Thursday, October 16, 2014

A perfect autumn pasta substitute

We love making pasta dishes in our house (my boys could eat them every night), but if you, like me, are trying to steer clear of gluten or carbs or calories in pasta, this is the perfect time of year to try out an in season pasta substitute. Try it under my chunky, tons of veggie spaghetti tonight, sneak it into your family's normal pasta or even do half spaghetti/half spaghetti squash for a slash in calories and boost in vitamins and minerals. Spaghetti squash even has the word "spaghetti" in it, so I think it's the perfect substitute. Plus, spaghetti squash is loaded with every essential mineral that your body needs including potassium for your tough workout recovery, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus. 

How to make it in the microwave...super easy!
1. Put whole squash in the microwave for about 5 minutes to soften it before you cut it (unless you have super human strength, and then just be really careful)
2. Cut the squash longways and place cut side down down in a microwave safe dish.
3. Pour 1/4 cup water in the dish and cover with plastic wrap or a loose fitting lid
4. Microwave on high for 8-10 minutes, let rest for 10 minutes.
5. Use a fork to loosen the "noodles"
6. Top with your favorite pasta sauce


Spaghetti Squash has 42 calories and 10 carbs  per 1 cup serving. One cup of whole wheat spaghetti has 174 calories, 38 carbs. Nice switch, right? :)

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