There is a myriad of healthy filling meals to create a flavorful and nutritiously packed dinner. One of my favorite family meal ideas is this Baked Spaghetti Squash. It is easy to cook. In addition, you will be equipped with a ton of variations for a delicious filling.
Possibilities are Infinite for a Different Spaghetti Squash You Cook Every Single Time!
Add your favorite protein source like chicken or sausage or meatballs to a spaghetti squash pasta, and you are destined for a healthy meal on a budget, too.
Baked Spaghetti Squash for a Family Meal
Or Your Holiday Dinner Idea
Being a huge fan of spaghetti squash, I find a ton of ways to bring variety to every meal when I cook with it. My husband always tells my friends that I cannot cook the same dish twice. This is true. It also demonstrates that making healthy meals should not be a struggle. Use those ingredients that you’ve got in your pantry and in the fridge to make every dinner a memorable experience!
Benefits of Spaghetti Squash for Your Well-Being
If you are shooting for something with an abundance of Vitamin C – grab a spaghetti squash into your shopping basket on your next trip to a farmer’s market or your local store. You are going to enjoy the ease and versatility of preparing this amazingly powerful vegetable. Baking is one of the prominent ways to start the preparation of the squash. After that – your creativity can be let loose.
Think of many fillings and fixings you can add inside the boat of the boastful amount of yellow spaghetti-like and fiber-rich goodness! If you are a vegetarian lover – add freshly cut or sauteed vegetables. If you want to go after meat and fish options or tofu – wow, you are a winner here, too!
In addition to Vitamin C, you are to load your body with Vitamins A, B-6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid and vitamin K. This family of antioxidants and immune system benefactors is hard to ignore!
The amounts of Manganese – the mineral that is crucial to our bone health, tissue development and sex hormones functioning – cannot be ignored either. One cup contains about 8% of the RDA recommended amounts of this mineral. It seems like a small amounts, but we do not need a ton of this mineral to rip the benefits in well-being.
Charge your imagination with yummy fillings and head to the kitchen with your inspiration and spaghetti squash in hand!
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How To Cook Spaghetti Squash
Though many opt for a quick microwave dinner, I prefer to bake my spaghetti squash in the oven. The final result is a more robust flavor, a baked look with slightly browned edges, and much better texture for your taste buds.
Once you halved a squash and scooped all the seeds out, just drizzle it with one of the healthy oils and salt. Place both halves on a baking sheet and send it into the heated oven. On average, it takes 30-40 minutes for a spaghetti squash to cook. If you prefer an al dente texture, then don’t overcook by leaving in the oven for too long.
When you try to scrape the squash with a fork and the fibers lift easily, it is your clue to take it out of the oven!
Some prefer to stab the skin of the raw spaghetti squash with the fork. I do not do it. Just keep a bit longer in the oven, if you want your squash softer.
- 1 or 2 Spaghetti Squash, halved
- 2-4 Tbsp virgin olive oil
- 1 big onion, cut up for sauteeing
- 3-4 garlic cloves
- 1 cup grape tomatoes or 3 Tbsp red peppers
- Herbs of your choosing to garnish: Dill, Scallions, Cilantro.
- Place spaghetti squash with cut sides down on the baking sheet with olive oil.
- Bake at 350F (175C) for 30-40 minutes, until soft.
- In a pan, heat oil and saute onions, garlic, tomatoes and/or red peppers.
- Use baked squash boats instead of plates and fill them with the sauteed onions and veggie mix
- Use large spoon to scoop the stringy pulp from the baked squash and plate it, adding sauteed vegetables to the mix.
Add Some Fiber to Your Squash Recipe like in this Lentil Stew
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