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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in a Slow Cooker

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in a Slow Cooker

Did you know it was possible to cook spaghetti squash in a slow cooker?

This makes one of my favorite vegetables so much easier to prepare!

How can you not love a recipe where you spend two minutes prepping at 8 am, go about your business for the day, then come back at 5 pm and you have beautifully cooked dinner?!?

Maybe my favorite part of this cooking method is you do NOT need to cut your squash in half prior to cooking. Trust me, that is reason enough to try this method! Spaghetti squash can be near to impossible to cut in half. Those suckers are HARD.

 

Cooked Spaghetti Squash

There are a few things I learned by trial and error about this method of cooking a squash.

First, by the end of 8 hours my slow cooker will be almost out of water and your squash will start to brown on the side that is touching the bottom. DO NOT let your squash cook any longer than 8 hours or you may end up with a burnt mess.

Next, if you slow cooker tends to “spit” hot water during cooking, you can lift the lid, carefully add a bit more water, and return to cooking it. I’ve done this and it didn’t effect the cooking of the squash.

So how do you cook a spaghetti squash in the slow cooker?

  1. Use a sharp knife to poke several holes in the spaghetti squash.
  2. Add the whole squash and two cups water to the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
  4. Carefully remove squash from slow cooker. Cut in half and scrape out seeds. Use a fork to separate squash into strands.
  5. Serve!

Serving your family spaghetti squash has never been easier!

I decided to do a little Facebook Live to show you just how simple this is! Plus, you get to see what a dork I am. 🙂


The GBG List of Three: Melon Scoop, Peanut Butter, Apple Cinnamon

List of 3

The GBG List of 3. Three things I love. Three things I want to share.

Melon Scoop

Oxo Melon Scoop

Have you ever used a melon scoop to make melon balls out of a melon?

My mom used one whenever we had company to make a “fancy” fruit salad.

I use one every time I purchase a melon.

As soon as I get home, I cut the melon in half and use the scoop to make melon balls that I then store in the refrigerator. Having the melon cut into balls makes it really easy to then portion it out into individual containers for lunches. Or, to just pass at the dinner table and I’ve got a quick and easy side.

In the summer, I love to put the container of melon balls in our swim bag along with a pack of toothpicks. The kids can “spear” the fruit with a toothpick for a quick and easy snack.

Melon Scoop Melon Balls

So here is what is really funny about this. I have been sending the girls to school with cantaloupe melon balls in their lunches.

Do you know their friends have never seen melon balls? One girl actually asked if it came out of the melon that way!

So apparently melon balls are out of fashion, but I promise you it is the easiest way to cut a melon and have it at the ready for snacks, sides, and lunches! Plus, you might get a chuckle out of people’s comments!

Peanut Butter Mixer

Peanut Butter Mixer

Do you purchase 100% natural peanut butter? Then you know the oil separates from the peanut butter and it is a royal pain to try to stir it all up.

Enter the peanut butter mixer.

Y’all, I am not exaggerating when I say this thing is the bomb-diggity!

Simply replace the lid of your peanut butter with the stir lid and crank the handle. PERFECTLY stirred peanut butter every time.

You do need to order the right size for the kind of peanut butter you buy. Since I buy what is on sale, I bought both sizes. That’s how much I love this thing!

Apple Cinnamon

Apple Cinnamon Tea

We had our first dip in temperatures this week which meant I brewed my absolute favorite fall flavored tea: Celestial Seasonings Apple Cinnamon Tea.

This tea requires absolutely no sweetener. Which makes it a great go-to drink if you are trying to give up soda or artificially sweetened drinks.

It is just as lovely cold as it is hot.

As of publishing, it is on sale Buy One Get One 50% off.

And believe me when I say you are going to want more than one box.

So tell me, What is on your list of recommends this week?

Non GMO Halloween Candy {All Treat, No Tricks!}

Make sure the Halloween candy you use for trick or treaters is non GMO.

What do you usually hand out at Halloween?

It is possible to hand out treats that you can feel good about. All of the candies listed here are non GMO.

Why Non GMO Halloween Candy?

There is increasing evidence that connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Choose one of these candies to hand out on Halloween night or to give to your own little monsters.

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Endangered Species Bug Bites 

Who doesn’t like chocolate? The perfect little bite of chocolate, try Bug Bites for a perfect halloween treat! Plus, each Bug Bite chocolate contains 1 of 30 collectable, educational insect trading cards!

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Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups

Trash the Reese’s and replace them with Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups. They taste better than the mainstream candy without all the nasty stuff.

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Gin Gin Chews

If you need lots of little yummy treats to hand out, check out the Gin Gins Spicy Apple Ginger Candy. There is a lot of cinnamon, apple and ginger goodness in this 2 pound bag. I could eat the whole bag in one sitting, but then I wouldn’t have any for the next day.

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YumEarth Lollipops

YumEarth Lollipops are a popular Halloween option since the cost is low for the number of lollipops you receive. Not to mention, they are perfect if you are looking to avoid food dyes!

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YumEarth Organic GummyBears

What’s not to love about gummybears? Especially when those gummybears are free of artificial colors, flavors and are Non GMO.

Will you be going Non GMO for Halloween?