Are you avoiding nightshades or trying to cut carbs? In my household, it’s a bit of both–I don’t do well with nightshades and he needs to stop eating so many nutrient-poor starches for the sake of his stubborn waistline. We both had a hard time giving up potatoes… fries, chips, mashed, baked, they’re so tasty so many ways. It is always easier to avoid foods you know are bad for you when you have a decent alternative you can easily incorporate into the same meals. After conquering sweet potato fries and mashed plantain, I decided to try my hand at Squashbrowns. The versatile spaghetti squash is a great substitute for white potatoes in this breakfast and brunch favorite! With more nutrients, less carbs, and none of the inflammatory properties of nightshades, it’s a healthy choice the whole family can be proud of. Serve these little crispy bits anywhere you’d normally serve hashbrowns (or even places you wouldn’t).
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I may make my living as a food blogger, but journey toward a more health-conscious lifestyle actually began with making my own cosmetics while I was still in high school–many years before I started “clean eating”. Desperate to get a handle on my sensitive skin and nose, I was also hoping for cheaper, more eco-friendly alternatives to store-bought products. If you’re in the same boat, making your own cosmetics and toiletries is easier than you might think! My e-book A Clean Face will give you the tools you need to get started for just $9.99.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Brush each half of the squash with a tablespoon of oil and sprinkle with salt.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until the squash easily pulls apart into spaghetti-like strands when scraped with a fork.
- Allow the squash to cool, then shred it into strings and place the strings inside a paper towel-lined colander. Squeeze the squash thoroughly, getting out as much moisture as you can.
- To dry the squash further, preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Arrange the squash on a parchment-lined baking sheet, spreading as thin as possible, and bake for 1 1/2-2 hours, until just barely damp.
- Heat the 1/2 cup oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add a handful of spaghetti strings into the pan, frying until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
- Remove from the skillet and drain on a paper towel. Repeat for all of the remaining squash.