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Eat More Veggies by Using Spaghetti Squash Instead of Spaghetti

Learn to Love: Spaghetti Squash

If you are trying to eat less carbs, or up your intake of veggies, you need to try spaghetti squash. The flesh of this squash has a firm and stringy consistency so it holds up nicely when mixed with tomatoes, roasted veggies and pesto. Plus a cup of spaghetti contains only 10 grams of carbs, compared to 43 grams of carbs found in regular old spaghetti. It is also a low calorie food; one cup contains only 42 calories, where as the spaghetti pasta has 221 calories per cup.

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Baking spaghetti squash takes a little longer than boiling real spaghetti, but it's really easy.

  • Cut a whole squash in half and remove all the seeds. Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the halves cut side down, in a dish with half an inch of water. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until it's tender. If you're pressed for time, you can also microwave it. Place the cut sides down on a damp paper towel in a microwavable dish and cook for about 15 minutes.
  • Take a fork and scrape the stringy squash out onto individual plates. Add a little salt and pepper if you want.
  • Top with your favorite pasta sauce and enjoy.


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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
So I'd love to know what the topping is for that spaghetti squash!! and yes, I am eating it as I type!
mannorama mannorama 9 years
I'm eating it right now too!~ It's great:)and good for you. Do yourself a favour, cut it in half, add a couple of tablespoons of water to each half, place in dish and microwave (about 6-10 minutes per squash) depending on your microwave and size of squash. I miss my pasta pasta, but this does this trick.
Healthy-Choice Healthy-Choice 9 years
I've tried it as a substitute for spaghetti pasta and I just can't get into it. The consistency is very different.
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
I was just thinking the same thing, Renees3! I won't be able to tell myn boyfriend what it is, but I'm going to try it.
erinlikestoplay erinlikestoplay 9 years
Can't eat it, as spaghetti, or even as a side dish. It's just gross! I do like other squashes, though, like butternut, acorn, yellow...
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 9 years
I've got 2 large ones on my kitchen counter waiting for me to EAT THEM! I can't wait! Yum!!!!
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 9 years
Must try.... Will go fabulously with my new diet!
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
I had this for dinner tonight for the first time (making it myself) and it was so good and so filling! I could eat a huge bowl with tomato sauce and not feel a little guilty like I do with pasta. Yay
sophia_HL sophia_HL 9 years
I love this.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
Never had it but it sounds good an healthy. I'll check it out. If I like, then I'll add it to the list of seeds to plant in the garden :)
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I eat this as a substitute for regular pasta all the time. It's so yummy!! I usually toss it with some tomato sauce and fresh veggies and it's pretty tasty.
ladyliz ladyliz 9 years
I'm making this for dinner tonight, with some spaghetti sauce and veggies. Also some grilled chicken breast for added protein.
sheanichole sheanichole 9 years
This sounds interesting, never thought of this! Def have to try it soon...
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 9 years
Spaghetti squash is awesome!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I'll check this out. I doubt my boyfriend will like it, but I'll try!!! The trick is to not tell him it's something new or healthy haha
HipMom HipMom 9 years
I don't actually like it as a replacement for spaghetti but I do love it as a side dish and I like to make pudding with it -yum
wren1 wren1 9 years
I love this! Even my boyfriend likes it, and he's a pasta addict.
XSofieX XSofieX 9 years
It looks really good! Great idea for cutting down on carbs
jazzy-jane jazzy-jane 9 years
I love spaghetti squash. Like jspeed, it's my favorite pasta alternative, so much so that I don't even think about using regular pasta when I want spaghetti. A tasty variation is to use salsa instead of pasta sauce. I usually do a super simple meal of ground beef, spaghetti squash, and salsa.
smp7328 smp7328 9 years
I love spaghetti squash!
wiggle wiggle 9 years
I like this stuff, but have found it to be kind of watery.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Not so much...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Wow! I iddn't even know this squash was so good! I need to try it!
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
I pierce one several times and microwave. Once split and separated I set aside. Then I saute some yellow onion in a bit of olive oil or cooking spray to just tender and toss in some zucchini. Add in the squash and a can of diced tomato. YUM!
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