A sneaky vegetable – Spaghetti squah

This past week I snuck a vegetable in on my six year old daughter for dinner. I replaced her ordinary noodles in a pasta dish with spaghetti squash.

It looks uncannily like angel hair pasta, though it has a different texture. If you put sauce on the spaghetti squash before you serve it to a child they may not realize the difference, at least not by sight.

I did make one mistake. I used an Alfredo sauce that was milder than a tomato sauce. So about half way through her dinner my daughter realized what I had done. Had I used a stronger sauce she may not have noticed, or at least gotten further along before she noticed.

Of course when she realized it wasn’t “real pasta” she didn’t “like it” anymore (though she had already eaten half of it ;-)). But it leaves me hopeful for spaghetti squash in the future. Think I just need to use it in a different dish.

If you’re unfamiliar with what spaghetti squash is I’ll try to add a link or picture later. Blogging from my mobile today, which is somewhat limiting.

2 thoughts on “A sneaky vegetable – Spaghetti squah”

  1. 🙂

    I’ve often wondered about trying to try spaghetti squash, and definitely hope to now! Do you know if it has anything like the ‘food’ value of pasta (like, does it have any calories to speak of)? Unfortunately I can’t get out to the shops to look for them myself (I’m mostly house-bound by illness, I think I’ve mentioned this earlier), but my husband is on strict instructions to buy any unusual vegetables he sees that he can fit into our budget. I’ll have to tell him to definitely buy one of these if he sees it. I’ve seen seeds for sale in Auckland, so presumably it grows here.

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