Did you know you can cook spaghetti squash in the crockpot or roast it in the oven? Hearty, easy to prepare, and extremely versatile, spaghetti squash is a vegetable to try with your family this week!
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, buy clomid 25mg 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:
How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Crock Pot:
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Roasted spaghetti squash can be used as a pasta replacement or as a delicious vegetable side dish.
- 1 whole spaghetti squash
- 1 cup water
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Wash squash, slice stem off squash with sharp knife, carefully slice in half, and 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. Enjoy!
Optional toppings: Marinara sauce, butter, grated parmesan or feta cheese
To Cook In The Crockpot:
- Wash squash and poke holes with fork, place squash in the 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 and remove flesh with a fork.
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