Did you know that eating gluten is associated with fatigue, gas, bloating, vomiting, headaches, inability to concentrate, weight loss/gain, infertility, joint and muscle pain, depression and respiratory problems?
I cut gluten out of my diet over three years ago and I never looked back. I grew up with stomach issues, allergies and asthma, all which ceased once I took gluten and dairy out of my diet. I still ate gluten-free breads and pastas, but once I found out that these foods were no better for my health, I looked for alternatives. Enter spaghetti squash. This is my savior. I love pasta and this is a great alternative, plus it’s extremely easy to cook! It still contains sugars and carbohydrates; however, it has nutrients and won’t spike your blood sugar like regular pasta and bread do. It satisfies carb cravings and aids weight loss if chosen over regular pasta.
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1 medium spaghetti squash
Avocado oil or coconut oil*
Any spices and herbs you would like (I use garlic powder, onion powder, dried basil, dried oregano and red pepper flakes)
Sea salt and pepper
*these oils can withstand high heat. Other oils, such as olive oil, break down at high temperatures and actually produce carcinogenic compounds in the form of free radicals.
Preheat oven to 375 F
Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise (this can be difficult, so choose a good knife)
Scoop out seeds and pulp
Lay the squash with the exposed insides, face up in a pan
Drizzle oil on top, brush oil on all inside parts of the squash (may have to heat the coconut oil slightly if hardened)
Add desired spices and herbs
Cook for 30-40 minutes, check every 15 minutes and reapply oil if drying out
Squash is done when you can easily puncture a fork into inside part
Let cool for a 5-10 minutes
Run a fork from one side to the other, lengthwise, to separate the spaghetti strands
Transfer to plate and with almond slices and tomatoes
Add more sea salt and pepper to taste