Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Spaghetti Squash - 0 Points

I promised to share my Valentine's Day fare with you, but I have been a bit behind. Here is my first of four recipes from the day of love.

I have known Stone for a long time; we met when I was a senior and he was a junior in college. Over the years, I have heard him say a few times how much he likes the iconic scene from Lady and the Tramp where the Tramp gives the Lady the last meatball from their plate of spaghetti and meatballs. That is how I decided that spaghetti and meatballs would be the perfect meal for Valentine's Day.

Rather than make a traditional spaghetti and meatballs, I decided to use the much more diet friendly spaghetti squash and meatballs. I cooked squash, homemade chunky marinara sauce, and pork meatballs. Here is what the finished product looked like:

Lets start from the bottom up with the recipes. First, of course, the squash.

Simple Spaghetti Squash
1 spaghetti squash

1. Pierce the squash in several places with a fork. Place in a baking pan.
2. Bake at 375F for one hour, watching to make sure that the bottom doesn't burn.
3. Allow the squash to cool.
4. Slice the squash lengthwise. Removed the seeds (save for roasting, if you would like - recipe later). With a fork, remove the squash from the shell and place in a serving dish.
5. 0 points per serving regardless of how many servings

If you want to bake it faster, you can always cut it up first. I hate very few things, but I do indeed hate slicing raw spaghetti squash. So, I use the lazy way and cook it whole.

Here is the finished product:

Finally, a brief romantic book review. I finished Don't Look Down, by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. I read a lot of Crusie books; they are enjoyable mind candy. This one was not my favorites. I loved the parts about Wonder Woman. She is the best super hero ever! She can spin around in a circle and have on a whole new outfit - plus, she has bullet proof bling. Awesome. On the other hand, while I am all about suspension of disbelief, this one asked a lot of me. It was very unrealistic. It needed a little bit more irony to prove that it understood its own implausibility.  

Note: You may notice that I changed the title of my blog from "This is what I do..." to "This is what I eat...". I didn't originally intend for this to be a food blog. Since that it what it has become, I decided that "eat" was more accurate than "do".


  1. What a nice meal... using the squash instead of pasta is a great idea.

  2. I love this meal! All the pleasures of comfort food but without all the guilt!

  3. This is a really flavorful meal and you can enjoy it guiltfree. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  4. I like this awesome meal. Love the spagetti squash.

  5. I like not only this meal, but also the name change! I am looking forward to your other Valentine meal recipes.

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  6. LOVE spaghetti squash. Looks so good with meatballs. Look forward to more recaps. Have a great day.

  7. Looks good! I've heard lots of good things about spaghetti squash, I need to try it!

  8. great meal the best way to celebrate valentines thanks for the get well wishes Rebecca

  9. Spaghetti squash is one of my favorite low cal meals.


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