Saturday, August 11, 2012

Spaghetti Squash - Yum.

Super Sauce Spaghetti Squash 

So there's no link for you to go check out some recipe on this one, because it's something I pulled together after about a year of experimenting with spaghetti squash (which is an amazing vegetable that you should certainly try if you haven't yet).

Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 

What you need
1/2 small-medium spaghetti squash 
2/3 cup meatless burger crumbles (I like Morninstar Farms)
1/2 cup marinara sauce
1 wedge Laughing Cow Light Swiss
2 tsp parmesean topping

Microwave safe bowl
Saran Wrap
Cooking Spray
Saute pan

Optional
2 slices sandwich thin/light wheat bread
1/2 tablespoon light butter substitute

1. Cut squash.  I try to buy smaller squashes so I typically just cut it in half.  This happens to have been the last one, so it was bigger than I'd like... I cut it into awkward thirds.  Then you put it into a microwave-safe bowl with a bit of water, cover with saran wrap and cook for 7-10 minutes.  

Cooked!  Caution, this is HOT after this step.  I try to do it a little in advance, makes it easier to scoop out the goods.
2. Use fork to magically transform squash into spaghetti-like goodness. (Just scoop it out into a bowl)
Magic!
3.  Bring a pan to medium-high heat, spray with cooking spray.  Add burger crumbles.  Once they start to cook, add the sauce.
Mmm now things start smelling delicious!
4. Once everything in pan is hot, add Laughing Cow wedge (this is my secret trick!) It gives the whole dish a more creamy texture and makes it taste more like it's full of naughty calories, although it's still completely healthy!  Stir it around until it melts and mixes in to everything. 

You don't want it to look like this... get that mixed.
5.  You now have two options.  A) Add spaghetti squash to pan and sautee until all mixed and covered.  B) Dump sauce onto bowl of spaghetti squash.  Both are good options, depends on how much time you have and when you microwaved your squash.

Squash-in-pan approach
All stirred up!
6. (Optional) Pop bread in toaster and top with butter.  Saucy spaghetti squash is a great toast-topper.

7. Serve and top with parmesean cheese.
Sauce-on-squash approach.
Maybe not as pretty, but just as delicious!
Enjoy!

The whole dish is super filling and clocks in around 500 calories (with toast!) depending on the brands and types of certain things you use.  It's one of my favorite things to make because it's quick and easy and chocked full of veggies and vitamins.  It also is a pretty good pasta swap if you are trying to watch carbs.

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