It’s not as quick to make as boxed noodles, but it’s just as tasty and definitely more nutritious. This is a good, cheap meal and the “noodles” keep well in the fridge if you need to make them ahead of time.

Be sure to get some protein in. Ground sausage is a good choice.

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 can Trader Joe’s tomato sauce (or other lower-carb sauce)
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef or Italian sausage

Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Cut it into 1 to 1.5-inch arcs from side to side, with the grain of the squash. Cut off about 1/4-inch of the rind and put the slices of squash into a pot with boiling water and salt. Boil for about 20 minutes.

While the squash is boiling, cook the ground beef or Italian sausage in a large skillet or pan. When it’s cooked, add the tomato sauce and turn to low or turn off the heat if the squash is close to being done.

Remove the cooked squash from the water and separate the “noodles” of the squash with two forks in a large bowl. Mix the sauce into the squash. Top with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. 1 squash serves two people.

You could also saute vegetables in with the meat. Onion, green pepper, or mushroom would all be good in the sauce.