My young kids absolutely love this veggie right along with me. If I put a little butter and "sprinkle cheese" (aka Parmesan cheese) on it, they go nuts - because it tastes like macaroni and cheese to them.
- Spaghetti squash is high in Vitamin C and also has Vitamin A, B-6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) and Vitamin K.
- It also contains a fairly high amount of manganese, a mineral that aids in bone and tissue health, metabolism, blood sugar, absorption of calcium and nervous system functions. It also has calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, iron and selenium, all of which are critical in our diets.
- Spaghetti squash also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids! Those fats are good for preventing diseases such as heart disease, certain cancers, inflammation, amongst many other things.
- One cup of cooked spaghetti squash only has 42 calories (if you do not add oil), which makes it a perfect alternative to starchy potatoes or regular pasta. It has a fair amount of fiber, which helps make you feel fuller longer and let's face it - the texture is pretty darn cool too!
|Spaghetti Squash - Ready To Eat!|
Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Yields: About 6-8 cups (depending on the size of the squash)
2 medium-large sized Spaghetti Squash
Olive Oil (not extra-virgin) or Grapeseed Oil, as needed
Sea Salt, to taste
Fresh Cracked Black Pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut each spaghetti squash in half (or quarter them if they are very large). Be very careful when cutting spaghetti squash as it tends to have a very thick outside skin. Make sure to use a very sharp knife or a heavy duty serrated bread knife if all else fails. Scrape seeds out of the squash. **You may save the seeds and bake later if desired.
|Bake at 350 Degrees F|
|Spaghetti-Like Fibers - Raw|
|Halved Spaghetti Squash|
Line a baking tray with foil. Place split spaghetti squash on the foil, cut side up. Drizzle each half with oil and sprinkle with sea salt and cracked black pepper. You may also add fresh minced garlic or any herb of your choice at this point.
|Seal Tightly With Foil|
|Drizzle with Oil, Salt & Pepper|
Bake for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the size of the squash. Check every 30 minutes or so. Be careful when checking the squash as the steam will be very hot when removing the foil.
The squash will be done when you can run a fork into the flesh and it easily pulls away from the side of the shell. If it is still hard or your fork does not easily pierce the flesh, cover with foil and continue baking.
|Run Fork Through Roasted Flesh|
- Once cooked, sprinkle with goat cheese and fresh (or dried) herbs such as dill, thyme or rosemary. This adds a creamy, earthy note to this fabulous veggie.
- Sprinkle with feta cheese, sliced kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil and oregano to make a Mediterranean version of this side dish.
- Sprinkle with goat cheese, toasted sliced or slivered almonds and dried cranberries (without added sugar). Yum!
- You may also steam or boil the spaghetti squash, however, I prefer the taste of roasted. It helps the natural sugars caramelize, leaving a slightly sweeter product. Boiling will leach out a lot of the nutrients.
- To help bring out more of a full-flavored roasted taste, remove the foil for the last 15 minutes of baking. This will deepen the color and caramelize the sugars more thoroughly, giving a sweet and nutty roasted taste.
**Why use sea salt when cooking? Sea salt is all natural, derived from the ocean and does not have any additives. Table salt can have up to 2.5% chemicals, including aluminum! Aluminum in recent studies has been one of the items found in the brains of patients with Alzheimers.
**To bake spaghetti squash seeds (or pumpkin seeds): Rinse thoroughly in cold water. Let drain. Sprinkle with sea salt and toss together. On a pan sprayed, foil-lined baking tray, spread seeds out in one flat layer. Bake in a 300 degrees F oven for about 45 minutes or until seeds start to lightly brown, feel drier and lighter.
1 cup roasted spaghetti squash with about 1/2 tsp. oil per serving
Calories: 62 Carbs: 10g Fat: 2g Protein: 1g Sugar: 3g