A Healthy Plant-Based Recipe Idea: Spaghetti Squash

By Sarah Baker for Discover and Play

Could you imagine piling your plate high with spaghetti goodness? Warm, savory, comforting, carby goodness. When I was growing up, I used to eat spaghetti before my track meets, and would stock up on Ramen Noodles when I first moved out on my own. Noww I look at spaghetti and think, “Meh, I’m not really getting a burst of nutrients through this carb,” so I rarely eat spaghetti … ever. 

I will admit, though, that when I’m craving something warm and comforting, a big bowl of spaghetti would be “da bomb.” So, naturally, I searched for a nutrient-dense substitute for spaghetti and I stumbled across spaghetti squash.  All I can say is YASS. 

Spaghetti squash is currently my jam n’ jelly. It is super low calorie, keeps you feeling full from fiber, and keeps our metabolism working properly with the help of manganese. Spaghetti squash also keeps your skin in tip-top shape since it contains Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. So clearly I’m going to be eating spaghetti squash whenever I want pasta so that I can satisfy my carby craving aaaand give my skin an extra boost. 

Serves 2


1 spaghetti squash

1 cup of passata sauce

1 can of diced tomatoes, no salt added

1 yellow onion

2 garlic cloves

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon basil

1/2 tablespoon coconut oil

Salt and pepper for seasoning

Parmesan cheese for sprinkling on top


  1. Cut the spaghetti squash in half, and steam in a pot of water (do not cover with water) until tender.
  1. In a sauté pan, sauté the onion and garlic (dice both) until translucent, and add the Passata sauce and diced tomatoes. 
  1. Add the cooked spaghetti squash and the seasonings, and cook for another six minutes.
  1. Serve and enjoy!


Bio (Can Post as DEK): Sarah Baker is a holistic health, nutrition and Image consultant focused on bringing vitality and balancing to her clients. Her consulting practice, Style Body Soul LLC, offers numerous programs suitable for various lifestyles, and her blog; Balanced Babe, focuses on nourishing recipes and daily tips to leading a vibrant fulfilling life. You can also stay motivated to be healthy by using her plant-based dining guide: Eat Healthful.

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  1. I love this recipe! I am always on the look-out for a great meatless recipe for my other half to enjoy! I will be trying this recipe this weekend to surprise him! Thanks so much, Emily and Sarah! 🙂

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