Trick Pasta

Pasta is a majorly forbidden fruit for those of us worried about our bikini bodies. We’ve been told, for years now, that nothing will pack on the jiggly pounds faster than pasta.

Well, I’m here with a low-carb, low-cal, gluten-free  solution to that problem.

How is this possible?! My trick pasta, of course! I’m going to give you two super easy, inexpensive substitutions that’ll leave you as satisfied as if you’d just eaten a big ol’ plate of spaghetti, but as skinny as if you’d just eaten a salad.

Trick #1: Green Cabbage

This, simply put, rocks.

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Make whatever tomato based sauce you’d normally make, and throw some lean protein there.

Grab your green cabbage and cut off a big hunk.

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Chop it up into about inch-by-inch squares. This isn’t an exact science, so don’t run and get your ruler or anything!

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Bring about 2 cups of water to a boil in a pot. Throw your cabbage in, and cook for about 5 minutes. Drain.

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Put it in a bowl, and top it with your sauce.

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That is it. You honestly won’t realize that you aren’t eating pasta. It is so easy, so satisfying, and beyond healthy!

It takes pasta from a cheat meal to a super clean meal, and that is quite the thing.

Trick #2: Spaghetti Squash

I use this better known trick less frequently than my cabbage trick, mainly because of the time involved. It is, however, just as tasty!

Preheat your oven to about 370-375 degrees. Grab your squash, and puncture the surface all over– you can use a Shish-kabob skewer, or even just a fork. Trust me, you do not want a hot-squash-explosion in your oven, so don’t forget this step.

Place your squash in the over, and bake for about 1 hour.

While your squash is baking, make whatever tomato based sauce you’d normally make, and throw in your lean protein.

Take the squash out, and when it is cool enough to avoid burning your hands, cut it in half lengthwise (the hotdog way, not the hamburger way.) I usually wear oven mitts on this step, just to be safe.

Grab a big spoon, and scoop out all of the little niggly seeds, and toss ‘em out. Take a fork and start running it against the side of the squash, shredding it. You’ll see your ‘pasta’ starting to appear! Do this to both sides.

Throw it in a bowl, top with your sauce, and voila! Another clean, delicious pasta substitute. Waive goodbye to those cravings!