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Squash it With Gluten Free Spaghetti

by: Carol Giambri

Imagine eating spaghetti and not "worrying" about calories?" When you hear the word "spaghetti" if you are on a diet you may be thinking "darn." High in calories.  For some maybe but not for all.  Guess what?  Now I can tell you about a spaghetti that is low in calories.  And, it comes from the garden.  Get ready to fool your friends and family and getting them to love your low calorie dish.  First, I have to admit I'm addicted and in love. How about you?

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Give me Spaghetti or Squash?

Imagine eating spaghetti and squash. It is possible. Have you heard of Acorn and Butternut Squash?  Now there is Spaghetti Squash.  It is low in calories.  You can prepare with your favorite sauce too. 

Spaghetti?

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…Squash

Give me color…

Which color? Ivory or yellow are the most common colors of this Spaghetti Squash.  The yellow ones vary and doesn't mean it is not ripe like a green banana may mean to some.  They are just a different shade or variety perhaps.  You may find pale, medium or what I call sun gold yellow colors.  Ever thought of decorating with a squash? See them in your kitchen or table.  Let their colors compliment your existing decor.

Falling in love…

Organics is always my first choice when buying or eating.  However, I don't get fanatical that I can't eat something that has never become organic yet. I have an opened heart and mind to what goes into my mouth.

Low calories…

Ditch the calories!  One cup of cooked Spaghetti Squash is ONLY 42 calories!  Are you ready to have some today? The great news is that I bet your weight loss program will endorse this too.  It is also nutritional and makes a nice addition to your winter meals.

Weight loss program?

If you are on a weight loss program and want to eat pasta, here's one that would be a great choice and easy to prepare too.  If you haven't caught on to my writings yet I am about simple, fast, healthy and not be a slave to the kitchen, pots, pans or an oven.  Or, call it "simple healthy living" that would include too budget saving and shopping.

Shop local…

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Buy Local

Maybe your local farm is Mary.  Support local.  Look for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) places.  It is a way for consumers to buy fresh, local, seasonal foods from the farmer.  Search online for your area.  Ask health food stores or chains like Whole Foods for help. 

Are you shopping at…

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Take the kids shopping…

Train up a kid when they are young so they will be thirsty to try more fresh fruits and vegetables as they grow up.  Take them with you shopping. Make it a game.  Teach them about the different colors, how to use this produce and help them name them too.  There are many kinds of squashes they can choose from.  Let them help in the kitchen.  How about planting some squash?  Make it a kids garden. If no garden, how about a community garden?

Where's the spaghetti…

The only way to get eat the spaghetti strands is to cook it. 

1. Oven baked

2.  In pot

Leaving behind the meatballs…

I do make meatballs but today we are focused on spaghetti.  What is coming up? Spaghetti and meatball talk.  Watch for upcoming coaching programs where I pull back the curtain to my "meatless" days. 

Reflecting and Acting…I shared this amazing winter squash that is low in calories, a vegetable, fun for the kids to enjoy eating and being creative at the table with. It is Spaghetti Squash. It's gluten free spaghetti and pasta.  We haven't even gotten around to talking about meatballs yet.   Keep coming back for more. We will continue talking about squash again.   How about involving kids or adults into being creative with the spaghetti strands?  Add some to your salad with your favorite dressing.

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Carol Giambri is a gardening expert, a health nut,  photography addict and frugal shopping supporter of recycled buying.   She hunts for rare and unique shapes of fruits and veggies.  From worm composting, which is a new desire, to homemade cleaning products, eating edible weeds, coaching programs, speaking, copy writing content for blogs, green/recycle talk, dogs and helping her hubby, she loves encouraging people.  Carol plans to write several books on healthy living and gardening.  A pet book may be forthcoming as many have gone to heaven and no regrets on any who were adopted.

 

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pat November 3, 2011 at 11:10 am

Spaghetti Squash is one of my favorites.  Now if my family only liked it as much as I do I would cook it more often.

Anastasiya Day November 3, 2011 at 11:21 am

Carol, I love Spaghetti but will need to try Spaghetti Squash! :)

Carol Giambri November 3, 2011 at 11:38 am

Anastasiya, the blessing about this for me it is low calorie. I would add your favorite sauce as it is bland alone. It is a very thick hard shell so want to allow time for this not to be immediate. Let me know if you have questions.

Carol Giambri November 3, 2011 at 11:39 am

Pat, wow, one of your favorites. Low calorie is surely a blessing. I always add my favorite sauce to compensate for the bland flavor. However low calorie is a gift from the garden.

Beau Henderson November 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

This is a great idea.  Would love to try some.

Sherie November 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Sounds delicious, Carol!  My family needs to eat gluten free, so we will be sure to give this a try!! Thanks!

Carol Giambri November 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Sherie, Glad you found out about your families best diet. We are not restricted here. Glad this can help. It’s also simple to make but the cooking or baking time is the longer process. It is delicious but warning: add your favorite sauce to this bland dish.

Carol Giambri November 3, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Beau, the beauty is it low in calories. Who doesn’t want to enjoy and go low calorie route?

Sue November 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Carol…Love the article.. Going to try this very soon!   My hubby has a ton of squash!

Jennifer Bennett November 3, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Love this Carol!  I need to try this too!  And yes, I too love to shop at Farmer's Markets!  Thanks for another great article!
 

Carol Giambri November 3, 2011 at 11:08 pm

HI Jennifer, Thanks for your comments. Been giving everyone warning: use your favorite sauce after scooping out the spaghetti strands to spruce up the taste. Enjoy. I love Farmer’s Market’s too. Ah, thanks for compliment.

Carol Giambri November 3, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Thanks Sue. Lucky you hubby has tons of squash. They do last a long time. Wow. Hope you enjoy this low calorie squash. The pain is the time it takes to cook, but worth it in the long run.

michele November 4, 2011 at 9:04 am

Love spaghetti squash Carol. Fun article :-) I love the info you share!

Annemarie Cross November 4, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Wow Carol, I love spaghetti, and to think your recipe has only 42 calories. Great!!! thanks for sharing.

Jennifer Luna November 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Carol, you are writing about what I'm thinking about! I was just talking to my coach Crystal Oconnor, and was telling her that next year I wanted to have a farmers market on a piece of land we own. I hope I can be inspired by you, it looks like you have a good grip on your information. Have a great weekend. I Love your Spaghetti idea! Thanks for sharing.

Carrie Raab November 4, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Great timing for me to read this article!  I was just talking about how I love this time of year and that we get to fore go the spaghetti noodles for our squash "spaghetti."  It is delicious and so good for you!  Thanks for this lovely post!  Keep blessing and helping others!

Carol Giambri November 4, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Wow, Carrie, Glad I am an on time person for ya. Remember to add more flavor to the spaghetti to spice it up as super bland. Some Italian seasons and sauce would be yum to this low calorie veggie. Enjoy!

Carol Giambri November 4, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Annemarie, Isn't it nice to know we can eat our spaghetti and forget the calories as this one is super low. Maybe lower than a carrot? Glad to share!

Carol Giambri November 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Michele, I love the "flower expert wisdom" you share and since I am addicted to flowers and photography among my other photo addictions your rock my socks off.  It was a fun post to write and glad you enjoyed it.  I still would love to come stroll down your blocks and pick figs and leaves off the trees in your neighborhood. 

Carol Giambri November 4, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Pat, try fooling the family.  Lots of sauce and seasonings can help tons.  Keep enjoying it even if they don't.  It's only 42 calories…see my post.  Sometimes we have to eat for our body and can't manage others. If they are tiny kids around then a different story.  Make spaghetti and fresh salad. Making self hungry here.  Enjoy.

Carol Giambri November 4, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Jennifer L, wow own land. Awesome for farmer’s market idea. Check with county/city for regs. We too are on land but not to market our goods. Nothing like super healthy families talk. Been into this for decades so comes easy. I sure hope I can inspire you too. Glad to share. Not familiar with Crystal Oconnor. Would you buy the produce or grow own to sell? Super hard to be grower for many in quantity. Hope you are talking organics too. Start your own plants indoors? Greenhouse? Go girl!

Pat Moon November 5, 2011 at 10:46 am

Carol, I love spaghetti squash but forget to have it.  Thanks for the article and reminder.  I am going to quote you with this:  "Train up a kid when they are young so they will be thirsty to try more fresh fruits and vegetables as they grow up."  Great article!

denny hagel November 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Spaghetti squash is new to me but now will be on the look out for it!! Thanks! Love the new ideas you bring to my life Carol!

Carol Giambri November 6, 2011 at 9:48 am

Pat, go enjoy spaghetti squash, low calorie, use your favorite sauce and seasonings and love it.

Carol Giambri November 6, 2011 at 9:49 am

Denny, so many different winter squashes you would be shocked. More to come. Yeah, now enjoy a low calorie spaghetti with your favorite sauce. Thanks for sharing.

Anne (Annie) Berryhill November 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I LOVE spaghetti squash so much! In fact, I was not a big squash eater growing up, but I use it all the time now!
Its great how it is so filling and makes for a great, low-glycemic alternative to flour/gluten pasta!
Great Post Carol!

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