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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sesame Spaghetti Squash

Since I've become gluten-free, spaghetti squash has become a staple around our house.  Not only is it healthier for you than pasta, but it's also delicious!

Most people generally think of using spaghetti squash in a traditional way, by adding in spaghetti sauce.  This is a new spin on how to use this versatile vegetable, and it might have you thinking about spaghetti squash in a whole new light!

1 large spaghetti squash, cut in half, seeds and pulp removed
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 clove minced garlic (1/2 tsp)
1/2 tsp dried ginger
1 medium carrot, shredded
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)
1 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Place the squash cut side down in a baking dish and fill the dish with water.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes, until just tender.  Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Lower oven temperature to 350.  Oil a 9x13 baking dish and set aside.

When squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out the spaghetti strands and set aside in a bowl or dish.

In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of canola, coconut or grapeseed oil over medium heat.  Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic.  Cook for 5 minutes.  Add in ginger, peas and carrot and cook for 1 more minute. Stir in squash pulp and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine tahini, soy sauce, sesame oil and water, stirring until well blended into a creamy sauce.  Stir into the spaghetti squash mixture and toss to combine.

Add the entire mixture into the greased dish.  Cover tightly with foil and bake for about 20 minutes. Top with sesame seeds.