Preparing Spaghetti Squash: 101

One of the most popular questions I get, now that I have been working with people through my nutrition programs is; how do you make spaghetti squash? Well, I had no idea until just a couple of years ago. So, here’s to all of you that are trying to create a healthier lifestyle, one recipe at a time.

Spaghetti Squash 101

spaghettisquash1First, you can get spaghetti squash almost anywhere. I got this little beauty at Costco where they come in bags of two since my family loves this as part of their meals, even the kiddos.

IMG_1112LET’S GET TO IT…
To start preparing, preheat the oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit. Then, grab cookie sheet and line it with aluminum foil. Take a peek in the oven to be sure your rack is in the middle and finally, grab your squash.

THEY CAN BE STUBBORN…
I think the hardest part of making this is just cutting them in half. So to start, you are going to grab one, get out a big sharp knife and carefully, cut it in half. Then, take a spoon and scoop out the middle portion where you see the seeds and just dispose of that portion.

IMG_1114NOW TO SPICE THEM UP…
After getting them cut and cleaned out, pull out some olive oil, garlic powder, salt (I use Himalayan Sea Salt) and pepper. Drizzle the olive oil over the top, zig zagging down and then rub it in, covering the inside with a thin layer of olive oil. After covering it in olive oil, sprinkle on the salt, pepper and garlic powder.

IMG_1115AND IN THEY GO…
After spicing them up we want to put them in to cook. Place them flat side down on the aluminum foil covered cookie sheet and then put them in the over, set the timer for 40 minutes. They won’t be done until they are browning around the edges.

FEELING SAUCY…
Now, while your squash is cooking, you can decide what kind of sauce you would like to make to top your “noodles”. I have done a home made basil pesto, a ground turkey with tomato sauce and kale (shown below) and also just put a little butter in them and topped them with some chicken breast. You can get creative here.

IMG_1118WHAT THE FORK…
Yep! A fork is all you need to finish up your noodles. Using a hot pad or oven mitt, turn the squash face up and using a fork, scrape the insides from the edge down and your noodles will start to separate from the edge. It’s like magic 🙂 If they don’t separate easily, you took them out too soon so pop them back in for a few minutes. Then, you can just transfer them into your sauce, put them on a plate or drop them in a bowl and stir in some pesto or other sauces.

IMG_1119WHY CHOOSE SQUASH…
They are juicy and delicious and good for you! One cup of spaghetti squash only has 42 calories, fiber, vitamins A and C as well as potassium and calcium. Spaghetti squash also contains the B vitamins riboflavin, niacin, and thiamin, which promote optimal cellular function. How’s that for amazing? If you are what you eat, it’s definitely a good choice.

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