It seems that more and more of my friends are going gluten free - and for good reason. At times wheat can be hard to digest, especially if you eat later in the night or have a sensitive stomach. Also, if you alternate fresher foods for carb heavy options, you have a better chance of maintaining a healthy weight.
We recently had a small dinner gathering at our house with three friends who are gluten free. My specialty happens to be homemade marinara sauce. Clearly I could not serve pasta, so I decided to try using spaghetti squash in its place. The results were delicious.
If you are unfamiliar with the squash, cooking it is a breeze. Grease and line a cooking dish with tinfoil. Cut squash length-wise and scoop out seeds. Put a pad of butter into each and bake at 425 degrees until tender. Once done, use a fork to pull out the meat of the squash. You'll see that it comes out in strings, much like spaghetti strands.
Serve as you would any pasta and serve a helping of sauce over the squash. Serve with a nice side salad and you have yourself a meal.
Moms, what are your favorite gluten free meals?
We eat gluten-free and I love it! Foods are so tasty instead of tasteless pasta, breads, or cereals. I've used thinly shredded cabbage cooked in meaty spaghetti sauce and topped with cheese as a spaghetti meal. I use zucchini in place of noodles in lasagna, or else skip the noodles altogether. I use steamed cauliflowerets in place of macaroni in a pizza casserole and mac & cheese. Mashed cauliflower makes a great base for a twice-baked non-potato casserole (add sour cream, chives, bacon, cheese). Almond and/or coconut flours make delicious baked goods that are naturally gluten-free/low-carb/high-fiber/nutritious.
We just had a spaghetti squash casserole two nights ago: spaghetti squash mixed with homemade spaghetti sauce, browned ground beef, sauteed carrots/celery/onion/garlic, and topped with cheddar and parmesan cheeses.
by 4kidz916October 11, 2012 at 8:01 AM
I don't really cook gluten free. I would really love to get started though. Thanks for this idea.
by 4kidz916October 11, 2012 at 8:02 AM
I have made a cauliflower pizza crust that was great. I guess that would be our favorite gluten free meal.
by daerca574October 11, 2012 at 8:07 AM
I have to say that Spaghetti squash is probably one of my favorite vegetables! I love to make it with just butter and salt and pepper.
by lillucky8October 11, 2012 at 8:29 AMIve never tried spaghetti squash, i think dh would flip lol, he said hed never talk to me again if i started buying wheat pasta, this would send him over the moon lol
by goddess99October 11, 2012 at 9:40 AM
We haven't really gotten on the gluten free bandwagon yet.
by emilyrosenjOctober 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM
This sounds easy and delicious. I'll have to try this with my family! We are not gluten free so I don't know which of our meals are.
by elasmimiOctober 11, 2012 at 9:47 AM
We don't do gluten free, but I do love spaghetti squash.
by natesmom1228October 11, 2012 at 9:49 AM
I don't really pay attention to that. None of us have a problem with gluten. We do love squash.
by timon95October 11, 2012 at 9:58 AM
Can't say that we have any favorite gluten free meals, we do not cook that way.