christina f
Spaghetti Squash and Sweet Marinara
October 11, 2012 at 12:00 AM


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?

Replies

  • Madelaine
    October 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Yum!

  • othermom
    October 11, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    We don't eat gluten free, but I have a friends whos little boy needs gluten free so these ideas are greatfor her

  • Bmat
    by Bmat
    October 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    I just had spaghetti squash last week. I served it with a touch of butter.  I don't know much about gluten free and am interested in learning more.

  • Bmat
    by Bmat
    October 11, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Thank you for all of the ideas!

    Quoting michiganmom116:

    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. 


  • aneela
    by aneela
    October 11, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    never paid attention to gluten free but i wouldnt mind trying some meals like this

  • michiganmom116
    October 11, 2012 at 10:56 AM


    Quoting Bmat:

    Thank you for all of the ideas!

    Quoting michiganmom116:

    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. 


    I have PLENTY of recipes!  Eating gluten-free isn't always about finding substitutes...sometimes it's just finding other foods to eat.  We eat a lot more veggies than we used to!

  • ceciliam
    October 11, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    I made spaghetti squash and I loved it but it made me so sick:(

  • lalasmama2007
    October 11, 2012 at 11:16 AM
    We arent gluten free, but I like spaghetti squash.
  • Bmat
    by Bmat
    October 11, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Oh no! I wonder why?

    Quoting ceciliam:

    I made spaghetti squash and I loved it but it made me so sick:(


  • meglennox
    October 11, 2012 at 11:46 AM
    I dont have any gluten free recipes yet but i'm going to try this with the squash. It sounds very interrsting. I wonder if i can get hubby to eat it...