This past holiday I had dinner at my husband’s family’s house and they served spaghetti squash (in addition to regular spaghetti). It was the FIRST time I ever tried it. I always saw it pictured somewhere on the internet but I was always too intimidated to try it.
Little did I know how really easy it is to make! All they did was cut it in half, puncture the squash and place it in the microwave for around ten minutes. They used a fork to take out the flesh (after removing the seeds of course) and wallah! It was done!
What I love about this awesome option to spaghetti is:
1. It’s a vegetable
2. It tricks my children to eating a vegetable
3. It’s rich in vitamins
4. It’s low calorie (HERE are the calories in squash)
5. It has a lot of fiber
6. It helps fight diseases found in the heart, prostate and eye
Here’s a great written tutorial on spaghetti squash that I found here:
- Cut the spaghetti squash lengthwise (you can remove the stem first, but don’t cut through the ends.)
- Scrape out the seeds and fibers using a large spoon. Again, be careful not to break through the ends.
- Take one of the halves and put it cut-side-up in a close-fitting microwave dish (such as an oval casserole.) You want it to be as stable and as level as possible. If it isn’t, cut a very thin strip of skin from the bottom.
- Pour 1/2 cup water into the hollow of the squash itself (not into the dish), then place the other half on top cut-side-down.
- Carefully place it in the microwave and cook on full power. A small squash (under 1 1/2 lbs) will take about 10 minutes to cook.
- To test for doneness, just squeeze the top half gently (wear an oven mitt for this!) If it’s flexible, it’s likely to be done. Carefully remove the top half to see if the flesh has turned a rich, semi-translucent yellow (as opposed to opaque yellow-white)
- Drain any remaining water (there may not be any) and pull out the strands with a fork. Toss with butter (and Parmesan!) or your favorite sauce. For a fun and healthy change of pace, add it to an Asian soup in place of noodles.