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Spaghetti Squash and Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes: The Low Carb Comfort Foods!

Updated on April 3, 2011

Yes, There Is Such a Thing As Low or No Carb Comfort Food!

I love spaghetti; I love mashed potatoes. However, wheat does bad things to me. Yeasty foods do bad things to me. Things that are high in high glycemic carbs turn to sugar really fast and feeds the yeast, which is bad for me. Potatoes starch does all that.

I can go on and on about that. But the bottom line is that food that I love and find comforting aren't good for me.

On top of that, my body does best when I eat even complex carb and protein and fat separate from each other. Thus, even eating whole grain pasta, rice pasta etc, means that I can't use most sauces because they have oil in them. Sugar free isn't enough. So I had to make a 'sauce' which was just tomato paste and vegetables. It was good, but, not comfort food.

Then I discovered spaghetti squash. Well, yum.

I first learned about cauliflower mashed 'potatoes' from Suzanne Somers, but there are lots of recipes around. The thing about potatoes is that they have flavor, but you have to eat a totally plain baked or boiled potato to get it. When you eat baked the way I do, with sour cream and butter or mashed with cream and milk and flavoring, the potatoes become just something to hold the good stuff. So it really doesn't have to be potatoes. In the case of mashed, well cauliflower works really well!

There are actually two ways of making it. The recipe that I followed for baked came out a little too aldente for me, but if you like that, then go for it.

Take one spaghetti squash, sink a fork into it all the way around, as much as you want. Then bake it in a preheated 375 degree oven for one hour or more if you like it softer. Then cut in half, remove the seeds with a spoon. Then take a fork and scrape the body of the squash over and over. You will see vermicelli like spaghetti appear like magic.

Serve with your favorite sauce!

Or try to steams, below (I haven't tried it in a pressure cooker yet, but will let you know when I do)

  • Prep time: 2 min
  • Cook time: 48 min
  • Ready in: 50 min
  • Yields: 1 or 2

Ingredients

  • One Spaghetti Squash

Instructions

  1. Cut in half and remove the seeds. Place in shallow baking pan meat down. Put about 3/4 inch of water in pan and cover.
  2. Bake in over for 45-60 minutes or to preference. Take out of oven and use fork to turn the squash into spaghetti by using tungs to scrape the meat.
  3. Serve with favorite sauce.
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      7Suze7 6 years ago

      Never made it

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      No, but I'll try it after reading your lens.

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      hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Yes, but I actually like butternut and acorn squash much better! We often eat butternut squash instead of mashed potatoes. I mash them up and mix salt, pepper, garlic, and butter into them. So yummy!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Yes, we love spaghetti squash

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      jolou 6 years ago

      Yes, and it's a nice alternative to potatoes.

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      Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      I like spaghetti squash, but I've never actually tried the eat-it-with-pasta-sauce thing. I eat it with butter and garlic salt. Yum.

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      Sunfish LM 6 years ago

      I've tried it before and really can't get past the texture.

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      carolcurtisagius 6 years ago

      thanks for the recipe i love spaghetti and I love potatoes i'll have to try it out

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

      I love all squashes, spaghetti squash included.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I do like it.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Never heard of it before but we probably have it under a different name. I will go looking for it now,. Featured this on Holiday Cooking.

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      elyria 6 years ago

      Delicious and healthy!

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Yes, we love it!

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      MarkFashionista 6 years ago

      Never try this before, but I will have to soon, it looks delicious!

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      Yes and it's delicious!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I have only had this several times, but I did like it. We eat a lot of veggies in our house.

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      Sounds interesting. I haven't seen this here in England.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This site is lovely. Well done and thank you for these helpful information. Yummi recipes.

      If you get the chance check out my Trennkost Tabelle blog.

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      Never have but it looks great!

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    • Prep time: 6 min
    • Cook time: 9 min
    • Ready in: 15 min
    • Yields: 4-6

    Cauliflower Mashed "Potatoes"

    • 1 head of cauliflower
    • 1 tablespoon of cream cheese (or more to taste and texture
    • Chicken broth (or vegetable)
    • 1/4 cup of heavy cream (or more to texture
    • start with little and add if necessary)
    • 1/2 stick of unsalted butter (or more to taste or texture)

    Instructions

    1. Set a stockpot of water to boil over high heat.
    2. Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Cook in boiling water for about 6 minutes, or until well done. Drain well; do not let cool and pat cooked cauliflower very dry between several layers of paper towels.
    3. In a bowl with an immersion blender, or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower with the cream cheese, cream and butter.
    4. Garnish with chives, and serve hot with pats of butter.
    5. Add a variety of flavors from garlic to ground macadamia or hazel nuts. Herbs and spices are great here.
    6. Use the cream cheese and cream to taste, but add slowly so the dish does not become too liquidy.

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        7Suze7 6 years ago

        Yes, they were good

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        SofiaMann 6 years ago

        It is not a typical recipe from my country but I am brave and I will try.

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        ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

        Never before but probably will now.

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        jolou 6 years ago

        No, but it sure sounds good!

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        Joan Hall 6 years ago from Los Angeles

        Never tried it, but I should.

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        Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

        We eat this often. I found that draining the cauliflower very well is a must.

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        Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

        I have not but it sounds intriguing.

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        RetroMom 6 years ago

        I have tried this, and it is not bad...my sister said it tasted just like mashed potatoes, but, it does not!! Still very good!

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        I Haven't tried cauliflower mashed potatoes yet but I do like califower.

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        Stonecutter 6 years ago

        Love Cauliflower but have never tried them as a mashed potato substitute. Definitely going to try that though.

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        This is an absolutely wonderful recipe!! I will be sharing on FB too! I love cauliflower so much!

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        hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

        i have had them out, but would like to try them at home.

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        awakeningwellness 6 years ago

        The recipe I tried wasn't very good, it didn't taste anything like mashed potatoes, I would love to try one that does.

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        Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

        I haven't tried it, but I love cauliflower and although I can't imagine it tastes like mashed potatoes, it sounds good.

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        momsfunny 5 years ago

        I enjoy cauliflower but not like this. I will give it a try seems simple enough to do.

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          7Suze7 6 years ago

          Thanks, another great lens!

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          SofiaMann 6 years ago

          Thanks for these recipes. Are new to me and give me new options on my menu.

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          ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

          You take a lot of trouble with lenses and this one's no exception. Thanks.

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          fargasch 6 years ago

          Hi! :-) I had never heard of the spaghetti squash, I will look for it next time at the store! I'm favoriting your recipe to try it later, thanks for posting!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          This looks so delicious and added benefit of low calories. Yummy recipe.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          It's great that you are providing folks with alternatives for foods that aren't good for their bodies based on your own experience.

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          Stonecutter 6 years ago

          I have to show this lens to my wife. We have both been talking about how poorly we eat because of our work schedules and we need to find some healthier alternatives. These two recipes are exactly the types of things we both like. Great lens Margo!

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          Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

          nice one Margo

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          Vicowan 6 years ago

          I love spaghetti squash too as you know from visiting my lens. I am DEFINITELY gonna try the caulifour. It looks spectacular.

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          norma-holt 6 years ago

          Special blessing and featured on April Fools Day Blessings. Now Margo please have six dishes made up with this remarkable vegetable for the angel bus that is buzzing around today or we might have to spend the night at your place.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Happy April Fools Day! This Fool is here to leave you a Special Yummy Angel Blessing!

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          hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

          thanks so much for sharing these recipes. i am going to feature this lens at the why vegetarian facebook page. :)

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          KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

          I'm a big fan of Suzanne Somers. I have all of her books and love her recipes. The zucchini ribbon noodles are good too. Food combining works. I've not had a weight problem since I figured that out, and I pretty much eat whatever I want 90% of the time.

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          Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

          These recipes sound interesting. We both love veggies, and we love to try new recipes as well. Love the great ideas and excellent information, blessed.

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