Skinny Mediterranean “Pasta”

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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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42 Comments

  1. Suzie Q says:

    This actually looks so delicious and great healthy alternative! I’ll definitely try this one day =) Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo,
    Suzie Q
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  2. Nesrin says:

    Oh gosh! This looks so delicious and healthy! Have to try it for sure. I really love your cooking creations, very good job Shea.

    xx

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  3. carol says:

    must be so delicious !! perfect recipe honey totally must try for me:) thank you a lot for sharing this with us !!! :)
    kisses

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  4. sarahs says:

    Looks so yum!! Will def try it out :)

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  5. Yum! What a delicious looking healthy recipe!

    xoxo
    Juliette Laura
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  6. Krista says:

    Wooow i Have to try this! I would never get the idea to combine these ingredients!

  7. The Provoker says:

    OMG yummers this looks sooooo delish! <3 You must see my new outfit post sporting Nicholas Ghesquiere for BALENCIAGA pieces from the good ol' days, it's architectural inspired with quirky textures. Do tell me what you think on the provoking pieces ;)

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  8. Pauline says:

    This is such a great idea, i so wanna try this!

  9. Bianca L. says:

    huum, pasta and skinny? I want it hahah
    kisses,
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  10. Diana C. says:

    Looks DELICIOUS!! Getting so hungry now, need a big bowl of pasta pronto

  11. Anna says:

    I love my pasta but you’re right, it’s not great if you’re trying to stay slim, great recipe can’t wait to try it out!

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  12. It looks amazing! Thanks so much for the recipe! <3

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  13. Pilisstyle says:

    The idea of making “squash pasta” is absolutely awesome! Gotta try it asap! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Sara Morais says:

    I always get really excited when you post these recipes. They look yummy and want to try them all. I’m trying to stay healthy and fit (not an easy job, not at all!) and these are just perfect.

    xoxo, Sara *

  15. Bookmarked this so I can make it next week. Thanks for sharing recipe!

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  16. Sarah Lewis says:

    Looks so good ! I’m going to cook this today :)

    Do you know how many calories there are (per serving) in your recipes ? I think it would be really great to know !

    Best,

    Sarah

  17. Mary says:

    I absolutely love spaghetti squash pasta and this recipe looks fantastic!

    Mary

    http://marymarysgarden.wordpress.com

  18. Denisa says:

    Oo, that looks so yummy. I like that recipe. Have a nice monday.

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  19. Lorena says:

    that i´m getting hungry!!!

  20. This looks so delicious! I cannot wait to try this. Thank you for sharing the wonderful and healthy recipes:)

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  21. Cara says:

    This looks delish, definitely must try it!

    xx Cara
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  22. aiyana says:

    this looks amazing! i’ve been dying to try spaghetti squash for ages, in the meantime i use whole wheat pasta for my fix!
    http://citystylecountrysmile.com/2013/03/01/avocado-pesto-pasta-sauce/

  23. I’ve always wanted to make spaghetti squash!! This looks so incredibly yummy!! I might have to make this recipe when my boyfriend isn’t home!! =)

  24. Shea Marie says:

    Hi Sarah, I’ve really never been a calorie counter so I really don’t know the exact count. I just try and avoid things that are fattening as much as possible and switch them for something less fattening whenever I can. To me it’s all about eating healthier. Being sensible about what you eat and how much of it you eat. I eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and incorporate them into my recipes, but I also like to have a good steak or pasta dish once in a while too.

  25. Alyx says:

    I love spaghetti squash, it’s so delicious. My family does it with a meat sauce, it’s unbelievable! And so healthy!

    http://alyxtheprincess.blogspot.com

  26. tom montella says:

    you have the best recipies! im looking forward to sharing a meal with you some day!

  27. Maria says:

    looks so yum & nutritious! gonna try this out :)

    Xoxo, Maria from- http://dreamoutloudgirls.blogspot.se/

  28. Alyssa says:

    I have been making spaghetti squash for years as a side dish & I love it! But I can’t seem to get myself to try it as a pasta replacement…must be the Italian in me :)

    xo,

    Alyssa
    http://www.runwaychef.com

  29. Lou says:

    I’m hungry now ;) !!

    Lou

  30. Amanda says:

    As soon as I saw this I put it on my list to make. I was a bit skeptical, but thought what the hell. I should try it. I’m so glad I did, Delicious and healthy! Can’t beat that!

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