I never understood how you can get a precise spaghetti serving amount from the sizes given (2 oz, 1/8 of a box, 1/2 cup) - it made no sense to me! **If you love spaghetti, remember that a single serving is 32 full strands of spaghetti.**
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I cook a whole pound of spaghetti or rice at once and freeze it in single serving sizes. This saves me time at night and I don't have to worry about how much dry spaghetti or rice to cook to get 1 serving -
I freeze it in self-sealing plastic bags (like Ziploc) and use a permanent marker to label the bag with the contents, quantity, and date -
I have a hard time getting my son to eat his vegetables. So (and I'm stealing this idea from Bearno's spaghetti sauce) I microplane some carrots into spaghetti sauce. He can't tell it's there (what kid doesn't love pasta?) and gets an extra serving of veggies!
We were eating at Bearno's and I noticed there were bits of carrot in the marinara. With the microplane they are smaller, but you can get more in there and because of the color of the sauce the kids can't tell.
Do you love spaghetti (or any pasta)? If so, you have to try this!
If you're like me and you love spaghetti (ANY pasta), and want to enjoy it without sacrificing your healthy eating, whenever possible use spaghetti squash, instead of pasta. If you have never tried it, give it a try! If time allows, I will also make my own sauce to eliminate all the added sugar and/or salt in jarred sauces. Or even just toss the strands of spaghetti squash with a little olive oil then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.22
Spaghetti squash can be easily cooked in a microwave and usually has a sticker on it with instructions. I cut mine in half, place cut side down in a glass casserole dish with a little water, cover with the lid and microwave for about 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool, then use a fork to remove strands.
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