Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pasta You WON'T Feel Guilty About!

                A fear of changing one’s way of eating is having to give up one’s favorite food.
There are many alternatives to your favorite dishes you just need to be creative! I had given up spaghetti and in fact I’d have stopped eating pasta in general when I began training, until I found a healthier alternative that taste just as great, if not better. SPAGHETTI SQUASH!!! This delicious squash when cooked looks exactly like spaghetti hence the name, and is the item in the picture placed above. 
                Usually people eat pasta made up of white flour which has a high Glycemic Index.  Don’t know about Glycemic Index check out http://www.pfungfitness.com/2011_07_01_archive.html
Here are nutritional differences between white flour pasta and spaghetti squash. There are 220 calories in 1 cup of spaghetti and 43g of carbohydrates. Compared to  42 calories in spaghetti squash and only 10g of carbohydrates in 1 cup of Spaghetti Squash . Big difference huh?  
The recipe to this delicious meal is simple:
Ingredients:
Prego Traditional Spaghetti sauce (Serving Size 2Tbs. = 20 calories) Feel free to make your own tomato sauce out of fresh tomatoes, I just feel like this is much simpler.
½ Spaghetti Squash
1Tsp. olive oil
Black Pepper to Taste
Oregano and Basil leaves to Taste
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Sprinkle black pepper and teaspoon of olive oil to spaghetti squash. Place squash shell facing up onto pan and cover with aluminum foil. Cook squash for about 30 minutes or until you’re capable of easily inserting a butter knife through the squash’s shell. Once the squash is done remove from pan, and scrape its contents with a spoon into a bowl. Measure out 1 cup of spaghetti squash, add 2Tbs. of Prego Tradition Spaghetti sauce and sprinkle oregano and basil leaves to taste.
                ***If you have time add some lean ground turkey to the mix and make some turkey meatballs to add to your spaghetti!
 Enjoy!!

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