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How To Make Healthy Delicious Low Carb Spaghetti Dishes - Introduction to Spaghetti Squash - My Story

Updated on March 26, 2014
A plate of spaghetti squash. A little garlic salt and pepper along with a little marinara sauce. Delicous!
A plate of spaghetti squash. A little garlic salt and pepper along with a little marinara sauce. Delicous!

What is Spaghetti Squash?

The spaghetti squash is an oblong seed-bearing variety of winter squash. It is considered a fruit. The color can range from ivory to yellow or orange.

The orange varieties have a higher carotene content. Its center contains many large seeds and pulp. It is only 35 calories per cup.

Steps to Cooking Spaghetti Squash

Step 1. Poke full of holes and Cook. Poking holes will prevent an oven or microwave explosion. Bake at 375 for approximately and hour. You may determine the time according to the texture you want.
Step 1. Poke full of holes and Cook. Poking holes will prevent an oven or microwave explosion. Bake at 375 for approximately and hour. You may determine the time according to the texture you want.
Step 2. Cut in half and remove insides. This is what it looks like cut in half. Remove inside pulp and seeds the way you would a cantaloupe or melon. FYI: The brown discoloration is where it rest on the baking pan while cooking.
Step 2. Cut in half and remove insides. This is what it looks like cut in half. Remove inside pulp and seeds the way you would a cantaloupe or melon. FYI: The brown discoloration is where it rest on the baking pan while cooking.
Step 3. Remove meat of vegetable by scraping. You can continue to scrap all the way to the skin. If it is not as tender as you would like you can microwave or steam longer.
Step 3. Remove meat of vegetable by scraping. You can continue to scrap all the way to the skin. If it is not as tender as you would like you can microwave or steam longer.

I sure love pasta and spaghetti dishes, and they sure love me back. They turn to fat and hang around for years growing like weeds. Eating spaghetti is inexpensive, filling and delicious; it is no wonder it is a very common dish.

Pasta lovers have been known to have problem controlling their weight and having an even harder time letting pasta go. There is good news. You can eat the spaghetti dishes you love by changing the type of spaghetti you eat.

Making changes in your waist line is something that we all want to do but using methods that are quick and fast are only temporary. Making changes in the way you eat has to be a lifestyle change. Let’s talk about changing your spaghetti.

What I am suggesting is replacing your spaghetti with spaghetti squash. I was presented with the same option and was appalled at first. You see I have never had spaghetti squash before and not a lover of the squash that I am familiar with. I was turned off to say the least.

One day my daughter bought this horrific looking vegetable into the house and poked holes in it and tossed it in the oven. She told me she was cooking a spaghetti squash. I could not wait to try it out to confirm how it could never replace real pasta.

I thought it was a vegetable, but learned it is a fruit.

The Spaghetti squash baked for about an hour and a half hissing and moaning from the heat releasing from the holes that my daughter poked in this crazy melon like fruit. This did nothing for the way I already felt about this unknown vegetable.

I couldn't imagine my mind being changed; however I was waiting with an opened mind. It was a safe experience I was willing to see to the end.

What happened next…

The timer on the oven went off and my daughter attacked this spaghetti squash as if it was a medieval slaying. She put it on a cutting board and cut it in half! She took a big spoon and removed the insides.

After the insides were cleared she then took a fork and began scraping the meat of the spaghetti squash into a bowl. I was amazed at what I saw. This vegetable, I mean fruit, was separating in the form of spaghetti right before my eyes...

I have to say I was very skeptical at first but now felt more opened to try this mysterious spaghetti squash. But to my defense it was the first time I was introduced to it. Being new to me I was curious but hesitant. The fact that I loved pasta and ate spaghetti often and could lose a few pounds over ruled my silly fears.

As I watched with amazement the possibilities of the many pasta dishes I could replace filled my mind. For now the most simple of dishes would be made.

The First Taste...

My mouth watered with anticipation as the fork came closer to my mouth, my tongue met the first morsel with amazement. The taste was clean and a bit firm but pleasing to my taste buds. It felt like a clean crisp hybrid pasta. The taste was smooth and could be altered to taste with your favorite seasoning.

I could definitely see how I could enjoy this as my new pasta replacement. I have a new food I could use to change the way I eat, feel and look.

Making lifestyle changes is how to stay fit and trim for life. How many changes can you make? Hopefully you will venture out and try this wonderful spaghetti squash. I have since seen that many have already been eating this for years. If you love pasta and it doesn't love you this may be what you have been waiting for.


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      Darlene Matthews 4 years ago

      Wow easefeeds a noodle making machine from veggies sound interesting. Thanks for commenting. I'm happy you found this hub helpful.

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      Ease Feeds 4 years ago from Cyperspace

      I found you because I was searching for ways to reduce carbs and still eat pasta! I was scared to try these before, but now I'm going to buy one next time I hit the market. Have you also tried using a vegetable noodle maker to replace pasta with other types of squash or other veggies?

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      Darlene Matthews 4 years ago

      Thanks Ms Dora. Its really not bad at all. After you first cook it, you will know from the first taste how long it should cook for your enjoyment. Enjoy!

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      This is really a love story. Thanks for sharing your love of the spaghetti squash. I've always wanted to try it. Thank you for the encouragement.

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