Spaghetti Squash flavored with Summer Savory spice can be a great way to beat the heat. Spaghetti squash is easy to prepare and can even be done ahead of time and quickly reheated. It is a great dish to serve as your “starch” for a meal. It is filling, visually appealing and satisfying to eat without the heaviness of a carbohydrate.
Summer Savory is an herb that is not very well known but has a long history. It is an annual related to the mint family yet its taste is likened to a combination of sage and thyme. You might know of it as one of the ingredients in Herbes de Provence. It brightens the flavors in a dish. You can buy it at the grocery store among the spices. This time of year it is also possible to find it at the Farmer’s Market.
At the end of summer I find I am looking for brighter, fresher flavors that are uncomplicated. It is the time of year when we are looking towards the fall and not so enamored with the heat. We need lively flavors to perk us up.
Spaghetti Squash lends itself well to a variety of flavorings. It shines, though, with bright tasting seasonings. Here is how I prepared my Summer Savory Spaghetti Squash:
1 medium-sized Spaghetti Squash
Olive Oil Cooking Spray
1 teaspoon Summer Savory
½ teaspoon Garlic Powder, California-style
½ teaspoon ground Ginger
¼ teaspoon onion salt
1. Cut the Spaghetti Squash in half. Scoop out all the seeds. Spray the insides and rim of the squash with olive oil cooking spray.
2. Place the prepared squash face down, flat, on a cookie sheet. Cook it in an oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until tender.
3. Scoop the Spaghetti Squash out of its shell. Sprinkle all herbs on the squash, occasionally tossing to distribute the herbs evenly throughout the squash.
4. Spray the prepared squash dish lightly with olive oil cooking spray and give it one final toss. Serve hot.
Serves 4-6. Each serving is about 1 cup. Calories are 42.
Enjoy! And Live Vibrant!