Sunday, August 28, 2011

Pasta Substitute: Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is one of the BEST pasta/carb substitutes out there.  It is a great source of fiber, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, potassium, niacin, and manganese.  Also, it is very low in calories and carbohydrates.  One ounce of baked spaghetti squash contains 8 calories, 2 grams of carbs.  So here's a quick guide on how to prepare spaghetti squash.

1.  Preheat oven to 400 deg.
2.  Cut the squash in half length wise.

3.  Remove seeds and pulp (as you would with a pumpkin).

4.  Fill baking pan with water (about 1/2 inch high)
5.  Place spaghetti squash halves face down in baking pan
6.  Bake for 30-40 min.
7.  Turn spaghetti squash halves face up; let stand for 10 min.
At this point, you should be able to remove the inner contents with a fork.  The contents should come out in strands, similar to spaghetti.  

Use cooked spaghetti squash as you would with regular spaghetti.  Now you can have spaghetti with a healthy marinara/meat sauce.  Personally, I like to have it with eggs, ground turkey or chicken breast, and veggies.  Experiment, find what you like, and enjoy the food! 

Dr. O 
"I don't live to eat...I eat to live!"


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Anonymous said...

great article. I will try it

Rachelle said...

Love spaghetti squash!!! :) Great article Dozie!

Dozie Onunkwo, Ph.D. said...

Thanks a lot, Rachelle! :-)

Angelina said...

Shoot I just poke holes and pop it in the microwave for 5 min!!

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