Spaghetti squash is considered a fabulous winter fruit that is wholesome, nutritious, and a marvelous low-carb, naturally gluten-free food. Because this particular squash is so versatile, it pairs well with other ingredients. It’s certainly easy to create an entire meal around it. One of our favorites is a Roasted Spaghetti Squash Veggie Meal.
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Spaghetti squash is often used as a healthy nutrient-rich, low-carb, low-calorie substitute for pasta. When cooked, the inside of a spaghetti squash resembles spaghetti noodles – hence the name. Because spaghetti squash is naturally gluten-free it’s a perfect pasta alternative for anyone on a restricted gluten-free diet.
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When buying spaghetti squash pick a squash that has an even, bright yellow color and one that feels solid and heavy for its size. Avoid buying a squash that has bruising, dimpling, cracks or one that has a wet or moldy stem. Store the squash in a cool, dark and dry location.
A few key nutritional values in one cup of cooked spaghetti squash:
- 42 calories
- 10 grams carbs
- 3% of vitamin A
- 9% of vitamin C
- 3% calcium
- 5% potassium
- 9% dietary fiber
- Along with all of those wonderful nutrients, spaghetti squash provides manganese, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, copper, tryptophan, iron, and beta-carotene.
Before cooking, scrub the outside of the squash, pat it dry, then cut it in half and remove the seeds.
Line a 10 x 15 inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper to catch the moisture that escapes during the baking process. Place the cut sides of the squash (facing down) into the pan.
Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for approximately 40 – 45 minutes. You can check doneness by piercing the skin with a fork. If the fork slides in and out easily, the squash is ready.
Allow the squash to rest in the pan for 5 minutes then flip each half over.
Shred the inside fleshy part of the squash with a fork until it resembles strands of spaghetti noodles.
At this point, you can scoop-out the spaghetti-like strands into a bowl or onto a plate. However, to make this Roasted Spaghetti Squash Veggie Meal I simply place the squash halves into a 9 x 13 baking dish and use the squash’s natural skin as a bowl. Now I can build the meal from there. Fewer dishes for me to do later, right?
NOTE: All pictures in this post are showcasing gluten-free ingredients!
A yummy mixture of seasoned sausage and ground beef make-up the first layer of a Roasted Spaghetti Squash Veggie Meal.
Next, I add a layer of chopped yellow bell peppers and onions.
Followed with a layer of peas.
I also add an additional layer of chopped fresh baby spinach.
Shredded mozzarella cheese tops the spinach layer.
Next, I give each Roasted Spaghetti Squash Veggie Meal a drizzle of olive oil.
Finally, I season each meal with a hint of Himalayan sea salt and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Since my hubby doesn’t have to deal with food allergies I also add freshly ground black pepper to his meal.
This meal is incredibly easy to modify to suit individual taste or dietary restrictions. Therefore, enjoy a Roasted Spaghetti Squash Veggie Meal as is, or feel free to add additional ingredients; e.g., black beans, crushed red pepper flakes, toasted pine nuts, carrots, tomatoes, asparagus, garlic, pesto, marinara or pasta sauce, etc…
A Go Green Salad makes a great companion to a Roasted Spaghetti Squash Veggie Meal.
I hope you enjoy this wonderful meal as much as we do!
A delicious, hearty and healthy meal that's loaded with flavor, texture, and nutrition. Feel free to add additional ingredients of choice such as: black beans, crushed red pepper flakes, toasted pine nuts, carrots, tomatoes, asparagus, garlic, pesto, marinara or pasta sauce, etc...
A delicious, hearty and healthy meal that's loaded with flavor, texture, and nutrition.
Feel free to add additional ingredients of choice such as: black beans, crushed red pepper flakes, toasted pine nuts, carrots, tomatoes, asparagus, garlic, pesto, marinara or pasta sauce, etc...
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