Monday, April 15, 2013

spaghetti squash just blew my mind. meatless monday

so i've seen a lot of posts on pinterest about using spaghetti squash as,well, spaghetti.  i have to say i was somewhat skeptical.  i mean i love all squash, but in place of pasta?!  like seriously, there's no replacement for pasta.  so we bought a spaghetti squash at the store one day, which was surprisingly steve's idea, and i finally cooked it today.  the results literally blew. my. mind!  and it was extremely easy to make, although you really gotta put some muscle into splitting it in half.  the texture is perfect for spaghetti and for those trying to incorporate vegetables into their diets, it's the perfect substitution!

all i did to cook mine was preheat the oven to 375, spray a baking sheet with some cooking spray, put the squash rind side up, and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes.  depending on the size of your squash, the cooking time may be increased or decreased. then once it's cool enough to handle, take a fork and essentially scratch at the squash and it just turns into this spaghetti-ish, strandy, vegetable.  it's great!  i tasted it with a little salt and it tastes good too.  still has that vegetable taste, but for those starting to eat healthier it's something you have to adjust to anyway.

i sauteed up some peppers and mushrooms, added meat crumbles, and some sauce and voila dinner is served!

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