Why you should try it:
1) It's a vegetable. It's healthy!
Livestrong.com states that:
"According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient database, 1 cup of cooked spaghetti squash provides 42 calories, 0.4 gram of fat, 1 g of protein, 10 g of carbohydrate (4 g as sugar) and 2.2 g of fiber."
"Spaghetti squash has a high water content and is not as dense in vitamins and minerals as other winter squash, such as acorn or butternut, but does provide 3 percent of the Daily Value for calcium, 5 percent of the DV for Vitamin A, 9 percent of the DV for Vitamin C and 8 percent of the DV for dietary fiber."Note how LOW in calories it is relative to the nutrition that you get out of it!
2) It is so EASY and FUN to cook!
Really, this is the kicker for me. Here's my 35-minute dinner preparation experience:
- Step 1: CUT the Squash in half. I used a big knife. Maybe i could have boiled it a little bit to make it softer?
- Step 2: Boil squash for 20 minutes. I graded papers while waiting.
- Step 3: Remove seeds (like a pumpkin). I used kitchen scissors. I microwaved some frozen vegetables while I was doing this.
- Step 4: Get the "spaghetti"! Using a fork, slide it up/down/around the tender inside of the squash, and the strings come right off. SO FUN. Kids would love it.
3) It's so versatile and delicious!
Spaghetti squash is often used as a "substitute" for pasta (either completely or mixed in with it), and it's also delicious sauteed or cooked on its own:
|Not my dinner, but one spaghetti squash dish I found on a simple google search.|
Again, at Livestrong.com they directly compare the 2 dishes:
All I did for my dinner was mix the frozen veggies to the squash, added some Teriyaki sauce, and voila. Stir-fry.
|before the teriyaki sauce.|
Might be a great idea for Thanksgiving!
If you have any "secret subsititute" food suggestions, let me know!