Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Squashed Spaghetti [13.5g Net Carbs]

What You'll Need:

1 spaghetti squash - a small one will make two very hearty servings
1lb Ground Beef, cooked/drained
1C Spaghetti Sauce*
1/4C Shredded Cheese

This is a really simple and delicious meal. It is a little higher in carbs than I would typically allot for one meal so I keep my carbs low for the day when I know I will be making this. You want to cut your squash in half and remove the seeds/stringy center. You can really cook your squash any way that you wish but I microwave steam mine because it is fast and easy that way. To microwave steam: cut in half, scoop out the middle junk then place both halves in a microwave safe dish, skin side down. Fill the hollowed out center of each half with about a tablespoon of water in each (doesn't take much) then cover with saran wrap (you want to make sure to securely fit the wrap so the steam doesn't escape!) and nuke that baby for 9 minutes. You can have your ground beef cooking up while your squash steams! Once the squash is cooked, take a fork and pull out the inside flesh - it should come out sort of like noodles (hence why it is called spaghetti squash) try not to pierce the shell if you want to get fancy and serve the meal inside of them. Once your hamburger meat is fully cooked, mix in the sauce and 2 cups of the squash (a small one should yield about two cups) then fill the hollowed out squash halves with the mixture, top with cheese and broil until the cheese is bubbly and browned. Voila! Squashed Spaghetti ^_^

Net Carb Breakdown:
2 cups Squash: 16g
1 cup sauce* 10g
1/4 cup cheese 1g
27g for the entire batch which works out to 13.5 per serving. * I use Hunt's Garlic & Herb spaghetti sauce in the can - if you can find something lower you can bring down the counts a bit. Like I said, this is a bit higher than I typically go but this is soooo yummy that it is worth it! ^_^