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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.

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Easy Vegetable Puree Soup

curried sweet potato soup

While we didn’t get another snow day- the weather this morning was definitely cold enough for it. (29F– Brr!) So, it was time to make another big pot of soup. I hate the cold, but I love soup. Some days I feel like getting to warrant making soup is the only plus of the cold.

Vegetable Purees are one of those types of “soups” I make all the time. I guess they’re not really soups, but they are soup-like and make a good quick meal or side. They’re also so easy once you know the formula. Just sauté whatever allium you want -leek, onion, garlic. (comparison here) Add your primary vegetable and heat to soften. (preferably roast it first if it’s a root or hearty veggie, way more flavor that way) Use a 1/2 broth, 1/2 water ratio– just enough to cover your veggies. Add seasonings and/or herbs. Boil for a few minutes. Add a cream/thickening ingredient if you wish (greek yogurt, cream, milk, flour). Heat through. Puree. Done.

 
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