Hearty, easy to prepare, and extremely versatile. Spaghetti squash is a vegetable to try with your family this week!
Do you ever look at that huge bin of squash at the grocery store and keep on walking because you have no idea what to do with them?
We are going to pick one of those squash from the bin today and take a further look into what to do with it and why you might want to. So grab the yellow oblong spaghetti squash, and keep reading to learn 2 simple ways to cook it: roasting in the oven, or steaming in the crock pot.
Spaghetti squash has been making a big come back in the last few years due to the low carb craze. The stringy insides make for a great pasta substitution. But that is not the only reason to enjoy spaghetti squash.
It is a fun vegetable the kids will love. Spaghetti squash is an oblong yellow winter squash. Once cooked, the flesh is scraped out with a fork into long thin strands that resemble spaghetti noodles. The taste is not as sweet as other winter squash.
Let’s look at the nutritional difference between pasta and spaghetti squash.
There are about 220 calories and 43 grams of carbohydrate in 1 cup of pasta, while 1 cup spaghetti squash has only 31 calories and 7 grams of carbohydrate. Spaghetti squash is also packed with vitamin C, vitamin A, antioxidants, dietary fiber and potassium.
Squash is actually classified as a fruit. According to botanists (those who study plants), a fruit is the part of the plant that develops from a flower, and contains the seeds. Stems, leaves, and roots of plants are considered vegetables. Many parts of the squash can be eaten, including the seeds and blossoms. You can even eat the shoots, leaves, and tendrils as greens – will we be seeing this on a menu soon? 🙂
Here are two simple ways to bake spaghetti squash. Which way do you prefer?
How to Roast Spaghetti Squash in the Oven:
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- 1 Spaghetti squash
- 1 cup water
- salt & pepper (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Wash squash
- Slice stem off squash with sharp knife
- Stand squash on end and carefully slice in half
- Scrape the seeds from middle of squash
- Season with salt and pepper
- Place squash cut side down in large baking pan
- Pour water into pan
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until easily pierced with fork
- Scrape insides from squash with fork
- Optional toppings: Marinara sauce, butter, grated parmesan or feta cheese
- 1 medium sized spaghetti squash
- 1 cup water
- Wash squash and poke holes with fork
- Place squash in crockpot
- Pour in water
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 1-2 hours
- Carefully remove and slice in half
- Scoop seeds from squash
- Remove flesh with fork
- Serve & Enjoy
- Optional Toppings: Serve spaghetti squash with marinara sauce or grated cheese.
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