February 15, 2011

Spaghetti Squash with Pesto, Onions and Garlic

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There is a huge push in our house to eat healthy these days. I have been reading book after book about our food industry, the politics with our food system, farmers and of course, diets. There is so much information out there its hard to take focus on what is fact. 

I read the book Skinny Bi*tch and although I really liked the premise of the book, the message got lost with the forced idea that if you are not a vegan than you are fat and unhealthy. I absolutely don't believe that to be true however the book did explain certain foods health benefits and concerns as well as what the food does to your body.

Well with a longer introduction to my tasty version of how to get your delicious pasta craving while cutting tons of calories, we decided to make Spaghetti Squash. It's a filling dish with all the fun of spaghetti... whats not to love. I love squash! Spaghetti Squash is fun and you can put almost any regular spaghetti topping on it... spaghetti sauce, pesto, garlic and oil, sausage, whatever you would like!

Spaghetti Squash with Pesto, Onions and Garlic

Recipe and photos by A Healthy Jalapeno

1 Spaghetti Squash 
2 Tablespoon Garlic Olive Oil
8 oz Pesto Sauce 
1 Onion, thinly sliced 
4 cloves of Garlic, minced 
Pepper to taste 
Parmesan Cheese to taste (optional, but yummy)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut the spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds and membranes. Place squash into a deep baking dish and add enough water to just cover the bottom of pan. Cover pan with a lid or aluminum foil. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes until the skin gives easily under pressure and the inside is soft and tender. Use a fork to pull out the spaghetti-like strands from the inside of the squash. 
In a deep pan, add oil and bring to medium heat. Add diced onions and garlic and cook until soft and wilted. Toss the Spaghetti Squash with the roasted onions and garlic and add the pesto sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and Done!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Amazing! I paired it with honey lime chicken breast from the grill... I almost want to make it again tomorrow for dinner!