If you are looking to reduce the carbohydrates in your diet plan, one must-eat food is squash. Both butternut as well as spaghetti squash are perfect additions to any diet as they are rich in nutrients, high in fiber, and will help you feel satisfied on slightly fewer calories.
But, many people overlook these simply because they don’t know how to serve them. Let’s look at a few ideas to get you started.
Spaghetti Squash And Meatballs
First, simply use spaghetti squash to replace usual spaghetti in the classic meatballs dish. Prepare your meatballs using ground turkey rather than ground beef to keep the dish lower in fat and calories and you’re all set. Top it with homemade tomato sauce or a lower sodium prepared version and any pan-fried or grilled vegetables you desire.
Spaghetti squash is excellent as it serves for a very close replacement for the typical pasta with a similar taste and texture.
Mashed Butternut Squash
Next, also consider mashed butternut squash as well. If you are a lover of mashed potatoes, those clearly are not going to be making an appearance in your diet plan right now.
But, mashed butternut squash most certainly can. Prepare this with some lower sodium chicken broth for added flavor or some unsweetened almond milk.
Top with some unsweetened dried coconut for something totally different.
Garlic Baked Butternut Squash
Finally, also consider simply baking your butternut squash as well. Butternut squash is easy to bake and provides a nice soft texture when cooked this way.
Simply slice it up, coat it with a little olive oil combined with minced garlic and then bake it for 20-25 minutes or until the desired softness is reached.
However you choose to serve it, squash can make for a perfect addition to your diet plan. You might also want to consider using squash as a moisture ingredient in baking recipes as well such as muffins or cakes instead of using the full amount of oil and butter as called for.
So next time you need a new side dish, make sure to give squash a try!
Jeff McDaniel, BS-ES, CPT