A few weeks ago I went out to lunch with some co-workers to Ruby Tuesday’s in the Monmouth County Mall.
As I looked over the menu I noticed their new lunch menu that featured some low calorie and low fat options they call “Petite Plates – Fit & Trim”.
After about 35 minutes of post decision dissonance, it finally arrived.
Crunchy, but the good kind of crunchy. Savory. And… what’s that? The mariana tasted like more than just the classic tomato mariana I am used to, so I looked at the menu again and noticed that it is red pepper mariana. Very good! A little extra flavor makes the sauce more complex and delicious – certainly not mom’s homemade, but also no where near a NJ diner’s idea of “Italian mariana”.
It begged for salt. After seasoning it, the rest of the experience was really enjoyable. I liked the different texture and the way the flavors came together. The squash alone didn’t have a very strong flavor, so bites that had sauce seemed just like pasta other than the crunch.
I ate half of it for lunch that day and saved the other half for the next day. It was enough on both occasions, which means that it was less than 150 calories each time! And it kept and reheated very well.
This is something I would recommend, something I hope to make at some home time soon, and something I would definitely get again!
Have you ever tried spaghetti squash?
Any tips for preparing it?