Since we eat a variety of vegetables, we're interested in trying new and different types. We'd heard about spaghetti squash but weren't convinced, until we tasted it, that it could be delicious. We now eat spaghetti squash instead of wheat pasta, since we like to minimize our grain intake.
Spaghetti squash is a winter squash; the skin hardens into a tough rind. Some other types of winter squash are acorn, butternut, and pumpkin. Winter squash is an excellent choice for weight loss and nutrition. Loaded with fiber, and Vitamins A and C. Spaghetti squash fills you up and is low in calories.
I've included several links below that provide cooking instructions using different methods. I've had the best results with keeping the squash intact and poking it a few times with a fork to allow the steam to vent while it bakes. Let the squash cool a bit before cutting it so you're not handling a very hot squash. I prefer cutting a cooked squash because a raw squash can be difficult to slice.
Once cooked, the squash is scooped out of the rind using a fork. This scooping action creates strands that look just like spaghetti. Cutting the cooked squash crosswise rather than lengthwise, then scooping with a fork yields longer strands. Making it truly resemble its pasta namesake. If you cook it for just the right amount of time you'll even get that al dente texture.
Serve with your favorite sauce and transform this squash into a hearty meal. For a delicious sauce we recommend Kathy Hester's protein rich Lentil Quinoa Bolognese Sauce. We own her cookbook, The Great Vegan Bean Book, where this recipe is included. Lucky for you she also posted this recipe to her website. This sauce is loaded with vegetables (onion, carrots, tomatoes, bell pepper, and kale) that blend together with herbs and spices making for a tasty, thick sauce.
- Look for new ways to combine and increase vegetables in your meals, such as spaghetti squash served with a vegetable based sauce.
- Scout the internet for recipe ideas and cooking instructions. YouTube is a great resource for cooking videos. For example here's the YouTube search results for “how to cook spaghetti squash.”
- Consider unique ways to incorporate greens (spinach, kale, chard) into your meals, such as adding in pureed or finely chopped greens.