Low Carb Ideas – Spaghetti Squash

We’re into our 3rd year following a low carb/banting lifestyle and if you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you’ll know it’s been revolutionary in both my health and my waistline! It took a while to fully come to grips with this way of eating and of cooking. I had to throw out all the conventional knowledge that had been indoctrinated into me from a young age, about what healthy and balanced eating really is and I had to learn to take the time to prepare my meals to avoid all the convenience and processed foods available to us. It’s hard you guys, if you’ve ever taken the time to educate yourself on food labels, you’d be horrified at how food is marketed to us as being a healthy when it simply isn’t. It’s just a pile of sugar laden, chemical filled, processed crap. 

Of course some foods have been harder to substitute or replace than others, like pasta for example. Sure, we eat zoodles and I like them, nothing wrong with them, they taste good, they simply aren’t pasta but then again, they also don’t make me fat, my insulin spike or my stomach cramp like conventional wheat or carb based products do to me now. I simply can’t stomach wheat based or carb based foods anymore. 

When we first embarked on this journey, I followed  a lot of overseas bloggers and Instagrammers to get ideas for recipes and easy meals and the one vegetable that kept cropping up but which I could not, for love or money, find locally, was the Spaghettie Squash which is apparently a fantastic alternative to zoodles or pasta. 

Then, last week…… ta… dah… dah…dah…..

Spaghetti Squash

I found it….. the elusive Spaghetti Squash at Woolworths! Check it out, you can even order it online from them and at only R24 bucks, it works out to not just a healthier, but also a cheaper alternative to conventional pasta!

Preparation – Spaghetti squash can be baked, boiled, steamed, and/or microwaved. It can be served with or without sauce, as a substitute for pasta. The seeds can be roasted, similar to pumpkin seeds

Nutrition – Spaghetti squash contains many nutrients, including folic acid, potassium, vitamin A, and beta carotene. It is low in calories, averaging 42 calories per 1-cup (155 grams) serving.

And it’s as easy to prepare too!

Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Serves 4
A delicious and healthy pasta alternative.
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Prep Time
1 hr 20 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
1 hr 20 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
2 calories
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1 g
39 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
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Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 39mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 0g
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Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
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Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
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Iron
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1x Spaghetti Squash
  2. Salt
  3. Pepper
  4. Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven at 180 degrees C
  2. Cut the Spaghetti Squash in half and remove the seeds
  3. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt & pepper
  4. On an oven rack, over a baking tray, cook the squash for one hour, open side facing down so that excess liquid can drain out
  5. After an hour, remove from the oven, stick a fork through the skin, if the fork slides in, the squash is cooked.
  6. Flip over and using a fork, scrape the insides of the squash to get a stringy, spaghetti styled veg noodle.
Notes
  1. Serve with a flavored butter as a side dish to any meal or as a pasta substitute with your favorite pasta sauce.
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Spaghetti Squash HalvesIt’s not pasta you guys, but, it doesn’t make me fat, it doesn’t give me stomach cramps or irritate my IBS, it’s low in carbs and super healthy and it tastes good too. That’s a win all round in my book!

Spaghetti Squash Cooked

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9 Comments

  • Reply Wenchy

    The link is not working but I will search Woolworths page at once.

    I have found the same. Gluten and carbohydrate based meals hurts my stomach.

    March 2, 2016 at 9:37 am
  • Reply tarirograce1Grace

    Hi !! I have been waiting forever to try spaghetti squash. From which Woolies did you buy it?

    March 3, 2016 at 3:58 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      I bought mine from Woolworths in Douglasdale last week. I went back yesterday and now they’re totally sold out & I see they’ve removed it from their online store too, so I hope that this just means that it sold really well and they will be getting more soon!

      March 4, 2016 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Heather de Bruin

    Hey hey

    so glad they are finally here I asked Woolies to consider getting them about 1 year ago, so would’ve been amazing to just get a Tweet saying they have them 🙂

    Will have to get me some
    x Heath

    July 27, 2016 at 10:12 am
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