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Spaghetti Squash with Pumpkin Seed Pesto

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    Spaghetti Squash with Pumpkin Seed Pesto

    Loaded with folic acid, potassium, vitamin A, and beta carotene, spaghetti squash is an excellent low-fat alternative to pasta.

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    4 1/2 lb (2 kg) spaghetti squash
    1/2 cup (125 mL) unsalted pumpkin seeds, toasted
    1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh parsley, minced
    1 large garlic clove, minced
    1 Tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice, freshly squeezed
    1/4 cup (60 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
    1/4 tsp (1 mL) sea salt
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    Grated zest of 1 orange for garnish, optional

    Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C).

    Prick squash all over with skewer so it won’t burst during baking. Place in shallow baking pan; bake for 1 hour.

    When cool enough to handle, cut squash in half lengthwise. Scoop seeds and fibrous strands from its centre. Gently scrape with the tines of a fork all around the edge of the spaghetti squash to shred the pulp into strands.

    Pesto
    Combine pumpkin seeds, parsley, garlic, and lemon juice in food processor fitted with a metal blade. Whirl until processed to a paste, scraping down the sides occasionally.

    While machine is running, gradually add oil in a thin steady stream until blended. Add a little more oil if you prefer it a little thinner. With a few quick pulses add the zest. Add a little salt and fresh pepper to taste if you wish.

    Add pesto to cooked squash and toss together to evenly coat. Serve with a little freshly grated orange zest on top, if desired. Delicious served as a main course with sesame grilled chicken breasts (see sidebar). Serves 4 as a main course or 6 as a starter.

    Each main course serving contains:
    207 calories; 3 g protein; 16 g total fat (2 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 17 g carbohydrates; 3 g fibre; 183 mg sodium

    source: "Winter Veggies", alive #325, November 2009

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