You can still enjoy your favorite comfort foods, but with a lightened up spin on them. Skip the noodles and make this Turkey and Spinach Spaghetti Squash Lasagna instead!
With all the holiday parties, cookies, candies, drinks and more, sometimes you crave a healthier dinner so you can feel better about eating those 3 cookies or 4 truffles. Just because a meal is healthier doesn’t mean it has to taste that way or make you feel like you are being deprived of your favorite comfort foods. Cold weather tends to make us crave those foods that are heavier and fill us up. Maybe it’s human instinct to have these cravings this time of year, like how animals stock up on food to get them through the winter. Then again maybe it’s because we don’t have to worry about how we look in our tank tops, swimsuits, and sundresses. Whatever the reason is, I know I’m not alone in the comfort food cravings this time of year. Today I took one of my favorite comfort foods and made it taste just as decadent, but in a lighter and figure friendly way. Today is all about getting that lasagna fix with this Turkey and Spinach Spaghetti Squash Lasagna!
Spaghetti squash is a great alternative to pasta, especially this time of year since squash is in season. On top of slashing calories and carbs with this substitution, you’re also adding another serving of vegetables into your daily diet. The more servings of vegetables and fiber we add the more they counteract the Christmas cookies, right?
The spaghetti squash lasagna has many of the same flavors you expect from traditional lasagna. Marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, mozzarella, plus a heathy dose of spinach and Italian turkey sausage for flavor and protein. The lasagna is easy to make and you don’t have to mess with cooking noodles or all that layering in your casserole dish.
I used some of my easy marinara sauce that I had frozen in the freezer from another meal and defrosted it along with some frozen spinach. After wringing out the excess liquid from the spinach I mixed it in with the sauce along with the cooked turkey sausage. The sauce mixture is then tossed together with the spaghetti squash strands then piled back into the squash skins for serving. The next part is my favorite…the cheese! Dollops of part skim ricotta and shredded mozzarella are added on top of the squash, then it’s placed under the broiler until the cheese is melted and bubbly. This spaghetti squash lasagna gives you all the flavor or traditional lasagna and is the perfect way to enjoy a classic comfort food without all the calories and carbs!
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