Monday, December 1, 2014

Wintertime Baked Spaghetti Squash

I am a huge fan of a warm home style meal on a cold winter day, but most home style/comfort meals in the south come with a hefty calorie count as well! I am always trying to find ways to make comfort meals that taste amazing while still being figure friendly. The inspiration for this recipe comes from my mother. She makes an amazing spaghetti with lots of chunky ingredients that I LOVED growing up. However now as an adult I must be a little more aware of the calories I take in so I can maintain a healthy weight. SO.... here it is! A healthy twist on a favorite! *Nutritional information provided at the bottom of the post!


1 Spaghetti Squash
1 small can of sliced olives (drained)
1/2 cup sliced bell peppers
1/2 cup diced sweet onion
2 garlic cloves chopped
1/2 cup diced mushrooms
1/3 pound ground meat of choice (I used spicy sausage for this specific dish)
1 Jar of pasta sauce
1/3 cup sliced mozzarella cheese

First preheat oven to 350 degrees

Poke holes in the spaghetti squash with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes then rotate and bake for another 45 minutes.

While the squash is cooking add pasta sauce, olives, peppers, onion, mushrooms. garlic and meat in a saucepan and let it simmer on med-low heat until the meat is cooked.

Once squash is finished cooking, take it out of the oven, slice in half, remove seeds.

Then gently scrape a fork along the edges of the squash to get out the "spaghetti noodles"

Add the "noodles" to a casserole dish, top with prepared sauce.

Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese & bake at 350 for 15 minutes then broil for 3-5 minutes until golden brown.

Serve with toasted french bread and ENJOY!
Serves 4

 Calories with sausage: 395
Calories without sausage: 260

 Carbs with sausage: 36g    
Carbs without sausage 35g

 Protein with sausage: 15g
Protein without sausage: 7.5g

 Fat with sausage: 22g
Fat without sausage: 11g Follow me on Instagram:  tonya_locklear

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