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Spaghetti Squash

We are delighted to introduce you to Lisa Ruscica! Lisa has recently joined Kids & Company as the Chief Food Person responsible nationally for establishing the highest standards for our children’s nutritional and educational needs. She has assembled a dedicated group of professionals providing the highest quality of fresh, local and healthy meals and snacks for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children. After graduating from the University of Western, Lisa has over twenty-five years of work experience, beginning her career in the investment banking industry and more recently a graduate of the Chef Program and the Food & Nutrition Management Program at George Brown College. Lisa currently is a member of the Canadian Society of Food & Nutrition.

Spaghetti Squash

This week, try a fun alternative to your family pasta dinner, use a spaghetti squash instead! It is a good idea to expose our families to something new, different and easy for dinner.

Spaghetti squash is an oblong seed bearing variety of winter squash that can range in colour from yellow to orange. The orange varieties have a flesh that is bright yellow or orange because of the high carotene content. When raw, the flesh is solid and similar to other raw squash but when cooked, the flesh falls away from the fruit in ribbons or strands like spaghetti. Spaghetti squash contains many vital nutrients including folic acid, potassium, Vitamin A and beta carotene. It is also low in calories, averaging 42 calories per 1 cup serving.

Spaghetti squash is easy to make and can be baked, boiled, steamed or microwaved and served with or without sauce. The seeds can be roasted similar to pumpkin seeds.

Try it at home and let me know your families feedback. ENJOY!