Have you ever tried spaghetti squash? It is quickly becoming one of my favorite things to build a dinner around — and my kids will even eat it, so it’s a win-win! There are roughly a billion different ways to make this versatile vegetable, but I wanted to share my top five with you. If spaghetti squash isn’t in season where you live yet, it will be soon! Fall is getting closer every day!
Why spaghetti squash?
Spaghetti squash is a veggie (ok, technically a fruit) that easily takes on the qualities of a grain and the flavor of whatever you cook it in. In each cup, it has about 40 calories and 2 grams of fiber, so it’s a great substitute for a high-carb, low-fiber pasta. Check out the full nutrition profile here. If you’ve never cooked with winter squash before, it can be a little bit of a learning curve, but it’s easy once you get the hang of it. Basically cut it length-wise, scoop out the seeds, and roast it until it’s tender. Then you use a fork to remove the inside, which has magically turned into what looks like noodles!
Spaghetti squash recipes
Here are my top five recipes, all of which are also on my Healthy Food Swaps Pinterest board. (Bonus: my Food How-Tos board has a pin that will help you prepare a spaghetti squash!)
- Classic “spaghetti” with turkey meatballs. Prepare the squash as indicated above and toss with the meatballs, which simmer all day in the slow cooker. Delicious!
- Chow mein. Squash easily swaps in for chow mein noodles in this veggie-forward, super nutritious recipe.
- Baked spaghetti squash and cheese. This dish has a creamy richness that is totally addictive. I recommend adding bacon if you can spare a few extra fat calories!
- Baked spaghetti squash carbonara. This recipe has the same richness as the last one but with a uniquely down-home Italian twist.
- Spaghetti squash tots. Say what? Yep, you can tot-ify almost anything. These are a great sub for tater tots, and they’re baked! Your kids will love them . . . and so will you. 😉
If you try any of these recipes — or come across any of your own faves — I would love to hear about it!