Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Cleaning up my act: Spaghetti and Meatballs

So, if you are anything like me, you were a carb junkie. I'd like to say junkie is a little extreme, but that is nothing but accurate when describing my relationship with pasta, bread, and anything sweet. It took a lot of convincing to ever get me on board with paleo. I am the poster child for low-fat high-carb diet. I was a lifetime member of weight watchers, and I knew all the tricks. By eating fake foods with added in fiber and low fat I thought I had it all figured out. But I would be sleepless at night, often times with something from the kitchen yelling my name. I was constantly battling the vending machine (always on my mind, and rarely a winning battle) and some days I felt like food and hunger dominated my day. Now, for the first time in 15 years I feel like I have a handle on my nutrition. I am satisfied, my cravings are manageable and almost completely gone. I am not weighing my food, stressing about every single calorie and feeling famished all day. But I will be first to admit, I still have a love of all those foods. My office has literally been overflowing with sweets since December 1st, and today was hopefully the last day they will be there. Through my journey I allowed myself chocolate to "ease" my transition into paleo. But I have to draw a line, and for the next 30 days I am going to try to eliminate these sweet treats. Tonight I did discover something to replace the carbs I so miss! Spaghetti!!!!
I have always been skeptical of Spaghetti squash, but I am officially a convert! So please enjoy this recipe and root me on as I try to "clean up" my diet and say no to the sweets.

Spaghetti and Meatballs
1 spaghetti squash
8 mushrooms
3 cloves garlic
1/3 chopped onion
1lb Italian Turkey Sausage
1 jar Marinera Sauce

Preheat oven to 400. Cut Squash in half and scoop out seeds. Place face down and bake for 20 minutes. Flip and bake another 20 minutes.  While that is baking, make small balls of the italian sausage and fry over medium high heat. Rotate the balls until they are cooked through. Remove the meatballs and saute the garlic onion and mushrooms. Once cooked to your desire, removed from heat. Use a fork to remove the squash from the skin. It seperates in noodle like strips with little effort. If your fighting it, cook for slightly longer. Heat the Marinera sauce and pour it over the squash. Add meatballs and mushroom mixture and enjoy!!!!
So good! This is definitely my new "go to" recipe!
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