Do you find yourself buying the same things when you are grocery shopping? Want to spice things up? Well, welcome to Explore the Store! Each week a new item found at your local grocery store will be featured.
The feature of the week is spaghetti squash!
What is spaghetti squash?
Spaghetti squash is a winter vegetable that’s a member of the pumpkin family; they come in several shapes, sizes, and colors, including creamy white, buttery yellow, and orange! The orange color has the highest amount of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A which is crucial for great skin, vision, and immune function. When cooked and then gently scraped out of its shell, spaghetti squash has the appearance of angel hair pasta. Who thought a squash could look like slippery spaghetti? Low in carbohydrates and high in fiber, spaghetti squash may be used as a gluten free substitute for traditional noodles or as the basis for a lower carbohydrate dish.
What does spaghetti squash taste like?
Spaghetti squash has a sweet, slightly nutty flavor. You often see this squash prepared with fresh herbs and spices like basil, pepper, oregano, or even cayenne pepper, if you are about that spicy life. Spaghetti squash pairs well with a source of fat like olive oil, ghee, or avocado. You can also roast the seeds! They’re similar in flavor to pumpkin seeds.
Potential health benefits
Spaghetti squash is high in fiber as well as potassium and folic acid. Antioxidants vitamin C and beta carotene are important for immune function and disease prevention.
How much does it cost?
- Kroger – $2.97 each
- Walmart – $1.18 per pound
- Trader Joe’s – $4.99 each
Try these spaghetti squash recipes!
Have you tried spaghetti squash?
Let us know your favorite way to use it in the comments or tag us @UGAHealthCenter!
Written by: Rebecca Reese, dietetics practicum student in the UHC Health Promotion Department