When living a Low-Carb Lifestyle, dinner time is not easy or exciting at first. Over the years, we have adapted recipes so we can still eat the foods we love. As you may know, we have a growing one year old baby girl and, she loves pasta. We’ve honestly had pasta maybe twice since she’s been old enough to eat. But, when we did, she slurped and slurped and had so much fun! It was the cutest thing ever. What parent wouldn’t want to enjoy that kind of dinner entertainment at least once a week? So, we’ve developed a few easy replacements for pasta….one of them being, The Amazing Spaghetti Squash!
Spaghetti squash can be difficult and tedious to cook. Here are a few suggestions to make it easier. Be sure to ALWAYS POKE MANY HOLES ALL OVER SQUASH IF LEAVING IT WHOLE. And ALWAYS USE HOT MITTS.
Slow Cooker (My absolute favorite way)
Poke holes all over the squash, just like you would to a potato. Then place in your slow cooker with 2 cups of water. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4. I always cook on high because I’m usually pressed for time, and my squash always cooks fully in 3 hours. When finished, let cool on a cutting board for about 30 minutes. Then carefully slice in half longwise and scrape out the seeds. When seeds are removed, scrap the stringy squash into a big bowl.
To make the squash easier to cut, you can poke holes all over the squash and microwave for 3-4 minutes. Otherwise just begin by cutting off the stem. Then carefully slice longwise, this can be a bit difficult. Scrape out seeds. Place on a baking sheet skin side down. You can brush the top with a little olive oil and salt and pepper if you like. Bake at 375 degrees for 45-60 minutes.
Microwave (we don’t have one, and I really have an aversion to microwaves…but here it is just in case you need it. it is a very quick option.
If leaving the squash whole, poke holes all over. I am “bolding” poke holes because if you don’t poke enough you will have an explosion and a mess. Or, cut off the stem, slice longwise, and remove the seeds. Microwave for 10-15 minutes (depending on how powerful your microwave is) until tender/soft. If you left squash whole, let it cool a bit, slice, and remove seeds. Finally, either way, scrap out the delicious spaghetti strands.
This is what you DONT want to happen in your microwave… Hahaha..but funny to see as long as it’s not you cleaning up!
Now for delicious “spaghetti” recipes. I promise these recipes will satisfy any desire you may have for real spaghetti.