This month I was given another wonderful blog to choose a recipe from for the challenge. Robin Restored is the blog and Robin has so many wonderful recipes to share. You'll also find some good recipes that won't cost you a lot to make, which is a bonus! Normally I would go with one of the cheesy ones, but I'm on Weight Watchers (again) so I had to choose something a little healthier. I also had a party to go to on Saturday so I couldn't even splurge. It was hard to choose but I decided to go with the Spaghetti Squash with Sauce.
I've been meaning to try spaghetti squash for awhile now. I also wanted to see if my kids would like it. One of them ate a bit but she didn't seem very impressed. The other one wouldn't even look at it, and my kids are pretty adventurous when it comes to food, so I was surprised. They knew by the appearance that it wasn't spaghetti. I thought it was pretty good, I guess I'm still a little more adventurous than they are. I was making steak that night so I decided to leave out the ground meat, and I forgot to put in some tomato paste. Oops! The sauce I used was a canned pasta sauce. I made a cheater version of Robin's recipe by using garlic and onion powder instead of the fresh stuff, and I followed the recipe on the sticker of the squash for cooking it in the microwave. I brought the squash home and was hungry, so I didn't want to wait for it to bake.
When I enter this recipe in the WW recipe builder it tells me it's 6 PointsPlus per serving because it's marking down 9 points for the squash!! If you just record squash in your tracker it's worth 0. Yeah, I'll go with that. I'm only charging myself for the sauce and cheese.
Spaghetti Squash with Sauce
2 servings | PointsPlus per Serving: 3 (sauce and cheese)
1 spaghetti squash (mine was about 2lbs)
1 cup tomato sauce (I used Primo tomato & basil)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried parsley
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Heat the squash in the microwave for 1 minute. I'm not sure why, but that's what the sticker said to do, so I did it. Now, cut the squash in half lenght-wise and scoop out the guts. It looks and smells like a pumpkin.
Place the squash in a microwave safe dish with about 1/2 cup of water, and cover it. Microwave on high for about 12 minutes or until you can pull strings of squash away from the sides. Once cooked, scrape the squash completely into strings and place it in a bowl.
While the squash is cooking, heat the tomato sauce with all the spices until it starts to bubble. When the squash is done, mix it with the sauce and top with a bit of Parmesan cheese.
When the squash is cooked, you'll find that it really doesn't make a lot. I could probably have eaten the whole thing myself. Next time, maybe I will!