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Old Wed, Mar-09-16, 11:44
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Default Spaghetti Squash variations

One of the nice things about going low-carb...at least for me, is discovering vegetables you never knew that you love. Mine is spaghetti squash. It's so versatile. My husband, who's a fellow low carber and a retired Chef came up with a couple of ideas to add to cooked spaghetti squash. Both are equally yummy but completely different in taste.

Preheat oven to 350^. Stab the squash a few times with a large sharp knife and put it on a baking sheet. Bake for at least an hour or until the knife pokes through like butter. Cut it in half, remove the seeds and strand off with a fork.

Now you've got your choice. Do you feel like something sweet? or something cheesy?

Cinnamon-Spice butter:

1/2 stick of butter
1 1/2 tablespoons Splenda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg


Melt butter, Splenda, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg in small saucepan over medium heat. Toss the squash with the spiced butter.

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Garlic-herb Cheese butter:

1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
1 clove garlic, chopped

Melt butter, Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, chopped oregano and chopped garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat. Toss with the squash.
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Old Fri, Apr-01-16, 14:03
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Yay spaghetti squash! Both recipes sound simple and delicious.

By the way, mine cooks just fine in the microwave. Stab it a few times, and pop the whole thing in the microwave for about 12 minutes. It's hot to handle, but cut it in half, carefully scoop out the seeds without getting too much of the good stuff. Fork out the "spaghetti" and you're in business. Quicker than the meat can get done on the grill!

Yummy.
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Old Fri, Apr-01-16, 16:25
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i usually stab and microwave them, too

those recipes sound great- i have loved savory uses for them for 11 years, when i first discovered them. But just year at channukah tried a sweet dish, i made a kugel (jewish noodle casserole). it is similiar to your cinnamon recipe, but uses eggs to bind. i loved it- will have try your recipe next

they make great latkes/ "fritters", as well.
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Old Fri, Apr-01-16, 18:48
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I'm a stab and nuker, too.

But you have to be sure to stab all the way in, and make enough pokes all over the squash. The first time I did one that way, I had a squash explosion in my microwave.

That was NOT fun.
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But you have to be sure to stab all the way in, and make enough pokes all over the squash.
An excellent detail to mention! The stabbing part requires a sharp knife, manual dexterity, and great care!
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Old Tue, Nov-22-16, 02:49
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This looks yummy Laura! I was here looking for just what you suggested.
On another note, I have been microwaving several varieties of squash and I never poke or stab them. I just place the squash in a glass dish, put tiny bit of water in the bottom, cover with saran wrap, microwave 20 minutes for a large squash, let it sit and cool for a bit then cut into it. Easy and I never have to deal with terrible task of stabbing the squash.
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Old Tue, Nov-22-16, 08:28
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I use a mallet to cut the squash and then clean out the seeds. Then instead of using saran wrap, I cover my big corning ware bowl with an inverted plate. I do about 1/2 a med. squash at a time. In my microwave, I need just 3-4 minutes and I let the squash rest covered for 10 minutes or until I remember it. I do add about 1-2 Tbl of water to the bowl.
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