Monthly Archives: December 2012

Healthy Holiday Appetizers

 

Spaghetti Squash with Light Marinara Sauce

Spaghetti squash is simple to cook and makes a great lower-carb substitute for pasta. It’s perfect for a winter day when the kids are out of school on winter vacation. If you’re just cooking for one or two, you’ll have plenty of leftovers to heat up for an easy dinner or lunch later in the week.

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe

  • Calories95
  • Carbohydrates12 g
  • Protein2 g
  • Fat5 g
  • Saturated Fat1 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • Sodium225 mg
  • Dietary Fiber3 g

This Recipe Serves 6

Ingredients

Spaghetti Squash:
1 medium spaghetti squash (about 2 pounds), washed
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Marinara:
14 plum tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup fresh basil leaves
6 teaspoon Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pierce spaghetti squash with a fork in several places and place in microwave on high until skin is soft, approximately 10-15 minutes. Let cool.
  2. While squash is cooking, combine all marinara ingredients in a medium-sized bowl except basil leaves.
  3. Tear basil leaves and add to tomato mixture.
  4. Cut squash in half and make “spaghetti.” Using a fork, pull out individual strands of “spaghetti.” Toss spaghetti squash with olive oil and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
  5. Place squash in a pie plate. Top with light marinara and a sprinkling of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
  6. Serve over cooked spaghetti squash.

Dietitian Tip: To add extra nutrients to this dish, you can also toss in some steamed vegetables or a lean meat or meat substitute.