Spa-ghetti

Sometimes cravings get the best of me. Today, it happened to be spaghetti. Or, I should say, spa-ghetti. What’s the difference? Spa-ghetti is like a trip to the spa for your health and digestive system. Whhaaat?

Spa-ghetti compared to spaghetti

Spaghetti squash is lower in carbs and calories than spaghetti noodles, yet contains enough fiber to fill you up just the same. While both are low in fat and salt, pasta has 87% more calories than spaghetti squash. Although pasta has approximately eight times more protein, spaghetti squash has far more antioxidants.

If you’re watching calories, counting carbs, avoiding gluten or establishing a paleo diet, you owe it to yourself (and your health) to try spaghetti squash. It’s easy to cook and versatile in how it can be prepared. Eat it with your favorite spaghetti sauce or try replacing it with any recipe that calls for pasta.

If you’re practicing clean eating, spa-ghetti is a no-brainer. Standard pasta is made from flour, eggs and salt. Spaghetti squash is, well…squash!

How to cook spaghetti squash in an oven

Spaghetti squash is easy to cook. Slice through the middle, scrape out seeds (dry and plant to grow your own!), place cut side down, in a shallow baking dish with 1/2″ water and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until the top is lightly browned and a fork easily pierces the flesh. Remove from the oven, turn over and use a fork to shred the cooked spaghetti from the inside.

Cooking spaghetti squash in a crock pot

Slice the spaghetti squash through the middle (or leave whole). Add about 1/2″ of water to the crock pot. Place the spaghetti squash in the crock pot. Cook on low overnight or on high for a couple of hours, depending on the size of the squash. Test for doneness by piercing the flesh with a fork or knife. If it easily pierces the skin, it’s done. Remove from the crock pot, turn over and use a fork to shred the cooked spaghetti from the inside.

Spa-ghetti makes excellent pizza crust!

I use spaghetti squash to make gluten-free pizza crust. Cook spaghetti squash, drain add an egg, one cup of colby-jack cheese, a teaspoon of Italian seasoning and a dash of garlic salt. Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Line a pizza pan with parchment paper and pour crust ingredients onto parchment paper. Press evenly to cover pizza pan. Bake on the middle or lower oven rack at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until brown and crispy. Remove from oven, cool slightly, spread pizza sauce on top of crust, add toppings and return to oven. Bake according to your favorite recipe. Yum!!!

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This is cooked spaghetti squash. How would you use it? Pizza, pasta, salad, side dish?

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