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A Healthy and Delicious Substitute for Pasta

Try our spaghetti squash and avocado pesto recipe.

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We all know overloading on pasta isn’t ideal, but sometimes it seems like the easiest dinner option after a long day – until spaghetti squash entered the scene! This unique fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!) is surprisingly delicious and simple to prepare, and it offers fiber, protein and healthy fats, which are good for your heart and have cancer-fighting powers. So ditch the pasta tonight, and try our creamy spaghetti squash and avocado pesto recipe instead. It has only 91 calories per serving, so you can enjoy a guilt-free second helping!

A delicious meal isn’t far away:

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   10 mins     45 mins     55 mins

What you’ll need: (makes 2 servings)

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 ripe avocado 
  • 1 handful of fresh basil, chopped (or 2 tablespoons dried basil)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Feeding a family? Double the recipe for double the servings!

Preparation:

  1. Poke holes in squash with a fork and heat in microwave for 5 minutes (or until piercings start to bubble). 
  2. Cut squash in half and scoop out the seeds.
  3. Drizzle squash with 1 tablespoon olive oil then roast at 400 degrees on the center rack for 40 minutes. 
  4. Remove from oven and use a fork to scoop the flesh out from the shell. (It will come out in a stringy form and will look like standard spaghetti.)
  5. Mash avocado together with remaining olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and basil with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Combine avocado mixture with squash and enjoy.

Nutrition by the numbers:*

  • 91 calories
  • 1g protein
  • 8g carbohydrates
  • 7g fat
  • 3g fiber
  • 13mg sodium

* per serving

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Published December 7th, 2017

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