Category Archives: Vegetarian

Spaghetti Squash

So, I recently discovered a great and fast way to eat spaghetti squash and mentioned to one of my friends that I had just had it for lunch.  She said she was so intimidated by it she had never actually tried to cook it.  This didn’t surprise me, as I just tried to cook it for the first time this year.  I think it can be intimidating for most.  I’m here to tell you, this is so easy, great for kids to help out with, and so yummy and low in points!

1 spaghetti squash

1 8oz can roasted garlic tomato paste

1 8oz can tomato sauce

garlic salt to taste

Stab the squash a few times with a fork and nuke it in the microwave on high for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the tomato paste, sauce, and garlic salt in a small saucepan.  Cook on low until heated through.

When squash is done, remove with pot holders and carefully cut in half lengthwise.  Carefully remove seeds with a fork.  Now comes the fun part!  Using the fork, scrape out the inside into a bowl.  It will resemble spaghetti.

Top with tomato sauce and voila!

I don’t know how many points this is, but 1/2 of a squash is 0 points and I’m sure the tomato sauce can’t be more than 1 or 2 points.

Quinoa salad with fruit and nuts

This is my new favorite way to eat quinoa!!!!!  I’ve tried it with vegetables but fruit is the best!

2 cups water

1 cup quinoa

1/2 cup pitted chopped dates

1/4 cup golden raisins

1/4 cup dried cranberries

3 scallions, chopped

3 Tbsp chopped cilantro

3 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted

2 Tbsp fresh lime juice

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 tsp honey

1/2 tsp salt

Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan.  Add the quinoa, cover, and cook, until tender and the water has evaporated, about 15 minutes.  Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the dates, dried fruits, scallions, cilantro, and pine nuts.

Whisk together the lime juice, oil, honey, and salt in a small bowl.  Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture and toss to coat.

Makes 4 servings for 7 pts or 10 pts +

The points are a bit high, but it’s very filling and I had cantaloupe with it for 0 points.  Quinoa is the only grain that is a complete protein.

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