Easy Dinner: Spaghetti Squash Marinara

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Spaghetti Squash Marinara with meatballs or all vegetarian, this is the simplest weeknight meal. You can really make it your own migraine diet meal with pasta, squash, cheese, and meat. #spaghettisquash #marinara #easydinner #weeknightmeal


This recipe is so easy, it really shouldn’t even be considered a recipe. In fact, we made this last night after I got home from a workout at 7:30pm. If I have more time, I’ll roast a spaghetti squash, but if I need something a little bit faster I’ll just boil a pot of pasta. But everyone loves a warm and filling meal that can be customized to fit anyone in the family.

HYH Pantry Staples

My pantry staples for the Heal Your Headache diet always seem to include either a spaghetti squash or gluten free pasta, a jar of Rao’s Sensitive Marinara or Cucina Antica Garlic Marinara, and Boursin cheese. Both sauces do not contain onions, and Rao’s sensitive doesn’t even contain garlic. By keeping some of these things on hand, you can avoid any diet cheating that you might do if you order takeout. We all have those nights we just don’t feel like cooking and this is probably the best meal you can throw together that actually seems like you spent a lot more time on it.

Rao’s Sensitive Marinara
Cucina Antica Garlic Marinara

Spaghetti Squash or Pasta?

The spaghetti squash takes about 50 minutes to roast and about 5 minutes to prep. The good news is it’s all hands off time so you can focus on heating your sauce and removing your cheese from the fridge – tough stuff, I know. If you find you have trouble cutting your spaghetti squash in half, just poke some holes in it with a fork and microwave for a minute or two. It should be easier to cut when warmed.

On the flip side you could use any kind of favorite pasta you like. If you have a gas oven though, this can mean that you spend 20 minutes just getting you water to boil

Protein Options for Vegetarians and Meat Eaters

If you love meatballs, you can take the meatballs from this meal prep post and keep them in the freezer to reheat as needed. For my vegetarian friends, try a chickpea pasta that will stay with you longer than your typical gluten free pasta. I love Olo foods because they don’t get mushy like some other chickpea pastas and the flavor is great. It only takes 5 minutes to boil! I actually prefer it to the Trader Joe’s Quinoa Pasta I was faithful to for years.

What about tomatoes on a migraine diet?

Some people who are highly sensitive to glutamate and histamine find that tomatoes can be a trigger for them. If that’s the case, try this pumpkin sage pasta that may be a better fit for you and is still super easy. If you’re looking for a “nomato” sauce, this recipe looks quite good. Make sure you sub out the onions for leeks or shallots.

Spaghetti Squash Marinara with meatballs or all vegetarian, this is the simplest weeknight meal. You can really make it your own migraine diet meal with pasta, squash, cheese, and meat. #spaghettisquash #marinara #easydinner #weeknightmeal Spaghetti Squash Marinara with meatballs or all vegetarian, this is the simplest weeknight meal. You can really make it your own migraine diet meal with pasta, squash, cheese, and meat. #spaghettisquash #marinara #easydinner #weeknightmeal

Easy Spaghetti Squash Marinara
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Make this meal your own by adding meatballs or ground beef, leaving it vegetarian, adding cheese or leaving it out, and even subbing out the spaghetti squash for pasta. All gluten free and migraine diet safe for Heal Your Headache. 

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Marinara, Pasta, Spaghetti Squash
Servings: 4 people
Author: The Dizzy Cook
Ingredients
  • 1 3-4lb spaghetti squash or pasta
  • 1 jar Rao's Sensitive or Cucina Antica Garlic Marinara
  • 1 package Boursin garlic and herb cheese
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • Optional: meatballs or ground beef
  • Optional: fresh basil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and cut the spaghetti squash in half. Scoop out the seeds from the middle and place on a baking sheet. Rub the cut side with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper. Place cut side down on the baking sheet and bake for roughly 50 minutes. 

  2. While the spaghetti squash is cooking, either make or heat the meatballs or ground beef. If you're going vegetarian, just sit back and enjoy all this free time you have. In a medium saucepan, heat the marinara sauce over medium heat. Sometimes I like to jazz up my sauce with a shallot or oregano, but this isn't required. If you're using meatballs, add them here and simmer them till everything is warmed together.

  3. When the spaghetti squash is finished. Allow to cool and bit and scrape the inside with a fork to produce the "strands". Place into individual bowls, top with heated sauce. If using, sprinkle a little bit of boursin on top (however much you'd like) and fresh basil. Enjoy! 

Spaghetti Squash Marinara with meatballs or all vegetarian, this is the simplest weeknight meal. You can really make it your own migraine diet meal with pasta, squash, cheese, and meat. #spaghettisquash #marinara #easydinner #weeknightmeal

Alicia was diagnosed with Chronic Vestibular Migraine in 2016 and has been able to successfully manage her symptoms through medication, supplements, lifestyle changes, and the Heal Your Headache Diet by Dr. David Buchholz from Johns Hopkins. She's the owner of The Dizzy Cook.

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