How To Prepare Spaghetti Squash 3 Different Ways

Spaghetti Squash. If you are one of the few people who actually know what a spaghetti squash is, it’s probably safe to say you can only prepare it one way. Squash as spaghetti. Served with … what? Yep, you guessed it, pasta sauce.

Well, prepare to have your minds blown! We recently did a cooking demo at the Detroit Eastern Market where we displayed three different dishes using that oblong yellow vegetable. And, to add more of a wow factor, all three dishes can be created in 30 minutes or less.

With the varying dietary intake that has America divided like the current presidency, we decided to offer one dish as vegan, one as vegetarian, and one as carnivorous.

We’ll get more into that later. For now, let’s describe a spaghetti squash and briefly review its health benefits. If you’re in the majority of the people who haven’t even heard of this vegetable, then you’ll probably asking yourself “what is a spaghetti squash?” Picture this … a winter vegetable with a hard pale yellow exterior with a stringy flesh. Got an image in your head? Ok good, hold on to that for a sec.

Now let’s take a moment to reflect on the nutritional value of the almighty spaghetti squash. First of all, it’s very low in calories. I mean … we’re talking less than a half a gram of fat per cup. It’s also low in carbs, containing only 10 grams per cup. Two things this squash is high in is fiber and water content. All of these qualities bundled together makes the spaghetti squash pretty darn attractive!

  • good for weight loss
  • good for weight management
  • aids in regulating digestion
  • helps to reduce constipation
  • helps to lower cholesterol

Ok, enough of that. Let’s get back to the good stuff … how to take this vegetable nerd and turn it into three different delicious dishes.

The first dish is Spaghetti Squash with Rustic Tomato Sauce. It’s a hearty dish that warms the stomach on a rainy day. Vegan.

Spaghetti Squash with Rustic Tomato Sauce

 

 

The next dish is Spaghetti Squash Casserole. This meal is a flavorful twist on the classic spaghetti and meatballs. Carnivorous.

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

 

The final dish is Fried Quinoa Spaghetti Squash Cakes with a Moroccan dipping sauce. This is an appetizer that will surely impress anyone who takes a bite. Vegetarian.

Fried Quinoa Spaghetti Squash Cakes

Dipping Sauce for Fried Quinoa Spaghetti Squash Cakes

Trust me … you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this vegetable nerd. I do hope you enjoy these recipes. Don’t be afraid to experiment with them. Don’t be afraid to interchange ingredients. Don’t be afraid to make them your own.

Our Take on the Cook the Book Challenge, Week 1

In a previous blog post we stated there was a slight mix-up on our end regarding Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s recipe, Warm Quinoa with Vegetables and Eggs. Well, as promised, here’s our take on that dish.

Quinoa Veggie Bowl with Egg

Our version has some of the same ingredients: like quinoa and an egg. But it also introduces a variety of alternative ingredients that turned out to be a surprising delight of a dish. I didn’t follow any type of protocol with this one. It was just one of those random things that literally “popped” in my head.

I developed this recipe within a matter of minutes. You should have seen me scrambling around my kitchen trying to find a pen and a piece of paper to jot down the culinary thoughts that were running through my brain. It was truly a whirl-wind experience, but I have to admit that I love being the vessel for such a spontaneous burst of culinary creativity. It’s truly inspirational.

One of the best things about this dish is that it can be eaten ANY time of day. Whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this version of a “quinoa bowl” will be a light yet filling treat to anyone who indulges in it.

Now, let’s get you to the good stuff … the recipe! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy cooking!!!

RECIPE: Quinoa Veggie Bowl with Egg

Quinoa Veggie Bowl with Egg