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Broccoli Slaw Spaghetti

This past Saturday we got back from our annual week long summer vacation. I look forward to this one week all year long as it is truly the one week the entire year where we get away and completely unplug from all activities, responsibilities, etc. It’s like we get to hit a reset button and connect with every family member in a way that you just don’t always get to in the day-to-day grind of every day life. Thankfully, this year was no different and we had an absolute blast!

However, each year I find myself thinking, the only thing that could make this better is if we didn’t have to worry about diabetes. If only we could just let the kid’s completely indulge and let them eat what they want for a week. Wouldn’t that be nice? Something so many people just take for granted, is the one thing I long for my child to experience.

For full disclosure we do always let C indulge more than usual when on vacation, but it’s not without stress, blood sugar spikes, and often times followed by blood sugar crashes.

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And what does all of this have to do with Broccoli Slaw Spaghetti, you ask? Well, as I mentioned we did let C indulge a bit during the week and despite our best efforts, between lots of idle car time, being on the go and completely off our normal schedule, not having access to all the food we normally eat, swimming, etc., his blood sugar graph looked like the path of a roller coaster ride. So as soon as we got home I knew we had to get back on track.

One of C’s favorite foods is spaghetti. I knew regular pasta was not the route we wanted to travel to get “back on track”, so I made spaghetti served over cooked broccoli slaw instead. I couldn’t believe what a huge hit it was! C ate two giant plates and my middle child gobbled it up. My husband and I both loved  it too! We honestly couldn’t believe broccoli slaw gave us such a “noodle” fix.

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If you have pasta lovers in your house, you seriously need to try this recipe! I really think your kiddos could surprise you and love it like my kids did!

As I’m typing this, C walked by and said, “I love that stuff!” while pretending to lick the computer screen. This is powerful stuff, people!

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Looking ahead to the start of a new school year, I’m thinking it would pack really well for lunches too.

I LOVE finding recipes that are easy, healthy, and kid/blood sugar friendly- absolute recipe GOLD! :)

Broccoli Slaw Spaghetti

Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: Approximately 1 cup

Broccoli Slaw Spaghetti


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 26-ounce jar pasta sauce
  • 2 12-ounce bags broccoli slaw
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)


  1. In a skillet, over medium-high heat, brown ground beef. Drain fat, and add pasta sauce to the ground beef, mix, and let simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil and add broccoli slaw. Boil for 5-10 minutes, or until tender.
  3. Top each serving with sauce and parmesan cheese (optional). Alternatively, you can mix the sauce and cooked broccoli slaw all together and then serve.


Each 1 cup serving has approximately: 168.5 Calories, 6.6g Total Fat, 14.5g Protein, 13.1g Carbohydrates, 3.9g Dietary Fiber, 7.6g Sugar, 36.9mg Cholesterol, 362.4 Sodium.

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  1. Theresa Cooper says:

    Love this recipe! I definitely want to try! I love broccoli but I have never tried broccoli slaw. We make a similar dish with spaghetti squash.

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