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Trim Healthy Tuesday: Parmesan Squash Noodles (S)

Trim Healthy Tuesday: Parmesan Squash Noodles (S)

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Sometimes when you tell people that you’re on a “lower glycemic index” diet, the first thing they say is “Oh my gosh. I’d DIE without spaghetti.” I’m with ya – spaghetti pretty much rocks my dinner table – we all love it. It would be sad, sad world without it.

We’ve just started using alternative noodles. We really love spaghetti squash, and on Thursday I’ll show you how I fix them. It’s fun and crazy stuff around this joint. Added to our “love list” now are these delicious squash noodles. Do they taste like spaghetti? No – it’s a squash, not a miracle. Are they good with pasta sauce? YES. I think I even like them better – they don’t stick and clump together.

Parmesan Squash Noodles

In Cooking Through Stacy’s Stash this week, we’re on my 3rd Southern Living cookbook – with about 8 more to go I think. :-) 1983 was a good year – I was two and kickin’ it with my parents as an only child…which didn’t last long. Ha, ha!

Southern Living recipes are just so delicious – I always have a hard time choosing one recipe from the book. This was actually the second one I tried. The first one I tried was a complete dud for Almond Berry Cobbler. It turned into Almond Lumps in Swimming Butter Berry Syrup. Oops?

Parmesan Squash Noodles

I chose this recipe because we were having Mexican Spaghetti (recipe in Trim Healthy Mama) and I needed noodles – and I had yellow squash in the fridge. I came across a recipe for Parmesan Noodles and it was like a light-bulb went off!

I changed a few things: using butter, adding onion powder, and scaling back the recipe so you can make individual servings – because maybe it’s just you eating these delicacies…too bad for your picky fam. 😉

Parmesan Squash Noodles

These noodles are a piece of cake when you use this handy-dandy Julienne cutter from Amazon. I only paid $8 and it was worth it! Now I can make noodles from tons of different stuff! It works easily and I really love it. This is another one of those times when I’m thankful for Swagbucks so I can splurge on stuff like this here and there. (PS – The FTC wants me to tell you that’s my affiliate link, so take that, Big Brother.)

Parmesan Squash Noodles

These are delicious and will be a staple around here – at least when squash is in season. They fry up in about 5 minutes, so they are even quicker than noodles. Hands down a winner in my book. BOOYA!

And yes, you can use zucchini as well. Those are the only two I have tried so far. :-)

Now, head on over to Gwen’s Nest for Trim Healthy Tuesday where she is sharing Beef Stroganoff.

Before you link up below, please make note of these two things:

  1. PLEASE link to our Trim Healthy Tuesday posts when you link back, instead of our home pages. If someone clicks the link, it takes them to the main page and that might not be the top post. Thanks!
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My three picks from last week were:

Slow Cooker Chicken and Quinoa

Slow Cooker Chicken And Quinoa (E) from Christian Mommy Blogger

I’ve personally had this dish and it’s AMAZING! And easy. And amazingly easy. Yum!

Lime Chicken Soft Tacos

Lime Chicken Soft Tacos from Gwen’s Nest

I made these last week. SO GOOD! I made them Fuel Pull style and served the meat on salad with Joseph crackers on the side with homemade salsa.

Strawberry Lemonade Slushy

Strawberry Lemonade Slushy from Debbie Lund Photo

Strawberry season is upon us! This recipe looks so good and so refreshing – I need to get some lemons and try it ASAP!


The top pick by YOU guys was:

How to Lose Fast and How to Stall from Gwen’s Nest

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  1. Accepted post topics will be: Trim Healthy Mama-related recipes, kitchen tips, weekly menus, ‘how to’ articles, or exercise tips. MODEST before and after photos may be attached to any of the above.  Please do not link personal progress reports or non-THM recipes.
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  7. You may include recipes with “Splenda” and other similar products or foods that are considered “compromise foods”, but please note that in the recipe, and either make them optional or offer substitutions for on plan items if possible. Please do not use ingredients that are off plan…like white potatoes.
  8. No giveaways or advertising-only type posts are allowed. You may post about cookbooks that you like and you may include affiliate links, but the post MUST be THM friendly. Example – posting about an eCookbook that you like is acceptable when telling how it can help with THM. Posting about a cookbook just so you can sell it is NOT acceptable.
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**See this post for more about this Trim Healthy Tuesday link up.

**This post is linked at Fat Tuesday on Real Food Forager, at Hearth and Soul Blog Hop at Premeditated Leftovers, at Handmade Tuesdays at Ladybug Blessings, at Share It Link Party at The Winthrop Chronicles, at Totally Tasty Tuesday at Mandy’s Recipe Box, at Traditional Tuesdays on Cooking Traditional Foods, at Slightly Indulgent Tuesday at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free, at Teach Me Tuesday at Growing Home, at Domestically Divine Tuesday at Far Above Rubies, at Works For Me Wednesday on We Are That Family, at Frugal Days Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable, at Healthy 2Day Wednesday at Authentic Simplicity, at Allergy Free Wednesday at Whole New Mom, at Welcome Home Wednesday on Raising Arrows, at Whole Foods Wednesday on This Chick Cooks, at Cast Party Wednesday on Lady Behind the Curtain, at Wednesday Whatsits at White Lights on Wednesday, at Show and Share Wednesday on Mostly Homemade Mom, at Wonderful Food Wednesday at All She Cooks, at Wellness Wednesday at Intoxicated on Life, at Simple Lives Thursday on GNOWFLGINS, at Proverbs 31 Thursday at Raising Mighty Arrows, at Full Plate Thursday on Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, at Frugal Food Thursday on Frugal Follies, at Thrive at Home Thursday at Live Called, at The Project Stash at Seven Alive, at Fantastic Thursday at Five Little Chefs, at Thriving on Thursday from Domesblissity, at Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch, at Thursday Treasures from Chocolate, Chocolate and More, at at Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet, at Catch as Catch Can at My Repurposed Life, at Fellowship Friday on Christian Mommy Blogger, at From The Farm Blog Hop at Fresh Eggs Daily, at Shine On Fridays at One Artsy Mama, at Foodie Friday on Simple Living and Eating, at Freedom Fridays on My Turn For Us, at Friday Favorites on Simply Sweet Home, at Foodie Friday on Rattlebridge Farm, at Weekend Wonders at The Thriftiness Miss, at Friday Food Frenzie at Mostly Food and Crafts, at Serenity Saturday at Serenity You, at Sweet and Savory Saturdays at Dessert Now, Dinner Later, at Weekend Potluck at Sunflower Supper Club, at Friday Pin Party at The Pin Junkie, at at Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead, at Make Your Own Monday at Nourishing Treasures, at Mouthwatering Monday on A Southern Fairy Tale,   at Better Mom Monday at The Better Mom, at A Round Tuit at Creating My Way To Success,  at Mix It Up Monday at Flour Me With Love, at Melt In Your Mouth Monday at Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, at Trim Healthy Tuesday, at On The Menu Monday at Stone Gable, at Marvelous Mondays at This Gal Cooks, and at Clever Chicks Blog Hop at The Chicken Chick.

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. I have used zucchini before to replace noodles. Since I eat gluten free I have tried just about every type of non-wheat idea for noodles :) Your recipe looks great!

  2. Nikki @ Christian Mommy Blogger says:

    Yay! Thanks for featuring me :)

  3. Stephanie says:

    Use your julienne cutter for carrots – so yummy stir fried with butter and ginger!

  4. deb thomas says:

    I was so excited when I saw your post about the parmesan squash noodles. I just purchased a spiralini a few weeks ago and I am loving all the pretty creations I have made with it. I had a zucchini and a squash sitting in the fridge that I was trying to decide how to cook. So your recipe was perfect timing. I whipped it up for lunch today and it was fantastic. I used butter also, and to your recipe I added a 1/4 small onion because I just love onion with my squash. I also added some red pepper flakes for some kick. Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. That slicer is awesome! I’ll need to see if any stores around us have one. I’ve been looking for a spiral slicer that does the same thing but they’re about 3x’s as much. We rock spaghetti squash at our house too :)

  6. I bet squash noodles would go great in asian recipes!

  7. Thank you so much for featuring my Strawberry-Lemonade Slushy! And oh my goodness – your recipe looks so easy and tasty!

    • I need you to teach me how to take photos….

      • Well, that just happens to be something I love doing. I used to teach art and photography to high school kids, and really enjoyed it. Now, it’s something that I’d like to get going on my blog – submit a photo for critique and tips to make it better. It’s on my list of a million things to do :).

  8. These noodles sound great to me. I love summer squash. My husband isn’t much a fan of the zucchini family at all, so I could get by making these & devouring them all by myself. Yum!

  9. Loving this link-up, Stacy! It is SO helpful in finding new recipe ideas and learning ways to re-create my recipes THM style. I’m hoping to join in next week or the week after! :)

  10. Mmm! Looks so yummy! I clicked over once and then clicked away thinking that I didn’t have the right tool to make them sliced so neatly. Glad I clicked back to see what you used! It’s on my Amazon wishlist now. :) Thanks for linking up to Wellness Wednesday.

  11. I’m going to have to try these noodles! Sounds so yummy to me and I certainly do miss pasta. First, I’m going to have to get one of those fun julienne cutters – good excuse for a fun new kitchen gaget!

  12. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a wonderful week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. I love parmesan on my squash so this sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #16!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

  14. Okay, first things first- I’ve made this recipe twice and I have to say it was delicious. The first time I hauled out my 20 pound cuisinart food processor (in good weather we use it as a boat anchor:-) and used the julienne attachment which worked great. Then because you enticed me to do it I ordered that very same julienne slicer you have from my favorite mall, Amazon. Wellll…what a fun gadget. However, I ran into a problem when using it that I hope you can enlighten me about. How on earth did you manage to slice that whole squash without drawing blood or maiming yourself? I have two zucchini end pieces in my refrigerator (mocking me I’m sure) because I simply could not keep a hold of them past a certain point without scraping my knuckles or worse. So Miss Stacy how did YOU do it? Thanks for your answer.

    • :-) I start in the middle of the zuc and work down. Then I flip it and do the other half. I don’t julienne the whole thing – we don’t like the seeds in the middle. Always gives me something to hold.

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