Through the years friends of mine have asked my advise on how to encourage their kids to enjoy fresh vegetables. This can be a toughy — but not at this time of the year. Spaghetti squash in in season right now and it’s the perfect time to show your brood just how much fun squiggly squash can be.
Don’t let the hour-plus baking time of spaghetti squash dissuade. After all, spaghetti squash is the primary reason microwaves were invented, right?
My 1 1/2 pound (smallish) squash was cooked to perfection in 8 minutes, wrapped in Saran and pricked with a fork. The larger the squash, the longer the cooking time.
Like most of the autumn and winter squash, be very careful when cutting in half; certainly don’t allow kids to attempt this. If you don’t take precautions, you could give yourself a nasty cut. I ALWAYS put a kitchen towel or mat under my cutting board for stability, I take my time and exercise caution.
Spaghetti squash is a great way to appreciate your finer extra virgin olive oils. Its mild and pleasant flavor soaks up and highlights the subtle nuances of the olives. I often enjoy spaghetti squash tossed with my better oils and seasoned with a bit of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
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