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iDream
09-21-2009, 12:53 PM
...ROCKS!!! :carrot:

I have just now, at the age of 37, discovered spaghetti squash! I feel like I've been living under a rock my whole life! It is soooo good and even my kids--who are squash phobic--said, "It tastes just like spaghetti!!! Awesome!!!".

Spaghetti squash will be a permanent part of our dinner choices from here on out!!

So if you've never tried it and you like/love spaghetti--give it a try!! Mmmm!

:D


Ruthxxx
09-21-2009, 01:09 PM
I love it too and right now I have at least a dozen of them in my garden!

iDream
09-21-2009, 01:12 PM
Need someone to come take them off your hands? ;)
I have just added it to my list of must haves in our garden next year!! :D

Btw, your doggie is adorable! I had one that looked almost exactly the same as that! His name was Henry--he was a good dog. :)


Jacquie668
09-21-2009, 01:14 PM
I love it too, just discovered it. I love raw foods and all, but sometimes I want something vegan and cooked. Pasta, ew, spaghetti squash FTW!

bitetoobreakkskin
09-21-2009, 01:15 PM
i would like to try this-does anyone have a recipe?

Jacquie668
09-21-2009, 01:18 PM
i would like to try this-does anyone have a recipe?

I did mine the like lazy way. I just cut one in half, put it on a microwave safe bowl or platter (glass), put the cut half side down, and I covered it with microwave safe plastic wrap. Then I nuked it for 8 minutes. It steamed it. After it was done I took the plastic wrap off and let it sit for just a bit. Then I turned it over and ran a fork through the flesh, which gives you the strands.

You can also roast it in the oven. I assume you wrap it in foil and roast it maybe at 350 or 400 degrees for a time. I would try that, only my oven is bad and burns everything from the bottom, so I have to depend on my microwave.

Any way you do it, then you can add what you want to it as you would pasta.

iDream
09-21-2009, 01:20 PM
I did it the exact same way--but with 1/4 cup of water added to the dish.

I had no idea it was so yummy! And hard to cut through! Had to use my new found muscles to get my knife through it! (I'm talkin' about before I cooked it of course :))

BellaDiva
09-21-2009, 01:22 PM
Ooohh I love this stuff! We grow it every year in our garden. It is great with meatballs and sauce, such a good squash.

iDream
09-21-2009, 01:31 PM
We just found some chicken sausage at Sam's club--Mozzarella & Roasted Garlic (120 cals and 5gms of fat per link) and Spinach & Asiago Cheese (110/4.5gms) and I tired a Mozzzarella & Roasted Garlic one today with the squash and added 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce--insanely good and I felt like I was eating off plan the whole time--but I wasn't!! :carrot:

The only thing I'm bummed about is that I didn't discover it until now--I totally wish I had tried it last Winter so I could have planted some!! I also have an acorn squash (I've been anti-veggie most of my life and have been branching out more and more since I started my weight loss journey) that I need to find a good recipe for, so I bet you'll be seeing another post in a couple of days from me shouting from the rooftops about how good that is too! :lol:

SweetScrumptious
09-21-2009, 01:32 PM
Here's an oven recipe that was posted by rockinrobin on a thread last week... I saved it so I could try it out :T

I poke a few holes in it with a fork. Microwave it for about 5 minutes, to soften a bit. Then I cut it in half. Scoop out the seeds. Lay it in a pan with about 1 - 2 inches of water. Cut side down. Cover it with foil. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for an hour or so, depending on the size, or until it is very soft (that's how I like it). When it's done, I just scoop out the flesh with a big spoon. I like to eat it with a tomato based sauce. Very often I'll saute lots of onions, portobello mushrooms, peppers, then I'll either added canned diced tomatoes and spices or just some jarred marinara sauce. Then I'll sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese. Yumm. I've also added chicken strips to the saute mix and have made a yummy full meal out of it.

skinnywish
09-21-2009, 01:34 PM
I agree! SO GOOD! I like it tossed with a bit of olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and basil as a side dish too...maybe add in a few chopped up garden tomatoes...yum!

rockinrobin
09-21-2009, 01:37 PM
I feel like I've been living under a rock my whole life!

I know EXACTLY what you mean. All these wonderful, nutritious, natural, healthy DELICIOUS foods that I never paid any attention to.

I've got a spaghetti squash sitting here in my kitchen. I'm jealous, I've got no garden.

We all love it here, but no one thinks it's identical to spaghetti. The only thing I've found spaghetti-like about it is I suppose the strands, though it's not the same consistency as pasta.

But again, we LOVE it nevertheless. You get to eat loads of it for very few calories and lots of filling power and nutrition. So to me, it's BETTER then the "real" thing.

I find it very bland and therefore I usually serve it with a tomato based, heavily spiced sauce. Very often loaded with other veggies - sauteed portobello mushrooms, onions, peppers and sometimes chicken strips - all with the tomato sauce. Then I'll sprinkle on a little Parmesean cheese. Delish.

rockinrobin
09-21-2009, 01:39 PM
SweetScrumptious, we posted at the same time. Thanks for finding my "recipe".

luvja
09-21-2009, 01:42 PM
I hear you! I just tried it for the first time like 8 months ago - I LOVE IT!

iDream
09-21-2009, 01:46 PM
Mmm, all of these yummy suggestions sound so good!!!

Rockinrobin~ I literally feel like I'm eating food for the first time! I spent so much of my life eating convienience foods that were packed with sodium and sugar and then all the sweets I used to eat that were full of nothing but empty calories...ugh! I'm eating food now that I NEVER thought I would! One in particular is tomatoes--I've always been able to tolerate cooked tomatoes if they were part of a spaghetti sauce, but if there was a chunk too big for my liking I'd avoid it. Raw tomatoes--no way, no how you could ever get me to eat one--EVER! Now that I'm living this new lifestyle, I throw tomatoes in just about all of my veggie dishes!!! My favorite are grape or cherub tomatoes! Mmmmm!

Now if I could just get my kids on board I'd be set! :lol:

rockinrobin
09-21-2009, 02:22 PM
Mmm, all of these yummy suggestions sound so good!!!

Rockinrobin~ I literally feel like I'm eating food for the first time! I spent so much of my life eating convienience foods that were packed with sodium and sugar and then all the sweets I used to eat that were full of nothing but empty calories...ugh! I'm eating food now that I NEVER thought I would! One in particular is tomatoes--I've always been able to tolerate cooked tomatoes if they were part of a spaghetti sauce, but if there was a chunk too big for my liking I'd avoid it. Raw tomatoes--no way, no how you could ever get me to eat one--EVER! Now that I'm living this new lifestyle, I throw tomatoes in just about all of my veggie dishes!!! My favorite are grape or cherub tomatoes! Mmmmm!

Now if I could just get my kids on board I'd be set! :lol:

OH. MY. GOODNESS!

I was the same EXACT way with the tomatoes. EXACTLY. Raw tomatoes? Yuck. And now they are part of my DAILY food intake. I probably eat a 1/2 a container of grape containers every day. Too funny.

And yes, once I started eating healthy and eliminated all the garbage, I was forced to turn to - nature. And boy oh boy am I glad that I did. My taste buds were numb all those years. It all tastes SO much better to me then all that other stuff. And it's so much more interesting.

And lucky me - my kids are on board with me. It's the absolute greatest!

beerab
09-21-2009, 02:28 PM
We eat squash (of all sorts) all the time at home :)

In fact part of my lunch is leftover squash casserole.

iDream
09-21-2009, 02:31 PM
I recently discovered eggplant too (although I've yet to cook it properly :lol:) and found this recipe: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1049302 it's for Eggplant and Tomato Gratin...It was so good (even if I did overcook the eggplant ;))!!!!! If you ever want to try it, my suggestion is, don't cook the eggplant for 16 mins in the oven like they suggest--maybe 8 mins (although I haven't tried this yet, I'm guessing, and will be trying it the next time I make it) and follow the recipe from there.

Now a year ago, heck 6 months ago, I wouldn't have touched that recipe with a million foot pole--now, I can't wait to try it again!! :) Gotta love it!!!!

Eumie
09-21-2009, 02:55 PM
Toss it with some olive oil, garlic, your favorite italian spices, and cherry tomatoes.

When I'm in the mood for SS but am being indulgent, I mix it up with some smart balance and parmesan.

I've never particularly liked it with spaghetti sauce on it, though. To each their own!

Eumie
09-21-2009, 02:56 PM
I recently discovered eggplant too (although I've yet to cook it properly :lol:) and found this recipe: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1049302 it's for Eggplant and Tomato Gratin...It was so good (even if I did overcook the eggplant ;))!!!!! If you ever want to try it, my suggestion is, don't cook the eggplant for 16 mins in the oven like they suggest--maybe 8 mins (although I haven't tried this yet, I'm guessing, and will be trying it the next time I make it) and follow the recipe from there.

Now a year ago, heck 6 months ago, I wouldn't have touched that recipe with a million foot pole--now, I can't wait to try it again!! :) Gotta love it!!!!

Wow. I can't cook eggplant to save my life. If I eat it in a restaurant, it's so scrumptious, I can't even describe it. When I cook it, I gag. :( I need a remedial class in eggplant.

iDream
09-21-2009, 02:59 PM
Wow. I can't cook eggplant to save my life. If I eat it in a restaurant, it's so scrumptious, I can't even describe it. When I cook it, I gag. :( I need a remedial class in eggplant.

Me too! I've tried it twice--once on the grill where it got charred and over done and second in the recipe I mentioned where it got over cooked again--however, I'm determined to cook egg plant properly so I'll keep trying! :)

rachinma
09-21-2009, 03:38 PM
i would like to try this-does anyone have a recipe?

First, I take out my aggression by repeatedly stabbing it with metal skewers.
Then, I throw it in the microwave for 5 minutes and then bake at 350 or so until it's soft. Let it cool off, cut it in half, scoop out the seeds (this is a huge pain in the ***!), and then use your fork to get the squash out in long strands.

I toss it with marinara and organic ground beef. :)

Nevaeh
09-21-2009, 04:21 PM
You ladies have made me so excited to try spaghetti squash now.. lol. Thank you for the recipes. :)

iDream
09-21-2009, 04:25 PM
First, I take out my aggression by repeatedly stabbing it with metal skewers.
Then, I throw it in the microwave for 5 minutes and then bake at 350 or so until it's soft. Let it cool off, cut it in half, scoop out the seeds (this is a huge pain in the ***!), and then use your fork to get the squash out in long strands.

I toss it with marinara and organic ground beef. :)

:lol3: The next time I have some aggression to get rid of I'm going to have to remember this!!

rachinma~ You might try the microwave method--the only hard part about it was cutting the squash in half, other than that it was easy peasy! Scooping the seeds out pre-cooking was a cinch too, just scraped them out with a spoon like a pumpkin. :)



Nevaeh~ I love all the creative things these ladies have done with this squash! And here I was happy with it with spaghetti sauce and sausage--I can't wait to try some of the other recipes mentioned!!!! :)

SweetScrumptious
09-21-2009, 04:51 PM
Rockinrobin: Your welcome! Your "recipe" is making me crave squash hardcore right now!!!

iDream
09-21-2009, 05:55 PM
Hee hee, we've been moved! Thanks mods! :)
This turned into a great recipe swap post!!!

weezerloo
09-25-2009, 02:25 AM
I've made it with marinara with ok results, but nothing to blow my socks off. Then again, I don't think I was using the best brand of sauce. Maybe a spicy marinara would be more to my liking. I also wonder how pesto would taste with it...anyone tried that?

Pita09
09-25-2009, 08:55 PM
OK, spaghetti squash is going on the menu this week. I've been wanting to try it, but haven't gotten the courage up. That stops immediately!!

Teachyrchildren
09-26-2009, 09:08 PM
Prompted by this thread, I made a spaghetti squash today. After baking it, I scooped the strands into a casserole dish. Added a chopped sauteed chicken sausage, a can of diced roasted tomatoes, 2 cups sauteed mushrooms with a few garlic cloves, 1/2 cup lowfat ricotta, salt pepper and fresh parsley and basil, and 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan. Mixed it all up. Dusted the top with some bread crumbs and Parmesan, and baked it for 30 minutes. I ran it under the broiler briefly to brown. Yummy!

rockinrobin
09-26-2009, 09:54 PM
Prompted by this thread, I made a spaghetti squash today. After baking it, I scooped the strands into a casserole dish. Added a chopped sauteed chicken sausage, a can of diced roasted tomatoes, 2 cups sauteed mushrooms with a few garlic cloves, 1/2 cup lowfat ricotta, salt pepper and fresh parsley and basil, and 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan. Mixed it all up. Dusted the top with some bread crumbs and Parmesan, and baked it for 30 minutes. I ran it under the broiler briefly to brown. Yummy!

:drool::drool::drool::drool:

mayness
09-29-2009, 09:37 AM
I've tried spaghetti squash before and was fairly unimpressed... the taste didn't go well with the pasta sauce I used on it. I gave up, convinced that there was something about all hard/winter squashes that I just don't like.

But you've all inspired me to try again, and I bought a tiny one to try tonight. I'll let you know what I end up doing with it!

rockinrobin
09-29-2009, 10:15 AM
I've tried spaghetti squash before and was fairly unimpressed... the taste didn't go well with the pasta sauce I used on it. I gave up, convinced that there was something about all hard/winter squashes that I just don't like.

But you've all inspired me to try again, and I bought a tiny one to try tonight. I'll let you know what I end up doing with it!

Yes. Don't give up on it. Try it again.

I just had me a big bowl of it, yup - for breakfast. It was scrumptious. :p

Glory87
09-29-2009, 10:36 AM
I had no idea it was so yummy! And hard to cut through! Had to use my new found muscles to get my knife through it! (I'm talkin' about before I cooked it of course :))

I always take my squash over to the meat department and ask the butcher to cut it in half. I get funny looks, but they do it :)

junebug41
09-29-2009, 11:26 AM
I had great success with the last spaghetti squash that I got. I think it's because the pasta sauce I made was a little sweeter and had more veggies diced up in it than before? I will definitely use that method my next go round. I also baked it a little longer than I have before.

momto3kittiess
10-07-2009, 12:55 AM
I got one of these to by mistake...but this sounds GOOD!!!

BillBlueEyes
10-07-2009, 08:10 AM
Add me to the list of folks living under a rock, eating NO winter squash, until I started my journey four years ago. Now I love spaghetti squash.

This week's lunches are my homemade chili over spaghetti squash. So good; I look forward to lunch each day.

I cook mine using the poke holes, 2 minutes in the microwave, cut and de-seed, method. Then I put them face down in a little water on a plate and put them right back in the microwave for 12 minutes. Perfect every time.

Mango30
10-07-2009, 04:59 PM
I like squash, but was in the butternut rut for about two years. I branched out a few days ago and instead of grabbing the butternut I grabbed the spaghetti. I'm cooking it up tonight and was delighted to find this thread today. Thanks for all the suggestions. :)

weezerloo
10-27-2009, 04:55 PM
Quick question about the consistency of Spaghetti Squash...is it still supposed to have a bit of a crunch to it? I'm not sure if I'm cooking it long enough or not. Just tried last night's effort, and it was quite crunchy....

paris81
10-28-2009, 10:10 AM
Quick question about the consistency of Spaghetti Squash...is it still supposed to have a bit of a crunch to it? I'm not sure if I'm cooking it long enough or not. Just tried last night's effort, and it was quite crunchy....

Yeah, I was wondering this as well. Everyone says it's exactly like pasta, but the consistency of mine seemed a bit off. The flavor though was delicious! Saute in a bit of olive oil and garlic...sooo good. Everyone here has great ideas, I'm going to try them as well!

junebug41
10-28-2009, 10:11 AM
It is definitely not exactly like pasta.

It can take the place of pasta, but the flavor is different as is the texture.

Spaghetti squash does have a little crunch, but the longer you cook that the more you can soften it.

Jennifer 3FC
10-28-2009, 05:17 PM
Somebody up above asked for an acorn squash recipe... I just found this one today and printed it out to try. I've got to make vegetarian modifications but that won't be hard at all! It got great reviews on Foodbuzz.

http://healthy-delicious.com/2009/10/southwest-stuffed-acorn-squash/

fooodin
11-05-2009, 05:05 AM
Hi!!!

When i visited this forum, i felt amazed to find discusion about spagetthi.
Thanks for sharing this recipe. This is my favorite one and i can't resist to eat it. Best to my knowledge,this is utilized in preparing various pasta dishes. If i am correct,I want to know few of these pasta dishes based on spagetti and their recipees too..

And i don't think that no other place is better than this to get valuable information regarding spagetthi.

Eager to get a fast response....:^:
Pls reply me soon...

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I did mine the like lazy way. I just cut one in half, put it on a microwave safe bowl or platter (glass), put the cut half side down, and I covered it with microwave safe plastic wrap. Then I nuked it for 8 minutes. It steamed it. After it was done I took the plastic wrap off and let it sit for just a bit. Then I turned it over and ran a fork through the flesh, which gives you the strands.

You can also roast it in the oven. I assume you wrap it in foil and roast it maybe at 350 or 400 degrees for a time. I would try that, only my oven is bad and burns everything from the bottom, so I have to depend on my microwave.

Any way you do it, then you can add what you want to it as you would pasta.

MBN
11-05-2009, 06:03 AM
I've been on a spagetti squash "kick" lately -- love it! Some of the things I've tried:
- sprinkled with garlic powder, salt and butter buds
- sprinkled with italian seasoning, garlic powder and parmesan cheese
- topped with a cup of chili (like chili with pasta, only with the squash)
- top with two ounces of "taco meat" (hamburger prepared with taco seasoning), taco sauce, salsa and plain nonfat yogurt (my sour cream sub).
- sautee chopped sweet onion, zucchini and diced tomatoes. Add garlic powder and red pepper (for a kick). Add spagetti squash - yum! You can stir in tofu or cooked eggbeaters for protein.

The possibilities are endless ....