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One Meal Two Ways- Eating Healthy While Satisfying Everyone Else

Once upon a time I worked as a weight loss counselor at Medifast Weight Control Centers. My job was to help clients stick to an extremely strict diet until they got down to their goal weight.

People never really complained that they didn’t get carbs, or that the meal replacements tasted bad or about anything really expect having to cook something specifically for them and something completely different for their families.

I didn’t really understand their struggle at the time since I was single and living with roommates. I made what I wanted to eat and that was that.

Fast forward to now. I live with my boyfriend and let’s just say he’s not one to be okay with eating zucchini noodles and tofu every night for dinner…I wish.

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For the first part of living together I started cooking what would fill him up. We’re talking chili, meat and potatoes, pasta, pizza…etc and ended up gaining close to 15 lbs (The wine probably didn’t help either).

NOT OKAY!

But like my Medifast clients the last thing I wanted to do after working all day was cook 2 different dinners. Seriously, the 15 lbs was worth saving the time haha.

I couldn’t even imagine having children to cook for on top of that. SHOUT OUT mom and dad who I know had to probably cook 5 different meals every night with how picky of eaters my brother, sister and I were.

Eventually I realized I needed to take control of my diet back and find ways for both of us to eat healthy and enjoy our meals.

I’m so excited to announce a mini series I’m going to be doing on my blog for the next 3 weeks called One Meal Two Ways. Each week I’m going to feature an easy weeknight recipe that can be made healthy for you and satisfying for everyone else.

First up is one of my favorite meals of all time:

Zoodles/Spaghetti With Turkey Mushroom Meat Sauce!

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You guys it’s seriously so incredibly easy!

You make the meat sauce for everyone, spiralize some zucchini to make zoodles for you then boil some pasta for everyone else.

You avoid gaining 15 lbs and everyone else is happy (and still eating healthy).

Win. Win. Win. Win!

By the way if you still don’t have a spiralizer GET ON BOARD! This is the spiralizer I use and have had it for probably 5 years. I’m obsessed!

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Obviously I’d rather devour that entire bowl of pasta butttttt that doesn’t exactly go along with weight loss/ toning up/ weight maintenance. Damnit!

Zoodles/Spaghetti With Turkey Mushroom Meat Sauce
Serves 4
An easy weeknight dinner that's skinny for you and satisfying for your family.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
FOR THE SAUCE
  1. 1 jar of your favorite marinara (I used a 25 oz jar from Trader Joe's)
  2. 2 cups mushrooms (sliced)
  3. 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
  4. 1 lb of lean ground turkey (I used 1 package of Jenny-O)
  5. 1 tbsp olive oil
  6. salt and pepper to taste
FOR THE ZOODLES
  1. 2 large zucchini
  2. spiralizer
FOR THE PASTA
  1. 1 package of whole wheat spaghetti (or any shape)
OPTIONAL
  1. parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large pot heat olive oil over medium heat then add ground turkey and garlic. Break up the meat as it cooks until there is no pink left in the meat (about 5-10 mins)
  2. Add sliced mushrooms and saute for about 3-4 minutes
  3. Add jar of marinara to the pot and let it simmer for at least 10 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
  4. While the marinara is simmering get another pot of water boiling. Cook pasta according to package instructions and set aside.
  5. While the pasta and marinara are cooking use your spiralizer to make zoodles from your zucchini*. Set aside.
  6. Place zoodles in your bowl and pasta in everyone else's bowls and top with the meat sauce and cheese (if using).
Notes
  1. *If you ever have issues with zoodles making sauces too watery try not cooking them. The heat from the sauce will warm them up and you avoid a big, soggy, watery zoodle mess.
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No guilt!

No spending 938543059034 hours in the kitchen making 10 different meals!

Low carb!

And still tastes delicious.

It’s tiny little things like this that will make a world of difference in your life. 

Not a zoodle fan? This also works great with spaghetti squash. Full tutorial on how to cook a spaghetti squash here.

AND if you want to make life even easier skip the entire meat sauce recipe and just boil pasta, spiralize the zucchini and heat some sauce right from the jar in the microwave. There really is no excuse to eat unhealthy.

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Your Turn,

Do you make a bunch of different meals to satisfy everyone in your household?

Do you cook your zoodles or eat them raw?

What’s your go to meal to please everyone?

 

 

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply rachel @ athletic avocado July 20, 2016 at 4:27 am

    mmmm I love zoodles! what a great way to eat them:)
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    • Reply Diana Becker July 20, 2016 at 8:57 am

      I’m obsessed with zoodle everything right now…zucchinis are just too delicious in the summer <3

  • Reply Amanda @ Exploring Life & Things July 20, 2016 at 7:59 am

    I. love. this. I totally feel you on living with your boyfriend and struggling to find a happy medium of something filling and healthy. Surprisingly I’ve introduced Paul to a bunch of “healthy” things that he normally would never even touch.. zoodles, kale, avocados! Haha. This sounds dumb, but I never even thought to make 2 separate, but pretty much the same, things. I’m totally going to make this sometime since this is brilliant haha.

    • Reply Diana Becker July 20, 2016 at 8:58 am

      It’s SO HARD! Bryce will eat zoodles and kale but ehhh I can tell he’s not thrilled about it haha! So glad you found this sound beneficial. It really is teeny tiny little things you do at meal time that can make a huge difference 🙂

  • Reply Liv @ Healthy Liv July 20, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I love this series idea! When I cook for myself at college, I can make whatever I want but when I’m at home, there are a lot of different preferences to consider for my siblings and parents. Love the idea of just slightly adapting meals to satisfy different preferences. I think fajitas and tacos work so well for that since some people can make theirs with a tortilla and some people can do a rice bowl or salad!
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    • Reply Diana Becker July 20, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Fajitas, tacos, burritos all are such a great idea! My boyfriend and I do “Turkey Taco Tuesday” every Tuesday and he has tortillas and I eat a HUGE taco salad…yummmm! Now I’m getting hungry haha!

  • Reply Kellen July 20, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I love this series idea!! While I don’t lie with Sean, this is something in totally worried about since he can eat everything and not gain a pound but I can’t quite do that:) So excited for next weeks too!!
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    • Reply Diana Becker July 22, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      Thank youuu!!! Ohhh yep the struggle gets real…luckily you and Sean have like the worlds most perfect living situation 😉

  • Reply Robert Lopez July 22, 2016 at 6:52 am

    It’s really a challenge to make my kids eat healthy foods sometimes.. That’s why I always come up with creative ways.. It can be stressful at times. lol
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    • Reply Diana Becker July 22, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      I can’t even imagine how hard it must be to cook for children! My mom use to make like half regular and half whole wheat pasta to try to trick us…nope we’d pick out all the regular noodles and leave the whole wheat ones haha! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Reply Emily Weir July 22, 2016 at 8:18 am

    This is such a good idea! When I lived with my brother and would cook dinners for us, I had to trick him into eating spaghetti squash since I’m not a huge pasta fan (he was never fooled). This is such an easy switch, and probably leads to leftovers which I’m always a fan of 😉

    • Reply Diana Becker July 22, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you! Tons of leftovers. OMG I tried getting my boyfriend to eat spaghetti squash without telling him what it was too…didn’t work hence why I have too make 2 variations of meal all the time haha!

  • Reply Kim Huffman August 1, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I didn’t know you don’t really have to cook the zucchini noodles! I am planning on making your recipe (or somewhat similar cuz I bought already-frozen meatballs) for dinner this week!

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