By ALLIE MYSZKA

I’ve loved pasta for as long as I can remember. I still eat it occasionally, but over the last few years, I’ve slowly changed my eating habits and looked for healthier versions of my favorite foods.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of spaghetti squash as an alternative to pasta. Now, I have to say, it’s still not the same as pasta, but spaghetti squash is delicious in its own way. It’s easy to prepare, fun to experiment with, and will stay fresh for weeks on your pantry shelf or in the fridge.

Ready to try spaghetti squash for yourself? Get started with a few of my favorite ways to prepare spaghetti squash.

  1. Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

(photo via SkinnyMs.)

I don’t consider myself a huge fan of spicy food, but I’ll eat just about anything with buffalo chicken on it. This recipe is loaded with flavor, and it can easily be adapted for dairy free or Whole30 diets. Click here for the recipe.

  1. Shrimp Scampi with Spaghetti Squash

(photo via Eat Yourself Skinny)

Nothing says “summer” like shrimp scampi! Lighten up your favorite seaside dish with this twist on shrimp scampi using spaghetti squash. It’s loaded with lemon and herb flavorings, making it wonderfully light—and super healthy, to boot! Click here for the recipe.

  1. Cheesy Garlic Parmesan Spinach Spaghetti Squash

(photo via Peas and Crayons)

This could be not only one of my favorite spaghetti squash meals, but one of my favorite meals, period. The cheese and dairy ingredients make it veer away from total “health food” status, but the flavor is so worth it. I always add shredded chicken—just like the recipe suggests—and it’s a perfectly satisfying and delicious meal. Click here for the recipe.

  1. Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

(photo via Little Bits of Real Food + Real Talk)

Looking for international flair? This one’s for you. Combine the hearty flavor of a classic Chinese dish with the lighter option of spaghetti squash for comfort food without the guilt. This is another recipe you can add shredded chicken to when you need a dose of protein. Click here for the recipe.

  1. Thai Peanut Sauce Spaghetti Squash

Another one with international flavor, this Thai-inspired dish has complex flavors to satisfy your adventurous taste buds. My favorite part has to be the peanut sauce, but everything about this meal is amazing. Click here for the recipe.

Here’s a final tip: if you own an Instant Pot, these recipes are even easier. If you’re in a hurry, the Instant Pot can cook spaghetti squash in about 15 minutes. Find a full tutorial here for making plain spaghetti squash in the Instant Pot. On days that I work from home, I’ll mix it with my favorite pesto or other pasta sauce as a quick and easy lunch—it even has minimal cleanup since the squash doubles as the bowl! The best part? You won’t have to fire up the oven and on hot summer days.

 

 

Allie was born and raised in Georgia, and moved to Nashville after graduating from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She’s a freelance writer, Pilates instructor, old soul, and chronic DIY-er. Connect with Allie at alliemyszka.com.