I was just editing some of my posts (Best Foods for Your Body,Worst Snacks for Your Body, and 20 Zero-Calorie Foods-I went back and bulleted the lists into the posts that way you guys can read the lists without having to click on the links). And while I was on the Zero-Calorie Foods post-among which summer squash is listed-I remembered a great dinner I made at school with spaghetti squash! It is so simple, and maybe some of you will make it for dinner one night! And don’t be afraid to feed this to guys; my boyfriend, Chris, loved this dinner. AND 1 cup of cooked spaghetti squash is only 41 calories! Here’s some nutritional info on spaghetti squash from LIVESTRONG
- 1 Spaghetti Squash (1 provides LOTS of food, I’d say it can feed around 4 people with big appetites)
- Broccoli Florets (fresh or frozen-your pick)
- Feta Cheese (I like Athenos reduced-fat)
- OPTIONAL: you can always top this off with a little tomato sauce or olive oil; it’s up to you!
- To bake the spaghetti squash, you need to cut it in half. The easiest way to do this is to cut it width wise. By this, I mean have the two ends (the stem and the bottom) pointing to your left and right-so you are NOT cutting it down it’s length.
- Once split, clean out the seeds and pulp. You can do this by scooping it out with a spoon.
- Next, season both halves with whatever spices you like! I always use oregano (it is GREAT for your health) and some black pepper (also good for your health-rich in antioxidants)
- Bake in the oven (with the inside facing up) at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes. I have sometimes done it a little longer, it all depends on your squash. Keep an eye on it and once the edges start to brown, it should be ready.
- Bake the broccoli at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Again, always keep an eye on your food in the oven. Once it is tender it is done. Overcooking will diminish the health benefits.
- Let the squash cool once you take it out of the oven-you need to handle it with your hands and it will be hot! Once it has cooled (usually 10-15 minutes) and you can handle it well, take a fork and start scraping the inside of the squash. While you are scraping, it will come apart in a spaghetti-like form (once you’re doing it, you will see-it’s very easy). Get all that you can out of it!
- You can scrape both halves and place all your spaghetti into a large bowl to serve from
- Set out the squash, broccoli, and feta. Once the squash is in individual serving bowls, everyone can top theirs off with how much broccoli and feta they want!
- Dress with olive oil
You can also add sun dried tomatoes or some roasted red peppers to this, as well! Get creative and have fun with it! It is simple and delicious. *The picture above is not of the complete meal, but to give you an idea of what spaghetti squash looks like in case you have never made or had it before!