child and family nutrition

Ode to Spaghetti Squash

Pardon me if I have professed my love of spaghetti squash in the past on my blog and on my Facebook page.

It is sad that I did not learn of it until a few years ago, but it was worth the wait! When I started eating gluten free, it was hard at first without any pasta.

I am used to "no pasta" now, but every once in a while a plate of comfort (aka spaghetti dinner) was all I could think of...

Now the awesome star of my weekly menu is the spaghetti squash.

A cup of white spaghetti noodles has around 220 kcals and 42 carbs, while a cup of spaghetti squash has around 42 calories (yes, I said 42 C A L O R I E S - NOT carbs) and around 10 carbs.

One WHOLE squash might have around the same calories as a cup of regular spaghetti noodles.

It really DOES have a similar consistency and neutral flavor like a regular pasta spaghetti noodle!

How do you cook them? Well, you can bake, microwave, and...drumroll please...use a CROCKPOT.

I just found this on www.familyfreshmeals.com! Basically, you puncture the squash a few times, throw it in the crockpot on low, come back 5 hours later and scrape it out!

For those of you that may have tried to cut or handle a raw spaghetti squash to prep it for cooking, well...it is not the safest kitchen prep exercise.

How do I like to eat it? Let me count the ways...

I have many of the recipes I've tried on my Pinterest page and I love them all. The Tomato Basil Squash Bake is a favorite as a gift to new moms or for other neighbors in need of an easy and healthy casserole meal.

Yet, my favorite is an old school plate of spaghetti - no recipe needed - for a quick weeknight meal - my favorite jar of spaghetti sauce (with or without added cooked ground meat or chicken) plus spaghetti squash.

Not only does it fill you up with WAY less calories, but it gives you Vitamin A, Potassium and other naturally occurring nutrients.

How do you like YOUR Spaghetti Squash?

Traci has been a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist for over 20 years and is one of our wonderful advisers. Traci helps families live an overall healthy lifestyle from eating habits to staying active.

Learn more about Traci in her bio.

Thank you for reading!

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