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Squash instead of pasta or rice

Monday, April 22, 2013

If you're having dinner and you're having pasta or rice for a nice carby base to soak up a sauce, try squash instead. A cup of rice or pasta is about 200 calories, while the same amount of squash is 40-80 calories.

I cook squash by putting it in the microwave for 1 min. to soften it up, then slice it in half, scoop out the seeds, and place cut side down on a plate with a little water. Microwave for 10 min. depending on your settings. Season it with cinnamon or garlic, or top it with sauce.


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    I bought a spaghetti squash. Will cook it Thursday for dinner. It will be a new experience. Blood sugar friendly for me. YAY! Good blog. I will let you know what I think of it. Thank you for posting. I know it takes up time. But it is fun!! emoticon emoticon
    1782 days ago
    Thanks for the ideas! emoticon emoticon
    1789 days ago
    I haven't had spaghetti squash in ages...I should get some. Thanks for the reminder.
    1789 days ago
  • STR458
    I was just noticing acorn squash while stocking up vegetable bin. I completely forgot squash this winter?! Thanks for reminding me. emoticon
    1789 days ago
    We eat squash about once a week.
    1789 days ago
    An academy award for your son for Best Supporting Actor! LOL! I really enjoyed your vlog and the information on squash.

    Like your son, my DH was hesitant to eat spaghetti squash, but has had it without complaining when served with marinara sauce as you suggested. He still isn't a squash fan, but does like pumpkin so I have substituted butternut squash a few times without notifying him (my bad!). He really loves crustless pumpkin pie so I have been using the condensed milk recipe using the fat free milk version with egg beaters.

    1789 days ago
    Here's a quote from the article about carbs in squash:

    One cup of cooked pasta contains 42 grams of carbohydrates, making it a high-energy, yet high-carbohydrate option. Spaghetti squash contains 10 grams of carbohydrates per cup. If you are diabetic or following a low-carbohydrate diet, choosing spaghetti squash over pasta can significantly reduce your carbohydrate intake.

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    1789 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/23/2013 7:58:08 AM
  • CARRIE1948
    Aren't there a lot of carbs in the squash?
    1789 days ago
    I LOVE squashes! We slice them up into quarters or eights, coat with some olive oil, crack some kosher salt on it, then roast in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes till they're soft with a nice brown scald. Double yum!

    Slice off the peels, cut them into bite size chunks, then add some protein (chicken, beef, whatever you've got.

    Oh yeah, we roast the squash with some carrots & onions, then mix them all up
    1790 days ago
    Acorn Squash is awesome! Okay so before I started eating healthy.. I loved to eat it with butter, brown sugar, and bacon pieces that I shredded.. oooh sooo good. The thing is.. I have eaten acorn squash since eating healthier but I have just put a tad of butter and brown sugar.. no bacon.. but I might actually add turkey bacon in the future not real bacon.

    Now that's just my thing for acorn squash, but I really should branch out to other squashes ... it will get me away from the butter, bacon, and brown sugar trio LOL
    1790 days ago
  • CAROL494
    1790 days ago
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