Friday, March 30, 2012

Marvellous Microwave Spaghetti Squash

Craving a giant bowl of pasta without the carb-crash?   Spaghetti squash is a good alternative.  It's fast, easy and delicious, and it gets you that extra serving of vegetables each day.  The best part is that you can do all of the prep in your microwave and with a single plate - no need to heat up your house or your stove.  I would imagine this would also be a very kid-friendly, fun dish.

You will need:
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
  • Olive oil (optional)
  1. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise.  If this is difficult to do, microwave the whole squash on high for 2 minutes or so and then cut it.
  2. Scoop out the seeds.  If you like, you can wash and bake them - they are edible and yummy!
  3. Take a de-seeded squash half and put it innards-facing-down on a microwave-safe plate.  Add some water to the plate, as the squash will dry up a bit in the microwave otherwise.
  4. Microwave the squash half on high for 5 minutes or until done (the amount of time this takes will vary from squash to squash and microwave to microwave).
  5. Use a fork to separate the squash innards into spaghetti-like strands.
  6. Add spices to taste and a small bit of olive oil, if desired.
  7. Enjoy!

This was a big squash, and the first few minutes in the microwave weren't enough - everything was really clumpy.

After a second round in the microwave, everything was just right.

1 comment:

  1. Does the spaghetti squash get watery after being cooked? I've had that problem after baking and after stir-frying.