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Love pasta? Hate the fact that it’s not healthy?

Tired of eating whole-wheat pasta when it just feels wrong? Want a healthy alternative?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, I am pleased to introduce to you spaghetti squash.

Why spaghetti squash? There are some seriously amazing health benefits:

  • It aids in weight loss. A cup contains 42 calories and only 10 grams of carbs.
  • Antioxidants Yum. And loads of vitamin A and vitamin C, and the B vitamins riboflavin, niacin, and thiamin, which promote optimal cellular function.
  • Prevents birth defects Folate (folic acid) helps promote healthy fetal tissues.
  • Promotes Heart Health Loads of potassium is good for your heart health. Potassium lowers your blood pressure and the folic acid helps strengthen artery walls.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Containing Omega-3s and Omega-6 fatty acids, spaghetti squash can help arthritis and help prevent cancer. Omega-6s also promote healthy brain function.

So, now that we’ve established why you need spaghetti squash in your life for health reasons, I feel obligated to tell why you should have it in your life for delicious reasons.

Note: some of these recipes contain cheese or other dairy products, feel free to substitute this for the closest non-dairy alternative.

Recipes:

1. Spaghetti Squash Casserole

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I am not a fan of casserole. Never have been. It leaves me feeling… ‘blah’ for lack of a better word. But this is light and tasty and everything you could want from a casserole – comfort food-y, but without increasing your waistline.

2. Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash

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For the ‘more spice for a better life’ person in your world. Or just for you. I make this for me. Because I love hot food.

3. Asian Peanut Spaghetti Squash Stir Fry

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Perfect low-carb replacement for pad Thai. Okay, so you don’t make it with tamarind sauce, but it’s soooo good and a perfect summer dish.

4. Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

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Heard of cauliflower crust? This is for people who loathe cauliflower (I know you exist!)

5. Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Scampi

Just click the link and LOOK AT THE PICTURE.

6. Lasagne-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

This might be my pick of the list. But if you smother anything in mozzarella, I’m game.

7. Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Squash

Essentially a replacement for fettuccini Alfredo.

8. Pesto Spaghetti Squash and Prawns

Two words: Pesto Sauce.

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9. Southwestern Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Love Chipotle (the restaurant)? Bring it home to momma. No problems.

10.Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole


Yes, not one but TWO casseroles on this list. You’re welcome.

11. Spaghetti Squash Gremolata

I had no idea what gremolata was. It’s a fancy sauce normally served with meat. But not today friends. Not today.

12. Sriracha Spaghetti Squash with Turkey

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This is much closer to your typical pad Thai than the Asian Peanut inspired recipe above. So it should fix your cravings.

13. Quiche with Spaghetti Squash Crust

You can make any kind of quiche you like, this is the asparagus version. This crust in AWESOME for any savoury pie.

14. Cheesy Chili Spaghetti Squash Casserole

I haven’t tried this one, but a quick scan of the ingredients means it promises to be good. (A girl can only eat so many casseroles for you folks!)

15. Spaghetti Squash with Swiss Chard, Dried Cranberries, and Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

Yum. Yum. Yum. Yummy. Tasty, yum, yum.

16. Avocado and Egg Spaghetti Squash

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It’s like Californian Breakfast for dinner. And that’s a good thing.

17. Purple Kale, Cilantro & Spaghetti Squash Cakes with Sriracha Avocado Sauce

Sriracha. Avocado. Sauce. Say it with me, friends. Sriracha Avocado Sauce. If there’s one thing to take away from this, that’s what it is.

18. Spaghetti Squash Yoga Bowl

Yoga Bowl. Like the Super Bowl. Actually, if you serve it in a bowl, that’s exactly what it is. (Paleo friendly)

19. Sweet Spaghetti Squash Kugel with Apples and Raisins

I have found you a breakfast recipe with spaghetti squash. Sure, you can have the avocado and egg spaghetti squash from above… but that’s savoury, and this is sweet, without any refined sugars.

20. Spaghetti Squash Curry with Roasted Chickpeas

I had never really roasted chickpeas before. They’re awesome. I’m going to make a recipe where I turn them into salted pumpkin-seed alternatives.

21. Cajun Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

With black beans, red peppers, kale, and dairy-free cajun cream sauce. It’s vegan, dairy free, egg free, and – as long as you pay attention to the spices that you use – gluten free.

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