Mexican “Pizza”

I wanted something different for lunch one day. I didn’t really want a salad and I wasn’t really in the mood for a chicken wrap. So I took the things I would have used and transformed them into a whole different meal.  I made myself Mexican “Pizza” (I just omitted the cheese since I only had American cheese on hand). Seeing it in a different form made it more appetizing. Plus, since pizza is my favorite food it made it fun to eat.
I used 2 Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran, Whole Wheat Tortillas and topped it with chunky salsa as the “sauce”. I then topped it with some Oscar Meyer chicken chunks and baked it off in the oven. When it was done I topped it with some sliced lettuce and tomato, topped it with some jarred jalapenos and a dollop of salsa on top.
It was perfect! Delicious and filling … plus for 2 “pizzas” it was only 6 points plus values.

Lunch: Spaghetti Squash w/ Meatballs, Sauce and Garlic Bread

I was going to my boyfriend’s uncle’s house this weekend, with his mother and him to visit. I knew his mother was making homemade sauce and meatballs and since I didn’t want to tote along a measuring cup (because I visually can’t judge what a cup of pasta looks like), I decided to bring spaghetti squash to share with everyone.  I like bringing healthier alternatives to the table, regardless of where I am, and this was a perfect opportunity.
I had baked my spaghetti squash (seasoned with salt and pepper) the afternoon prior, shredded it and put it into the refrigerator.  I was quite pleased with how my spaghetti squash turned out because the last few I have made came out very wet. This one was perfect and reminiscent of al dente pasta.  The squash itself tastes like squash, but it does adapt to the flavors it’s paired with and due to it’s spaghetti like characteristics it makes for easy twirling on a fork.
At my boyfriends uncles we ended up having a late lunch. I had a helping of spaghetti squash, a ladle of homemade sauce and one meatball. I also had a small helping of garlic bread. It was a perfect meal – delicious, satisfying and I honestly didn’t miss the pasta.  And to think I was a little afraid of trying spaghetti squash with pasta sauce … now I’m a huge fan. So much of a fan I had spaghetti squash with pasta sauce for lunch the next day!
QUESTION:
Do you like incorporating spaghetti squash into meals?