Spaghetti Squash Lo Mein

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Spaghetti squash is one of those veggies that is excellent for low carb diets or just an overall healthy diet. Actually according to Wikipedia, it is a fruit but commonly thought of as being a vegetable.We quickly learn how to re-create our favorite dishes with other alternatives such as cauliflower which is used as pasta in mockaroni dishes, the base for pizza crusts or as a substitute for rice. We learn to adapt without trying to skimp on taste. :) The yellow strands that come from inside of the spaghetti squash look similar to spaghetti noodles (hence the name). The flavor is mild which allows it to be a great substitute for pasta dishes. I have to say lo mein is one of my favorite Chinese dishes and I never dreamed I could have something similar on the Medifast plan. Don't get me wrong. Spaghetti squash does not taste entirely like pasta noodles and has a flavor all of it is own, but it works well as a pasta substitute. It gives the dish a hint of sweetness with a tad bit of crunchiness from the strands. Personally, I love spaghetti squash so I knew I would like this dish. When I first made this dish, I used 2 tsp of teriyaki sauce, but because teriyaki sauce is a bit on the sweet side and the spaghetti squash strands have a hint of sweetness, I thought it was a tad bit sweet. I plan on using 1 tsp teriyaki sauce and 1 tsp soy sauce next time. Of course, there will be a next time! I ate this with grilled chicken that was marinated in 1 tsp teriyaki sauce overnight. I have never tried spaghetti squash until I began Medifast and now I wonder why I didn't try it sooner! Give it a try because until you do, you just never know what you are missing! Enjoy this low carb dish!

Spaghetti Squash Lo Mein

1 1/2 cups spaghetti squash, cooked (3 Greens)
1 tsp sesame oil (1 Healthy Fat)
1 clove garlic, minced (1 Condiment)
2 tsp teriyaki sauce or 1 tsp teriyaki sauce and 1 tsp soy sauce (2 Condiments)

For a tutorial on how to cook spaghetti squash, please go HERE.

Heat sesame oil in skillet over medium - high heat. Add garlic and saute until golden brown. Add spaghetti squash strands and teriyaki sauce. Cook until heated thoroughly for a few minutes. Serve with your favorite lean.

All your Green Servings, 1 Healthy Fat and 3 Condiments
*You must add your lean for the day! Chicken needs no additional healthy fat, but shrimp or fish needs 1 more healthy fat.

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