Spaghetti from Squash? It’s Not Bad…and Really—It Tastes Just Fine!

bowl-of-spaghetti-squashDid you know that one cup of cooked spaghetti has 220 calories? How would you like to have a cup of spaghetti with only 42 calories instead? Ever try spaghetti squash as a replacement for the traditional types of pasta? Most pastas are made from semolina (which is wheat product—”wheat middlings of durum wheat”) or farina (made from milled wheat). spaghetti-squash I’ve served spaghetti squash for a long time but never really gotten up my courage to try it as a replacement for pasta until recently. Spaghetti made from squash has less protein than those made from wheat, but if weight loss (or control) is more in your view than adequate protein, then consider at least giving this tasty alternative a try! spaghetti-squash-prepared-to-roastTo cook the squash, split it in half, take out the inner seeds and pulp, and roast it (covered) in the oven for a couple of hours with one inch of water in the bottom to keep it  moist.  (Some people cook it cut-side down for more moisture.)strands-of-baked-spaghetti-squashLet it rest in the oven (still covered) with the heat turned off until time to serve. preparing-spaghetti-squash-after-bakingMake your favorite spaghetti sauce and whatever sides you want, and just before you serve everything up, carefully scoop out the strands of spaghetti into a bowl, top with a little butter and Parmesan cheese, and serve with salt and pepper shakers available. spaghetti-squash-dinnerAlan loves spaghetti, so I was afraid he’d hate it, but he said it tasted fine. Actually, covered with enough sauce, I almost preferred it, because I don’t normally like the noodles without lots of sauce, and this way, every bite seemed rich, savory, and “healthy.” If you try it, let me know what you think!

Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.  Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.  So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.  And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat. Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.” (Daniel 12:12-16)

P.S.—Someone asked if I am vegetarian or vegan. I am not, but I eat too much protein and too few vegetables, so I’ve been experimenting with ways to add more fruits and vegetables to my diet. Being overweight is a personal problem and is becoming one of the biggest health problems in our world, both in developed and developing countries at this point. Many of us would profit from eating less and sharing more with those who are undernourished. purple-clover-on-losing-weight(P.S.—If you want the ultimate guide to spaghetti squash, check out this excellent resource by Lita Watson:

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