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Easy, Healthy Spaghetti Squash Boats
Spaghetti squash has got to be one of the most underrated fruits of all time. These roasted spaghetti squash boats, filled with turkey, spinach and cheese, will show you exactly why they are really amazing. And the best part is that all you need is a sharp knife and a glass baking dish or a sheet pan. I have always intentionally over-looked these large fruit as they appear to be difficult at best. The hard outer shell is enough to make any sane person think twice. However, I have recently learned of the multitude of rewards that come with having this fruit as a regular part of your diet. So for this reason, I am trying different things to see exactly what can be done with spaghetti squash. I will share some of the ideas that we come up with, but first I would like to share details on some of the rewards I mentioned earlier.
Wondering Why You Should Eat Spaghetti Squash?
Long lauded as a staple food for dieters and those that need to rein in their cholesterol levels, spaghetti squash is also full of amazing nutritional benefits. This fruit is very low in calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. It is very rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. Known for its spaghetti like look and feel, it is often used as a low starch alternative to regular spaghetti pasta. Just toss in a little pasta sauce and you are set to enjoy a healthy, low carb meal.
Preparing Spaghetti Squash Boats
The below recipe notes the easiest method I have found to cut open a spaghetti squash. That hard shell is enough to scare anyone, but this method makes it easy and the nutrition makes it a worthy cause. Roasting the fruit cut side down helps to reduce the amount of liquid retained in the flesh. Light seasoning with some fresh herbs produces an easy, healthy dinner option for everyone.
The Many Recipes of Spaghetti Squash
In this recipe I have chosen to mix it up with some ground turkey, spinach, fresh herbs and a little bit of cheese for an all-around healthy delicious meal. However, the combinations are endless. You could make these using chicken or steak. Adding in some broccoli or asparagus would double up on the nutritional profile. You can make them suitable for the special vegan in your life by simply omitting the meat and cheese. Just add some vegetables or mushrooms and some tomato sauce and they will love it. Make a southwestern style squash boat by adding in some peas and corn. Or maybe you would prefer to continue the Tex-Mex craze by adding some black beans. Over the coming months I will experiment with some of these variations, so stay tuned for more delicious, easy, healthy spaghetti squash boat.
Quote of the Dish: “Go vegetable heavy. Reverse the psychology of your plate by making meat the side dish and vegetables the main course.” – Bobby Flay