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Monday, January 30, 2012

Spaghetti Squash

Really, nothing could be easier but I wanted to post this one because it is my number one winter 'go to' when my family wants pasta. For the past few months, I have not been eating gluten, not trying to jump-on-the-band-wagon but was having some stomach issues and since the doctors couldn't figure it out and still haven't, I thought I would try it and I just feel so much better. Even though my stomach issues aren't completely resolved I generally feel better when I don't eat gluten. However my family loves spaghetti and pasta dishes so I have been swapping out spaghetti squash for noodles when I need it and I haven't felt like I have missed a thing! I LOVE it!! Really love it! And the fact that it has 0-points makes it even sweeter!

1 spaghetti squash
non-stick spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Use a large knife and cut the squash in half lengthwise. You will need to use your super powers, these babies are really tough! Use a spoon to clean out the seeds and gunk that are inside then place it face down in a baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Place in the oven and  bake for about 35 minutes. You know it is ready when you touch the back and it gives. Flip over, let cool and eat!

You can sprinkle it with salt and pepper and eat it plain as a side dish or pour your favorite sauce right inside and eat up! You can also scoop it out and serve it on a plate with some marinara and a piece of grilled chicken.
This night I made Chicken Parmesan for my family, I make mine gluten free by first dipping the chicken in egg whites, then in a plate of grated parm next I saute it in some olive oil until done, put some cheese on top and serve it on the spaghetti squash. The one in the picture above is a picture of my daughter's plate, hers was breaded in parm, panko and milled flax.
Weight Watcher Friends: Spaghetti Squash has 0 points!


  1. Lauren (and the rest of your fans...) if you microwave the whole spaghetti squash for about 2 minutes before cutting, it is SOOOOO much easier to cut! no super strength needed!!
    xo Ruth

  2. Great tip Ruth! I used to do that and it DOES make it easier...these days I am trying to steer clear of the microwave with when it comes to fruits, veggies and plastics!

  3. Although I'm sure that 2 minutes in the microwave is hardly enough to do any harm :)I just use brut force and hope I earn an activity point doing so ha!