Ever wonder what the heck that big yellow squash in the produce section actually is? Well here is your answer! It is spaghetti squash, a variety of summer and winter squash (it is available year round). It gets it's name from the fact that after it is cooked, the inside flesh pulls out into spaghetti like strands.

Two things you have to remember when you try your first spaghetti squash recipe: first, it tastes like squash and second, it does not taste like spaghetti. If you go in expecting it to be spaghetti you are going to either be pleasantly surprised or sadly disappointed. Spaghetti squash is a tasty treat full of vitamins and minerals.

Vitamins: Vitamin C, B-6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, vitamin-K.

Minerals: Manganese, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, selenium. Manganese plays a huge part in metabolism giving spaghetti squash the perfect properties to aid in weight loss!

Calories/Carbs: Serving size: 1 cup = 42 calories and 10 carbs

Source: USDA

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Quick Microwave Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti Squash Casserole
Spaghetti Squash Casserole with Ricotta & Spinach
Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
Spaghetti Squash with Swiss Chard, Dried Cranberries & Dijon Vinaigrette
Baked Spaghetti Squash with Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Spaghetti Squash Sauté
Spaghetti Squash & Jalapeno Casserole Recipe
Spaghetti Squash Noodles with Thai Peanut Sauce
Tex-Mex Spaghetti Squash Boat
Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Chickpeas
Shrimp and Spaghetti Squash