Veggie Spotlight – Spaghetti Squash

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I was telling my Mom about a recipe I had in mind for the blog and she gave me a wonderful idea.  She suggested I take a closer look at one vegetable and share a few tips and recipes for preparing that vegetable. Such a great idea Mom!

While paleo treats are fun and everything tastes better with bacon, vegetables can also be delicious and really fun to eat.

This week, our veggie spotlight is on spaghetti squash.  If you’ve ever seen a cooked spaghetti squash, you’ll know exactly how it got its name.  Once cooked, you can drag a fork through the soft flesh on the inside and it separates into thin, spaghetti-like strands.  For someone who doesn’t eat grains, this is a great replacement for standard pasta noodles.  No – it doesn’t taste the same, but it’s a healthy way to enjoy some of your favorite pasta dishes when grains are not an option or you simply want to up your veggie intake.

Continue reading for tips on how to prepare spaghetti squash and some delicious recipes starring this veggie.

There are a variety of ways to prepare spaghetti squash.  Here are a few of the more common methods:

In The Oven

Before I had a pressure cooker, this was my go-to method of cooking spaghetti squash.  The Kitchn does a great job of explaining how it’s done here

In A Pressure Cooker

If you happen to own a pressure cooker (we own and love this one) you can cook your spaghetti squash in a fraction of the time it takes in the oven.  Here are simple step by step instructions from Nom Nom Paleo. 

In A Slow Cooker

If you don’t have a pressure cooker and you want to prepare your squash in a slow cooker, check out these instructions from The Food Network. My favorite part about this method is you don’t have to cut the spaghetti squash in half ahead of cooking it.  You will have to give this about 3 hours to cook, though, so plan ahead if this is the cooking method for you.  

In A Microwave

Although the safety of using the microwave is hotly debated, you can most certainly cook your spaghetti squash in the microwave.  If you want to give it a try, here is a great tutorial from The Kitchn (they really know their stuff at The Kitchn!  They are one of my favorite cooking resources).

Now that you’ve learned how to prepare your spaghetti squash, here are some great recipes to try:

These recipes are grain-free, dairy-free and Whole30 compliant.

Veggie Spotlight|MadeItLoveItPaleo

I hope you found some inspiration to begin enjoying spaghetti squash or some ideas for new ways to eat it ♥

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