WHAT a delicious meal! Spaghetti squash. See pics!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

SO cool to find a veggie that resembles pasta! HOW cool is that. GOD outdid himself on that one! LOL

THE picture above is 1 cup of spaghetti squash, 1/2 cup of 100% Natural Chunky Ragu Roasted Red Pepper and Onion sauce, 3 ozs. 93% lean ground beef.
1/2 cup has 80 calories, Fat 2.5, Sodium 500, Carbs 13, Fiber 2, Sugars 10, Protein 2.

Sugar is listed as # 6 in the ingredients so allowed on my eating plan. We are allowed Spaghetti sauce as a condiment with our lunch and dinner meals. ALL the ingredients by the way are natural.... so this sauce tastes so fresh! I love that!

The corn and black bean medley is by FLAV-R-PAC called Santa Fe Medley Steam of the Crop. It has Corn, Black Beans, Onions, Red and Green Peppers.
That is 1/2 cup on the plate but the bag shows 2/3 cup has 90 cal. Fat 1, Sodium, 80, Carbs 15, Fiber 6, Sugars 4, Protein 5. The sugars are natural... there are NO sugars added. Just veggies and beans only!

The other food is spinach lettuce and tomato and ranch dressing. That was 2 tb. measured on the dressing but it was too much to my tastes! LOL

Mary Ann (SHANTISHANTI) told me how to fix the spaghetti squash.. so here is what I did:

Cut the squash in 1/2 (IT is hard as a rock! LOL)
Scoop out the seeds and puncture it with a skewer. I used my pecan picker thing to pick nuts out of the shell.
Place it face down in a pyrex dish. I added a touch of water to the top of the squash before I place it in the dish.
Microwave it til soft, not mushy... so just keep checking it with a fork.

Here is is finished:

Isn't that the coolest thing...that is is like spaghetti noodles. God is amazing. I am in AWE of this! (smiling) My husband liked it BETTER than pasta! I did too!

When I fixed the beef for this I also went ahead and made a dish of pasta shells and sauce and mozerella for the kids. Here is a picture of that:

They had salad and garlic bread with theirs.
Neither kid would try the squash! OH well their loss! LOL

Here is a comparison picture below of me.

I still have a ways to go with my hips as you can see... but exercise should help firm that up! Too many years of sitting on my butt at my office job. I call it Secretary's butt! I don't work in an office anymore.. but the butt stayed with me! LOL
I just need to walk and work out... and that is what I am going to do!

There is a difference of 25 lbs in this picture.

The one on the right was taken yesterday... I think I have my lunch on my shirt LOL

Stay the course sparkers! I am rootin' for you!

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    Looks great--I must give it a try. I call my behind "computer" butt from sitting here so much doing my teaching. Thanks for sharing.
    3265 days ago
    I am going to have to try the squash.. do you know if it freezes? I would be the only one in the house to eat it, but if I could freeze it, I could take it to work for my lunches.
    You seriously look amazing.
    3276 days ago
    I am a recent convert to the spaghetti squash club! Love the stuff, with a veggie-tom sauce and some parmesan cheese & pepper. Can't be beat! The calories are about a 1/3 that of pasta to boot, and I feel more full!
    3280 days ago
    That looks delicious! I will put spaghetti squash on my shopping list for this week. I have also had spaghetti squash with an olive oil, garlic & parmesan vinaigrette. VERY good!
    3286 days ago
    Just added spaghetti squash to my grocery list, it really looks like spaghetti. How cool is that?

    3286 days ago
    Always wanted to try spaghetti squash. I guess I'll pick one up next week at the market since I have a couple of jars of Ragu that I got on sale. You are the incredible shrinking woman! emoticon emoticon
    3286 days ago
    What a delicious meal! Thanks so much for posting pics! i keep wanting to venture into the world of spaghetti squash, but I always get apprehensive because I feel like it's going to take me months to learn how to do it or something. Now that I see your pics, I realize I need to get this in our meal plans! :) Thanks so much!

    You are looking FABULOUS, my dear. You are getting younger looking and more and more beautiful by the day! Looking GREAT!
    3286 days ago
    I haven't seen that here. You look great in your latest pic. Well done!
    3286 days ago
    Food looks great and yummy emoticon , you look great emoticon
    3286 days ago
    Yum. And you look marvelous! emoticon
    3286 days ago
    What a great idea, sounds yummy!!
    3286 days ago
    I love spaghetti squash. I haven't had it in a while, but it is way cool! I like to make zucchini lasagna, and use long slices of zucchini instead of noodles! Just par-boil the slices til limp, drain, and layer like regular lasagna.
    3286 days ago
    I would love to try it but have had trouble finding it around here. Thanks for the recipe. You look fantastic!
    3286 days ago
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    So happy to be battling with you, you gorgeous green warrior!
    3286 days ago
    I love spaghetti squash! I eat eat with spaghetti sauce just like you do. It really is very yummy.
    3286 days ago
    I always thoughht Spaghetti squash was so hard ti cook, so I never tried it, no excuses now it looks so easy to do. TY.
    3287 days ago
    It's a great meal u made!
    3287 days ago
    Helen... I buy it at my local grocery store... nothing special at all! I just really look for all frozen veggies combos since the canned are so high in sodium..and they really don't taste very good!

    I love fresh veggies but that season is quickly fading for those.

    MY FAVORITE choices are ones that you steam right in the bag! NOW THAT IS GENIUS I THINK!!!!

    As far as preparation of the spaghetti squash goes... I just did some more (THE other 1/2 actually) a few minutes ago.

    It took me about 2 minutes to scoop out the inside and about
    4-5 minutes to cook it face down in the pyrex dish in my 1,000 watt microwave... so that was quick I think!

    3287 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/17/2010 4:29:39 PM
    That is too cool!!!! I have never had spaghetti squash in my life... just recently tried butternut squash and it was OK. I love your corn and black bean veggies. Is that something you can buy at any local grocery store or is it "special" (LOL!)??? I don't recall seeing anything like that. Frozen food section?
    3287 days ago
    I'm pretty sure hubby wouldn't eat the squash, but I love it in any form. I've had spaghetti squash before, but never tried to use it like spaghetti...duh! Now, I definitely will! Your meal looks delicious! Good job and thanks for sharing.
    3287 days ago
    Yum!!! Looks like an awesome meal!! I LOVE spaghettie squash too! I get impatient with making it though since it takes a lot of extra time to do all the prep work, but it's worth it when I have the time. :) I also love to sautee spaghetti squash-- put it in a pan with EVOO, onions, zucchini, red peppers-- basically any veggies you like!-- and sautee it after you've shredded/cooked the squash. Season with any italian style herbs you like (and maybe a little butter hee hee) :) and it's super tasty! Serve with a lean chicken breast for protein, and you've got a meal with LOTS of yummy veggies.

    I also LOVE black beans! I have a great black bean salsa recipe that uses lots of fresh cliantro, canned tomatoes, corn, and red/green peppers, tossed with a fat free itailan dressing. Super tasty!

    You are looking so AWESOME!! I can't believe how DIFFERENT you look between your two pics-- with 25#!!! It's such a change! LOL @ "Secretary's Butt" hahahaha TOO FUNNY!! You can say "buh-bye" to that butt and 'WELCOME' to a nice ACTIVE BUTT as you keep grooving your body, lady!!! emoticon emoticon
    3287 days ago
    Oh my goodness, I must try the spaghetti squash. It looked yummy. How did you get it to string (noodle) out like that?
    3287 days ago
    That food looked GREAT!! emoticon And so do YOU! emoticon
    3287 days ago
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