Spaghetti Night for Families is a must!
Just because you’re trying to feed your family healthier and eat more veggies, doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your family favorite spaghetti nights!
Having healthy swaps for your favorite recipes is key to eating healthier and sticking with it!
Who wants to feel restricted or deprived from eating what you enjoy? Nope…Not me either.
When your family feels restricted, they revolt! And like most of us, we binge eat when we finally do have that favorite “not so healthy food” in front of us.
Food is meant to be enjoyed!
Mama’s Turkey Spaghetti is our family’s favorite and I wanted to share it with you because it’s the healthiest and tastiest spaghetti you can feed your family!
It does not taste anything like those sugar loaded jar sauces, but it’s still sweet and full of flavor.
This recipe is a great swap for gluten filled pasta. And it’s even healthier than gluten free quinoa or rice pastas because it’s ALL veggies!
The noodles you use for this recipe is SPAGHETTI Squash.
Isn’t that SO cool how God and Mother Nature has our back so that we can eat spaghetti while getting healthier fast and saving money?!! (Those gluten free pastas can be pricey).
Filled with Vitamins and Keeps you Fuller Longer
Typical spaghetti pastas can leave you hungry an hour later, so spaghetti night usually comes with dessert cravings.
When your trying to cut back on your kid’s sugar intake or are trying to curb your own sugar cravings, filling up with vegetables kicks those sugar cravings away for good!
But, it can be challenging to serve your family a plate full of veggies and have everyone happy to eat it. That’s why I’m so excited about this delicious family-friendly spaghetti recipe.
Spaghetti Squash noodles are not only filled with fiber to keep you fuller longer, but your family can benefit from the Vitamin A and Vitamin C to fight against getting sick, getting colds and can help prevent free radical damage to cells. The potassium in the squash even helps lower blood pressure and can help maintain proper muscle and nerve function. No pasta can do that!!
How to Make Spaghetti Squash Noodles
The quickest way to get this meal on the table is to cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds and cook it face-down on a baking dish.
While your noodles are baking, get your practically sugar free (just 1 teaspoon of honey) pasta sauce ready… which has even MORE veggies inside!
Canned Tomatoes are one of those acidic foods that can easily absorb chemicals from the can onto your food.
When you can, buy tomatoes and tomato paste in a glass container. Or you can always buy ones from a BPA free can (here) or use fresh tomatoes!
Wanna get your meals on the table faster and teach your kids and invaluable skill which will set them up for a more confident, successful, and healthy life? Involve them in the healthy cooking process.
The more control and involvement children feel over their food, the more likely they are to eat and enjoy it!
This is a picture of my little guy helping me cook – but boy does he look like a teenager in this picture! It makes me think “No Top Ramen in College for this Kid”.
And anytime I can swap out Bone Broth for regular stock, I do it because the kids don’t even notice and the whole family gets the HUGE health benefits from it (like these). If I haven’t made my own (like this recipe) then I have a backup in the pantry of Pacific Organic Chicken Bone Broth that I usually get from here.
Ahh… can you smell it? Italian Parsley smells so good and is a top detoxing food that helps your kidneys.
Here’s another fun kid job that’s like a fun food science project.
Your kid’s can use a fork and scrape the cooked spaghetti squash to make your noodles!
We all still ooh and awe every time we do this. 🙂
The meat sauce in this recipe is made of lean, protein-filled turkey.
And, the pinch of crushed red chili flakes, I just put on my plate. Because the kids and my husband don’t like spicy. But I do and I like that it helps boost your metabolism.
Save time: Batch Cook!
Save yourself some time.. adjust the serving size (double it) so that you can pack and freeze this hearty and healthy meat sauce for your next spaghetti night. You’ll be happy you gave a “go-to” freezer meal when you’re running late from work, or the kid’s game went longer than you expected.
And with HealthyFamilyMealPlans.com, you can adjust the serving size with a click of a button and all of your calculations will be done for you. Saving you even more time and brainpower at the end of your busy day.
Here’s a screen shot of what that looks like:
- 1large spaghetti squashhalved
- 1/4 cup water
- 2tbsp coconut oil
- 1lb turkeyground
- 3cloves garlicpressed
- 1medium onionchopped
- 2medium stalks celerychopped
- 2 (14 oz)can tomatoesdiced
- 1tbsp tomato paste
- 1cup chicken brothlow sodium
- 1tsp honey
- 1/4cup parsleyfinely chopped
- pinch red peppercrushed, flakes
- to taste sea salt
- to taste black pepperground
- 2large carrotspeeled and chopped
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Share this Recipe with a friend if “Spaghetti Nights” are your favorite “Family Nights”!
I’m addicted to cooking real foods and shopping locally at Farmer’s Markets.I am a health revolutionary who is writing this blog with a desire to “pay it forward in health”.This desire stems from love and my pursuit to make a difference in people’s health and wellbeing”.
I am a certified Transformational Nutrition Coach that helps women discover their healthy lifestyle that finally works so that they can transform into the healthy sexy and confident woman they want, and are meant to be.
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