I’m always looking for ways to make a staple dish new. Something to spice it up, give it a different texture and make something that had become boring interesting. Take chicken parmesan. Delicious, but boring after a while. So why not make mushroom parmesan. Substitute the chicken for a portobello mushroom. It’s beyond delicious and no longer makes this dish boring.
So here’s another. Spaghetti. Yes, spaghetti can always be spiced up some more. Different meats, sauces, spices, etc. But what’s the one thing you cannot change? The pasta. So, here’s something new. Squash Spaghetti. No noodles this time. Just squash.
1. Cut squash in half length wise, scoop out seeds and place cut side down on a rim baking pan. Fill the bottom for about a half inch of water. Bake on the middle rack for about 50 minutes. You know it is done when the flesh is tender enough to shred easily.
2. Remove the squash and let it cool enough to handle. With a fork, scrape the inside of the squash into a large bowl, it will look like spaghetti, hence the name.
3. I like to keep recipes like this, which is already healthy, simple. Along with the spaghetti squash, add in olive oil, salt & pepper and a cheese of your choice (I prefer feta with this). To make the spaghetti more filling and flavorful add fish. I think shrimp would be the perfect choice.
This is definitely a spin on spaghetti and pasta. Something new, something fresh. Try it, and you’ll be searching for ways to spice up the dishes you are so bored of making… and eating. Enjoy!
*Photos courtesy of Sprouted Kitchen