Spaghetti squash is commonly used as an alternative to pasta noodles – both low in carbs and a source of fiber, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B6 and niacin. But that isn’t the only way to creatively use this squash. This recipe has you take your spaghetti squash and transform it into a surprisingly crispy pizza crust. How we do that, you ask? It might take a little extra time, but this crust is worth it. Top with sauce, veggies and cheese and you’re ready to enjoy!
Spaghetti Squash Crust Veggie Pizza
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Yield: 4 servings
Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 whole spaghetti squash (about 4 pounds)
3 egg whites
1 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
1 teaspoon oregano, divided
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
3/4 cup no-salt-added tomato sauce
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup diced green peppers
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 400° F. Spray rimmed baking sheet with vegetable oil cooking spray.
Place squash in microwave for 2 minutes on full power; when done, allow to sit in microwave for 1 minute (to soften the squash to make it easier to cut). Cut squash in half and scrape out seeds. Place squash cut side down on prepared baking sheet and bake until tender, about 1 hour. Let squash sit until cool enough to handle, then use a fork to remove flesh from peel. Place squash in cheesecloth and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Discard the liquid.
In a large bowl, whisk egg whites with ½ teaspoon garlic powder and ½ teaspoon oregano until combined. Add drained squash and mix with whisked egg whites. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with vegetable oil cooking spray. Transfer the squash mixture to the center of the baking sheet and spread into a 10- to 12-inch circle about ½ inch thick. Bake until golden brown, about 45 to 50 minutes.
In a medium-sized bowl, mix tomato sauce, ½ teaspoon garlic, ½ teaspoon oregano, onion powder and Italian seasoning. Remove crust from oven and spread tomato sauce mixture over it. Sprinkle onions, mushrooms and peppers on top, then add cheese to cover. Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted, about 10 more minutes. Remove from oven, cut and serve.
Nutritional Information per Serving: 101 calories; 3 grams fat; 1.5 grams saturated fat; 7 mg cholesterol; 213 mg sodium; 12 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams fiber; 7 grams protein; 129 mg calcium