About Spaghetti Squash and Five Delicious Recipes

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I’m sure you’ve heard of spaghetti squash. It’s all over healthy food blogs, paleo blogs, and Pinterest. Some people tout it to be very pasta-like which isn’t true. It’s harder and a little crunchy in texture and has an almost nutty flavor. But, it saves you lots of carbs and calories -since it’s only 35 calories a cup- and is far more nutritious. I personally prefer whole wheat noodles if I’m going to skimp, but the boyfriend likes spaghetti squash a lot. So I would suggest trying it to see what you think.

How To Cook Spaghetti Squash: Two Ways

  1. Cut in half and remove seeds (I usually save and toast them)
  2. Spread olive oil on fleshy, internal side
  3. Poke a few holes in the outer skin
  4. Place outer, skin side down on a plate (for microwave) -or- baking sheet (for oven)
  5. Microwave on high for 15 mins -or- bake in oven at 375F for 30-45 minutes until softened
  6. Let sit for 5 minutes to cool
  7. Scrape out flesh in strands with a fork
  8. Serve in squash half for a neat presentation or in a bowl or plate

I usually use half for its intended meal and half to just drizzle with olive oil, herbs, and whatever I have on hand later for lunches. The portion I save I just drizzle with olive oil to keep from drying out and put in a tupperware container. You can also chose to cook only one half at a time and cover the uncooked half with plastic wrap and put in the fridge.

1. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Over Spaghetti Squash || Recipe and picture via EdibleHTown

Serving Size: 4|| Calories: 254/serving

2. Asparagus Quiche with Spaghetti Squash Crust || Recipe and Picture via Tasty Kitchen

3. Spaghetti Squash Pizza Crust || Recipe and Picture via TheSlenderKitchen

Serving Size: 4 || Calories: 88/serving

4. Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Siracha Aoli || Recipe and Picture via Cooking Light

Serving Size: 5 || Calories: 172 (2 cakes=1 serving)

5. Lasagna Stuffed Spaghetti Squash || Recipe and Picture via Closet Cooking

Serving Size: 4 || Calories: 513


Basically any way you would use pasta you can use spaghetti squash- and at only 35 calories a cup why not? I also usually toast the seeds for a healthy snack or salad topping. They separate much easier from the strings than you’d think. It’s a far more intimidating task than




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