Today, we were snowed in to 18″ and it was fantastic! FINALLY, winter is here and I don’t mind one bit because this chick skis now! BRING ON THE DRIFTS! In this weather, this is when comfort food cravings REALLY set in. But, because I have committed to myself and my family that we will remain healthy and trim, I resisted the urge to cook a traditional baked penne, which is what Jim and Rusty REALLY wanted. Low glycemic impact eating is a lifestyle, not a passing trend or diet and one of the components of it is behavior modification. And because the larger part of our day included a bunch of study time (Kinesiology is pretty tough), Star Wars WII games, and tv show watching with not tooooooo much physical activity I decided I was going to keep my nutritional healthy commitment to me and mine! There IS a happy medium between comfort food and healthy food. Tonight my fridge had organic ground beef and my pantry had an organic spaghetti squash, and organic yellow onions. I also had garlic, celery, italian spices and a delicious jar of marina sauce by Victoria’s. And some salad fixings. And mozzarella and ricotta. So I decided to make my family a delicious and HEALTHY low-glycemic Italian dish. It was a much needed snow day hit and it satisfied everyone! It was FILLING, it was HEALTHY; chock full of protein and veggies! The added antioxidants my red beverage provided were a bonus-the wine was a delicious Argentina treasure. Yeah yeah the dish was Italian-but I had Malbec in my house. It complemented the squash beautifully! I kept the dish simple and did not go too elaborate on the spices-I had a jar of minced garlic available of which I used two tablespoons, and I had a container of Italian spices in my pantry which I took advantage of. I did have fresh basil on my windowsill for garnish, but I used it as a garnish and dried would have been perfectly fine, especially this time of year. My version of the dish calls for a TINY ricotta, and those who need dairy free can easily leave it out for the same delicious effect. Same with the bread crumbs-those who need gluten free can just simply leave out the bread crumbs. This was easy to make and was devoured with delight by the two men I was aiming to please! (one aged 50 and one aged 8).