It’s been a long, long time since I’ve had pasta, which I ate a lot of when my diet consisted of high-carbohydrate and high-processed foods.
And since I’ve been trying to eat wheat/grain/gluten-free, I honestly thought I’d never be able to eat pasta again.
I was so excited when I came across this recipe for an Italian-Style Spaghetti Squash Bake from my blogger friend Lexi, at Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.
I liked the ingredient list and already had everything on hand, except for the spaghetti squash which I picked up on my next grocery trip.
And, I made a few changes to “vegan-ize” it and came up with this Vegan Italian Spaghetti Squash Bake version.
This is a really simple meal (or side dish) to make once you have your squash baked and after that’s done, it takes less than 10 minutes to get it in the oven.
It’s made with clean ingredients and is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free and paleo-friendly.
Want more healthy meal and entree recipes? Check out Spaghetti Squash with Creamy Lemon Garlic Sauce, Spaghetti Squash with Basil and Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce, Spaghetti Squash with Creamy Vegan Cilantro and Lime Tahini Dressing or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating meal and entree recipes just like this one that you will love!
- excellent anti-oxidant
- contains anti-inflammatory agents
- 1 cup contains 214.1% DV of vitamin A
- 1 cup contains 22.9% DV of fiber
- 1 cup contains 19% DV of magnesium
5 Fast Facts About Tomatoes* (Pasta Sauce):
- contains the cancer fighting agent lycopenes
- high in beta-carotene
- high in vitamin A & K
- high in chromium which helps control blood sugar
5 Fast Facts About Spinach:*
- contains anti-inflammatory properties
- high in anti-oxidants
- super high in vitamin A & K
- can help improve cardiovascular health
- good source of vegan calcium
5 Fast Facts About Garlic:*
- regulates blood sugar levels
- lowers high blood pressure
- anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
- helps to lower cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Cayenne Pepper:*
- increases metabolism
- improves high blood pressure
- has anti-fungal properties
- circulatory stimulant which aids in detoxification
5 Fast Facts About Nutritional Yeast:*
- vegan source of vitamin B12
- a complete protein that includes 18 amino acids
- boosts immune system
- excellent anti-oxidant
- contains 18 minerals
5 Fast Facts About Himalayan Pink Salt:*
- contains 84 minerals
- unrefined, unprocessed, raw
- promotes stable pH balance in cells
- controls water levels in the body
- aids digestion and better nutrient absorption
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tip #1: You could use homemade or ready-made pasta sauce to make this. Homemade pasta sauce is one thing I just haven’t tackled yet. I used the 365 Brand Organic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce which blended in really well because it had little chunks of diced tomatoes and a hint of basil which complimented the fresh basil garnish on top.
The ingredient list: Organic Tomato Puree, Organic Diced Tomatoes, Organic Basil, Organic Expeller Pressed Soybean Oil, Salt, Organic Chopped Onions, Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Oregeno, Organic Chopped Garlic.
Even though it’s an organic pasta sauce, the only thing I’m not happy about on the ingredient list is the soybean oil and the salt. Be on the lookout for a homemade pasta sauce recipe…I can see one coming in the future!
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