Spaghetti Squash

In my weight maintenance class this week we had a pot luck — each student prepared a healthy dish and brought the recipe along to share.  The dish that surprised and delighted me the most was spaghetti squash.  I had never seen it before, but I loved it.  Late last night, I picked one up at Kroger.  This afternoon, I prepared it as a starch to go along with my lunch.

Spaghetti Squash CookedIt’s an odd-looking critter with entrails that resemble angel hair pasta.  To cook it, I sliced it long-ways, scooped out the seeds, laid it in a dish, added 1/2 cup water to the bottom half, put the top half back on like a lid, and microwaved it for 10-12 minutes.  When done, it turns this yellow color.  Using a fork, I scraped the flesh out into a bowl.

The recipe in class was for a tropical noodle creation involving pineapple tidbits, bell peppers, and nutmeg.  Spaghetti Squash is a wonderfully versatile starchy vegetable that takes on the flavor of whatever you pair it with.  Even with spaghetti sauce, you should be delighted.

Check out this fact sheet I found online that gives some background information and recipes:  Stay Hip With Squash

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