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Spaghetti squash

Every week me and the kids take a trip to story time at the local Barnes and Nobles. This gets us out of the house for a bit, and gives me a chance to hit up the farmers market around the corner afterwards. I love taking the kids to the farmers market and letting them help me pick what we should buy in hopes that they’ll eat more fruits and veggies.

This past week I came across spaghetti squash! Although I’ve seen this numerous times on Pinterest, I’ve always bit a intimidated to try it. Replace my carbs with squash? Why on earth would I want to do that? Turns out carbs are the enemy! Lol Well I decided to finally take the plunge, and for only $2, what did I have to lose? So off I went on my merry little way, ready to tackle the infamous spaghetti squash!

Of course, first thing I did was hit up Pinterest for some recipes on how to cook this bad boy! I decided I would try and make chicken Parmesan with spaghetti squash and I found the perfect recipe here at Modern Alternative Mama. I grabbed my squash and got to work.

20121115-132522.jpg The recipe stated it would be hard to cut in half and boy was she right! I think my arm was actually sore from cutting this. Pathetic, I know. It took a few minutes but I got finally got it cut.

20121115-132659.jpg Then, with the advice of a friend I took all the seeds out like a cantaloupe. Then I cooked it. I did 350 degrees for an hour on a cookie sheet. I laid it on a bed of water, which I assume helps it steam. When it was done I let it cool and took a fork to it to make the “spaghetti”. From all the pictures and recipes I have always came across, I was under the impression that it was going to be long and stringy, like spaghetti. Although it was very stringy it reminded me more of grains rather than noodles. My daughter actually thought it was rice.

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While the squash was cooking I went ahead and make my chicken Parmesan. A simple basic recipe I just threw together myself. I coated the chicken with egg and breadcrumbs, which I then fried up (So healthy, I know but hey, baby steps right?). Once the chicken pieces were cooked, I laid them on a cookie sheet topped with grated mozzarella and put them in the over for a few minutes until the cheese was melted.

20121115-134052.jpgAnd here, is the finish product!!

In the end I actually ended up liking the spaghetti squash. It had a bit of crunch and added a little bit of sweetness to the dish, but pretty much took on the flavor of the red sauce. All in all, great recipe and a great way for me to get back into my healthy eating habits!

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