I love pasta dishes and sometimes I feel like I’d eat them every day if I could. This healthy butternut squash and tomato pasta bake is full of flavour and it is full of vegetables too. If you like butternut squash then you should really give this a try.
Butternut squash tips
If you are put off using a butternut squash and making this Healthy Butternut Squash and tomato pasta bake because it is hard to peel then these tips could help you out.
Instead of trying to scoop all the seeds out, just cut around them. This is much easier as the stringy seeds can be difficult to remove.
Consider leaving the skin on. In some recipes, it really will do no harm to leave the skin on. A chunky soup, for example, that has been well-cooked can be just as nice with the butternut squash cut into chunks with the skin on.
If you really don’t want to peel a butternut squash then buy ready cut cubes in the fridge or freezer aisles of the supermarket!
Why you need vegetables to lose weight
Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!
The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density. Basically, we are talking about the healthier vegetables – potatoes don’t count but butternut squash is much healthier for example!
This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and obviously, 100g of anything would fill you up significantly. On the other hand, 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!
Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.
Budget shopping tips for this pasta bake
I try to ensure that all of the recipes, like this Healthy Butternut Squash and tomato pasta bake, I make are accessible for everyone. By this, I mean that they do not use obscure, hard to find ingredients.
I also believe that recipes should use as few ingredients as possible and avoid expensive ingredients. We would all much rather spend money on holidays than expensive ingredients, wouldn’t we?
Buying herbs and spices in bulk is something I really recommend. It can save a lot of money in the long term but also means you never run out! I find putting them on Amazon subscribe and save helps too!
Additionally don’t forget to check out the yellow sticker reductions and freeze what you can.
Frozen vegetables are nutritionally just as good as fresh so do keep an eye out for those too to save money. Do you have any particular frozen vegetables you love?
Do share them with me as it is always nice to hear people’s recommendations.
Just Average Jen is an independent blog and in no way connected with any weight loss plan and no contributors have been trained by them or worked for them. It is the reader’s responsibility to check Slimming World syn values, WW points and any other allowances themselves as those given are approximate.
Enjoying this pasta bake for weight loss
This healthy butternut squash and tomato pasta bake is a very simple recipe using pasta, cheese and vegetables so syns, points etc are minimal and easy to count whatever plan you follow.
It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.
More recipes you may like
For more pasta-based recipes for all the family check out my ultimate pasta recipe post.
If you are vegetarian or want to eat more vegetarian or plant-based meals I have a full list of vegetarian and vegan recipes which are perfect for healthy diets.
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A delicious pasta bake using butternut squash and cherry tomatoes. It’s colourful, filling and nutricious
Boil pasta shapes according to packet instructions then strain and set aside. Preheat oven to 200°c.
Meanwhile, spray a large frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place it over medium heat. Fry butternut squash cubes for ten minutes, stirring frequently. Add a splash of water, red onion, garlic and fry for a further five minutes.
Squeeze the tube of Primula over the top of the pasta mixture and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until starting to colour on the top of the Primula.
Serve with salad, if using, for 4 large adult portions.
Keywords: Slimming world, butternut squash, pasta, Syn free, low syn,
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