Zucchini, butternut squash, and pumpkins don’t just look pretty on the outside; all of these gourds also offer something pretty tasty on the inside. With a low glycemic index, tons of antioxidants and vitamins, and creative uses, they can add something special to most diets.
Spaghetti squash is one of the more interesting varieties, named as such because its flesh pulls off in long strands that resemble spaghetti—and, with a mild taste, it can also be used as a substitute for the starchy noodles for anyone that’s focused on eating gluten-free or carb-light.
Beyond the low carb attribute, spaghetti squash is also a great choice because it’s filled with great nutritional value, which actually adds to your diet, and therefore overall well-being. Here are just some of the reasons it stands out:
Before preparing delicious recipes with spaghetti squash, you’ll first need to cook the squash. After it’s warmed and tenderized, the flesh will easily separate from the shell into the long ribbons that look like noodles. Here are step-by-step instructions for how to prepare it:
Once the squash is prepared, you can enjoy it the same night. As well, it can keep in the fridge for about a week, or you can package and keep frozen for as long as a month. The squash is great on its own as a side dish, topped with a favorite pasta sauce, or used in some of the delicious recipes below.
The beauty of spaghetti squash is that it allows a completely gluten-free and carb-free way to replace traditional noodles.
Ready to get creative with your squash? Try one of these seven recipes.
Here’s your classic Italian dinner. Start with a bed of warm spaghetti squash and then top the plate with a few of these meatballs made with ground turkey, onion, sage, and dried cranberries and pine nuts for a more flavorful punch. Though the recipe calls for drizzling the noodles with just olive oil, you can also add some marinara on top to make it complete.
Though, instead of soba noodles, use spaghetti squash for a carb-free option. This Asian-inspired dish combines the superfood punch of edamame with crunchy roasted radishes. Grated ginger, minced chives, and sesame seeds adds more complexity while sesame oil, butter, and salt give it more flavor.
This Mediterranean-inspired dish tastes just as good with spaghetti squash. Load up a plate with a bed of “noodles” and then top with fresh cannellini beans, onions, parsley, and mint leaves. Finish off the mixture with olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, and ground allspice.
Divine is one way to describe this delicious dish. The unmistakable taste and creaminess of goat cheese blends incredibly well with soft and sweet figs. Replace the quinoa pasta with spaghetti squash for even milder taste that lets the other ingredients really stand out. A few fresh herbs and walnuts help round out the meal.
Get your gourmet pasta fix at home with this simple recipe. Start with a bed of spaghetti squash, saute some cremini mushrooms in ghee with fresh rosemary, poach some eggs, and voila! You have yourself an unforgettable dinner for one—or to impress a group at your next dinner party.
Instead of the traditional basil pesto, this version is made using the superfood kale, combined with hemp seeds (instead of the traditional pine nuts). Doing so provides a big boost of omega-3 fatty acids and a solid amount of antioxidants. And when you use spaghetti squash instead of plain noodles, the nutritional content increases even more.
Chicken noodle soup may be good for the soul, but this spaghetti squash noodle soup is good for the whole body. This take on the classic adds lemon and ginger to the broth alongside boneless chicken meat and a range of colorful veggies like carrots, turnips, zucchini, and mushrooms.
Even a simple mix of spaghetti squash with a hearty sauce can be a filling meal. It’s easy to add roasted veggies, meats, and other ingredients as well, but here are some sauces to lay the foundation.
Made using only six ingredients—most all of which are grown on biodynamic farms—this organic pasta sauce provides a rich tomato taste without any added preservatives or colors.
Another great Asian-inspired option, this spicy sauce provides big curry taste and adds authentic flavor for making Thai dishes.
Made from completely organic ingredients and filled with the delicious taste of tomatoes and basil, this classic marinara is ideal for any spaghetti squash recipe.
Photo credits: Alicia Cho
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