Submitted by: Susan

Zero points! Yes, you read this right! I got this one from a Weight Watchers list here on yahoo. If you’re familiar with the plan, you know that you can eat as much as you want of things that are “zero points.”

Serves: 2

1 spaghetti squash
1 t. crushed garlic
1/2 Spanish onion, diced
1 small zucchini, diced
1 green or red pepper, diced
1/2 package sliced mushrooms
1 can diced tomatoes (Italian herb, if available)
Hot pepper flakes
Salt & pepper
Pinch of sugar (1/2 t.)

Squash: Using sharp knife, split squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Microwave skin-side down at High power for 12-16 minutes (depending on your microwave), rotating the pieces halfway through.

Test with point of small knife to see if it is tender; if not, nuke it for another few minutes.

Sauce: In non-stick pan, sauté garlic and onions until they release their fragrance.

Add the remainder of the veggies and sauté for about 5 minutes at medium heat till they start to release their juices. The onions should not get brown. Now, add the tomatoes and stir. Simmer at low-to medium heat till the excess liquid is evaporated.

While the sauce is reducing, you can play with the seasonings until you get something you like. My family likes it spicy, but not too “herby”!

Using oven mitts, remove squash from microwave and place on large platter. Keep the mitts on while you take a large fork and flake the squash into pasta-like strands. Use a lengthwise motion – if you’ve never seen this before, you’ll be amazed how pasta-like this becomes! Divide spaghetti squash into two serving bowls, top with sauce, and enjoy!

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