One of the foods that I believe we were all a little afraid to try was spaghetti squash. All of us have texture issues when it comes to these beautiful little fruits. The general consensus is that it’s string, mushy and just plain awful. Numerous prior attempts to incorporate zucchini, non-dessert pumpkin, acorn or yellow squash into our diet have failed miserably.
BUT WE MISS “PASTA NIGHT”, SO…it is time to try squash once again.
Overall, once we got past the surprise that this little spaghetti squash was hard to cut through, preparing it for our meal was easier than expected. A little drizzle of olive oil and 35 minutes in the oven and we were good to go. Coupled with a homemade marinara sauce and colorful bell peppers and onions sauteed in a little olive oil this meal looked delectable poised upon our dinner plates.
As our family approached the dinner table that evening, I saw a hint of excitement in their eyes but it rapidly dissipated as they came to the realization that it was NOT spaghetti sitting on the plate but rather a new paleo friendly impostor. Prepared for the worst a HUGE, triple sized salad sat in the middle of the table, lying in wait, to become the main course.
As we sat there, most of us hesitating to begin our meal, our youngest son dug right in. He is our fearless one after all. We all watched intently, waiting for the moment of truth to arrive, just knowing he would spit his large bite back onto the plate in disgust. That moment never came.
One by one, we all tried a bite and one by one each of us began to smile. By the end of the meal all of us expressed our joyful satisfaction over this latest addition to our paleo menu. In fact, I have to say, I like this much better than grain based spaghetti. Who knew it would be this good?
Needless to say, I ate salad for lunch everyday that week!
FOOTNOTE: Spaghetti Squash has become our Wednesday night staple as I rush in later from work and need “fast food”. In order to cut the cooking time I have begun preparing my squash in the microwave. It takes about 6-7 minutes to cook and it just as wonderful as the one from the oven. With the shortened cooking time it is actually faster than boiling water and cooking the “old kind” of pasta products, it tastes better too!!!