Everyone loves traditional pasta with meat sauce, but for a lower-cal and lower-carb meal, spaghetti squash is a tasty switch. The texture is out of this world, and it won’t feel as heavy sitting in your stomach. Plus, squash is packed with healthy nutrients: It’s high in vitamins A, B6, and C, and it’s also rich in manganese, which aids in digestion.RELATED: The Health Benefits of TurkeyBut the benefits don’t stop there. Turkey is also a superfood of sorts in its own right. Turkey contains B vitamins, as well as selenium, which acts as an antioxidant. Turkey also supplies zinc, magnesium, and potassium. Pro tip: Buy organic turkey to make sure it’s antibiotic free.Still need one more reason to give this mouthwatering dish a go? It’s so easy you could make it with your eyes closed (OK, maybe not actually closed, but you get the idea).

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  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Place squash halves, cut sides down, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake until tender when pierced with a fork, about 40 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool 10 minutes.

  • While squash bakes and cools, heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Add turkey; cook, stirring often, until turkey is no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Add carrots, onion, and garlic; cook, stirring often, until vegetables are slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Increase heat to high; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Uncover; simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in parsley, basil, and vinegar.

  • Using a fork, gently scrape strands of cooled spaghetti squash. Serve topped with sauce and Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

424 calories; fat 16g; cholesterol 65g; fiber 12g; protein 26g; carbohydrates 49g; sugars 19g; sodium 635mg; iron 3mg; calcium 182mg.