Spaghetti squash (also affectionately known as squaghetti) is incredibly rich in B vitamins (great for eyesight), folate (aids in development of healthy cells and may mitigate birth defects), potassium (preserves nerves & muscle), and maganese (benefits bone and tissue health, metabolism, calcium absorption, and nerve function).
It’s pretty darn clear that this is going to be the healthiest spaghetti dish, like, ever…
How to pick your soulmate-squash
The recipe is simple enough, the real trick is picking out the right squash at the grocery store. You don’t want to cut into one to find that it’s too ripe to use, or not ripe enough.
Sparkpeople.com shares their tips on picking out the perfect squash:
Look for: a spaghetti squash with a firm, dry rind free of soft spots and cracks. Squash should be heavy for its size with a firm, dry, rounded stem, which helps keep out bacteria.
Avoid: spaghetti squash that has cracks and soft spots or is without a stem. Also avoid spaghetti squash with a shiny rind, as it may have been picked too soon or have a wax coating.
Now that you’ve picked out the perfect squash, it’s time to get cooking.
Preparing spaghetti squash is surprisingly simple. Just follow these basic steps to make your first batch. Once you’re comfortable with the procedure, make it your own by trying new additions or methods of preparation. And if you have a favourite way of preparing your own spaghetti delight, comment below to let us know!
- Cut off top and bottom of the squash.
- Stand the squash upright and cut it in half, right down the middle.
- Scrape out the seeds and gooey bits to leave a smoother surface beneath.
- Heat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius (375 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Brush/Rub the insides of the squash with olive oil. Sprinkle sea salt & black pepper on the insides as well.
- Place the squash halves on a baking sheet with the insides facing down. Bake for ~40 minutes. You’ll know when they’re ready beause you’ll be able to pierce them with a fork pretty easily.
- Once done, remove the squash and let them sit for 15 minutes or less.
- Scrape out the “spaghetti” with a fork.
A simple ground beef/chicken/turkey sauce goes very well with this! There are so many ways to prepare this superfood that our family loves to use it as a healthy meal prep “base”. We’ll prepare it, then mix it with a multitude of dishes throughout the day.
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