This Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin is a cheesy, creamy, delicious low-carb dish, that has been transformed to be a healthier version of a childhood favorite Au Gratin. This recipe is quick to prepare and a great alternative for a lower-carbohydrate, lower-calorie option in place of a more traditional Potato Au Gratin. This Low Carb Spaghetti Squash dish is always a crowd pleaser, and often a requested dish for potlucks. This Au Gratin recipe is so creamy, cheesy, and simply amazing, that even my non-veggie fan family and friends loved this recipe. I love healthy alternatives to comfort food, we all look forward to.
In this Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin recipe, the squash takes on the amazing cheese flavor but without all the carbs that are in a more traditional potato’s au gratin dish. This amazing dish is low carb, but without sacrificing any yummy taste! One ounce of Spaghetti Squash has just 1.5 carbs, which is a whole lot less then potatoes! Also it's a good way to get in those yellow/orange color veggies if you are trying to healthfully “eat the rainbow” and incorporate as many different vibrant colors daily. Often dishes like this help make it easier to have the kiddos eat their veggies.
They may be classic for the Holidays but it's too delicious not to make year round. This dish is so good that sometimes we use it as main dish and just add some protein like chicken or turkey. So don't view this as only a side dish for the holidays. This can make a quick, delicious, healthy weekend meal, just by adding some protein.
Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin: Serves 4
5 lb spaghetti squash (to yield about 6 cups of spaghetti squash)
2 cup reduced-fat, shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp fresh thyme
½ tsp crushed black pepper
½ tsp Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb
½ cup reduced fat. grated Parmesan cheese (preferably fresh for that crispy top)
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Halve the squash and scoop out the seeds. Bake face down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper until squash is easily pierced with fork, about 30 minutes.
Allow to cool, then scoop out spaghetti strands and place in a large bowl.
Meanwhile, in a medium-sized bowl, mix remaining ingredients except for the Parmesan cheese.
Stir mixture into the spaghetti squash strands. Spread into a lightly greased casserole dish or you can make this right in a lightly greased crock-pot.
Top with Parmesan, and press down to moisten.
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes in the oven or right in a crock-pot on low for 3 hours.
Spaghetti Squash Recipes
If you are a fan of spaghetti squash then you also need to check out my other favorite spaghetti squash recipes. Or if it's fall, it is spaghetti squash season, and you need recipes to use up that harvest! So get cozy this fall and enjoy these Spaghetti Squash recipes. Try our: Healthy Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti Squash, Chicken Bacon Ranch Spaghetti Squash Boats, Spaghetti Squash Breakfast Casserole, or Spaghetti Squash Nests.
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Did you know studies show: overweight and obesity are linked to more deaths worldwide than underweight? In recent years, an estimated 300,000 deaths per year are due to obesity epidemic. Potatoes have a higher glycemic index than table SUGAR, eating potatoes has almost double the effect as eating pure table sugar. Potatoes may not be considered sweet or "sugary" but they are a starchy vegetable. The starch in potatoes is converted to sugar in your body. For that reason, potatoes can have a more significant effect on blood glucose than table sugar, which will increase a person's blood sugar levels. There's around 19 teaspoons of sugar in an average potato, which is more than seven teaspoons in a can of Coke. So long story short spaghetti squash is a great healthy substitute for potatoes that doesn't create huge spikes in blood sugar. Eating non-starchy vegetables can actually promote weight loss and decrease your HUNGER. It's simple, their low glycemic loads prevent blood sugar spikes that can increase hunger.
However, keep in mind that adding more produce into the diet won’t necessarily help with weight loss or other health benefits, unless it replaces another food, such as refined carbohydrates of breading and pasta. Remember it's not about depriving yourself of delicious food, it's about being mindful of your choices, portion sizes, and coming up with healthier alternatives that are just as good if not better. Thus, our mission is to not only guide you to improving your physical health but also create a healthy mindset.
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