I sent my little girl off to kindergarten yesterday. It was a day full of emotions. Mostly, I am so, so excited for her – she is ready and wants to learn about everything. But, as most moms will tell you, there’s a part of your heart that wants them to keep them young and innocent forever.

With the school year starting, I am so looking forward to getting back into a good routine. I always remember my mom saying that the start of the school year felt more like a new year than January 1. I think she may be right. For me, now is the time to plan, correct bad habits and set some goals for myself. First on my list is cleaning up my diet a little bit – basically, less wine and more vegetables! So let’s talk about this salad.

I will readily admit that the name of this recipe sounds weird, but this salad really is a winner. I’ll start by reminding you that I am not one of those people who will tell you that spaghetti squash “tastes just like real spaghetti”. With that said, spaghetti squash is nutritious, flavorful and has a great texture. I’ve eaten it with tomato sauce, alfredo sauce, and cheese sauce. Over the past year or so, I’ve noticed several pasta recipes popping up with an avocado sauce of some sort. So why not try spaghetti squash with an avocado sauce?

My goal here was to create a super quick lunchtime meal that I could throw together in minutes. I’ll often roast a spaghetti squash at the beginning of the week and then mix it with different sauces throughout the week to give myself some variety. To make this dish, all  I need to do is mix a cup or so of spaghetti squash with an individual-sized container of guacamole from Costco (or my homemade variety). It could not be easier!

Guacamole Spaghetti Squash Salad
per serving

Ingredients

1 cup of cooked spaghetti squash
1 individual size container of guacamole (I love the Good Foods brand from Costco) or 1/4 cup homemade guacamole
4 chopped cherry tomatoes
1 Tbsp crumbled queso fresco, optional
Cilantro, for garnish
Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions

Toss spaghetti squash with guacamole. Season with salt and pepper Top with chopped tomatoes, quest fresco (if using) and cilantro. Enjoy!