This week at the farmers market I was pleasantly surprised to find fall squashes popping up at my favorite stands! Butternut, acorn, delicata, and spaghetti squashes…
Maybe you have yet to venture into the world of squashes beyond pumpkin pie and are left wondering, “what’s the big deal?” Squashes are not only rich in nutrients, but they are a fabulous replacement for many processed grains, making your meals more nutritious and helping you get more real food in your diet, without empty calories.
Once you realize how easy they are to prepare and use in everyday recipes, you’ll never shy away again!
Today, we feature the Spaghetti Squash:
So what’s the big deal? A squash that’s like spaghetti? Believe it. Everyone loves a good spaghetti dinner, unfortunately a big bowl of pasta isn’t exactly a “balanced” dinner.
This is where spaghetti squash saves the day.
1 cup is about 45kcal, while 1 cup of spaghetti noodles are 220kcal! Spaghetti squash also contains 2 grams of fiber and provides magnesium, vitamin C, iron, calcium, and potassium. It takes about 1 hour to roast but the time is unattended, so you can prepare the rest of your meal while it’s roasting away peacefully.
Here’s how to roast it:
Just to whet your appetite a little more, here’s one of my favorite recipes to use with spaghetti squash!