Some of my friends have asked me what I do with all the produce I grow in my garden… It’s simple – we eat it! What we can’t eat, we share with family and neighbors. Besides, one of the best reasons to garden is for the exercise. Along with that goes the added benefit of eating lighter.
For example, today I baked my spaghetti squash. I simply cut into the squash so it could release steam (so it won’t explode). I placed it on a baking sheet and baked it at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. You must test for tenderness with a knife as you go so that you don’t overcook the squash.
Once the squash is baked, take it out to cool. When it is cool to the touch, slice the squash in half. You will see lots of seeds and some membrane.
Scoop the seeds and membrane out with a spoon.
Once the seeds and membrane are removed you can take a fork and scoop out the squash. It will resemble spaghetti noodles.
Now get creative! You can use the spaghetti squash just like you would noodles and serve it with spaghetti sauce, olive oil, and some lean meat of your choice. I like to add some fresh oregano leaves for flavor. The food network has a great selection of recipes to try at http://www.foodnetwork.com/topics/spaghetti-squash-recipes.html.
Or, you can take a turn at an Asian dish and use the spaghetti squash like you would noodles. How about Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai with shrimp? Find the recipe at http://sharedappetite.com/recipes/spaghetti-squash-pad-thai/.
Have fun with your harvest and try new things. You and your family might be quite surprised by the result!