I have been taking full advantage of all of the summer produce this year. One of my favorite vegetables to eat is spaghetti squash because it is so versatile. It can be used in place of spaghetti, completely eliminating the need to purchase gluten-free pasta to replace regular pasta. It can be used in soups in place of noodles. I love to use it in a veggie stir fry with whatever vegetables I have on hand that are just waiting to be prepared.
First, I want to quickly go over how to cook a spaghetti squash. The squash can be cooked in the oven or the microwave. I tend to use the microwave to cook it on most occasions. Simply cut the squash in half. Take care to not hurt yourself, this can be hard. I use a kitchen towel to help brace the squash and protect my hand. Scoop out the seeds. Place squash cut side down in a Pyrex dish and add 1/4 – 1/2 cup of water. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the microwave for 10 minutes. Allow squash to cool and then remove the “spaghetti strands” using a fork. The strands or squash may be stored in the refrigerator for later use if desired.
Spaghetti Squash Stir Fry
1-2 cups of cooked spaghetti squash
1 zucchini, chopped
1 red or orange bell pepper
Frank’s Red Hot
Fresh ground pepper
1. Spray a saute pan with Pam and heat to medium.
2. Add zucchini and pepper to pan and cook for 5-7 minutes (you do not want them to be soggy)
3. Turn up the heat and add spaghetti squash. Continue stirring until cooked & browning.
4. Season with Red Hot, salt & pepper and serve.
What I love about stir fry is that you can make it your own. You can choose to add whatever ingredients you want. Leftover meat & veggies work great in a stir fry. Use as a side dish or serve in a gluten-free wrap, on a salad or over rice. The possibilities are endless.
Some other add-ins that I like to use:
Now that fall is here, another way I like to serve the spaghetti squash is with Honey Baked Lentils on top. This meal makes me feel warm & cozy. The lentils provide protein & fiber, so pair with a salad or some gluten-free toast and you have a nice meal.