Nature’s “Spaghetti”

spaghetti-squash-pasta-e1346082784821-300x300Looking for a low carb, low calorie dish that is healthy and delicious?  Try spaghetti squash (nature’s spaghetti).  While weighing in at only 42 calories per cup, spaghetti squash packs a punch with an abundance of nutrients that include folic acid, potassium, vitamin A, and beta carotene.  You can add a variety of ingredients to the noodles and create a wonderful side dish or meal.

Spaghetti squash is available year around with the peak season being fall.

How to Prepare

  • Cut squash in half length wise. (If you place in microwave for approximately 5 minutes before slicing it is easier to cut)
  • Scoop out the seeds and fibrous strings
  • Place halves face down on a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper.
  • Roast at 375 degrees for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Let squash cool so that you can handle it then take a fork and scrape the strands of squash from the inside of the skin. Presto…spaghetti noodles!

Serving Suggestions

  • You can add marinara sauce with or without meat.
  • You can add garlic, olive oil, seasonings and top with parmesan cheese for a basic, but tasty side.
  • You can add a variety of vegetables (onions, cabbage, spinach, kale, asparagus, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots…)
  • A portion plate favorite is to sauté garlic, olive oil, grape tomatoes and broccolini for a great side dish. Add chicken, shrimp, Italian (pork or turkey) sausage, ground beef, or any other protein and there you have it – a great meal!

The possibilities are endless!

No matter which program you follow, primal, paleo, gluten free, vegetarian, vegan or etc. you can add spaghetti squash to your diet.

Happy cooking!

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