Try a New Food – Spaghetti Squash

Home Care in Golden CO

Winter squashes such as butternut squash, acorn squash, and spaghetti squash are now in season and probably not too hard to find at local farmer’s markets and grocery stores.  Winter squashes Home-Care-Golden-COcan be prepared in a variety of ways and they are typically served as warm, comforting, seasonal dishes.  The spaghetti squash is a unique winter squash in that it can be used as a pasta substitute, transforming favorite pasta dishes into healthier alternatives.  If this oval-shaped, bright yellow squash is something you’d like to add to your weekly meal plan, read on for some more information about this versatile gourd.

How to Cook:

A spaghetti squash is very simple to cook.  The outer skin, however, is very thick and hard to cut through.  If cutting through the raw squash seems difficult, simply pierce the skin with a knife in several places all the way around it, place the whole squash on a baking sheet and place in the oven.  Bake it at 350 degrees for about 60 minutes, or longer if the squash is large.  When it is done, cut it in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and pulp from the center.  The “meat” of the squash can then be removed from the skin with a fork.  It looks just like spaghetti!

The other option for roasting a spaghetti squash involves cutting it in half lengthwise before placing it in the oven.  Once it is cut in half, remove the seeds and pulp and place each half face down on a baking sheet.  Bake it at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes.  Once it is done, the “spaghetti” part of the squash can be removed just as described above.

How it is Served:

The “spaghetti” part of the squash can be served any way traditional spaghetti can be served.  Top it with steamed veggies, olive oil and parmesan cheese for a light entrée, or cover it with your favorite meat sauce, marinara, or Alfredo sauce and enjoy as you would enjoy a big plate full of pasta!

Health Benefits:

Spaghetti squash is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, B vitamins, and potassium.  It is a healthier alternative to traditional white pasta as it is significantly lower in calories and higher in fiber.  It is a great choice for seniors who are looking to cut sugars and add more fiber to their diet.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care services near Golden, 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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