Posted by Nicole

Compared to what I said in my last post, I branched out and actually “cooked” in the kitchen. I have been so interested in trying kabocha squash because many people say how delicious it is. I love spaghetti squash, so I figured, why not?

I was nervous to actually “cook” the squash, so I got advice via Twitter. Tara gave me tips on how to roast the squash… but it would require 45 minutes. I’m lazy and impatient, so I decided to try my easy/quick spaghetti squash method and it worked out perfectly!

[sorry for the iPhone photos]

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1. Cut the squash in half.

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2. Remove the seeds/strings.

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4. Place half the squash, open-side down in the dish. Fill with ~1/2 cup of hot water. Cover dish with microwave-safe plastic wrap.

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5. Microwave on high for 10 minutes.

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6. Remove dish from microwave *it will be hot* and flip squash over. Remove any additional strings that came loose.

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7. Sprinkle with garlic powder and eat [straight out of the skin if you're lazy like moi] with a side of protein. I had an egg scramble with spinach, nooch, garlic powder, pepper, and tapatio. I also used some of TJ’s Organic Spaghetti Squash w/ Mushrooms for extra flavor on the squash.

Another success… I flipped an omelette for the first time! Considering how many omelettes [AKA egg scrambles] I make, this was pretty exciting.

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AND another success, I actually made it to the gym in the morning. I’ve been waking up anytime from noon – 2PM [I know, I'm terrible] so getting out of bed at 7:15 to go to the gym was a bit of a struggle. Not to mention it was freezing outside!!!

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Whoever said California winters are a joke needs a reality check.

ps- the ONLY reason I went to the gym early was because we are headed to Groveland/Yosemite today! My mom, David, David’s son Sam [the cannoli master], and I are driving 3 hours to leave the sunny Bay Area and see this…

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It’s going to be a great change of scenery :)

Q4U: Kabocha Squash or Spaghetti Squash?

I think I’m gonna be loyal and stick to my spaghetti squash lover.

Q4U: What was your workout today?

30 mins elliptical [lazy level 8] + 40 mins treadmill [1 mile run, the rest was incline walking...] + hopefully we’ll go on a walk/hike this afternoon :)

*** I think I said lazy one.too.many.times this post. I’m too lazy to find synonyms.


7 Responses to 15 Minute Kabocha Squash

  1. Kabocha squash! Spaghetti squash is *just* okay. Kabocha squash is amazing! And yet they *still* haven’t restocked at the grocery store – no kabocha! :(

  2. Tara says:

    Kabocha fan right here :) I’ll have to try your method out when I’m in a time crunch! I also struggle with flipping omelettes, so congrats!! That and pancakes. I get really excited when I get it right. So jealous that you’re going to yosemite!! It’s on my list of places to see before I die.

  3. While I’ve never had kabocha, I’m romantically in love with spaghetti squash.

    We’re THIS close from being in a fbook relationship.

  4. Ohh I love your squash shortcuts!! I need to try it with the kabocha squash too! I wonder if it would also work with acorn? I have a recipe that I love but it takes like 45 minutes and that never sounds appealing to wait that long!! And those pictures are gorgeous!! I hope you have a fabulous time!!

  5. [...] with the other half of my kabocha squash for some extra veg.  Quick, easy, [...]

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