Good Reasons To Eat Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is a very healthy vegetable, packed with vitamins and fiber. It has a neutral taste so that it can be combined with almost all other types of food. It is low in calories, which makes it perfect for people who are on a food regime. Moreover, it is really easy to prepare, even if you are a complete beginner. Here are the biggest benefits of spaghetti squash:

Spaghetti squash is a great source of vitamins

It is loaded with vitamins! One cup of spaghetti squash contains 9% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C. Do we even need to mention vitamin C? It is crucial for our immune system, it is a great antioxidant, and it is great for skin as it prevents premature aging. One cup of spaghetti squash has 8% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is necessary for the proper functioning of our brain and nervous system. Moreover, it activates some of the hormones responsible for our happiness level, and it can improve our mood and reduce the risk of depression. Spaghetti squash also contains other important nutrients such as manganese, potassium, niacin, and magnesium.

Spaghetti squash is low in calories

Spaghetti squash is perfect for people who want to lose weight or to eat healthily. This watery food is really low in calories but very rich in nutrients. It is difficult to say how many calories one spaghetti squash contains because they come in different sizes and shapes. But we can say how many calories there are in one cup of cooked spaghetti squash: it contains only 42 calories! On the other hand, one cup of traditional spaghetti (without any sauce) contains from 180 up to 220 calories. Now it is clear why more and more people opt for spaghetti squash, as a healthier alternative to spaghetti.

Spaghetti squash contains a lot of fiber

It is a great source of fiber. One cup of spaghetti squash has as much as 9% of the daily dose of fiber. It means that regular consumption of this vegetable can improve your digestive system, eliminate potential problems and lower your blood sugar level. Fiber also helps people who are trying to lose weight, and that’s one of the biggest benefits of this vegetable.

Spaghetti squash is easy to prepare

It is one of the easiest dishes to prepare, and it does not require advanced cooking skills. All you have to do is cut it in half and remove the seeds. Then you should add a little olive oil, salt, and spices and roast it in the oven at 400 F for about 45 minutes. As you can see, it is not time-consuming because while it is roasting you have time to do whatever you want. Once it is roasted, use a fork to make strands that look like spaghetti.

Spaghetti squash can be prepared in many different ways

Above we have described the easiest way to prepare spaghetti squash. You can also use it in various meals that require spaghetti or noodles as one of the ingredients. Spaghetti squash is a great substitute for both of them, and it does not change the flavor or consistency of the dish – it only lowers calorie intake. Spaghetti squash is the perfect solution for people who want to lower calorie intake without having to give up on their favorite meals. It is worth mentioning that it has a very mild flavor so that it can be combined or topped with various ingredients. That way, you can prepare it often, but it will not bore you. Some of the most popular toppings include cheese, veggies, and meatballs. But you can be creative and combine it with any other food that you like. You can not go wrong, and you may end up discovering a great new combination!

Now you should understand with more clarity why many doctors recommend spaghetti squash as a healthier substitute to spaghetti. It has a lot of benefits for your overall health, as well as the digestive system, weight loss, and youthful looks. Once when you try it and see how easy it is to prepare and combine with other food, you would wish you have tried it earlier!

Recipe – Parmesan Cheese Spaghetti Squash

This Spaghetti Squash recipe is deceptively simple.  A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese may not seem like much, but the salty tang of Parmesan brings out the flavor of the Spaghetti squash. Add a little butter and some salt and pepper, and this simple spaghetti squash recipe becomes a delicious addition to your meal.

What is great about this simple recipe?

  • The recipe requires it’s easy
  • The recipe requires minimal prep work, and
  • The recipe requires just four ingredients.

Parmesan Cheese Spaghetti Squash Ingredients

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese or three cheese mix
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter (melted)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Parmesan Cheese Spaghetti Squash Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C)
  • Use a paring knife to poke small cut through over the entire skin.
  • Place the spaghetti squash in a lined baking dish.
  • Bake about one hour or until soft.
  • Remove the spaghetti squash from the oven and cut the spaghetti squash in half.
  • Scoop out and discard the spaghetti squash seeds.
  • Using a fork, scrape flesh in strings into a serving bowl.
  • Toss with Parmesan and melted butter
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper and or Italian seasoning

Servings

  • Makes six servings

Recipe – Spaghetti Sԛuash Rеd Sаuсе

whether working with the spaghetti squash from your garden or recently purchased from the store this recipe makes a nice weeknight recipe. Because this spaghetti squash recipe uses only the stovetop and the microwave it doesn’t add a lot of heat to the house, so, it can be a year-round family favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion diсеd
  • 1 tsp. оlivе oil
  • 1 plum tomato, seeded and diсеd
  • 1 сuр tomato sauce
  • ¾ tѕр.. orеgano
  • ½ tѕр. salt
  • ¼ tѕр. рерреr
  • 1 lаrgе spaghetti squash, about 5 pounds
  • ¼ сuр Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a nonstick ѕkillеt, sauté onion in оil until tranѕluсеnt, about 10 minutes. Add tomato, tomato ѕаuсе, oregano, salt, and рерреr and ѕimmеr over low hеat for 30 minutеѕ.
  • Mеanwhilе, hаlvе spaghetti squash lеngthwisе, and rеmоvе seeds. Cover еасh hаlf with microwave-safe cellophane wrap for cooking, leaving 1 сornеr еxроѕеd. Miсrоwаvе, cut side up, on a plate on high power for 8 minutеѕ. Sԛuash should ѕераratе easily into ѕtrandѕ when donе.
  • Sсrаре out flesh and рlасе in an lаrgе mixing bowl. Mix in tomato ѕаuсе and season to tastе. Dividе into ѕix 2/3-сuр portions and top еасh with 1 tаblеѕроon Pаrmеѕan. Or, if you like you can lay the spaghetti squash out and apply on a platter and cover it with a tomato sauce making the Parmesan available for each to serve their own when they take their helping.

Servings

  • Makes about six servings

Making Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pumpkin pie spice is always a useful thing to have around the house, especially in the fall when pumpkin and winter squash are cheat and abundant.  Or if you are like me and simply like to eat a pumpkin pie or pumpkin custard most any time of the year.  However, I find making your Pumpkin spice is best because you can adjust your spice volume to meet your taste and dietary needs.  Ginger something gives people trouble with heartburn and I find that orange zest gives the spice blend and nice citrus edge which appeals to many.  Here is a basic Pumpkin spice recipe, but feel free to experiment with it to best accommodate your family’s tastes.  

Pumpkin Pie Spice Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground clove
  • 2 teaspoon ground ginger or ground dehydrated orange zest
  • 2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Pumpkin Pie Spice Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl whisk together thoroughly.
  • Pour the pumpkin pie spice into an airtight container
  • store the sealed pumpkin pie spice container in a cool dry place.
  • The pumpkin pie spice should be used within 6 months for best results.

Cook’s Note

  • I use my coffee bean grinder to make the ground orange zest, which works fine if you start with either purchased or home make dried orange zest. however, you do want to make sure that all the orange zest is finely ground without large bits, so, it will distru=bute evenly in your recipe.

Pumpkin bars with Sugarless Cream Cheese Frosting

Do you love pumpkin bars and would love to have it frosted cream cheese frosting? If yes, then you will like this article. We are sharing a tasty and easy to make sugarless cream cheese pumpkin frosting recipe. It is made from canned pumpkin and cream cheese. It is frosted and also is gluten-free. It, therefore, is low carbohydrate preparation. It is made from natural ingredients and also can be good enough for around 24 hours when kept in the refrigerator. Let us have a look at the ingredients required and the instructions for making it.

Ingredients Required:

  • Pumpkin Puree – 1 cup
  • Unsalted Butter (cut into cubes) – 1/4 cup
  • Cream cheese – 2 ounces.
  • Large eggs – 2
  • Vanilla extract – 1 teaspoonful.
  • Erythritol sweetener blend – 2/3 cup.
  • Bleached almond flour – 1 cup
  • 2 teaspoonfuls of baking powder (gluten-free)
  • Pumpkin pie spice – 1 teaspoon.
  • Sea salt – half teaspoon

You also need the following for cream cheese frosting

  • Cream cheese –6 ounces (Ensure that it is cubed and softened)
  • Powdered erythritol – 1/2 cup.
  • Heavy cream – 1 tablespoon (though optional, it is recommended because it helps in easier frosting)
  • Vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon.

How To Make?

It is not very difficult to make and should not take more than 30 minutes (making time). Please go through the following steps

To make the Pumpkin Bars

  • Ensure that the oven is preheated to 177 degrees centigrade (350 f).
  • Find a 9×9 inch baking pan (23 x 23) and line with parchment paper.
  • The cheese and butter should be warmed together in either the microwave or a double boiler until the cream cheese and butter and can be easily stirred together.
  • Take another large bowl, combine pumpkin puree, cream cheese and butter mixture (already stirred together), eggs and vanilla with a hand mixer. Don’t overdo it and use medium speed and mix until the mixture is smooth.
  • In another mixing bowl another bowl combine sweetener, almond flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and salt.
  • The dry flour mixture should be added to the wet ingredients.
  • Combine the mixture, again using a hand mixer on low until the mixture is thoroughly combined and forms a batter.
  • The batter should be poured into the lined baking ban.
  • jiggle or use a frosting knife to smooth the top.
  • Place on center shelf f the oven and bake about 20 to 30 minutes until an inserted toothpick is able to be taken out clean.
  • Place on a cooling rack and allow pumpkin bars to cool to room temperature.

To Make the Frosting

  • As far as frosting is concerned, you will have to use a hand mixer to combine and smooth the sweetener, cream cheese, and vanilla.

Decorate The Bars

  • Once the bars have cooled to room temperature, you can frost the pumpkin bars and cut into servings
  • If refrigerated, the bars be stored for about 24 hours before serving, if desired.

Zucchini Casserole Recipe

Here is a nice dinner dish which will use up some of those zucchinis and or summer squash from your vegetable garden.   

Zucchini Casserole Ingredients

  • Chicken breast- 400 gr (14 oz)
  • Zucchini- 1 kg (35 oz)
  • Cheese – 100 gr (3,5 oz)
  • Sour cream – 4 tbsp
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Small or 1 Medium Onion
  • Seasoning – optional
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Zucchini Casserole Direction

1. Wash zucchini and grate. (I recommend wringing zucchini with your hands to get rid of excess liquid).
2. Onions clean and cut into small cubes. Fry until soft.

3. Chicken breast cut into small pieces. Add 2 tablespoons of sour cream and spices to taste. Stir and leave to marinate.

4. In grated zucchini add eggs and fried onions. Stir and add spices to taste.

5. Marinated chicken mix with zucchini. Put in a form oiled. The surface of the casserole smear the remaining sour cream and sprinkle with grated cheese.

6. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 180C (350F).

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SKILLET SUMMER SQUASH

This is a quick and easy stovetop recipe side dish for zucchini and or summer squash.

Skillet Summer Squash Ingredients

  • 1 Packet Sodium free chicken bouillon (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame seed oil or olive oil
  • 2 medium green zucchinis
  • 2 medium yellow zucchinis or yellow summer squash
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
  • Sprinkle with Feta cheese crumbles or grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Skillet Summer Squash Directions

  • Wash, trim of the ends of the zucchinis and summer squash, and dice
  • Mix the squash together until thoroughly combined
  • Add chicken bouillon and mix a little more
  • In a large nonstick skillet add oil and heat on medium-high until hot, but not smoking
  • Add the squash in an even a layer as possible (it should sizzle as it hits the skillet)
  • Do not stir for 2-3 minutes until the summer squash shows some browning on the bottom
  • Stir the squash, and let the zucchini continue to cook
  • Stirring every couple minutes, until the squash is tender to your liking, about 8 minutes.
  • Season to taste and top with cheese if desired.
  •  Serve immediately.

Cook’s Notes

  • If using Feta cheese (my personal choice), sample the squash with cheese added before adding salt
  • Do not overcook or the summer squash will become soupy. If this happens drain of the excess liquid, season, and serve immediately.
  • While this recipe calls for yellow and green squash, either color will taste just as good, if you don’t happen to have both colors.

Servings

  • This recipe makes about six servings

Prep Time

  • 10 Minutes

Cook Time

  • 10 Minutes

Total Time

  • 20 Minutes