It’s Peak Season for Spaghetti Squash!

It’s Peak Season for Spaghetti Squash!

I LOVE Spaghetti Squash! It’s delicous…really…it is! I eat it as a side dish…so much healthier than a pasta side dish. And, with our commitment to a healthier menu focused on low carbs and sugar, it’s perfect! One cup of spaghetti squash has 40 calories, 10 grams of carbohydrates, and 4 grams of sugar. Spaghetti squash is fat free and one cup provides 2 grams of fiber making it a great alternative to noodles and rice!

Last weekend, my neighbor casually mentioned he sure did love my lasagna! It had been a couple years since I made him a big pan of lasagna, so I took it as a hint! I needed to cook him up some love! I love my lasagna, too, but it’s not on our “healthier eating low carb low sugar” menu. Do you know how hard it is to make lasagna and not stick your face in it? LOL! So, I created a “healthier” version of my lasagna to keep at home so I didn’t sneak a piece out of my neighbors pan!

I picked up a spaghetti squash of course and a spaghetti sauce with very little added sugar. Instead of hamburger, I chose ground Italian Sausage, for a little more flavor than burger. Only other ingredients…mozzarella and shredded parmesan cheese!

Cut the spaghetti squash in half and clean out the seeds. Drizzle both halves with a little Olive Oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. Once cool, use a fork to scrape out the stands. Fry up the ground sausage and mix with spaghetti sauce. Put a little sausage/spaghetti sauce mix in the bottom of a casserole dish, a layer of spaghetti squash, a layer of mozzarella cheese and repeat. Top with shredded parmesan cheese. Pop in a 350 oven and bake till bubbly and browning. It was DELICIOUS! We had it for dinner with a salad and I had plenty left over to take for lunch a couple days!

Easy recipe, healthier than lasagna. And, my husband, who claims to NOT like spaghetti squash, said he wouldn’t have known it was spaghetti squash unless I told him. Maybe he was being kind…but he started with a tiny little serving and went back for more after trying it! That’s a WIN!