Spaghetti Squash, Mushrooms and Spinach #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

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I know that it can be a challenge trying to cook healthier meals for your family. There’s times when I really want that extra flavor from chopped bacon in my pasta. I know, that’s okay. Part of eating healthier is knowing how to curb the urge to add more fat than I really need. Acquiring skills to change family favorites and go-to meals into more healthful dinners is a learning process.
A few years ago I participated in a program to teach low-income families how to shop for healthier alternatives like brown rice, properly store fresh fruits and veggies and prepare meals within their budget.

Here are some pointers I gave to them that can be applied towards creating healthier meals.

  • A general rule to keeping food fresh is buy what only what you need or store bulk purchases properly. Break larger portions of packaged meat into individual meals and freeze separately.
  • Try to buy local produce when possible. Wash fresh produce when you are ready to use it. Storing wet produce may promote bacterial growth and spoilage.
  • Choose leaner cuts of meat and ground beef whenever possible. Trim away some of the excess fat from pork roasts and chops.
  • Oven bake family favorites instead of frying. A light coating of oil on chicken or potatoes gives the flavor of fried without all the calories.
  • Introduce your family to one new food at a time. Try making an old favorite dish like spaghetti and meatballs with ground chicken or a fresh tomato sauce instead.
  • Sneak healthy greens like spinach and kale into soups, stews and casseroles.

I’ve found that the bottom line is if tastes good, my family will eat it!


As an added bonus, this Spaghetti Squash, Mushrooms and Spinach entree for today’s Sunday Supper is gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan too. Quick and easy!

Spaghetti Squash, Mushrooms and Spinach

Spaghetti Squash, Mushrooms and Spinach #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups shredded cooked spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • ¼ cup diced green onions
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ cup white wine, gluten-free*
  • 1 cup vegetable broth, gluten-free*
  • ¼ cup chopped blanched or toasted almonds
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt to taste, optional
Instructions
  1. Sauté mushrooms, onion and garlic in oil until tender.
  2. Add broth, wine, spinach and squash. Cook until thoroughly heated and most of the liquid evaporates.
  3. Add red pepper flakes,nuts and salt if needed.
Notes
*Some wines are processed in oak barrels where gluten is added as a binding agent. Vegetable broth can contain gluten as a thickener. Read labels carefully if you are intolerant.

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Special thanks to Katie of Ruffles & Truffles for hosting this healthy meals event with American Family Insurance!

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This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own.

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42 Responses to Spaghetti Squash, Mushrooms and Spinach #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

  1. Renee says:

    I love spaghetti squash and always looking for recipes for it. I’m so glad you shared this healthy one (and it looks mighty tasty too).
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  2. Yummy! Such a tasty sub for pasta. I love your healthy eating tips too!
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  6. I have come to a new appreciation of spaghetti squash this year. Your dish looks delicious!
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  9. Katie says:

    These are some great tips (and I totally use a lot of them in my shopping/cooking as well)! I am obsessed with spaghetti squash myself…this dish is definitely one I’d enjoy. YUM!
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  11. What a great way to use some of that summer harvest!
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  12. Love your tips on healthy eating! Spaghetti Squash is a great way to get a noodle feel without the added calories. Your dish looks delish!

  13. Great tips and fantastic recipe Cindy!!
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  14. Yum. This is the perfect summer meal. It has all my favorites!
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  15. Bea says:

    Your tips are fantastic and we live by exactly those rules. Now I have to admit to have never as in never ever have made and/or eaten spaghetti squash it’s time to change that!
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  16. I would absolutely love this dish!
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  17. Run DMT says:

    You know, sadly, I am embarrassed to admit that I have never eaten spaghetti squash. I really need to give it a try and this is the perfect dish to test out on my family.
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  18. I just love spaghetti squash and your dish looks just amazing! Great recipe!
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  19. Spaghetti squash is my favorite summer veggie. Love this recipe!
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  20. Those are some awesome pointers, Cindy! And, well, you know I love my winter squash, don’t you – ESPECIALLY spaghetti squash. I need to make this soon!
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  22. Alida says:

    I’m always on the lookout for tasty recipes with spaghetti squash…can’t wait to try this! Looks absolutely wonderful!
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  24. I’ve only ever done spaghetti squash with a classic tomato sauce. I really like your version with the mushrooms and spinach!
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  25. Julie says:

    It’s been way too long since I made spaghetti squash. Thanks for the reminder that I need to remedy that soon!
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  26. Susan says:

    I’m always looking for new ways to use spaghetti squash! This recipe looks delicious!
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