Cooking Spaghetti Squash
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Cooking a Spaghetti Squash
1 Spaghetti Squash, whole
Thoroughly wash the outside of the spaghetti squash. If using a microwave oven, place squash in a large covered glass or ceramic microwaveable baking dish. If using a conventional oven a metal pan with cover may be used. In the baking dish, position the spaghetti squash so that it doesn't roll (usually the side of the squash that had rested on the ground during growth is somewhat flatter). With a large sharp knife, poke two or three lengthwise cuts into the squash about half way through, each cut about one inch long. Cover the baking dish. (To enlarge the photo of the spaghetti squash, click on the photo or link)
Bake until the squash begins to get soft. Do not let it get mushy. In the microwave oven the baking time should take about 20-25 minutes. Remove the spaghetti squash and set on a large plate. Cut in half lengthwise and set the two halves side by side. Remove the seeds and set them aside. (They are great roasted.) (To enlarge the photo of the spaghetti squash, click on the photo or link)
The outer skin of the spaghetti squash should be hard (like a shell) and should be partially separated from the soft inside of the squash. Some of the spaghetti-like strands of squash should also be visible. (To enlarge the photo of the spaghetti squash, click on the photo or link)
Take two soup spoons and insert them on opposite sides of one of the halves, between the shell and the insides. Run the spoons around to separate the shell from the inner squash. Repeat with the other half of the squash. Invert one of the halves on another large plate and pull off the shell with the aid of the soup spoons. Repeat with the other half of the squash on the original plate. (To enlarge the photo of the spaghetti squash, click on the photo or link)
The spaghetti strands grow around the width of the squash and can be separated by lifting and separating with forks or spoons. (To enlarge the photo of the spaghetti squash, click on the photo or link)
The spaghetti squash is now ready to combine with your favorite recipe.
The above recipe is in keeping with God's creation intent (Genesis 1:29-31): 'Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-- everything that has the breath of life in it-- I give every green plant for food." And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' (NIV) Let no animal suffer or die that we may live! (d-21)
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