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Spaghetti squash: It's our latest obsession. We can't get enough of it. Good thing it's low in calories AND a spectacular pasta swap. Check out these brand-new no-noodle dishes... NOW!

 
 
Cheesy-Peasy Spaghetti Squash

PER SERVING (1/4th of recipe, about 1 1/2 cups): 171 calories, 3.5g fat, 429mg sodium, 25.5g carbs, 5g fiber, 10g sugars, 9g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

FOUR kinds of cheese. We spoil you, but you're worth it...

Ingredients:
1 spaghetti squash (about 4 1/2 lb.)
1 stick light string cheese
1 1/2 cups frozen mixed petite vegetables
4 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
1/4 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese
1 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Microwave whole squash for 3 - 4 minutes, until soft enough to cut. 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.

Meanwhile, break string cheese into thirds and place in a blender or food processor -- blend at high speed until shredded. (Or pull into shreds and roughly chop.)

Scrape out squash strands with a fork, and transfer to a strainer to drain excess moisture. Pat dry, if needed. Transfer to a large bowl and cover to keep warm.

Microwave frozen veggies in a microwave-safe bowl for 2 minutes. Stir well. Microwave for 1 minute, or until hot. Drain any excess water, and transfer veggies to the bowl with the squash strands.

In a small microwave-safe dish, microwave cheese wedges for 20 seconds, or until hot. Add to the large bowl along with shredded string cheese and cheddar cheese. Stir until cheeses have melted and are well mixed.

Serve sprinkled with Parm-style topping. Eat up!

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

 
 
 
 
Spaghetti Squash 'n Shrimp Arrabbiata

PER SERVING (1/4th of recipe, about 1 1/3 cups squash with 1 heaping cup shrimp and sauce): 243 calories, 2g fat, 838mg sodium, 37g carbs, 8.5g fiber, 15g sugars, 21g protein -- PointsPlus® value 6*

The word arrabbiata means "angry" in Italian, but you'll be anything BUT ill-tempered when you taste this dish. PROMISE!!!

Ingredients:
1 spaghetti squash (about 4 1/2 lb.)
1 cup chopped onion
2 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. red pepper flakes, or more to taste
One 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes (about 3 cups)
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
12 oz. raw medium shrimp, peeled, tails removed, deveined
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Microwave whole squash for 3 - 4 minutes, until soft enough to cut. 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.

About 20 minutes before squash is done baking, bring a medium pot sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir until onion has softened and slightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes and Italian seasoning to the pot. Cook and stir until hot, 1 - 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low. Add shrimp and cook for about 5 minutes, until cooked through.

Remove pot from heat, stir in basil, and cover to keep warm.

Scrape out squash strands with a fork, and transfer to a strainer to drain excess moisture. Pat dry, if needed. Transfer to a large bowl and season with salt and black pepper.

Top each serving of squash (about 1 1/3 cups) with 1/4th of the saucy shrimp mixture (1 heaping cup). Dig in!

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

 
 
 
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