It's that time of year again: Spaghetti Squash Season! I would eat real spaghetti every single day if I could do that and not gain weight, but I haven't figured out how to do that yet, SO - until then this is my favorite pasta substitute. It's nearly as good and definitely as versatile. Treat it like pasta and it will behave like pasta! Cook it Al dente and the strands will stay in tact, the sauce will stick, and you will be able to twirl it up into a fork just like real spaghetti!
Today I kept it super simple, fast, and easy. It's fast and easy because I cooked it last night, so it's just sitting in a pyrex in the fridge waiting to becomes a delicious meal. So this is how I do it....
I buy the Squash whole, bring it home, wash it, dry it, poke it all over the place with a sharp knife, cook it in the microwave for 6 minutes. Then I turn it over and cook it for another 6 minutes. (less time if it's small, perhaps more time if it's huge!) Then I let it sit in the microwave cooling down for about an hour. Then I pull it out, put it on a large cutting board, get my big sharp knife and cut it in half lengthwise. I use a large spoon to scoop out the seeds, toss them into the trash, then grab my fork and start pulling the squash strands down and out of the squash and into a large bowl. Cover it, put in fridge, now it's ready whenever you are.
So today all I had to do was scoop about 1.5 cups onto a plate, pour my sauce on right from the jar, sprinkle on the cheese, cut some Cilantro to go on top and then microwave that for 1 minute and it's mealtime :)
By choosing Spaghetti Squash over Spaghetti I am saving a ton of Calories and a ton of Carbs. OK, not a ton, but A LOT!
1 cup of Spaghetti: 221 Calories & 43 Carbs
1 cup of Spaghetti Squash: ONLY 31 Calories & 7 Carbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By eating the Spaghetti Squash I'm also getting some great antioxidants: Vitamin A & Vitamin C, and also Lutein & Zeaxanthin, which protect the eye from age related diseases.
If protein is your thing, however, you'd get a lot more of that from the Pasta, so their are pros/ cons of making this switch. For my priorities, this is a great deal!
Here is a great article if you re interested in more details on the nutritional differences.
Thinking for tomorrow.....maybe a Peanut Satay Spaghetti (Squash) will be just the thing!
Eat well and enjoy!