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How to Prepare Spaghetti Squash

Method 1 (My way):
Puncture the skin of a spaghetti squash with a knife in 3-4 places. Cook it in the microwave for three minutes, or until it is soft enough to cut easily. Allow it to cool so you can handle it comfortably. Cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds and discard them.

Place squash halves cut-side down on a plate and return them to the microwave for another 8-10 minutes, or bake in a conventional oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Cool. Run a fork over the flesh to separate it into spaghetti-like strands and scoop them out of the shells.

Method 2 (Squash label instructions):
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Puncture the spaghetti squash with a knife in 3-4 places. Place it on a baking sheet and cook for 1 hour. Allow it to cool so you can handle it comfortably. Cut it in half and scoop out the seeds. Run a fork over the flesh to separate it into spaghetti-like strands and scoop them out of the shells.

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Your "spaghetti" is now ready to use. Top it with any spaghetti sauce or use it in place of pasta in salads or soups. Or try it in these favorite recipes:

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
Spaghetti Squash with Ratatouille Sauce
Clam and Mushroom Sauce for Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti Squash Soup
Spaghetti Squash Soup with Artichokes
Confetti Salad

June 21st, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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