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COOKING SPAGHETTI SQUASH 101

One of my goals for this year is to cook more healthier foods for myself as well as my family. With my two year old currently in the process of being evaluated for Juvenile Diabetes I have had no choice but to alternate the foods that I cook for my family.

While doing research I learned that pasta and rice would be a no-no in his new diet if he were to be diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, so I started doing some research on what I could prepare in order to accommodate him (because my family loves pasta and rice).

That is when I was introduced to the infamous spaghetti squash and I fell in love. It is extremely easy to make and you can use the noodles in replacement of spaghetti noodles.

Step 01.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, cut the spaghetti squash in half and scrape out all of the seeds from the inside. Once you have removed the seeds, rub the inside of the spaghetti squash with olive oil and season it with just a little bit of garlic salt. Place a half inch of water in the bottom of a baking dish, turn the spaghetti squash cut side down and bake it for 45 minutes to an hour.

Step 02.

Once your squash has finished baking (you will know this when a fork can be inserted and removed from the thickest part with ease) place it on a level surface and proceed to scrape out the “spaghetti” from the inside with a metal spoon. You will notice that once you start scraping the noodles will come out easily. You will get a nice sized helping of noodles from just one spaghetti squash.

Step 03.

When you have all of your spaghetti noodles in your bowl of choice, lightly season it again and toss it with Parmesean cheese. This can be served as a tasty side to any lunch or dinner meal. Not only is it fat free, but it’s healthy and it has a really pleasent flavor to it.

Spaghetti squash can be prepared in many different combinations. You can combine it with homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs for a healthy spaghetti alternative. You can also substitute the meatballs with veggie meatballs for a tasty vegetarian alternative. If you like stir fry, you would love tossing it in a wok with some more vegetable oil, stir fry veggies and teriyaki sauce for an Asian flavored dish. Try using it as the main ingredient in a casserole dish.

The possibilities are endless.

Have you ever prepared spaghetti squash before for your family? What was your favorite combination? Do you have any tips or recipes that you would like to share?

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10 Comments

  1. I’ve never had spaghetti squash but I’ve been wanting to try it. I finally found a store that carries it and will be buying some on my next shopping trip. Thanks for the cooking directions.

  2. i am going 2 def try this, this comin weekend! looks tasty!

  3. This looks delish~ Going to try it this week and will post a pic and my thoughts 🙂 Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.

  4. Thanks for sharing and I will have to try this since I want my family to eat healthier.

  5. Great post of “how to” cook the squash. I think many people don’t buy it because they are not sure what to do with it! Thanks for linking your post to TMTT.

  6. I just reviewed a book with this in there so I ran out picked one up and then it’s sitting there. LOL so gung ho to do it then hubs didn’t want to try it so I didn’t make it. I’ll have to try it this week. Thanks!

  7. Dang I wish I would have seen this before I made
    spaghetti again this week. This seems to be the only thing
    the boys will eat and not waste and have me throwing
    away food. I’ve never seen it in the markets were I’m located, I’m gonna
    have to probally go to Wholefoods or Wegmans.

    Alexis a lot of times if you just prepare the food
    and not give away your recipe they will eat it and not even know
    that you are cooking it a different way. When you say “dinners ready”
    that’s all they are usually concerned about.

  8. How many people does one average size spaghetti squash feed? I will be cooking for 7. Should I buy more than one?

    • Dear Alexandra,

      And average sized spaghetti squash can easily feed 4-5 people. That’s with medium sized portions. If you go smaller, I would say up to 8 if it isn’t a part of your main course.

      Take care,
      Shynea

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