Roasted spaghetti squash with basil pesto sauce

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I would normally have brown rice pasta with the basil sauce but I feel grains were causing me to bloat and decided to give up grains for two weeks during my candida cleanse. I love using basil in my recipes. There are so many health benefits, such as high levels of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A when digested. Basil also contains a good amount of minerals such as potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Squash is a great way to have 'pasta' without gluten. The squash provides good fiber and some vitamin B6. And with all that basil, you will get a good amount of Vitamin K, which is needed for bone health and blood clotting.

By Dianne Rishikof, MS, RDN, LDN

Roasted spaghetti squash with basil pesto sauce

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Servings: 3

Ingredients

1 medium spaghetti squash (cut in half)
1 teaspoon avocado oil

For the sauce:

2 cups fresh basil leaves
2 garlic cloves (peeled)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts
juice of half of a lemon
sea salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Cut your spaghetti squash in half and drizzle with avocado oil.
  2. Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper cut side down.
  3. Roast for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from the oven and let cool. Use a fork to scrap the flesh of the squash. It will come out like spaghetti!
  4. Place all ingredients for the pesto sauce in a mini food processor and puree until well combined and creamy.
  5. Pour basil pesto over spaghetti and enjoy!!
Cut your spaghetti squash in half and drizzle with avocado oil. Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper cut side down. Roast for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from the oven and let cool. Use a fork to scrap the flesh of the squash. It will come out like spaghetti! Place all ingredients for the pesto sauce in a mini food processor and puree until well combined and creamy. Pour basil pesto over spaghetti and enjoy!!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 644; Total Fat: 66g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Monounsaturated Fat: 43g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 31mg; Potassium: 129mg; Carbohydrate: 15g; Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 4g

Nutrition Bonus:  Vit A: 29%; Vit C: 28%; Iron: 11%

 

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