Wednesday, November 26, 2014

All About Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is the food of much versatility, and for that I thank it. So this post is dedicated to you, spaghetti squash.
But seriously, I love spaghetti squash! I wanted to do a post all about how to cook it and what to do with it. Many posts I have read suggest cutting the squash in half before baking it, I prefer this: (Warning, violent photo!)

Hehe. Anyway, I use a steak knife to cut slits all around the squash and bake it whole at 350*. Generally it takes about 45 minutes, depending on how big your squash is. At that point, cut the squash in half. The skin should be a bit soft and when you stick your fork in it the very middle should be pretty soft. Use a fork to scrape out the seeds and the mushy part around it. Once you get past that it should look something like this:

Once you're this far, you can do pretty much anything with it! This particular time I made a pesto spaghetti squash with zucchini, spinach, and chicken.

In a pan simmer:
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 c milk
1/4 c pesto
1/4 c mozzarella

Once these ingredients are mixed together well and add your vegetables. Once they're cooked through, add the spaghetti squash and mix all together. Top with parmesan for serving.

The chicken I made to go with this is just about the easiest thing to throw together. 
Mix together one egg, 1/4 c of milk, garlic salt and cayenne pepper to taste. This is enough to soak one, maybe two, chicken breasts. As always, the longer you soak it the more flavorful it turns out. Once you're ready to cook the chicken bread it in panko and fry in olive oil on low/medium heat.

I also like to save the seeds for roasting. I toss them in olive oil and garlic salt, then bake them at 300* for 20-30 minutes, or until they look like this:
You can also toss them with sugar or cinnamon, if you prefer a sweet treat.

Here are some other spaghetti squash recipes to try out:
Parmesan Squash Bake
Mexican Vegetarian Stuffed Squash
Spaghetti Squash & Quinoa Fritters
Spaghetti Squash Crusted Quiche
Thai Peanut Spaghetti Squash


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