Looking for a lighter, lower carb way to enjoy your chicken Alfredo and get some extra veggies in too? This Chicken and Spinach Spaghetti Squash Alfredo has it all covered and tastes delicious!
January is typically the month where lots of folks are trying to cut back on carbs. December lots of us, myself included, went a little overboard on them and now it’s time to reel them in and get things under control. This doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy comfort food, just find ways to lighten it up.
One of our favorite comfort foods is chicken fettuccine Alfredo. What’s not to love? Creamy, cheesy carb loaded goodness! Of course it’s probably not the best choice if you ate about 100 cookies last month. The solution, Chicken and Spinach Spaghetti Squash Alfredo.
I’m still trying to get my husband to love spaghetti squash as much as I do, but I think it’s a lost cause. He did however say when he had this version for dinner a couple weeks ago, that he didn’t dislike it as much as he thought he would. Hey, I’ll take what I can get!
Along with using spaghetti squash to lighten this spinach and chicken Alfredo up, I also made used some other lighter ingredients. A true Alfredo sauce is basically butter, cream and parmesan cheese. That’s why it’s so darn good!
Of course we can’t eat like that all the time, so lowfat milk, olive oil and Greek yogurt are my tricks to a lighter, but very tasty Alfredo sauce. Since I’m not using cream, my sauce needs a little help to thicken.
You’ll make a quick white sauce using olive oil, flour and the lowfat milk. Once that thickens, stir in a combination of mozzarella and parmesan cheese until the sauce is thick and smooth. Off the heat whisk in the Greek yogurt. Don’t freak out when you see how thick your sauce is, you want it this way because you are going to add the spaghetti squash in which will loosen it up to just the right consistency.
The chicken and spinach are mixed in and then you have two choices. Either put the mixture back in the squash shells, top with extra cheese and broil until melted and warmed through or serve it as is right out of the skillet. Either way, this Chicken and Spinach Spaghetti Squash Alfredo won’t disappoint!
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