Thursday, August 19, 2010

Spaghetti Squash

My family loves vegetables. About a year ago we discovered Spaghetti Squash. We love spaghetti squash!

Averaging from 4 to 8 pounds, the cylinder shaped spaghetti squash is generally available year-round with a peak season from early fall through winter. While a true spaghetti squash is pale ivory to pale yellow in color, in the early 1990's, an orange spaghetti squash, known as "Orangetti" was developed and this is what is frequently found in today's supermarkets. Higher in beta carotene, the orange variety is also bit sweeter than its paler counterpart, although both have a mild flavor that is easily enhanced by the food served with or on it. A dieter's dream, a four-ounce serving of spaghetti squash has only 37 calories.

The Ingredients:
1 large Spaghetti Squash
1 zucchini cut into small pieces
1 pattipan squash, peeled and chopped into small pieces
1 small bunch of green onions, chopped small
Italian Seasoning
Feta Cheese
Salt & Pepper

The Directions:
Preheat the over to 400 degrees.

Poke fork holes all over the spaghetti squash. In a glass dish add 1/2 inch of water and then place spaghetti squash in it.

Bake for 45 minutes or until squash is tender.

While the spaghetti squash is baking cut up all the other vegetables. You really can add more of a variety of vegetables than listed above. Carrots, tomatoes, onions, garlic and much more would be delicious in this!

Saute all the vegetables in Raw Butter or Olive Oil until vegetables are tender. Season with Salt & Pepper, a few shakes of nutmeg (my new go to seasoning!), garlic salt and Italian Seasoning. Set aside in dish until Spaghetti Squash is done.

Cut squash in half and begin to fork out the spaghetti squash.

Just run your fork along the grain and the squash will begin to break apart and look like
spaghetti squash.

Once you fork out all the spaghetti squash, saute in the same pan as the other vegetables for about 2 - 3 minutes.

* I noticed this softened the squash noodles a little bit more.

Add all the ingredients into the pan and heat together. Add more seasonings if needed.

I then mixed in an entire block of Feta Cheese....

This was amazing! My in-laws stopped by as I finished making this and everyone wanted to recipe. It is that good!

I even added a little homemade spaghetti sauce on my son's plate. It was good with or without the sauce!


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