Have you ever started a diet and all you can think of is a delicious lasagna with melted mozzarella cheese? And what about some marinara sauce to put it all graciously together? That's exactly what happens to us once we go back on track with our macros. My kids, hubby and, of course, myself start craving some carbs, cheese... You name it... we crave it!
Nobody said this journey would be easy, but yet we're doing it, mostly for the health. And if some extra pounds disappear in the attempts, way better! Crazy diets... I've done that. Those that brings the body to starvation mode, feed you up with only liquids or deprives meat. I've done it all. Some has given results. Few permanents, apart from the hunger and headaches.
At the beggining of 2020 we as family made the resolution to try the Keto diet for a few months and surprisingly we've seen nice results. My son was more than pleased with it. But his carb-craver tooth -and perhaps ours too- wanted some of the Italian dish famously known as lasagna. Mama Mia!
Pinterest once taught me that Spaguetti Squash -the cute yellow vegetable that we tend to ignore when we are in a diet that's carb welcoming (A free eating diet! You know what I mean, right!) - was a decent substitution for pastas.
In an attempt to show my kids that I really wanted a pizza!... I mean a healthy lasagna! Oh my God, how that slipped? Long story short, I got two cute spaguetti squashes, hard and good looking yellow (That was a sexy description for a spaguetti Squash, really?) Cut them open long side, removed the seeds with a spoon and baked them upside down with a little sea salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, cooked some ground beef, grated some cheese and puff! Magic!
Of course it wasn't the real deal but it was very close to it. So close that it belongs to our weekly menu. That good!
The melted cheese, the hot tomato paste with a hint of oregano, and parsley on top made this a very healthy and delicious dish!
Spaguetti Squash Lasagna Recipe
2 spaguetti squash (washed and dried, cut long side, all seeds removed)
pinch of sea salt
pinch blsck pepper
For the meat:
1 pound ground beef 80/20
2 tbsp. tomato paste
your favorite sazonings (we use Sazonador Total, but you can use salt and pepper, or italian seasoning)
pinch of oregano
4 oz mozarella shredded
Bake the Spaguetti Squashes at 350 degree for 30 minutes aprox. Cook and drain meat. Add seasoning, tomato paste and oregano and let it simmer at low heat.
When the Squash's outside start looking a little dark and is soft, remove from oven and scrape the insides with a fork. You can take all the tiny squash noodles and place it in another plate and assemble the 4 "shells"like a normal lasagna, substituting the pasta part with spaguetti squash.
Top the four servings with a little mozzarella and put in oven for 4 to 5 minutes, until the mozzarella is melted.
Sprinkle some parsley, and maybe some grated parmesan if your macros aloud (or do it if you're not counting macros).
Serve hot and enjoy this healthy and delicious dinner.
Make it for a date night without regrets of bloated tummy... Extra points for been so thoughtful!
Buon Appetito, amici!