Spaghetti Squash and Winners

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Thursdays come too fast. I am really not looking forward to weighing in tonight because I ate a lot of unhealthy food over the weekend. I don’t regret it because it was my 30th birthday, but I’m not excited about having to weigh-in. And my scale at home is such a pain. I weighed myself three times this morning and it gave me three totally different numbers. I think it’s just old. Can anyone recommend a good, but inexpensive, scale?

Since I ate a lot over the weekend, I have been eating really good since Monday (maybe a small bite of chocolate here and there), and I have been trying to eat most of my carbs earlier in the day and have a lower carb dinner. I know the importance of carbs and could never give up carbs (hello, bread! If I didn’t marry Danny, I probably would have married bread), but I’m just trying to watch them later in the day.

So, last night for dinner, when Danny and the kids had pasta, I had spaghetti squash in the place of pasta. Spaghetti squash is a great lower carb pasta replacement. I know what you might be thinking, who the heck can eat squash instead of pasta. Squash is a vegetable and pasta is so delicious. But actually spaghetti squash is really good, and when you cover it with sauce, you can hardly tell the difference. Just try it. If you hate it, then I’ll let you say I told you so.

How to make spaghetti squash

First, cut the spaghetti squash lengthwise in half. Then scoop out all the seeds and stringy things. Kind of like your cleaning out a pumpkin. If you want to draw a pumpkin face on it, that’s fine.

Then place it on a cooking sheet, rind side up. Bake at 375 degrees for about 35-40 minutes or until soft.

After it’s done, flip it over, and let it cool for a while. Then used a fork to pull out the “spaghetti strands.” They will come out easily.

I added roasted brussels sprouts and broccoli to my spaghetti squash, and topped all of it with marinara sauce and parmesan cheese. Then I ate all of it.

I had 1.5 cups of spaghetti squash (that might be a big serving, but it’s a vegetable!). In 1.5 cups of spaghetti squash, there’s about 58 calories and 14 grams of carbs. Compare that to 1.5 cups of spiral-shaped pasta with 318 calories and 62 grams of carbs, and that’s without sauce!

After dinner, I finally went to yoga. I haven’t been in about a week and half, and it felt so good.

I don’t know why my hair is always so crazy looking, it just is. And do you love how we use our banister as a clothes drying rack?!

Questions of the day:

  • Have you ever had spaghetti squash?
  • Do you watch your carbs?
  • Do you weigh yourself or prefer not too? Any good scale recommendations?

 

12 Comments

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12 Responses to Spaghetti Squash and Winners

  1. I want to eat spaghetti squash now! I’ve seen other blogs do recipes with it but to be honest I’ve never substituted for real pasta. I think I’ll try it!

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY HEATHER!!!!!! I can’t believe we are 1982 twins! I love it. You look so much younger than I do though ;) I am really coming to regret always making my facial expressions so enthusiastic ;) lol

  2. I’ve always avoided squash (of all varieties) but last summer we had a couple varieties of squash in the garden and I really liked it. I’m going to try spaghetti squash next week. I looks good and you can’t beat the calorie/carb count.

  3. I’m so excited I won!!! Now I’ll get to try something else for breakfast and can easily do it at work!!

    I love the spaghetti squash alternative. Sadly, I haven’t used it in awhile but I think it’s going to make a comeback in my home!! My husband is getting on board with the healthy eating and my daughter is always game for veggies over anything else. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. susie

    Sorry, I have not been on a scale since 1982……I am going to buy that squash, it’s funny it says spaghetti squash right on the label. The more I eat carbs the more I want carbs! Breakfast cereal is a big no no for me or I will eat the whole box.

  5. I like spaghetti squash with Italian sausage and marinara.

  6. summer9135

    I am so making this! I love the idea of putting even more veggies on a veg! I have made this and used Classico spinach florentine sauce and turkey meatballs, the whole family loved it…once, they dont ask for it much, ha ha. But for me, I could do what you did and have it when the rest of this family eats their nice carby spaghetti. This is going on the meal plan next week!

  7. Pam

    I’ve been on a weight-loss mission since January for my summer vacation in 2 weeks, so I weigh myself everyday and now that it’s crunch time it gets a little obsessive! I got my scale at Target, was only like $30 and has been great.

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