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Spaghetti Squash = Not Bad

  • April 17, 2011 6:04 pm

In a quest to try to eat a little healthier, I decided to try spaghetti squash.  It’s intrigued me for years.  I love spaghetti, so something that mimics spaghetti might be a good thing.  It also might be an icky disaster.  But when I saw spaghetti squash for 84c in the store the other day (or was it 84c/pound?  I never pay attention to that stuff.) I decided it was a good price, so it was time to give it a go.

I researched spaghetti squash recipes to try to find one that I could stomach.  Several people said not to try to fool myself by putting spaghetti sauce on it, which makes sense.  After all, that’s a lot of pressure to put on a spaghetti squash.  So here’s what I came up with: 

(Oh, and for those of you who care, this recipe adds up to roughly 180 calories…not bad for a filling dinner!)

Step 1:  Bake the spaghetti squash.  Cut it in half, baked about 45 minutes on one side, then 10 minutes on the other…at 350 degrees.

Step 2:  Saute garlic in some extra virgin olive oil on the stove.

Step 3:  Toss in 1 cup spinach and poke around until spinach is warmed.  Remove spinach.

Step 4:  Saute 1 cup spaghetti squash (it certainly looks like spaghetti at this point) in the remainder of garlicky olive oil.

Step 5:  Add the spinach back in and saute together until the squash is desired…consistency? 

Step 6:  Remove and blot any excess olive oil off.  Some people like olive oil; I personally don’t like my food with any oil on it, even if it is supposed to be a healthy oil.  Mix in 1/4 cup part skim ricotta.  I put the dish in the microwave for about 20 seconds at this point, since the ricotta was cold.  Sprinkle a bit of parmesan on top and voila!

Verdict:  I’m not sure about the crunchiness of the squash.  Is it supposed to be crunchy at this point?  Also, this dish, while tasty, could use some additional herbs and/or seasoning, so next time I’ll add in a bit more.  Overall:  C+ or B- on the squash, until I either get used to or figure out this crunchy issue.  In the meantime, I have a lot of leftovers to practice with!

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