Crockpot spaghetti dinner

 Spaghetti Squash – a GREAT Fuel Pull Noodle!



brown rice noodles

 Brown Rice Noodles – These can be used on THM in side serving portions on occasion, be careful, they will still spike your blood sugar!

not naughty rice
Not Naughty Rice! This is a fun little addition to my meals! I will chat more about this below….


crockpot and sauce
Albeit a little loved looking, my crockpot is one of my favorite kitchen appliances. She’s not pretty, but she sure is useful!
Chicken Italian Sausage, these ones are in links from Trader Joes, Isernios is also a great brand, it’s an S food.
spaghetti sauce and sausages

Mixing it up!

When I first started THM I often thought, “I know why these sisters are so skinny, they are constantly on their feet cooking and cleaning!” 🙂  There really is a learning curve, and there really are great tricks to minimize that cooking/cleaning time. I am a BIG advocate of cooking in bulk, preparing and using handy tools like my crockpot!

So, this post isn’t a ground breaker with some amazing new recipe, this is just an encouragement hat you don’t need a lot of time, nor do you HAVE to have fancy ingredients for a great on plan meal. You can do this if you have food allergies. This is a very simple meal, tastes great and can come together with a few minutes of prep time. This is for my drive through Sue sisters!! <3

When I have a very busy day spaghetti is a go to meal for me. I always try to keep the staples for this meal on plan. I always keep my pantry stocked with on plan sauce in a jar, noodles, and spaghetti squash stays good for a very long time. I happened to have “not naughty noodles” here, but they are certainly not needed. I use them to bulk up my portion, I don’t feed them to my whole family.
In the morning when I get up, I pull out my crockpot and pour the sauces into the crockpot. If you have a good dry red wine around I would add a splash, it gives the flavor a lovely depth. I then slice up my chicken Italian sausages, this is a favorite since they are precooked and I don’t have to cook something. If I don’t have them on hand, cooking up a pound of ground beef or Italian sausage will also do, it’s just a little more work. I turn the crockpot on low and away I go!
If it’s a VERY busy day, I will pull out my second and larger crockpot and put a couple of inches of water in it. I then place my spaghetti squash in and turn to low, OH! Be sure to pierce it a couple of times. It will be ready when you are ready for dinner. If you have time otherwise and don’t use a second crockpot, put the oven to 450 and let bake for about 40 minutes. I slice mine in half and clean it out first, placing cut side down on a cookie sheet.
Now truthfully, you could stop here. You now have a veggie and a complete S meal. You could add a salad to round it out nicely and a bagged salad would accompany this quick meal nicely.
If you have very hungry people in your home and need noodles too, I will often set a pot of water on the stove in the morning so all I have to do is turn it on to cook the noodles when I fly in the door.
Brown rice noodles are an on plan option on occasion in side serving portions. If you use a lean meat in your sauce this could be an E. Any other meat would make it a crossover with the noodles. For me, if I want noodles, I serve up my portion and add a lot of spaghetti squash. It makes me feel as if I have a bowl full of food and not missing out. It’s a great little trick.
ORRRRRR, if you happen to have not naughty noodles or not naughty rice on hand, you can just rinse and use that! Which is what I did tonight. I would have taken a picture to show you my finished meal, but my family all agreed that it’s not as pretty with the rice….so I will leave that to your imagination. It was DELICIOUS!
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With Joy ~ Tina