Hi everyone! Autumn harvest is my favorite time of the year due to the abundance of squash. Squash are a misunderstood breed, in my opinion. If you are like me, you were introduced to them as a kid through those frozen blocks that melted into mush. There wa nothing tasty nor delightful about them at all. No wonder many people still don't like these wonderfully nutritious gems.
Here is a recipe I developed that highlights the delicate and marvelous taste of spaghetti squash. When cooked, this squash resembles spaghetti strands, hence its name. I highly recommend steaming it to keep as many nutrients as possible. Steaming also preserves the unique texture and taste more than other cooking methods. I find that to be true, anyways.
I highly recommend either getting an electric knife or a very sharp serrated knife to cut this squash up. This suggestion actually applies to all squash types. To say you will get a good arm workout when preparing this tasty food category is an understatement.
Herbed Spaghetti Squash & Veggies
Medium spaghetti squash, cut into chunks
1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced
1 broccoli stalk, peeled and cut
1 small onion, peeled and sliced
½ cup black beans, cooked
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 T Italian seasoning or rosemary, thyme, basil mixture
Place 1” of water into the bottom of a dutch oven on stove top.
Put steamer basket into pan.
Turn heat to medium level.
Place squash and veggies into steamer.
Cover and cook for about 15 minutes.
(NOTE: Unlike many recipes found nowadays, it is true that you can enjoy squash in less than 20 minutes when using a high temperature cooking method like steaming.)
Test for doneness by poking veggies with a knife or fork.
Remove pan from heat.
Let cool until veggie temperature is easy to handle.
Remove squash and place onto cutting board.
Find a 9”x12” baking dish or other appropriate serving dish.
Remove squash flesh from peel with a spoon or fork.
Place flesh into serving vessel.
Add veggies, beans, and spices to the cooked squash.
Taste. Add more spices, if desired.
Serve warm as a side or main dish.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in your refrigerator.