I am a bit obsessed with the Pioneer Woman. Who is the Pioneer Woman, you say? Well click the link and be prepared to be obsessed along with me. She's this gorgeous gal who lives in Oklahoma with her 4 kiddos (she calls them her punks) and her super dreamy rancher husband (who she calls Marlboro Man). She has a hideously romantic story about her and her hubby (seriously, read it, but be prepared to wish your husband/boyfriend/that guy in class that's sexxxay wears chaps), and her kids are adorable, and she's an amazing cook/photographer/homeschooling mama who will charm the pants off you and make you feel inadequate.
But she just seems so darn nice that you really don't care. You also don't care that she's successful and has money for pretty things, and that she has a great body for a mother of 4, and that she does everything better than you.
You try not to care, at least.
So anyway, I was checking out her website this evening and on her cooking page, she linked to a recipe for Spaghetti Squash. Apparently, this is a real thing.
Has anyone actually HAD spaghetti squash? Did you know that it existed before this blog post? I have never HEARD of such a thing. I'm still trying to make myself like squash, actually. It's not exactly easy, but I've had some really good Korean dishes with a bit of squash, and I've had a really excellent chili with a squash base. It's good for you and it's a bit different, so I'm really trying to like it.
Which brings us to Spaghetti Squash. Seriously?
Well, check out some pictures from the Pioneer Woman's Tasty Kitchen blog. This spaghetti squash is from a blogger known as Steamy Kitchen. I like her already! She sounds, to use a Bryan word, sedultry. That's his word for seductive and sultry. It also sounds a bit like adultery, but we'll ignore that.
Onto the pictures!! Once again, all from the Pioneer Woman's Tasty Kitchen blog.
Apparently this is a spaghetti squash. Interesting, no?
Apparently it's also really hard and needs to be baked before it will let you cut it open. Looks a bit intimidating to me...
This picture makes me think "ewww squash!"
Buuuut, remove those seeds and you get this:
Look Becca! She's not even TOUCHING it! I knew you'd appreciate that.
Scrape out the insides until it looks like this:
And then you do with the strands as you please! This is how it looks when it's been had some chopped sauteed onions mixed with it with a bit of olive oil, salt, parsley and lemon. And of course a bit of cheese, because, well, COME ON! Everything needs a bit of cheese. :)
Doesn't that look sooooo delicious?! I'm definitely going to try this recipe. Bryan and I are really trying to eat more vegetarian entrees in an effort to trim down a bit and keep nice and healthy. This looks like a great way to eat "pasta" without actually having delicious, wheaty-carby-pasta. I bet if you weren't totally sold on the texture, you could toss it with a bit of angel hair and you wouldn't know the difference!