Spaghetti squash is an excellent alternative to standard pasta. With its unique texture, this food can be incorporated into many recipes. With only 42 calories and less than 0.5 grams of fat per cup, it’s an excellent and versatile substitute recipe base for those who are on weight management plans or avoiding gluten, notes Livestrong. Try it baked, with herbs and sauces, or in fritters for tonight’s dinner!
These seven recipes offer some delicious ideas for the preparation of a spaghetti squash dinner.
1. Spicy Spaghetti Squash with Black Beans
This is a wonderful method of preparation for those who enjoy their dinner with a spicy kick. Try serving the spiced meat of the squash in each half of the shell for an exceptional and unique presentation. The dish can be prepared one day ahead of time and preheated prior to serving. This recipe from Whole Foods yields four servings and takes about 45 minutes to complete.
- 1 medium spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ cup chopped red onion
- 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
- ½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 cup cooked black beans
- ½ cup sweet corn, frozen or fresh
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ⅓ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Arrange squash in a large baking dish, cut-sides down. Pour ½ cup water into the dish and bake until just tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Rake with a fork to remove flesh in strands, leaving the shell intact for stuffing.
For the filling, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, jalapeño and bell pepper and cook for 2 minutes or until soft. Add beans, corn and chili powder; cook, stirring frequently, 1 minute longer. Add cooked squash, cilantro, lime juice, and salt; cook 1 minute until heated through.
Fill squash halves with filling, mounding mixture in the center.