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Spaghetti Squash

by Jackie Hiester on October 11, 2015

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By Jaclyn Hiester

You may have heard this vegetable referred to as “vegetable spaghetti” or “noodle squash”. Can you guess why? The insides look just like spaghetti! Full of rich vitamins and dietary fiber, this type of squash is only about 40 calories per cup.

This hard-skinned veg provides a fantastic source of carotenoids, which act as antioxidants for the body. These carotenoids are converted to vitamin A and vitamin C, which both, as we know, promote good overall health. According to the American Cancer Society, some research suggests that vitamin A and vitamin C can help cancer patients. Vitamin A may be able to change cancer cells and can prevent healthy cells from becoming cancerous.  Although there is no evidence vitamin C cures cancer itself, it may boost effectiveness of other cancer treatments. If undergoing treatments, especially chemotherapy and radiation therapy, try boosting the vitamin C in your diet.This power veg also provides an excellent source of potassium.

 

 

Ann’s Tips

Spaghetti squash is easy to find in stores and also easy to grow. Spaghetti squash comes in an ivory yellow or orange. To avoid large seeds, stick to the ivory yellow.It can be stored whole in a fridge for about 2 weeks before its texture starts to change. The veg can also be stored at room temperature, just make sure it doesn’t get wet!

Recipe Tips

Using a fork, the inside flesh of the squash can be easily scraped out — this technique helps to bring out the “spaghetti-like” nature of the plant. If eating it raw, try tossing it in some olive oil and spice of your choice. The veg can be roasted or cooked in a crock pot or even a microwave.

Perhaps one of the best qualities of spaghetti squash is its fast prep time! Two quick recipes you can check out are Cook For Your Life’s Spaghetti Squash au Gratin and Spaghetti Squash Primavera. Both take 30 minutes max and end in a delicious dish.

If you’re a fan of those seeds in the orange spaghetti squashes, try roasting them for a healthy snack. Don’t forget to wash and rinse the squash very well prior to cooking to make sure its clean and safe to eat.

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