Try spaghetti squash for your next dinner!
It’s the beginning of fall and one of my favorite things to make for dinner is spaghetti squash. This time of the year squash is in season and easy to find. It’s a great healthy pasta alternative.
I was at a gathering a few months ago where the main meal was spaghetti squash. I had never heard of using spaghetti squash for a meal. As it was served it looked liked spaghetti. With its long strands and color, one would have thought it was definitely pasta. To my surprise it was absolutely delicious! I couldn’t get enough!
So I decided to try making it one night for my family. I bought 2 heads of squash and cut them in half. The hardest part was cutting the squash into halves. You need to put some strong muscle when cutting it into halves. Plus a sharp knife truly helps the process as well. Next I cleaned out the seeds from the squash. It was kinda like cleaning out a pumpkin. Next I preheated the oven to 350. When the oven is preheated I placed the two halves of the squash onto a greased baking sheet face down and baked it for an hour. It’s done when the inside of the squash is soft like a baked potato. I took the spaghetti squash out and let it cool for 10 minutes. I have read you can use the microwave, but I prefer baking the squash.
Next is the fun part. Take a fork and start scraping the inside of the baked squash. The squash sherds into spaghetti like noodles. I was amazed at the amount of squash that came out of the four halves. After that I tossed it into a bowl and added spices. I add pepper, garlic and Italian seasoning to mine finished with a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with homemade pasta sauce or sauce out of the jar. Or just serve with the olive oil. Any spice or veggie can be added to your spaghetti squash. The spaghetti squash is bland so I do add my spices. To make it even healthier, I make turkey meatballs to add to my dish.
There is a wonderful recipe on the site www.allrecipes.com which I have used before as well. The recipe makes plenty for four, plus leftovers. It was a hit and my family couldn’t get enough of the spaghetti squash.
A quick note, squash is a food that is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of vitamin E, A, C, potassium and manganese. This is awesome for eating healthy. My family along with myself eat healthy and always look for those special recipes like spaghetti squash.
Spaghetti squash is easy to make, and your family and friends will love it. Use a recipe or be creative. Add anything that you would add to a pasta dish. I serve, along with the spaghetti squash, a salad and a nice red wine. Yummy, hands down!