I’ll admit that it took me a while to try spaghetti squash.
The reason was because I was a picky eater growing up, and I was hesitant to give most things a fair chance.
I think another factor, however, was the name.
I mean, squash isn’t pasta.
Squash is squash – so who were they trying to fool anyway?
Well, I wasn’t having any of it.
The last thing I wanted to do was expect something similar to spaghetti (because of the name)… just to be disappointed that the two were nothing alike.
However, these days I have an open mind.
In the past, it was easy for me to turn my nose up to just about anything I wasn’t familiar with. It’s a behavior I’m thankful I’ve changed because it opened up new opportunities to expand my diet, which has helped me to appreciate a healthier way of life.
It has also made cooking a more pleasant experience and while I don’t go out to eat very often, I do feel a sense of freedom knowing that the menu options have more to offer since I’m open to new things.
Spaghetti squash is one of those foods I had rejected until I changed my mind about nutrition.
But now that I’ve given it a chance, I happen to LOVE it!
There are many ways you can prepare this vegetable, and if you’re looking to substitute pasta, this is a cool way to do it.
So on that note, let’s go over the health benefits of spaghetti squash and then discover some cool ways to prepare it.
The Health Benefits of Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash is not only low in calories, but it is loaded with nutrition.
One cup of spaghetti squash contains:
- 42 calories
- 0 g cholesterol
- 0 g fat
- 10 g carbohydrates
- 2 g fiber
- 4 g sugar
- 1 g protein
- 28 mg sodium
So it’s obviously a lot of food for very few calories, however, these aren’t exactly empty calories.
You’ll get a lot of high quality nutrition in spaghetti squash, and depending on how you prepare it, you can really turn this dish into a delicious treat.
Spaghetti squash contains vitamins A, C, beta-carotene, lutein, folate, B vitamins, potassium, zinc, omegas 3 and 6 fatty acids, calcium, iron and phosphorous.
You can checkout this article on Mercola.com for additional info on health benefits…and a recipe.
Speaking of recipes, while there are a number of them out there, I’ve come up with my own simple way to enjoy spaghetti squash. I’ll share it with you, and then post some a few others that sound appealing to me.
Spaghetti Squash Recipes
This is my own simple concoction that anyone can try without any special cooking skills.
Garlic, Basil, Jalapeno and Banana Pepper Gluten-Free/ Vegan “Spaghetti” (Squash) –
- Slice one spaghetti squash in half and scoop out the seeds.
- Place face down on a baking pan and bake at 375 for 35-50 mins (or until soft enough to puncture with a fork).
- Allow to cool and scoop out “spaghetti” into a bowl.
- Mix with olive oil, basil, jalapeno and/or banana peppers, minced garlic and salt and pepper to taste.
- You can have fun with this by adding any other veggies or flavoring.
Another recipe that looks amazing to me is the one that goes along with the image of this article, compliments of foodnetwork.com and Rachel Ray.
Spicy Roasted Tomato Marinara with Spaghetti Squash
The full recipe is here. It calls for cheese, however, if you follow a vegan diet, you can always omit the cheese and/or go for a vegan cheese instead.
Any and all recipes are open to creativity. There is no reason to avoid trying something new because a recipe calls for something you don’t consume.
The imagination is a beautiful thing…and there are individuals out there who have come up with innovative ways to bring new possibilities to life by thinking outside the box. This includes delicious substitutions to some of your favorite ingredients that offer you the flavors and textures that you love without the detrimental effects that certain foods have on our health, and the environment.
In fact, I recently stumbled across a way to make vegan mozzarella cheese using only a few ingredients.
While I haven’t tried it out for myself yet, I did read the comments and it seems that everyone who has tried this loved it.
I’ll share it here. If you try this before I do, please let me know how you like it.
The video offers you a way to follow the steps, and the recipe itself was found here.
I also came across a recipe to make hash browns out of spaghetti squash on My Fitness Pal using only three ingredients.
Check it out here.
Keeping an Open Mind
As I had mentioned, I was a closed minded and finicky eater for many years.
Spaghetti squash, in addition to many other nutrient dense foods, simply weren’t options I would have had anything to do with.
In order to make changes and improve our health, it’s good to keep an open mind. You really never know what may transpire…and what gifts they may have to offer.
Eating for both optimal health and weight loss becomes not only easier, but more enjoyable this way…and I hope you give it a try.
Have you tried spaghetti squash? If not, are you willing to?
Image credit courtesy of foodnetwork.com