Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Spaghetti Squash... The Healthiest Pasta Alternative

Have you ever wandered around the vegetable section in the grocery store and came across a rather large yellow oval shaped squash and wondered what you could do with it? You probably had that thought for one second then kept on walking. Sometimes those veggies that are super big can be intimidating or look like too much work. But not this one! To most people's surprise this gem of a squash once baked looks like spaghetti and can replace multiple dishes that you normally use pasta in. Naturally it doesn't really taste like pasta however it has its own wonderful flavors and texture that I'm sure you will find pleasing!

About seven years ago my fiance, at the time, and I decided to cut all complex carbohydrates out of our normal diet in the evening hours. Our cut off time was around 4 pm which meant no more breads, pasta, potatoes or rice with dinner. This was hard at first but after you get into the swing of it you realize that your body processes food much more efficiently at night and you actually feel leaner the next morning, as long as you are getting enough protein and simple carbohydrates i.e. veggies. It also makes you crave more vegetables to feel satisfied at the end of your meal which in my mind is a huge bonus because I think we all know we never get enough veggies in our daily consumption.

Two of the best and my favorite recipes for spaghetti squash are:
  1. Red Snapper Fillet with Spaghetti Squash, Saffron, and Tomato Cream by Cooking Gluten Free, Karen Robinson. This recipe takes a little more time, serves 6 and is well worth it!
  2. Spaghetti Squash Carbonara (Gluten Free) by ATX Gluten Free. This recipe is simple and delicious. My husband cooked this last night and it was awesome.
There are many more uses for spaghetti squash. This is just a start. Enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for linking to my spaghetti squash carbonara! Glad you enjoyed :)

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  2. No Problem! I loved this recipe and everyday I am at the grocery store I look for more spaghetti squash but it must be out of season because they never have it. Such a bummer! Thanks!

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