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  • Writer's pictureRaya Singh

Spaghetti Squash and its health benefits

I wanted to try a recipe that I saw on a video, and now I am sharing it with you. But before I write down this recipe, I wanted to tell you about how healthy it is to add Squash to our meals.



Squash is a fantastic vegetable that isn't just tasty, but also great for our bodies. Here are some compelling reasons why you should definitely make room for squash in your meals:


Health Benefits:


Squash is as a nature's multivitamin!


You won't have any guilt while enjoying squash because it's quite low in calories; it's like your belly's trusty companion. Loaded with fiber, it ensures your stomach operates smoothly and keeps things moving along. Moreover, squash is rich in potassium, a fantastic nutrient for our hearts. Another wonderful feature is its beta-carotene content, which our bodies convert into vitamin A, benefiting our eyesight.


Another great quality of squash is that it has lots of water, which helps keep us hydrated. Staying hydrated is essential for feeling good and staying healthy. It also contains manganese, which helps to build strong bones, making sure they stay sturdy and healthy.


All the vitamins and antioxidants in squash are like a spa treatment for our skin. They can help protect it from damage and keep it looking fresh. Some special things in squash is that it can help us to fight inflammation in our bodies.


Last but not least, squash just tastes amazing! There are different types like butternut, acorn, spaghetti, and zucchini, so you can enjoy a variety of flavors.


So, the next time you see squash at the grocery store or your local market, don't hesitate to grab some. It's a tasty and easy way to take care of your body and stay healthy.


Recipe:


Enjoy this easy recipe that I tried and its fantastic and super easy!


Ingredients:


  • 1 medium-sized squash cut in half

  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 21 seasoning salute from Trader Joe’s

Instructions:


Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).


Prepare the Squash: Carefully cut it in half lengthwise using a sharp knife. Be cautious, as the squash can be quite tough to cut through.


Remove Seeds: Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and the stringy pulp from the center of each squash half. You can discard the seeds or save them for roasting later if you like.


Season the Squash: Drizzle about 1-1.5 tablespoons of olive oil over each squash half, making sure to coat the entire surface. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, and with some seasoning. If you like, you can also sprinkle on some garlic powder or dried herbs for added flavor.


Place on Baking Sheet: Place the seasoned squash halves, cut side down, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. This allows the squash to steam and cook evenly.


Roast in the Oven: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast the squash for about 30-35 minutes, or until the squash flesh is tender and easily pierced with a fork. Cooking times may vary depending on the size of your squash, so start checking for doneness around the 30-minute mark.


Scrape the "Spaghetti": Once the squash is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly. Then, take a fork and gently scrape the flesh of the squash, starting from the outer edges and working your way toward the center. The flesh will come apart in long strands resembling spaghetti.


Serve:


Transfer the spaghetti squash strands to a serving dish. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil, if desired, and season with additional salt and pepper to taste. You can also top it with grated Parmesan cheese for extra flavor.


Your oven-roasted spaghetti squash is now ready to serve as a healthy and delicious side dish. Enjoy!


See me prepare it on my TikTok video:


With Love,







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