Are you always craving carbs, especially in the winter? Pasta may be a comfort food, but you can’t comfort yourself with it every night of the week (okay, you probably can, but you likely won’t feel well doing so). Thankfully, spaghetti squash noodles give you that same homey, filling feeling without you having to work out every night. Plus, even Lauren Conrad’s a fan, which gives the veggie added bonus points. Below we’ve rounded up our favorite, super-healthy spaghetti squash recipes that anyone can make. Just make sure you have a sharp knife on hand to cut the squash in half (we like the Miyabi Evolution Chef’s Knife, from $120).
Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl With Lime Peanut Sauce
The Hero Ingredient: A homemade lime peanut sauce is a tasty new take on your ordinary marinara or pesto. It owes its bold flavor to ginger, garlic, sriracha, peanut butter, and lime, among other yummy ingredients.
The Recipe: A mixture of spaghetti squash spirals, fresh kale, cashews, steamed broccoli florets, and toasted sesame seeds are topped with the aforementioned lime peanut sauce.
The Clincher: This healthy spaghetti squash recipe heats up well: Put the noodles in a frying pan and simmer with some chicken or veggie stock. Add the extras and sauce as the noodles begin cooking.
Spaghetti Squash Aglio e Olio With Rainbow Chard
The Hero Ingredient: The star of this dish is rainbow chard, a relative of the beet that has hearty leaves and crunchy stalks. The stalks come in vibrant shades ranging from white to yellow to purple and pink and even striped. And they add a ton of color.
The Recipe: The spaghetti squash noodles and chard are topped with a simple aglio e olio sauce and coated with just-salty-enough Parmesan cheese.
The Clincher: Since this healthy spaghetti squash recipe is made with only seven ingredients—most of which you’ll likely have on hand—this an extremely cost-effective and hearty dinner option.
Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats
The Hero Ingredient: The spaghetti squash! Not only do its delicious strands add depth to this lasagna, the halved vegetable forms the perfect “boat” for serving (kind of like the healthy take on the bread bowl).
The Recipe: A lasagna sauce made from crushed tomatoes, broth, Italian seasonings, red wine and ground turkey melds with the squash strands, ricotta, kale, and mozzarella.
The Clincher: Double the sauce, and freeze half for easier prep the next time. You’ll be so happy you did.
Creamy Spaghetti Squash Chicken Casserole
The Hero Ingredient: Coconut cream is the star, helping whip up a more wholesome version of a fettuccine sauce for the squash bake. The sauce becomes thick and creamy when chicken stock and coconut flour are added.
The Recipe: A paleo and gluten-free casserole is whipped up with spaghetti squash, boiled chicken, cauliflower, and the rich white sauce.
The Clincher: Mac and cheese lovers can (and should) add goat cheese crumbles on top. The cheese melts into the sauce as it bakes at 400 degrees.