3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community  

Go Back   3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community > Support Forum > Weight Loss Support

Weight Loss Support Give and get support here!

A suggestion for pasta lovers....

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-04-2006, 05:06 PM   #1
Elizabeth
 
telemetrynurse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Posts: 537

S/C/G: 233/158/145

Height: 5'6

Default A suggestion for pasta lovers....

I have found spaghetti squash to be a great substitute for spaghetti.
It has 15 calories for 2 ounces compared to about 200 calories for regular spaghetti. This means I can have a large portion for wayyyyy less calories!

I prepare it in the microwave. Poke some holes in a spaghetti squash and microwave for 2 minutes. Allow it to cool then slice it in half. (It makes it MUCH easier to slice if you microwave it first.) Clean out the seeds and pulp. Place 1/2 of the squash face down in about 1 inch of water and microwave for about 7 minutes. Allow it to cool. Use a fork to "flake" the squash into strands by running it down the length. It actually LOOKS like spaghetti!

My dh and I both love the taste! It has a slightly nutty flavor and crunch.
It is great with minced garlic, butter buds and parm cheese. It can be used with tomato sauce or in any way you'd use spaghetti.

Another use for it is for a "mock" coconut pie. I've made this before and it was pretty good. I used coconut extract for the flavor.
__________________
telemetrynurse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2006, 05:07 PM   #2
Just Keep Swimming
 
Thehopefulcry2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 64

S/C/G: 276/276/115

Default

Neat, Ill have to try that!
__________________


There's always one reason
To feel not good enough
And it's hard at the end of the day
~Sarah Mclachlan, Angel~
Thehopefulcry2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2006, 05:30 PM   #3
I'm bringin' SEXY back!!!
 
teahoney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: New York
Posts: 1,181

Height: 5'3 1/2

Default

I keep everyone rave about it that I'm just going to have to go and find me some and give it a try.
__________________
Tracey

Starting over again.........again!
teahoney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2006, 05:46 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
kykaree's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Lancashire, England
Posts: 3,171

Default

I have never seen it in England, ever! I used to have it often in Australia, but I have searched high and low here. It is very disappointing as it's such a good veggie!
__________________
kykaree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2006, 05:53 PM   #5
A Slightly Cracked Egg
 
FL_Chickie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 193

S/C/G: 211.4/211.4/130

Height: 5'4"

Default

I've heard about this too, and will probably try it at some point, but I like my regular plain ol' pasta too. I have a hard time eating more than 3 oz. (whatever that makes cooked), so for me, a bowl of spaghetti, tomato sauce, and a sprinkle of cheese is usually around 400-450cal. Add a big salad with low-fat or no-fat dressing, and I'm around 500 cal for a huge dinner. My range is 1500-1800, so that's really not bad to me. I'd be a little bit more upset about it if I was trying to eat at 1200, but that's just me!
__________________
FL Chickie

FL_Chickie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2006, 05:57 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Arian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: WB, Ma
Posts: 138

Default

I am going to have to give that a try!
__________________
Arian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2006, 06:28 PM   #7
Whip It Good
 
DaisyBug08004's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 645

Default

Excellent tip with the microwave! I can never cut the stuff - I usually make the folks inproduce slice it for me - they used to think I was nuts but now they know!
__________________

BIG goal: All 57 pounds gone by Labor Day
DaisyBug08004 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2006, 07:33 PM   #8
LLV
Senior Member
 
LLV's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: United States
Posts: 3,509

Default

I absolutely adore spaghetti squash and eat it often. But it's definitely not a total replacement for pasta. Sometimes it works, but when ya gotta have pasta, you gotta have pasta!

lol
LLV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2006, 08:43 PM   #9
Paleo-ish Girl
 
Altari's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 942

S/C/G: 255.5/174/160

Height: 5'6"

Default

Spaghetti squash is awesome. I had never made it until my brother in law became a vegan (and that was short lived, btw, hehe). A few more tips on the beloved squash...
Slice it in half widthwise, scoop out the seeds, rub it with olive oil and spices, wrap it in tin foil and bake it @ 450 for 45 minutes to an hour.

Always buy the smallest one available. I never buy one larger than 2 pounds (figure about 1 pound of squash per person). It's hard to cook it evenly with really thick flesh.

Citrus fruits work very well with it. I mix pomegranite seeds with the strands, or fill the cavity with orange-apple-lemon juice before baking...
__________________
Next Goal - 167.0 pounds (BMI 27) 88.5 pounds lost
Lovin' the Paleo diet. Meat, veggies and more energy than ever.
Success! A bit more to lose, but I met my big goal.
Altari is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2006, 02:55 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
CBETA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 367

S/C/G: 271/249/135

Default

i've been meaning to ask for a while..which one is it.
2oz is 200 calories before cooking or after?
that kind of makes it important...as I think 2oz of cooked is a lot smaller than uncooked... my pakage gives no clue as to which one they have calories for..what do you guys think
__________________
My lightest ever in over 9 years (March'06) - 236 (I want to reach it again in '08)
Feb 20th - 246

CBETA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2006, 07:01 AM   #11
Eating for two!
 
jillybean720's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Northern VA
Posts: 6,018

S/C/G: 324 highest known/on hold/150

Height: 5' 5"

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CBETA
i've been meaning to ask for a while..which one is it.
2oz is 200 calories before cooking or after?
that kind of makes it important...as I think 2oz of cooked is a lot smaller than uncooked... my pakage gives no clue as to which one they have calories for..what do you guys think
I'm 95% sure it's 2oz uncooked. Look at the label on the box (or bag)--it should say how many oz are in a serving (typically 2) and how many servings are in the container (mine says 7), so if the front of the box says there's 14oz in the box, then there you go, it's uncooked
__________________
*Jill*
Highest known weight: 324
Weight on morning of DS surgery: 308.5
Got down to about 185 before pregnancy;
Benjamin David born March 24, 2012, 7 pounds 11 ounces
Post-pregnancy: 206.5
jillybean720 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2006, 08:31 AM   #12
LLV
Senior Member
 
LLV's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: United States
Posts: 3,509

Default

I agree with Jill. 2oz. uncooked.

When I fix myself some pasta, I measure 2oz. on my scale. It's not a WHOLE lot, but it's enough for a lunch. And like someone else said (either in this pasta thread or the other one) once you make a lowfat sauce and add veggies and other stuff to toss with it, it makes plenty
LLV is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Posts by members, moderators and admins are not considered medical advice
and no guarantee is made against accuracy.


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:30 AM.






Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2