Spaghetti Squash


Upon coming to SUU and living with 6 girls who also aren't on meal plans, you come to find that you learn a lot from each other. One thing I have recently become familiar with is the beauty of squash noodles. 

Over consumption of carbohydrates can have negative effects on your body, and can lead to weight gain because, depending on the class of carb, they do contain a lot of sugar. But we're in college and pasta is so cheap and easy to make? Why not just live off of pasta? We will be full longer, and have a lot of extra money on our hands. If we over consume in carbs, money is not the only thing we will have extra of, the freshman 15 will start becoming prevalent too. 

Now, I am not saying pasta is bad, and we can never eat it because we can and we do. Not all carbs are bad and have negative effects on our bodies, they are just something you need to be watchful of. We need carbs in our diet. They are the primary energy source in the body that powers our muscles, brain, and blood cells. The MyPlate suggestion for carbohydrate consumption is that a little over 1/4 of your plate should be whole grains. So, in a round about way, if you are going to consume pasta, do so with whole grains because those will provide much more nutrients and vitamins than consuming normal flour, egg, and olive oil based pastas. 

That was an extra long intro to the topic that I wanted to talk about today, and that is SQUASH NOODLES. I had never known the beauty of the squash noodle until I moved to Cedar City UT. All of my roommates eat squash noodles on the daily. They are such a great food and so so easy to make! Squash is a vegetable that is full of vitamins and minerals in its whole state. You can use them as a side or main course in any dish. Squash noodles are a wonderful substitute to any flour based noodles, and are a more nutrient dense and healthier choice. 

Basically, all you need to do is slice the squash into disk shapes, place them on a cookie sheet with olive oil, and salt and pepper, and bake them in the oven. When they are done, you use two forks and the squash literally peels away from the skin in noodle like strands. They taste delicious and you can use them in anything. Because squash noodles come from a vegetable, they are classified in the vegetable portion of your MyPlate. Any nutritionist anywhere is always telling us to eat more vegetables, and now you know one more delicious way to do so!



Easiest Squash Noodle Recipe
What you need:
- Medium Size Squash
- Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Large Knife
- Cutting Board

Pre heat oven on bake (because there isn't another option in my apt) at 375. 
On the cutting board, slice the squash horizontally, into inch thick disk slices. Next, dig out and dispose of the seeds in the center, leaving you with just the tough outside ring. Next, simply place on a cookie sheet and cover each disk with olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
Bake the Squash, until the disks become tender and can easily pull apart from the skin, usually around 15-25 minutes. Watch them carefully, do not over cook.
When finished, simply take two forks, one to hold it in place and the other is used to peel away the "noodles." 
You can then serve right away with any sauces and meat combination, or store in an air tight container to have easy access to throughout your busy week. 


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