Who doesn’t love a nice Italian dish for dinner? Unfortunately, traditional pastas are high-glycemic (meaning they spike your blood sugar), loaded with carbs, and often discouraged for people looking to lose weight or live a healthy lifestyle. Enter: Spaghetti squash! This healthy pasta substitute is versatile and allows for dishes, like the Garden Spaghetti recipe below, that are filling, nutritious, and delicious! Try Garden Spaghetti with your family tonight — you won’t miss your traditional Italian and your family will keep coming back for more!
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- ½ cup thinly sliced green onions (greens and tops)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- ¾ cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
- 2 cups cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¾ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 jar (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce
- 10-12 cherry or pear shaped tomatoes
Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scrape out seeds and veins. Place about 1 cup water in baking dish and place squash cut side down and bake about 60-75 minutes (until soft to the touch).
Let cool about 10 minutes and then scrape the squash out of shell into a large bowl.
Cook the onions and garlic in coconut oil approx. 90 seconds, add to squash in bowl.
Add ½ cup Parmesan cheese, ricotta or cottage cheese, egg, salt, seasoning and ½ of the mozzarella cheese to squash; toss to coat. Press squash mixture evenly into a deep dish pie plate, forming a ½ inch rim up sides of pie dish.
Cut tomatoes into 4 pieces each and stir into spaghetti sauce. Spoon about 2 cups sauce into the well of the spaghetti squash pie, cover with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake about 60-75 minutes at 350 (until hot all the way through). Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Let rest 10 minutes.
Heat remaining sauce and pour over pie. Cut into wedges and serve.
This recipe was submitted by Thrive Team member Barbara Leach, “The Queen of Cuisine.” She is a mobile nutrition coach and founder of Your HighWay 2 Health. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.