Let’s talk about healthy eating. How many times have we all made vows, resolutions and declarations that we were going to eat better, eat cleaner, etc. etc. BUT, then life steps in and it becomes easier to just prepare and eat what is familiar. If you are like me, you pin hundreds of recipes of Pinterest and then what happens? We rarely try them – it is like an act of congress to find my iPad and open it up to a recipe that I pinned. Sound familiar? Lol…….
Well, I have a recipe that will literally blow you away! It is healthy, easy and it completely changed my perceptions about some foods that I never thought to try in a million years. I am speaking of – SQUASH, in particular SPAGHETTI SQUASH! Now, some of you may stop reading and think that I am being ridiculous but I am not kidding. Spaghetti squash is just not something that we eat that often in the African American community.
With that being said, a dear friend of mine (who happens to be African American- hey Mrs. P!) talked about a recipe that she found on Pinterest – Spaghetti Squash Lasagna. She made it for her family and it garnered rave reviews! So, on a recent visit to her house, she made it for me and I fell head over heels in love with Spaghetti Squash.
Recipe: Baked Spaghetti Squash Lasagna
Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes
- Spaghetti squash (large or small)
- Ground Beef (can substitute -ground turkey or Boca meat for vegetarians)
- Onions ( 1 medium onion, chopped)
- Marinara Sauce
- Mozzarella cheese (shredded)
- Ricotta cheese
- Fresh herbs ( basil or parsley)
Cut the squash lengthwise, remove seeds, apply some olive oil and powdered garlic (I have also used garlic sea salt). Place squash cut side down, on baking sheet ( do not need to spray since oil was used in the squash)
Bake (350-400 depending on oven) for approximately 30-40 minutes until squash is tender to touch
While squash is baking, brown meat of choice, drain, season to taste and add marinara sauce
Step three: Various Options
OPTION 1 – can scrape squash from husk for spaghetti and sauce ( my 7 year old loves this)
OPTION 2 – can scrape squash and mix with sauce, layer with ricotta cheese in husk of squash, top with mozzarella and bake for a few minutes until cheese is melted
OPTION 3 – leave squash in the husk, add layers of meat sauce, with ricotta cheese, top with mozzarella and bake until cheese melts and is golden brown
Trust me, this meal is very filling and you will not miss the fact that you are not eating real pasta. My family loves the meal and it never disappoints! You are cutting down on carbs while enjoying a deliciously satisfying meal!
Do you have any recipes to share? I am always looking for new, innovative and healthy ways to feed my family!