While the spaghetti squash itself was not in the box, some of the other ingredients that I used were. Mainly spinach. I loathe cooked, gooey spinach. It feels like chewing string... gross. BUT, I have decided to become a better person and eat it anyway. It's a super food, so if I look at it really hard, maybe it will turn yummy un-gooey? Anyway. Spaghetti squash. Right.
Pre-heat the oven to 350. Cut squash in half. Don't worry, it will look kinda like the inside of a pumpkin. And smell like one too. But it's awesome.
Put the squash face down in a casserole and fill the dish with about 1/2 inch of water. I put a bit more since this is a largeish squash.
Let it cook for about 45 minutes. This went for 50. Take a fork and pierce the flesh (flip the squash so the inside faces up). If the fork goes in easily, it's done. If not, let it go for a bit longer.
Scoop out the seeds and white veins and throw away. Then take a fork and scoop out the pulp. Yummy.
Here is why I like spaghetti squash. It's like pasta, but lighter. You can eat more and not feel guilty because you aren't eating carbs. There, I said it. This is a low-carb meal. But, alas, I am not a low carb eater. I just like this squash a lot. Usually I'm feeling fairly lazy so I just heat up some tomato sauce and throw it on and voila: "pasta." However, today, as I said, spinach was in my head. So I cooked some spinach in olive oil with lemon juice and added it to the squash.
And guess what? I liked it. Really, truly. Loved it. To top it off, my dad grilled some hot Italian sausages on the grill and simmered them in tomato sauce. I had a couple of pieces with the sauce and topped it with fresh basil and had an absolutely, without a doubt, healthy meal.
Try this out! It is so delicious and fresh. And it is so easy to make with or without spinach! Is anyone else doing a CSA? Which one?
Also, garden update:
The tomato is getting bigger!
PEAS!More to come!
1 spaghetti squash
1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce
1 link (or less or more!) favorite sausage
1 bunch cooked spinach with lemon juice and olive oil
fresh basil to taste