Elder Care Recipes: Spaghetti Squash “Pasta” Dinner

Elder Care in Arvada CO

There is nothing quite like the comfort and warmth of a big pasta dinner to create feelings of bonding, togetherness, and nurturing when sitting down with your elderly loved ones for dinner. With Elder Care in Arvada COthe goal of giving your seniors the highest quality nutrition possible within your elder care plan, however, it can sometimes to be hard to justify all of the carbohydrates and calories of a big plate of pasta.

Spaghetti squash is an amazing gourd that lets you enjoy the feeling and flavor of pasta without the heaviness, calories, or excess carbs. Containing high level of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, spaghetti squash is an extremely healthy food, but it also has the unique feature of flesh that breaks down into long, thin strings very similar to spaghetti after it is cooked.

This recipe shows you how to create a delicious meal that has the feel and taste of your favorite pasta dinner, but with nutrition that makes you feel good about giving your aging loved ones that second helping.


What You Will Need

• 2 whole spaghetti squash

• 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil

• Baking sheet

• Aluminum foil

• Sauce pot

• 2 cloves of garlic

• 1 Vidalia onion

• 1 tablespoon of basil

• 2 tablespoons of fresh ground black pepper

• 2 tablespoons of salt

• 1 large can of petite diced tomatoes

• 1 small can of pureed tomatoes

• 1 kitchen spoon

• 1 teaspoon of sugar

• 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning mix


What to Do

• Preheat the oven to 450 degrees

• Split the squashes in half

• Scrape out the seeds

• Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil

• Season the spaghetti squash with half of your olive oil, salt, and pepper

• Place flesh side down on the aluminum foil

• Roast for 30 to 40 minutes

• Put the remainder of your olive oil in the saucepan and put on medium heat

• Peel the skin off of your onion and chop off the ends

• Dice the onions

• Place the onions into the sauce pan and stir occasionally

• Remove skin from your garlic and cut off ends

• Using the blunt side of the knife with the sharp end facing away, smash the garlic with the palm of your hand

• Dice the garlic

• Once the onions have turned a translucent color, add in the garlic

• Allow the garlic to cook until fragrant and mix with the onions

• Open the cans of puree and petite diced tomatoes

• Pour the can of pureed tomatoes into the sauce pan

• Pour the can of petite diced tomatoes into the sauce pan and stir until mixed

• Add in the salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and basil

• Mix well

• Add in sugar to taste

• Mix and taste. Add in additional seasonings to taste.

• Reduce the heat to low

• Once the squash is removed from the oven, allow it to cool enough to handle

• Using a large kitchen spoon, scrap the strands of the squash from the inside of the skin

• Toss the spaghetti squash in with the sauce and allow to get warm

• Remove spaghetti squash and sauce and plate for serving


If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elder care services near Arvada, CO, please contact Visiting Angels at 303-232-9999.

About Greg Elliott

Greg Elliott founded the Visiting Angels’ office in 2008 after a successful, twenty year career in pharmaceutical sales and management. The original office was located in Lakewood, and has since been relocated to Wheat Ridge to accommodate our ever-expanding team.

“Our goal is to allow Seniors to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. The service that we provide is truly rewarding, and I love the time I get to spend meeting Seniors in our community.”

Greg is a proud graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He currently resides in Arvada, and loves spending time with his wife and son and their Australian Shepherd . When not at the office, Greg enjoys travel, skiing, golf and fly-fishing.

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