Spaghetti Squash

The squash that's insides look like spaghetti. Here's how we prepare it.

Spaghetti squash is really easy to prepare, and of course delicious. It's inexpensive and healthy, too.

Spaghetti squash is one of those perfect squashes for preparing in the microwave. You can microwave your spaghetti squash in one of two ways. The first is to cut the squash in half, remove the seeds, then place the squash face-down in a dish with a bit of water in it, cover and microwave. The advantage of this method being it's faster and you don't have a major explosion risk on your hangs. Disadvanage that you may not fit a whole squash in your microwave. Also, the heat from the hot steam can burn you when taking it out or even melt some coverings.

The other way is to leave the squash whole, prick the skin many times with a skewer or knife, then microwave. In this case, all the moisture from the squash "self-steams" itself on the inside. The biggest risk is exploding squash which is never very much fun to clean up.

Either way, place your squash in the microwave and put it on high for about 5 minutes. Take it out, check to see if it's soft with a knife or skewer. If not, turn it, then another 5 minutes. It can take anywhere from 5 to 25 minutes to cook a squash in the microwave.

Once cooked, you need to get to the insides. If you cooked the squash in half, that part is already done. If not, split it down the middle and scoop out the seeds. From there, use a fork to pull apart the strands. It's almost like preparing pulled pork, really.

A good squash needs a good simple squash. Mix equal parts butter and honey (brown sugar will do as well, but honey is much nicer). Warm it up until it's melted and well combined.

To serve, place some of the spaghetti squash strands on a plate and make a little resevoir in the centre. Add a tough of nutmeg, preferably freshly grated, some salt, and pepper to the squash. Spoon on the honey-butter sauce to taste and server.

Easy, delicious, and healthy.

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