DIRECTIONS:

  1. preheat oven to 375 F
  2. cut spaghetti squash in half length wise and scoop out the center seeds
  3. place squash cut side down on a baking pan with 1cm of water in the pan and bake in oven for 35 minutes ***For a quicker meal, microwave the squash for 7-9 mins (use a glass dish instead); if you have a small micro message me and I’ll give you a tip to do both sides at once.
  4. break up ground beef in a saucepan and pour the pasta sauce over it (this is key to get an awesome consistancy and texture to your sauce)
  5. heat on medium to medium-low and stir frequently as you cut up the mushroom into small bites
  6. add mushrooms after a couple of mins and cook for several more (I honestly don’t know how long it was till I thought it looked done)
  7. when squash is finished use a fork to scrap out the middle.
  8. combine sauce and “spaghetti” together
  9. ***it’s also very good with fresh parmesan cheese sprinkled on top, although since I am lactose intolerant, I only have on special occasions

Choose to create something nutritious next time you decide to have spaghetti for dinner :)

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