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Hungry Girl Today: 4.28.15
CHEW THE RIGHT THING
HG's Spaghetti Squash Bolognese
Our Swap Squashes the Competition...
Our brand-new book -- The Hungry Girl Diet Cookbook: Healthy Recipes for Mix-n-Match Meals & Snacks -- hits store shelves today! In celebration, we're sharing this exclusive recipe from the book: a carb-slashed, veggie-packed spaghetti Bolognese swap!
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
1 spaghetti squash (at least 4 1/2 lbs.)
3 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped carrots
1 tbsp. olive oil or grapeseed oil
1 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Microwave squash for 6 minutes, or until soft enough to cut. Once cool enough to handle, halve lengthwise; scoop out and discard seeds.
Fill a large baking pan with 1/2 inch water, and place squash halves in the pan, cut sides down. Bake until tender, about 40 minutes. (For alternative cooking methods, see below.)
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, and Italian seasoning. Add 1/2 tsp. each garlic powder and onion powder, and mix well.
Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add celery, onion, and carrots, and drizzle with oil. Cook and stir until slightly softened, about 2 minutes.
Add beef to the skillet. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and remaining 1/2 tsp. each garlic powder and onion powder. Cook, stir, and crumble until veggies have softened and beef is fully cooked, about 8 minutes.
Carefully add tomato mixture to the skillet. Cook and stir until hot and well mixed, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Use a fork to scrape out spaghetti squash strands. Place in a strainer to drain excess moisture. Thoroughly blot dry, removing as much moisture as possible. Transfer 5 cups to a large bowl. (Reserve any extra squash for another time.)
Top squash with saucy beef, stir, and serve.
MAKES 4 SERVINGS
Serving Size: 1/4th of recipe (about 2 cups)
PointsPlus® value 8*
Time-Saving Alternative: Instead of baking the squash, cook it in the microwave. After scooping out and discarding the seeds, place one half of the squash in an extra-large microwave-safe bowl, cut side down. Add 1/4 cup water, cover, and cook for 7 minutes, or until soft. Repeat with remaining squash half.
Another Alternative: Slow-cook your spaghetti squash! Just set it and forget it...
Spaghetti Bolognese, Average
Toss That Sauce…
A big bowl of pasta topped with a hearty scoop of meat sauce -- that's old-fashioned, home-style, classic comfort food right there. But too much old-fashioned comfort food can leave you with uncomfortable pants... ones that no longer button. If you're torn between a plateful of spaghetti Bolognese and cute jeans that fit, we've got good news: You can have your Bolognese and eat it too! Our recipe calls for spaghetti squash instead of starchy noodles, plus a lean meat sauce that's crammed with tasty veggies. Can we officially declare that new-fashioned is the new old-fashioned?
Serving Size: 1 portion
PointsPlus® value 19*
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Because it bears repeating, we'll say it again… Today, April 28th, is the official release date for our new book, The Hungry Girl Diet Cookbook: Healthy Recipes for Mix-n-Match Meals & Snacks. That means it's now available on store shelves everywhere and online -- get it, get it, get it!
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