This is seriously one of my favorite recipes. If you have yet to try it, now’s the time!! I have been on a mission to find healthy recipes that not only taste awesome but leave you feeling full – this is one of those recipes! Even my husband and toddler love it, which is saying a lot. For another great recipe check out Low-Calorie Chicken Tortilla Soup.
- 1 medium sized spaghetti squash
- 1/2 lb of ground beef or substitute with a ½ lb of ground turkey
- 12oz cottage cheese
- 24oz of sugar free spaghetti sauce or 24oz of plain tomato sauce
Directions: First, start by cooking your spaghetti squash. To do this, preheat your oven to 350 and bake the spaghetti squash whole, for 50mins (no need to cut it – put in the oven as is). While cooking, brown ground beef (or turkey). Remove spaghetti squash and once cool, cut the squash (length wise) in half.
Using a fork, scrape spaghetti squash out into your casserole dish. Some choose to layer all of the ingredients, but I find it much more convenient to mix everything in the casserole dish all at once – tastes the same and saves time!
Add oregano and pepper to taste, to your sugar free spaghetti sauce. Mix in sauce, ground beef and cottage cheese with the squash. Sprinkle the top with oregano and parmesan cheese. Stick in the oven at 375 degrees and cook for 30 minutes.
*A note about the ingredients*
In order to save on some unneeded calories, I got rid of the regular shredded cheese and replaced it with cottage cheese. There are other great replacement options that you may want to try, but here is why I chose cottage cheese. Not only is it rich in protein and fairly low in fat, but it is high in calcium, B vitamins, and vitamin A. However, as with all food, try not to over consume. Cottage cheese does have a relatively high amount of sodium, so eat in moderation. Since we are getting a lot of protein from the cottage cheese, we can cut back on ground beef which is high in saturated fat and sodium. An even better option would be to get rid of the ground beef altogether and replace with ground turkey – lower in saturated fats, sodium, and thus calories. Trust me, these substitutions do not hinder the recipe. You will love it and feel great after!