100 lb. Club - Spaghetti Squash




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CountryGirl18
01-29-2008, 02:34 PM
Im so happy that I found one!!! Now does anyone know an easy way to cook it? I rather use the oven than microwave.


Altari
01-29-2008, 02:40 PM
LoL, they're super easy.

1) Stick it in the microwave for 3-5 minutes, pull it out and let it cool slightly. Then chop it in half.

2) Scrape out all the seeds.

3) Depending on which diet you're using, you'll add different liquids. I'm on Atkins, so I use butter or EVOO. If you're on low-fat/cal use apple, orange or pomegranate juice. Just a tablespoon per side will do you.

4) Wrap in aluminum foil

5) Bake cut side up @ 400F for 30-45 minutes.

6) Take out, let cool, scrape down the sides and mix it up.

You can either serve it with spaghetti sauce and parmesan cheese, or you can mix in little fruity veggie things. I like to use petite frozen peas or pomegranate seeds.

rockinrobin
01-29-2008, 02:40 PM
Yes, this was a great "find" for me. I never even knew about it or cared to know about it before my lifestyle change.

I cook it in the oven though, sorry. I cut it in 1/2. Scoop out the seeds, lay it in a baking pan, skin side up, with a bit of water, cover it and bake at 375 -400 for an hour or so, til it's soft. YUMMY.

I very often serve it with sauteed onions, portabello mushroom slices, chicken breast strips and some marinara sauce. Who needs pasta when you've got this stuff?


CountryGirl18
01-29-2008, 02:53 PM
Thank you ladies!!
Im thinking maybe boiling might be better for me since I always burn things in the oven and never know when its done.
If I boil it, do I still pierce it first?? Or do I cut it first?

Im so excited to eat this!!

rockinrobin
01-29-2008, 03:22 PM
I'm not too sure about boiling it. You really can't burn this, unless of course you leave it in the oven for ages. If you overcook it, it'll just get softer.

Beverlyjoy
01-29-2008, 03:54 PM
I like to eat mine with I Can't Believe its Not Butter spray and parm. cheese. Good stuff!! Enjoy

jillybean720
01-29-2008, 04:06 PM
I would definitely recommend the oven or the microwave since boiling leeches the nutrients out of vegetables. I usually do the microwave since I'm too lazy to cook anything in the oven for as long as it calls for (and I've always had to cook it for WAY more than 40 minutes in the oven when I've tried or else it's still a bit crunchy).

I just pierce the skin with a fork, pop the whole thing in the microwave for about 5 minutes, then cut in half (microwaving it first makes it easier to cut).

Then I scoop out the seeds and pop both halves back in the microwave, skin side down, and nuke it till it's soft (maybe 15 minutes).

I've read online that you should place the halves face down in about an inch of water, but that's too much work for me, so I have never bothered, and it's never affected the outcome.

chick_in_the_hat
01-29-2008, 04:20 PM
I use a steamer - I chop it into maybe 8 pieces first and toss the seeds? Then just steam until it's soft. It should scoop right out of the skin.

I like it with butter spray and maple syrup.

See Spot Shrink
01-29-2008, 06:59 PM
I love (no LOVE) pasta. Does spaghetti squash really taste like pasta when mixed with sauce and cheese? I hate whole wheat pasta--managed to learn to love brown rice, but can't find a whole wheat pasta I like. This could definitely be an alternative!

CountryGirl18
01-29-2008, 07:15 PM
I ate most of it, so yes its GOOD!! I bought some spaghetti sauce, roasted some garlic in olive oil. And I am full!!
Its a pretty good swap for the real thing and much much better than those asian noodles!!

Altari
01-29-2008, 07:29 PM
I've read online that you should place the halves face down in about an inch of water, but that's too much work for me, so I have never bothered, and it's never affected the outcome.
I tried that...then I burned the bottom, lol. :dizzy: That's why I switched to face up and wrapping. The skin usually gets a little burned, but the squash never does...

See Spot Shrink
01-29-2008, 08:22 PM
I ate most of it, so yes its GOOD!! I bought some spaghetti sauce, roasted some garlic in olive oil. And I am full!!
Its a pretty good swap for the real thing and much much better than those asian noodles!!

Alright! I'll be giving it a try soon! :D

Smiling_Sara
01-29-2008, 09:06 PM
are you guys talking using the squash instead of pasta sauce with spagetti? I"m a little confused, it sounds like you guys are just talking about difft ways to use squash. Forgive me though....its been a loooooong day...lol

Trazey34
01-29-2008, 09:31 PM
I wish I liked the stuff - it tastes and feels absolutely vile to me LOL

I'll have to stick with my serving of w.w. pasta :(

rockinrobin
01-29-2008, 09:46 PM
Born to fly - it's called SPAGHETTI squash. When it's done cooking, you scrape out the flesh and it kinda comes out in long strands - like spaghetti.

See Spot Shrink, I wouldn't call it identical to pasta. The consistiency is not the same and it's pretty bland and DOES need lots of spices to make it taste yummy. I use tons of fresh garlic and onions and pepper and some marinara and I find it to be an excellent substitute for pasta. EXCELLENT.

And I too find that 40 minutes is way to short to cook it. You want it nice and soft.

Goddess Jessica
01-29-2008, 10:36 PM
I know I've posted on this before because I remember posting a picture of the squash!

It taste nothing like spaghetti but I still love it.

I use a microwave (just poke holes it in when you zap it) and then cut and scrape the guts out. I pour spaghetti sauce over top of it and ta-dah! Done. Really, the microwave is the best way to cook that sucker.

If anyone is from the Cincinnati area, I also have made Cincinnati Chili (vegetarian) and poured that over it.

See Spot Shrink
01-30-2008, 09:53 PM
Born to fly - it's called SPAGHETTI squash. When it's done cooking, you scrape out the flesh and it kinda comes out in long strands - like spaghetti.

See Spot Shrink, I wouldn't call it identical to pasta. The consistiency is not the same and it's pretty bland and DOES need lots of spices to make it taste yummy. I use tons of fresh garlic and onions and pepper and some marinara and I find it to be an excellent substitute for pasta. EXCELLENT.

And I too find that 40 minutes is way to short to cook it. You want it nice and soft.

Thanks, Robin!:)

Smiling_Sara
01-31-2008, 09:02 PM
So, I picked one up tonight. I have never heard or seen it before, but it's kinda big. Does one whole one feed one person, usually? Will it keep in the fridge or should it be eaten in one sitting?

jillybean720
02-01-2008, 06:35 AM
Does one whole one feed one person, usually? Will it keep in the fridge or should it be eaten in one sitting?
Depends on the size of the squash and whether you're eating it as a side or as your main dish. In my house, it's just me and my fiance, and we can each usually get a very good-sized meal out of 1 squash (which could probably be 3 meals for one person else--we eat a lot), sometimes with more left over. It will keep in the fridge :)