Thursday, October 3, 2013

Spaghetti (squash) Dinner

This past summer I decided to go "grain-free", avoid poor carbs (e.g. rice, potatoes, peas) and significantly reduce my sugar intake. It's been eye opening. I'm sleeping more soundly, feel more alert during the day and the tummy region is happier than ever. I've lost 15 pounds as well which is just the cherry on top. I'm not going to lie, I miss some of the foods in those categories. For example, I had a serious craving for a BLT in August. So I made "BLT Boats". I can honestly say they completely took care of my craving! No bread? Yup.

blt boats

Later, I wanted some cheesy eggplant parm. No worries... I just made Grilled Eggplant Stacks! My husband and I agree, they're even tastier than the breaded/fried version!

grilled eggplant stacks
Recently, I had a *NEED* for a pasta dish. Just some good old spaghetti would do. After all, the tomatoes were so delicious this year.  So I decided to make spaghetti squash. Know what? It was amazing! I really wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. It was quick, easy and the few leftovers I had were perfect for lunch.

Here's my version:


  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Vine Ripened Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Sweet Italian Sausage
  • Red Sauce
  • Chopped Onion
Wash the outside of the squash with warm water & soap rinsing well. Cut the squash in half, lengthwise and place face down in microwave safe dish. Cover with wet paper towel and microwave on high for about 15 minutes. (my microwave is not very strong, so you might need to reduce your cook time.)
While squash is cooking, cut fresh mozzarella into cubes, toss in a bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper & fresh chopped basil. Cut tomatoes into bite-sized pieces and add to mozzarella mixture. 
Once the squash is cooked (soft to the touch with a fork), you're ready to "make your spaghetti"! Drag a dinner fork through the squash, top to bottom, and you'll see the strands of "spaghetti" start to form. Add the stringed squash to a serving bowl and toss with a little olive oil. Add the mozzarella and tomato mixture... serve warm!
You can also top with your favorite red sauce & beef or sausage. I did each since I have both meat eaters and a vegetarian in the house.

spaghetti squash with fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella

spaghetti squash with fresh tomatoes, basil, mozzarella & meat sauce

Honestly, it's a delicious meal!
Give it a try. Let me know how you like it!


1 comment:

  1. Everyone says spaghetti squash is amazing....but I don't believe it. But now that YOU say it...I might just give it a try! Loving the ways you're curbing the temptations!