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A New, Healthy Spin on an Old Favorite

Posted by on Jun. 30, 2014 at 12:50 AM
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Summer is definitely upon us. If you don't believe me, take a look at this week's forecast. It's time to break out the sunblock and the shorts.

But with the heat, comes the need for fresh healthy meals. No one wants to eat a heavy dinner during the summer months so out goes some of our weekly staples like spaghetti.

But I've given this old favorite  a twist. Instead of using starchy think pasta, I use spaghetti squash instead. And instead of a rich sauce, I chop up roma tomatoes, basil, and garlic for a lighter topping. I mix it all together and top with fresh parmesan cheese. Serve as is (like I did) for a vegetarian meal, or add turkey meatballs for some added protein.

The result is a tasty and healthful dinner that the whole family enjoys. Leftovers are great cold straight out of the fridge.

Moms, how do you lighten up your favorite meals for the summer months?

by on Jun. 30, 2014 at 12:50 AM
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michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Jun. 30, 2014 at 6:31 AM

I don't try to lighten up our favorite meals too much....they're already pretty healthy.  We do eat salads more frequently, though.

Peachy34500
by Gold Member on Jun. 30, 2014 at 7:07 AM
I don't usually change to much with my cooking in the summer
batjmom
by Sarah on Jun. 30, 2014 at 7:36 AM
I don't use the oven as much is the only big change
We grill a lot more
I make salads a lot
johnny4ever
by Tracy on Jun. 30, 2014 at 8:20 AM

I like lighter salads and dressings

la_bella_vita
by Bronze Member on Jun. 30, 2014 at 11:21 AM

We just do more salads

goddess99
by Bronze Member on Jun. 30, 2014 at 11:25 AM

That's an interesting idea. We grill and eat salads and sandwiches more. I barely use the stove/oven in the summer.

elasmimi
by on Jun. 30, 2014 at 1:27 PM

We eat more salads, more fresh fruits and veggies. Less stews and soups.

MistressMinerva
by Member on Jun. 30, 2014 at 2:51 PM

I don't change things up.

jessicasmom1
by Laina on Jun. 30, 2014 at 3:31 PM

I grill more and eat more salads 

mem82
by Member on Jun. 30, 2014 at 4:16 PM
This! Love grilling

Quoting batjmom: I don't use the oven as much is the only big change
We grill a lot more
I make salads a lot
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