Wednesday, October 3, 2012

111/365: Squashing the Blues

Today I made:
Spaghetti squash...

Cooking two nights in a row?! Someone check my temperature! Wanted to welcome hubby home with a delicious meal. Stuffed peppers and spaghetti squash were a perfect choice. Can't claim the stuffed peppers; they were a fresh and ready find at my neighborhood Trader Joe's. I haven't done much cooking with squash, but I recognized the name of this big yellow gourd and had to try it. (The variety is actually called "spaghetti squash"for good reason.) I'm sure there are loads of recipes online for baking and topping ideas, but I prepared according to the directions on the sticker:

Poke squash 5-6 times with a fork. Microwave (yes microwave!) for 12 min., turning every 3 min. (Skin should release pretty easily when cooked through.) Cut squash in half vertically and scrape out seeds. (Careful, it's hot to handle!) And the fun part- scrape inside with a fork to loosen long "noodles." Top with favorite sauce. I used marinara, parmesan cheese and basil.

Holy moly, was it good! You wouldn't know it wasn't real pasta. What a great and healthy side dish, highly recommended for gluten-free diets! Hubby gobbled it up and even wanted to help scrape the "noodles" out. (It's like getting your hands on bubble wrap and not being able to stop popping;) This would be a super fun food for kids to help prep.

I am officially a fan of squash, spaghetti style! Another easy recipe for my "I'd rather be painting" cookbook...

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