Are you looking for a healthy alternative to Pasta? Or Pasta Poosta as we say in our family? Well here it is - its called Spaghetti Squash and it seriously resembles spaghetti. I found this at my local farmers market this weekend. You could eat gluten free pasta but I have found that it is completely tasteless, is nutrient lacking and renders a weird consistency. Believe me, this is a far better alternative !
Spaghetti squash, is so rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as being naturally low in carbohydates and calories. Its high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, B6, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, folate, pantothenic acid and vitamin K. Research has shown that Spaghetti squash is even more beneficial than taking vitamin supplements. Also importantly it contains vital minerals such as manganese which helps with metabolism, regulation of blood sugar, absorption of calcium and better nervous system function. Other minerals that are found in #spaghettisquash is potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, zinc and selenium. There is also a lot of fiber in this squash that helps you feel full longer, helps with #hearthealth and #lowerscholesterol. Finally, I want to mention that it contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids to help prevent heart disease, inflammation, arthritis, and certain cancers.
I think that one reason I was hesitant about using this squash is the preparation of it. To be honest, it does take some muscles to cut this squash! Some grocery stores will cut it for you too. Maybe your partner will help you ! Well, I think you can do it yourself - I recently found a new technique where you cut the spaghetti squash into rings first:
Then Take Out the Seeds:
Salt them with Coarse Kosher Salt and let them sit for 15 minutes. You will notice that water will build up after 15 minutes.
Then wash off the rings. After that you basically bake them for 30 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Then Use your fork to take out the long spaghetti like strands.
By the way, my 4 year old who does not like pasta, ate up his whole plate of spaghetti and meatballs. When your picky children like what you have cooked, its all worth it.