Color it Yellow: Spaghetti Squash

A great way to include more veggies in your diet is to substitute spaghetti squash in a recipe served on pasta or noodles.  When the squash is cooked and the flesh is scraped with a fork, the result is a mild tasting, spaghetti-like strand.  Your favorite marinara sauce or Myplate2yours Chicken Cacciatore would both work great on top of this squash.  It takes just minutes to prepare and will provide a good source of fiber and some vitamins A and C, as well.

Here are two ways to prepare Spaghetti Squash:

#1  Microwave:  Pierce the outer skin of squash with fork.  Cut squash in half lengthwise (with your biggest, sharpest knife- please be careful!).  Clean out the seeds and pulp, much like a pumpkin.  Place cut-side down on a microwavable plate.  Microwave each half for 5-7 minutes, until flesh is tender.  Scrape interior of squash halves with a fork and collect strands in a bowl.

#2 Stove-top: Pierce the outer skin of squash with fork.  Cut squash in half lengthwise.  Clean out the seeds and pulp.  Fill a large pot with at least 2 inches of water, boil.  Add one half of squash to pot face down, cover.  Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until tender.  Remove first half and repeat with second half (adding more water, if needed).  Scrape the interior of the squash half with a fork.  Collect strands in a bowl.  Repeat with remaining half.

It’s that easy!  Enjoy!

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3 responses

  1. I love spaghetti squash, especially in the summer with some fresh basil & chopped tomatoes from my garden , along with a healthy amount of grated parmesan cheese ! Yum!

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