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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spaghetti Squash

When most of us thing of squash, we normally think of a warm stew. Probably why the spaghetti squash is part of what is called, the winter squash family. An other squash in that family is the acorn squash. Compared to many other people who use squash during the winter season, I reunite with the spaghetti squash in full spring, when wanting to eliminate all carbohydrates from my diet to get in shape for the summer months. Why is that?! Well, as it's name suggests, it resembles a lot like spaghetti, as it falls apart in strands when cooks. It can then be used to replace spaghetti. I usually make a chunky tomato sauce to put on top and then cover with cheese for added flavor.  Here's what I made the other night.

Without complicating things too much here's what I through together in the pot.
- 3 Carrots, cut in a small dice
- 3 branches of celery, cut in a small dice
- 1 medium sized onion, small diced
- 4-5 basil leaves, thinly sliced
- 3-4 garlic gloves, minced
- 1 can of diced canned tomatoes
Pour some olive oil in a medium sized saucepan and cook everything but the tomatoes. When the onions start becoming translucent, pour in the can of tomatoes and bring to a simmer. This sauce is best if left to simmer for just over an hour, to complete cooking of the carrots mostly and develop more flavors. During that time cook the squash.

 To do this you will need a large saucepan, half filled with water, bring the water to a boil. Cut the squash in half and spoon out the seeds. Cut the halves in half to make 4 quarters. Plunge the pieces of squash in the boiling water, making sure that the meat of the squash is submerged under water to cook properly. Cook the squash until a fork enters easily the flesh, similar to testing boiling potatoes. Once the cooking is done, take the pieces out of the water, being careful because these will be very hot. Handling the cooked squash with a dry towel, take a fork and scrape the flesh off the skin of the squash. It is fall apart and resemble spaghetti. To finish it off, simply stir the squash with some butter and a small amount of salt to taste.

Simply put some spaghetti squash on the plate, pour as much of the veggies on top as you would like, and then top with you favorite cheese. The cheese will melt nicely and will unite all the flavors. This vegetarian dish is one of my favorite dishes to make, and of course to eat! Hope you enjoy this dish soon!

Eat well, sleep well and till next time!


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