Do you love spaghetti?
Wish it was just a little healthier for you and your family?
Well, there are other options to increase the nutritional value of spaghetti.
Back home growing up, my sweet mother used to make spaghetti on a regular basis. It was always delicious and I could eat it for days. As I started growing up, I wanted spaghetti but I did not want all of the grains that were associated. At the time, I didn’t really know why grains were not beneficial, but it was something I wanted to minimize the intake. Luckily, there were some recipes floating around on the internet that involved zoodles and spaghetti squash. Decided to try it and here we go…
There are 4 easy ways to cook spaghetti squash:
1. Lay face down on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 40 minutes
2. Lay face down in a pot of boiling water for 10-15 minutes
3. Lay face down in microwave on high for 12 minutes
4. Place whole squash in a crock pot with 1-2 cups of water. Cook on low for 4-6 hours
There are many types of spaghetti sauce, so choose what one is your favorite. Through different experiments, I have found a love for Newman’s own Common Good Organic Sauce. All profits go to charity so what’s not to love?!
Another personal preference is the use of ground turkey over the use of ground beef. Ground beef still tastes great but has a more oily film due to the fats found in the ground beef. If it is possible, grass fed, natural and free-range choices are the best when it comes to ground beef. They will be free of hormones, antibiotics, and never fed grains or animal byproducts. Naturally raised beef will provide more nutrients and healthy range of omega fatty acids.
Negative issues with grains are that they are empty calories. Could be compared to eating cardboard with the amount of nutrients they provide. Depending on where the wheat came from, conventionally raised wheat has been sprayed with toxins and pesticides, as well as hybridized to grow stronger. America loves to cut down the grains before they have sprouted so none of the nutrients are available. Sprouting means the grains have allowed to open up before cutting down so they nutrients are present upon consumption. If you have a choice, I suggest getting anything sprouted if you need or want grains in your diet. Gluten is also found in grains, many people have an intolerance to, while others have Celiac and cannot tolerate any gluten at any point. Gluten free diets have become all the rage lately, so if you are following a gluten free lifestyle, then this spaghetti squash recipe is the one for you!