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I didn’t have time to share my recipe last week because I was busy traveling! But I cooked this several weeks ago and have been meaning to share with you all!

This is one of my favorite secret recipes I’ve been sharing with my friends for a long time. It’s great because everyone loves pasta, but when you are trying to watch your diet it’s usually not the first thing on your nutritionist’s list. This healthy pasta alternative could be though! There are so many ways you can use Spaghetti Squash instead of pasta. It’s full of nutrients and with only 40 calories per cup that makes it a winner.

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What you’ll need:
1 large spaghetti squash
2 med zucchini squash
1 pepper (you can use whichever kind you pepper. I used yellow)
1 small onion or 1/2 half large onion
tomatoes (I used campari but you can use grape or cherry)
1 or 2 cloves garlic chopped
fresh basil
feta cheese
1 lemon
1 small can sliced olives ( I bought chopped by mistake )

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Preheat oven to 375

Spaghetti squash if very hard to cut raw so I decided to bake it whole. Puncture some holes in the squash. This will let the steam escape while baking. Place in a shallow pan and bake for about an hour or so until a knife will insert easily into the squash. You can add a little water to the pan if you want. I like my squash a little crunchy but I was busy on the computer and I let it bake longer that I should have. It can get watery if you let it bake too long. If this happens, drain in a colander for a while after you shred it.

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While the squash if baking, chop zucchini into small pieces and steam for a few minutes. You want them crunchy, not mushy.

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Chop onion garlic and pepper and saute in olive oil until softened a bit.

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Add tomatoes and saute for a minute or two more

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Once squash has cooled a bit cut in half and remove seeds. Take a fork and start shredding. I love this part! And watch as it magically starts taking a spaghetti shape- it’s really cool!

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Mix all ingredients together. Chop some fresh basil and add the feta cheese. Salt and pepper to taste and a little bit of lemon and your done.

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Hope you guys enjoy!!!
Note: This is also delicious as a cold salad. Just blanch zucchini, use green onions instead of yellow, grape or cherry tomatoes, and do not saute any of the ingredients. Add a can of garbanzo beans or cannellini beans. This is a lovely dish to take to a party. You friends will think you are an amazing chef!

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