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Simple Spaghetti Squash


Spaghetti squash? We know what you’re thinking, there’s no way that a vegetable could remotely compare to your beloved spaghetti. But, with the endless recipe options, this yellow gourd can easily become your favorite carbless dinner. 


Ingredients:

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (2 to 3 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F, and coat a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Tip: If squash is too hard to cut, poke holes throughout, and microwave it for 10 seconds to soften.
  3. Place squash, cut-side down, onto the baking sheet, and roast in the oven until tender, for about 35–45 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven, and let it cool.
  5. Using a fork, scrape the inside of the flesh to create long strands that resemble spaghetti.

Saucy Spaghetti Squash Mix-Ins

  • The traditional: When a spaghetti craving hits, whip up your favorite meat sauce to pour over the squash and you’ll never know the difference.
  • The cheesy one: With just a can of Alfredo sauce, grilled chicken, and steamed broccoli, you’ll be able to turn your squash into cheesy-goodness.
  • The healthy one: For a light sauce full of flavor, add sausage, kale, and sun-dried tomatoes to your squash.
  • The veggie-lovers dream: Sauté your favorite veggies for a vegetable ragout that pairs perfectly with your squash.
  • The seafood sensation: With squash, shrimp covered in a garlic and lemon juice sauce is a sure bet.

Create your own spaghetti squash masterpiece, and share your photos on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ALMbites.

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