One of the biggest questions I get about food is “How can I make my family favorites more healthy?” I love these questions because it gives me the opportunity to share healthy substitutions and show how easy it is to swap and add foods to fit your nutrition goals.
One of our family favorites is spaghetti, and we eat it at least once every 10 days, if not more frequently.
Here are ways to make spaghetti healthy and still keep the family happy:
- Substitute whole grain wheat noodles instead of the regular “enriched” noodles, or if you’re gluten-free, rice or quinoa noodles work great as well.
- Use ground turkey or chicken instead of hamburger. The fat content goes down, and with seasonings, tastes just the same.
- Add finely diced/chopped veggies to the sauce: red onion, mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, bell peppers, squash are just a few ideas.
- Make your own sauce (make it ahead of time and freeze for those of you short on time in the evenings). A fresh batch of tomatoes, roasted and simmered with onion, garlic, parsley, basil, and oregano makes a great sauce.
- Don’t want to make your own sauce? Go for all-natural brands such as Newman’s Own or Marinelli’s. Your local grocery store may also have a good organic brand. I know Kroger has the Simple Truth Organic line, which is all organic and all clean, including the oil, which is EVOO and not soybean.
Let me know what you think of the healthier spaghetti and how your family likes it. Do you have any other recipes you would like to see a healthier version? Comment on this post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org