Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes, Feta and Basil

Friday, February 4, 2011

Now that I made spaghetti squash, I have so much left over! What to do, what to do? I needed to find something else to make with my squash. I found this recipe at http://www.allrecipes.com/. It is pretty simple to make and it got excellent reviews by 750 reviewers so why not give it a try? I didn't change too much to the recipe, except I skipped the olives because I do not like them and added zucchini because I do love them. If you do decide to add the olives, remember to subtract them from your healthy fat. Whatever you do, do not skip on the feta. The feta cheese is what makes this dish in my opinion. If you do not have feta, you could always use 1 tablespoon Parmesan as a condiment. The feta I used fell into the lean category which was 4 g of fat per oz. This dish has a Mediterranean flavor to it which tantalized my taste buds. Very yummy side dish! I would serve this dish to company because I like it that much. I just love how it turned out! I am going to add some grilled chicken marinated in Italian salad dressing as my additional lean. Try eating it with shrimp! Enjoy!


Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes, Feta and Basil
Slightly adapted from http://www.allrecipes.com/

Ingredients:
3 cups prepared spaghetti squash (6 greens)
1 tablespoons olive oil (3 healthy fats)
2 cloves garlic, minced (2 condiments)
1 cup chopped tomatoes (2 greens)
1/2 cup chopped zucchini (1 green)
3/4 cup crumbled reduced fat feta cheese (3/4 Lean)
1 teaspoon basil (1 condiment)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.

Place spaghetti squash cut sides down on the prepared baking sheet, and bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a sharp knife can be inserted with only a little resistance. Remove squash from oven, and set aside to cool enough to be easily handled. Use a large spoon to scoop the stringy pulp from the squash and set aside 3 cups. Save the rest for later. Go here for a tutorial making the squash using a microwave.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic in oil until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, zucchini, and olives and cook only until warm.

Toss squash with the sauteed vegetables, feta cheese, and basil. Serve warm.

3 Servings: Each serving has 1 Complete Green, 1/4 Lean, 1 Condiment and 1 Healthy Fat

* You will need to add 3/4 lean such as 3.75 oz beef (Lean), 4.5 oz chicken (Leaner), or 5.25 oz shrimp (Leanest requires 1 more Healthy Fat)

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