One question I get often is “what’s the deal with spaghetti squash?” Is it good or bad? And is it REALLY better than pasta??
So here is what I know about spaghetti squash as well as my opinion on the matter!
Spaghetti squash is technically a fruit (we use as a winter vegetable) and is used in place of pasta often due to its stringy consistency. It can be baked, boiled, steamed or my favorite, microwaved (just because its quicker).
So for the first question:
IS IT GOOD OR BAD?
I think it is a great food to choose when finding a pasta replacement. Here is a side by side of the nutrition analysis for spaghetti squash vs. plain cooked pasta.
Pasta is very starchy and high calorie. It tends to spike blood glucose levels in diabetics and increase weight in the average American. A serving of pasta is usually around 1/2 cup cooked. It is rare that only a 1/2 cup of pasta is used during an entire meal. Usually when pasta is cooked, it is used as a filler being the largest portion on the plate.
Spaghetti squash however is very low calorie, contains lots of vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber! It should prevent the roller coaster blood sugar spikes especially when prepared with a protein.
So to answer the last question:
IS IT REALLY BETTER THAN PASTA?
My opinion is yes!
It is low calorie, all natural, loaded in nutrients and is so easy to make!
So here is a quick tutorial on how to make your spaghetti squash fast!
First slice it in half and remove the inside pulp/seeds with a spoon.
Then you’ll want to put the halves on a plate and cover with plastic wrap. Put them in the microwave for about 10-12 minutes depending on the size of your squash.
Once your time is up, touch your squash with a utensil to see if it is soft. Don’t use your fingers because it should be VERY hot. If it is, you’re ready for the next step!
Begin scraping the insides of the squash with a fork to remove your spaghetti squash. This helps keep the squash stringy. And once you’re done scraping, you are ready to serve!
Spaghetti squash is a great way to still have that “pasta feel” in a healthier way.
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