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How to Make Spaghetti Squash with BiPro

By Jenna Stangland, MS, RD, LDN - Guest blogger

If you’ve never had spaghetti squash I’m not going to tell you it tastes like fresh pasta from your grandma in Italy or a delicate angel hair; it’s a vegetable, not a processed grain. BUT it’s a pretty awesome substitute and very popular in the paleo community if that’s your jam. Some bites do have a bit of crunchiness to them, but you can’t slurp an entire bowlful like Lady and the Tramp without a little bit of texture. That’s what makes squash such an appealing and fun vegetable with versatility for those creative chefs out there.

How to make it:

  1. For starters, you need to hunt this squash down. Spaghetti squash are the oval, smooth-skinned yellow guys in the squash pile, probably weighing in between 3 and 5 pounds depending on where you live and where you found your squash.
  2. To prepare it, you could hack into its super hard, thick, uncooperative skin, and then add oil so that it doesn’t dry out; or you can do what skilled kitchen people do which is bake or roast it whole. Or… you could employ the strategy that myself and unskilled kitchen people do, which is microwave it! Roasting in the oven takes around 45 to 55 minutes at 375 degrees. Microwaving the squash may take anywhere from 8 to 12 minutes depending on the power of your appliance.
  3. Scrape out the spaghetti. The squash is its own self-contained steamer unit. (Nature is so smart!) The flesh steams and stays moist without having to add oil, and when it’s done easily slice through and then scrape out the spaghetti-like flesh with a fork.
  4. Flavor up your spaghetti. You can add whatever you want – a little olive oil, black pepper, garlic, parmesan cheese, etc. Then top the spaghetti with a BiPro sauce because it won’t be a balanced meal unless you have a protein! The sauce is quite simple and taken from this Baked Ziti recipe. Combine 3-4 cups of spaghetti sauce with 1/3 cup unflavored BiPro whey protein isolate, mix with a wire whisk and then heat before topping on your spaghetti squash!
  5. Take a photo of your concoction and share it with us on Twitter @BiProUSA.

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