The Best Spaghetti Squash

Anyone who know me, knows that I absolutely LOVE pasta!  Well, who doesn't really?!  Good thing there's spaghetti squash!

Since we've adopted a healthy eating lifestyle, eating pasta two or three times a week is no longer acceptable.  Way too many carbs and not nearly enough nutrition!

The great news is that I've used spaghetti squash for everything from pasta dishes to hash browns for breakfast!  Woohoo!!!!

So why should we even care about swapping out regular pasta and using spaghetti squash instead?  That's a great question, so let's take a look at the comparison shall we?

A serving of spaghetti squash has only 27 calories vs the 158 calories in a serving of pasta.  And it doesn't stop there.  Probably the most important differences come from the amount of carbohydrates and fiber.

Pasta has 31 grams of carbohydrates per serving and spaghetti squash has only 7!  That means that even if you are following a super low carb diet, this versatile squash will easily fit into your meal plans.

As for fiber, pasta has pretty much zero fiber, while a serving of spaghetti squash has 3 grams!  If you've followed me at all, you know that I'm ALL about the fiber content of foods.

Diets that are high in fiber may regulate digestion, reduce constipation, lower your cholesterol and help you manage your weight.  Fiber rich diets will also help to regulate your blood sugar as well, which is especially important if you are diabetic or pre-diabetic.

The GREAT news is that although spaghetti squash may look a little intimidating, it's super easy to prepare!

I will say that I don't particularly enjoy it with a traditional tomato based pasta sauce, but mixed with garlic, olive oil, pesto, alfredo, or pretty much anything else, it is absolutely delicious!

Have you tried my Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash yet?

Okay, so we've talked about the calories, carbs and fiber, but squash is also loaded with vital nutrients as well.  Just about every single vitamin is in spaghetti squash, with vitamin C and vitamin B6 being the most.  In addition, they contain every single essential mineral, with potassium being the most prevalent.

So what are you waiting for?  Go grab yourself a beautiful spaghetti squash and let's get cooking!

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Spaghetti Squash is a great substitute for pasta with none of the guilt!
Chef:Collette Wiedecke
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Servings Prep Time Cook Time Passive Time
4servings 3minutes 40minutes 40minutes
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4servings 3minutes
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40minutes 40minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
Servings: servings
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Ingredients
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
Servings: servings
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out and discard the seeds and membranes
  3. Place cut side down on a baking sheet
  4. Roast for 30-40 minutes, until tender (knife inserts through easily)
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly, then use a fork to gently scrape the spaghetti strands from the skin.
Chef's Notes:

Nutrition Facts
The Best Spaghetti Squash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 127 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Sodium 505mg 21%
Potassium 286mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 6g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 5%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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I sure hope you love this recipe as much as I do, and would love to hear your feedback!  What is your favorite way to prepare and use spaghetti squash?

Here's to your health!

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Spaghetti Squash is a great substitute for pasta with none of the guilt!
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Spaghetti Squash is a great substitute for pasta with none of the guilt!
Servings Prep Time Cook Time Passive Time
4servings 3minutes 40minutes 40minutes
Servings Prep Time
4servings 3minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40minutes 40minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
Servings: servings
Units:
Ingredients
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
Servings: servings
Units:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out and discard the seeds and membranes
  3. Place cut side down on a baking sheet
  4. Roast for 30-40 minutes, until tender (knife inserts through easily)
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly, then use a fork to gently scrape the spaghetti strands from the skin.
Chef's Notes:

Nutrition Facts
The Best Spaghetti Squash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 127 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Sodium 505mg 21%
Potassium 286mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 6g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 5%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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