Spaghetti Squash
What is spaghetti squash??   It’s a great vegetable (squash) that is a great substitute for  pasta.  Here are the facts on this fabulous vegetable.
serving size is 1 cup
35 calories
1g protein
.5g fat
7g carb
1g fiber
15mg sodium  and 108g of potassium
It is unlike any other summer squash in its texture.  When it is cooked, the flesh seperates like long spaghetti-like strands.  It is available all year long.  The preparation and cooking is as follows:  Be sure to rinse the skin and prick with a fork several times.  You can cook it in a 350 deg oven until it is fork-tender, usually 45 minutes to 1 hour for 2 to 2 1/2 pounds.  Or best is to cook in the microwave for approximately 25 minutes on high.  Be careful not to overcook.  You can stop the cooking immediately by cutting in half.  If you overcook it, it becomes watery and loses its sweetness.  Discard the seeds.  With a fork “rake” out the strands.  Yum!!  
I used it to replace my pasta dinner last night.  I used my usual marinara sauce (see previous posts under Pasta).  I did replace 1 strip of bacon with 4 ounces of ground turkey.  You could also use TVP (textured vegetable protein) in place of the turkey for variation.  Give it a try you will love it.
Spaghetti Squash
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Spoon out the seeds.  Then “rake” out the strands (picture at top of this page)
Spoon sauce over the squash, add some fresh chopped basil, a little Parmesan. YUM YUM!!
A good size is usually 2 to 2 1/2 pounds.  Look for a  firm, and are a creamy to deep-yellow hue.  Store at room temperature for several weeks.
To stop cooking, cut in half. Scoop out seeds.
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