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This shrimp and asparagus spaghetti squash spaghetti is a wonderful low carb pasta dinner!
As many of you know, I’ve gone back to focusing on reducing my carbs for the sake of my blood sugar. So for me, pasta was the first thing to go. I still make it for Mini Chef, but I will often substitute pasta for veggie pasta even for him in the hopes of getting more veggies into him. I believe firmly that no kid (or adult for that matter!) can eat too many veggies, so it’s a constant focus of mine.
My doctor told me once that if you start off every single meal with eating 2 cups of veggies first, cooked or fresh, you will never be able to overeat and weight will naturally regulate itself. That little tip has always stuck with me. So even if it’s not the first thing we eat at every meal, I do my best to make sure that we get plenty of them one way or the other.
So naturally, when the veggie pasta craze began, I was thrilled. What an easy way to work veggies into your eating plan! And in my experience, veggie pasta adds so much more flavor to a “pasta” dish than pasta ever will. It’s really pretty remarkable!
So this dish was something I came up with on an evening I was really wanting shrimp scampi. It’s very similar in flavor, but it definitely has more flavor overall thanks to the squash.
HOW TO COOK A SPAGHETTI SQUASH:
If you’ve never cooked spaghetti squash before, I’m here to tell you it’s totally easy. Look for a squash that is firm and has nice, fresh, yellow skin to it.
Simply cut it in half (use a good knife because the raw squash can be a little tough to cut through), scoop out the seeds, and then lay the squash halves flesh side down on a baking pan or in a baking dish.
Add about ¼ to ½ inch water to the pan and bake at 350 F. for approximately 1 hour, or until tender. You should be able to easily pierce through the skin and flesh completely with a knife when it’s done.
Take the pan out of the oven, and allow things to cool down enough to handle the squash with your bare hands.
Use a fork to shred the squash width-wise (the shorter distance). Then use a spoon to really scoop everything out.
1 medium spaghetti squash – See directions above for preparing your spaghetti squash.
1 lb. shrimp – I used pre-cooked, frozen shrimp. Raw is fine if you know the extra steps to cooking them. I’ve never done it.
1 lb. asparagus – Washed and chopped. Make sure to snap off the hard bottoms of the stalks.
5 medium garlic cloves – Minced OR 1 tbsp. garlic powder. You can certainly use more garlic if you wish, but more might be a bit much. I leave it up to you. I know some folks are true garlic fans.
2 tbsp. oil – You can use whatever oil you typically cook with. I made this with olive oil originally, and now make it with coconut oil. The choice is yours.
1 medium lemon – Make sure you zest your lemon before you cut it for squeezing.
Salt and pepper – To taste
Parmesan cheese – For garnish.
How to Make Shrimp And Asparagus Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti
Prepare your squash as indicated above.
In a large skillet, sauté the thawed shrimp, asparagus, and garlic in the olive oil for about 3 minutes over medium heat. Stir frequently.
When the asparagus is al dente and the shrimp is warmed through, toss in the lemon zest and squeeze half the lemon over the shrimp. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes and remove from heat.
Serve a portion of spaghetti squash with the shrimp and asparagus labeled over the top and squeeze the other half of the lemon over the top. Garnish with parmesan cheese if you wish.
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SHRIMP AND ASPARAGUS SPAGHETTI SQUASH SPAGHETTI RECIPE:
Shrimp And Asparagus Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti
- 1 medium spaghetti squash (cut in half, de-seeded and baked)
- 1 lb. shrimp (I used pre-cooked, frozen shrimp. (Raw is fine if you know the extra steps to cooking them. I’ve never done it.)
- 1 lb. asparagus (washed and chopped)
- 5 medium garlic cloves (minced OR 1 tbsp. garlic powder)
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 medium lemon (juice and zest)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare your squash ahead of time. See instructions in post above.
- In a large skillet, sauté the thawed shrimp, asparagus and garlic in the olive oil for about 3 minutes.
- When the asparagus is al dente and the shrimp is warmed through, toss in the lemon zest and squeeze half the lemon over the shrimp. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes and remove from heat.
- Serve a portion of spaghetti squash with the shrimp and asparagus labeled over the top and squeeze the other half of the lemon over the top. Garnish with parmesan cheese if you wish.
Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 12/17/16.