Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Spinach Spaghetti Squash

I love trying new things, especially recipes. I had always heard of spaghetti squash, but had never seen or had tried it. One day as I was scrolling through Pinterest, I came across an interesting recipe using spaghetti squash. It had many pluses to it. The dish not only looked delicious; it also looked easy. Those two factors alone made me want to try it, as I read through the recipe an additional plus was that it was only 270 calories per serving! That alone screamed, “make me!” So I clicked the link associated with the recipe, and it took me to another site called Peas and Crayons.

Ingredients: The ingredients the recipe called for I, fortunately, had on hand except for the Avocado Oil. Now, this was a challenge because my local grocery store did not have it on their shelves. Thank goodness Walmart was there for the rescue. I want to note here that I forgot to get garlic, so I decided to be creative and use Italian seasoning in its place.

Directions: The directions, including cooking time,, were well written and easy to follow. The author of the recipe added her own personal touch with a dash of humor in the directions. I liked that the author gave tips on such things as how to make the squash easier to cut by placing it in the microwave for 5 minutes. That was extremely helpful and something that I’ll be doing in the future with other squash dishes that I make. Instead of cooking the meal inside the shell, I baked it in a casserole dish.

Results: The end result is that the dish is delicious! It had a smooth, creamy texture, and the spinach and squash go well together. This dish can be used as a side dish or as a main dish. 

Notes: I liked the way the author gave additional ingredients like chicken to the recipe. Now that got me to thinking why stop at just chicken? Why not add portabella mushrooms and maybe shrimp. The author also gave menu suggestions on what to serve with the dish. Tonight I chose to serve this dish as a main course along with a tossed salad.

Overall on a scale of 1 to 5, I give this recipe a 5. It was quick and easy (only took 1 hour to make). The directions were clear and easy to follow, and the end results were what the author stated.

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