When you’re watching your carbs, it can be hard not to yearn for foods that are “out of bounds.” Pasta and noodles are something to limit, in both portion size and frequency of having them for a meal. But, the good news is, there’s spaghetti squash.
One cup of pasta has 200 calories and 40 grams of carbs. One cup of egg noodles has 221 calories and 40 grams of carbs. One cup of wheat noodles has 238 calories and 48 grams of carbs. Spaghetti squash, on the other hand, has 42 calories and 10 grams of carbs. That colossal difference means that spaghetti can be back in your regular rotation without you having to plan around it all day.
If you are in the mood for Asian food, and have blood sugar concerns, you might not trust a delivery place. After all, when ordering, you don’t have the nutritional information or know the exact ingredients, making it hard to calculate yourself. This recipe from Little Bits of Real Food gives you all the flavors of chow mein without the high carb count! The recipe yields three servings with only 143 calories and under 33 grams of carbs each! Get the recipe here.
Delicious and creamy chicken alfredo is usually off the menu when watching one’s blood sugar. But, by subbing squash for pasta, it’s back! Cooking LSL uses shredded chicken in this version. While the recipe does hold 654 calories per serving, it only has 15 grams of carbs and, as a main dish, that’s not too shabby! Get the recipe here.
Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
The weather outside is frightful, but this meal is so delightful! There are few things more comforting and warming in the cold winter months than spaghetti and meat sauce. Cooking Light’s version ups the vegetable content and cuts the carbs. The servings are only 213 calories with under 26 grams of carbs. Get the recipe here.
Spaghetti Squash Soup with Celery, Lemon and Thyme
Maybe you’ll become tired of pasta dishes — it seems improbable, but it might happen — we have one last recipe for you this week. Jen Reviews has presented a spaghetti squash soup that is comforting without being heavy. The flavors of celery, lemon and thyme make this winter squash taste light. This soup is closer to pumpkin soup than chicken noodle as it is creamed. The warming soup has only 183 calories and 30 grams of carbs per serving! Get the recipe here.
We hope these recipes help you stay warm and enjoy this winter squash. The groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, didn’t see his shadow on Groundhog Day, that predicts an early spring. However, he’s only right 40% of the time, so we might be enjoying spaghetti squash for a while longer!