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!