Low calorie – Low Carb Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

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.

final spaghetti squash

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • Oregano

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 – halfput 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!

shredded squash

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!

final spaghetti squash
Final Product…yummm

Fat Blasting Green Machine Breakfast Protein Smoothie

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When my husband and I started our journey to achieving and maintaining optimal health, we began by discussing our goals. Yes, we wanted to shed fat and gain more muscle, but what really got us motivated was the lack of energy and sluggish feeling we were having on a day-to-day basis. We desired the motivation and energy it took to get up and conquer the day, an improved mood, and the ability to look our best.

 

blend it upLet me tell you, starting the day off with this smoothie has been the most effective addition to our new lifestyle! My husband can attest to this (who recently lost 25lbs in less than 3 MONTHS!!!!). When you start your day off right, you want to continue it for the rest of the day.

This is a nutrient packed recipe that will spike up your metabolism and get you feeling great! Try it today and let me know what you think!

green smoothie ingredients

Ingredients:

¾ cup 1% milk

1 small banana

2 tablespoons flax and chia seed blend

1 scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder (I use New Solutions Vanilla WHEY protein)

                                                                     1 cup of spinach and kale mix

                        1 handful of ice cubes

Directions:

Pour milk in blender first and follow with the banana (break up the banana into ½ inch slices before placing in blender). Continue by placing flax/chia seed blend, protein powder, spinach and kale mix, and ice cubes into the blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

yummyyum

Low Calorie Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1 packet of low sodium taco or fajita seasoning
  • 8oz can of Rotel
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1/2 cup of pepper slices
  • 1/2 cup of zucchini and/or squash slices
  • Optional: 1/2 cup of quinoa or 100% whole grain rice
  • Optional: 1 can of black beans

Directions:

Fill a large stew pot 3/4ths full with water and bring to a boil. Add (uncooked) large chicken breast to boiling water and cook on medium high. While chicken is cooking, cut pepper into thin slices and zucchini into chunks. (Optional) Cook ½ cup of rice or quinoa as directed on packaging. Once chicken is thoroughly cooked, take chicken out of the stew pot and shred. Add corn, Rotel, pepper slices, zucchini chunks, and if you choose, black beans and rice or quinoa, as well as the shredded chicken to the stew pot of water (this should be the same water you cooked the chicken in). Lastly, mix in the packet of taco or fajita seasoning mix and stir. Let soup brew on low for 20 mins. Top with a ½ tablespoon of cheese and sprinkle with kale for presentation.

For another great dinner recipe check out Low Calorie – Low Carb Spaghetti Squash Lasagna.