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Bountiful Harvest

Spaghetti Squash Paradise bountiful harvest

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.

squash to bake

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.

squash is baked

 

Scoop the seeds and membrane out with a spoon.

scoop seeds in squash

Once the seeds and membrane are removed you can take a fork and scoop out the squash.  It will resemble spaghetti noodles.

squash done

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!

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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2 Comments

  1. I love all squash but spaghetti squash are so versatile. I found them while in Weight Watchers. Enjoy. Thanks for your interest.

  2. I’ve never seen a squash like that before! I would love to grow one. My butternut squash seedlings have not long germinated. I can’t wait to eat them…

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