Beta-carotenes are the strongly coloured red-orange pigments found in fruits and vegetables, the dietary source of provitamin A that convert to Vitamin A in the body. Think carrots, squashes, sweet potatoes, Vitamin A tis a fat soluble vitamin needed for healthy skin, teeth, mucosal membranes, skeletal cells, an immune booster and eye health. I've been pushing the beta-carotenes because I am facing eye health problems with possible retinal detachment in my left eye that is being checked every 3 months. While this may be due to previous injury, a bit of extra Vitamin A is not going to hurt. Besides aging eyes can always do with an extra dose of beta-carotene!
I discovered spaghetti squash several years ago but it never really caught on until the last couple of years. Next to acorn squash, spaghetti squash has quickly become a favourite. Spaghetti squash can be baked or steamed. I have found steaming the squash gets nicer results. Steamed spaghetti squash is very easy to prepare. I just wash and cut the squash in half length wise, scoop out the innards then place it upside down in a steamer basket. I put about an inch of water in the pot then cover and steam for about 10 minutes or until the squash is tender.
A half spaghetti squash gives a yield of 2 to 4 servings depending on the serving size. An serving size is 100 grams (half cup). After steaming turn it cut side up on a plate or cutting board. At this point it looks like regular cooked squash. It is a bit on the lighter colour side than other squashes so a more yellow than deep orange. It is a bit firmer to the touch when cooked. The flavour of spaghetti squash is milder than other squashes as well. The real beauty of spaghetti squash is the flesh pulls into strands resembling spaghetti, hence its name. It is a lovely substitute for wheat based spaghetti or for those who need or want to eat gluten free.
I really love these lovely golden strands of yumminest! They have the texture close to wheat based spaghetti and yet they are different. They do have a different flavour but the strands will twirl around your fork so even kids will like them AND the flavour is really not a strong squash flavour so should be well received by picky palates. You can use your favourite spaghetti topping as well.
home canned cream style corn, and one version of golden potato bake. Despite its name cream style corn has no cream in it. The thickened golden morsels are a result of how the cornis prepared right from the corn cobs. It is so good with meatloaf! The potato side dish is a mixture of steamed potatoes and carrots (good source of beta-carotenes), seasonings, plain yogurt and cream cheese. There was a lot of yellows in this meal, on purpose. It really was a simple, easy to prepare, frugal yet delicious meal that was rich in beta-carotene. Spaghetti squash just brightens up the plate any time you serve it It's one of those good foods for you that is wonderful to enjoy!