Its winter season so it should be winter squash season!
While summertime squash is lightly flavored and watery, winter squash has a rich nutty taste and, in the case of butternut and acorn squash, a velvety texture thats oh-so-satisfying. As soon as you prepare the squash in the air fryer, you remove the “pasta,” mix with your other active ingredients, then return it to hollowed out squash and return to the air fryer to melt mozzarella on top.
Velvety, sweet roasted acorn squash and maple syrup were made for each other. One hearty serving of this winter squash soup counts as 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel and 1 Vegetable.
Slice an acorn squash in half, eliminate the seeds and you have the best “cup” for stuffing. In this dish, that packing consists of quinoa, pomegranate seeds and crushed walnuts spiced with coriander and dried parsley, all loaded into each half of a roasted acorn squash. The recipe makes four portions, each of which count as 1 SmartCarb and 1 PowerFuel.
Spaghetti squash has revolutionized low-carb eating by subbing for pasta in your preferred Italian meals. And the Air Fryer? Its made eating “fried food” perfectly diet-friendly because it rapidly provides the taste and texture of fried food with little or no oil– and, regardless of the name, no frying!
This recipe requires one spaghetti squash, so-called since of its fibrous strings that simulate pasta, with ready-to-use marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella and spinach spiced with oregano or one or more of your favorite Italian herbs and spices. Its easy, too. As soon as you prepare the squash in the air fryer, you get rid of the “pasta,” combine with your other ingredients, then return it to hollowed out squash and return to the air fryer to melt mozzarella on top.
One serving is only 253 calories and counts as 1 PowerFuel, 2 Extras and 2 Vegetables.
Creamy, sweet roasted acorn squash and maple syrup were made for each other. Add Brussels sprouts and turkey bacon– a similarly perfect combination– and you have one killer side meal. The recipe requires two roastings– first the acorn squash, then the Brussels sprouts with rosemary to spice things up. Leading with bacon crumbles and a drizzle of maple syrup. This might make you forget entirely about dessert. Just 299 calories per serving, this hearty dish counts as 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 3 Extras and 1 Vegetable.
In about 30 minutes, you can go into this tasty soup that packs a kick, thanks to jalapeno, ginger, black pepper and curry powder. Butternut squash and light coconut milk supply the velvety texture. This is actually the soup that eats like a meal, with shredded cooked turkey, spinach, parsnip, onion and garlic in a base of chicken broth. Its restaurant quality, but made at home.
The recipe makes 4 servings, at 290 calories each. On Nutrisystem, this soup counts as 1 SmartCarb, 1PowerFuel, 3 Extras and 1 Vegetable.
If youre having spaghetti squash, you cant consume as much pasta as you desire but you can go back for more. Because its non-starchy, its on the “unrestricted” list. This knockout dish sets spaghetti squash with sautéed sweet potato cubes for a double dose of vitamin A and cancer-fighting flavonoids. Participating in the fun: creamy goat cheese, cinnamon, sage and honey. If youre a big fan of sweet and tasty, youre going to like this meal, which delivers a lot of taste and fulfillment at only 288 calories. The recipe makes two portions, which count as 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 3 Extras and 1 Vegetable each.
You get all the enjoyable of a pasta dinner with no regret in this Italian staple, made diet-friendly with spaghetti squash and a bundle of Nutrisystem Meatballs in Marinara Sauce. After roasting the spaghetti squash, getting rid of the seeds and scooping out its pasta-like fibers, toss with sliced baby spinach and the cooked meatballs with marinara. An entire wheat supper roll rounds out the meal which comes in at 274 calories and counts as 1 Nutrisystem Dinner, 1 SmartCarb and 2 Vegetables.
Butternut squash is the velvety base for roasted Brussels sprouts and gently experienced salmon filets. A generous assisting of 2 filets is just 388 calories and counts as 1 SmartCarb, 2 PowerFuels, 1 Vegetable and 1 Extra.
The produce section of your grocery store is stacked with acorn, butternut and spaghetti squash. These low-calorie however nutrient-dense vegetables (a misnomer since, like tomatoes, theyre actually fruit) can fill you up while delivering plentiful amounts of fiber, vitamin A, potassium, plant and magnesium chemicals that may help you battle diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, says Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
While summer squash is gently flavored and watery, winter season squash has a rich nutty flavor and, in the case of butternut and acorn squash, a velvety texture thats oh-so-satisfying. If youre following a low-carb diet, you might be questioning if winter squash is approved.
Here are 12 recipes that are simple to make therefore tasty, youll be making winter squash even beyond the winter season. Ensure to log everything in your NuMi app to stay on track!
Pureed butternut squash ensures an abundant velvety soup without any dairy. The recipe, which utilizes only one chicken breast and plenty of veggies, makes six servings. One hearty serving of this winter season squash soup counts as 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel and 1 Vegetable.
It just takes 4 hours of slow cooking to make this aromatic homey dish of Turkey Bolognese (a meat sauce), filled with veggies (peas, zucchini, crushed tomatoes) and served with spaghetti squash which cooks right in your slow cooker with the rest of the active ingredients. This recipe makes six portions at 262 calories each: one serving counts as 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 2 Vegetable and 2 Extras.
A cold winter night calls for a steaming bowl of chili and this one is ultra-satisfying.
3 cups of butternut squash contribute the creamy texture in this dish that integrates ground turkey with onion, garlic, Serrano and bell peppers, diced tomatoes, beans, cumin, cayenne, paprika and chili powder in a chicken broth base. And it all happens in one pot.
This generous dish makes 6 one-cup servings and counts as 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 1 Extra and 1 Vegetable.
This is a natural pairing– velvety butternut squash with maple syrup (sugar-free), nutmeg and cinnamon. The squash is roasted which brings out its intrinsic sweetness.
Do you order this whenever you see it on a dining establishment menu? Its velvety and so abundant with such nuanced flavors, you d believe it would be made complex to make. Not so. The hardest part is peeling and cubing the butternut squash– however you can skip that if your supermarket currently does it for you. Squash, sliced carrots and diced sweet onions are sautéed in melted butter for extra taste. Low-sodium chicken or veggie broth is the base with a bit of nonfat milk. We mix all of it up until it reaches velvety and smooth excellence. This easy dish makes four servings, each of which count as 1 SmartCarb, 1/2 Vegetable and 1 Extra.
It only takes four hours of slow cooking to make this aromatic homey meal of Turkey Bolognese (a meat sauce), filled with veggies (peas, zucchini, crushed tomatoes) and served with spaghetti squash which cooks right in your sluggish cooker with the rest of the ingredients.