All Squash Do Not Cook The Same

by Joanne on January 27, 2009

We had a major blow out tonight.  I thought I could cook the spaghetti squash in the microwave the same way I cook the Acorn and Butternut. Not!  This is what it looked like:

A squash blow out

A squash blow out

Ted volunteered to clean up the mess. He regretted it. However, the squash was salvaged and this is what we did with it:

Cooked 11.4 minutes in microwave before the mishap.

Cut it in half. Tossed the seeds and peeled the inside “meat” away with a fork into a dish.

In the meantime, I had cooking on the stove, 10 halved asparagus spears (sauteed in EVOO for 2 min), added 5 oz shiitake mushrooms – cooked for about 3 minutes with the asparagus. Added 1/3 cup pasta sauce and 6 oz Vegetable broth and let that slow boil for about 8 minutes. The oven was preheated to 425F.  Pour the mushroom/asparagus mix over spaghetti squash in dish, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese to cover top and bake for 15 minutes.

Ted STILL didn’t like the spaghetti squash. He said it isn’t fun to eat. It has no flavor except the sauce I put on it.  Oh well … I’ll give him 6 months and try again. 🙂

I made Lime Glazed Tempeh for me tonight (Ted cooked himself Turkey cutlets).  My Tempeh was based on this recipe found earlier this week:  “Orange Pan Glazed Tempeh Recipe” found at

I didn’t realize when I decided to cook it that I had next to NONE of the ingredients. So this is what I did:

  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp orange peel
  • 1 tsp ginger (ground)
  • 2 tsp tamari
  • 2 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 10 oz Tempeh (3 grain)
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Broth

I put the first 8 ingredients in bowl and mixed up.  I put the tempeh in a pan heated with EVOO over med. high for 5 minutes, turned over and cooked another 5 minutes. Added sauce, added Vegetable broth and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Basically the instructions were as written at the referenced site.  It came out great!

lime glazed tempeh with spaghetti squash

lime glazed tempeh with spaghetti squash


I found a mystery picture on my camera tonight.

dscn0012  That ball “thing” he has in his mouth was part of a bigger toy which he JUST got through ripping apart.  Ted wanted to catch him in the act… again.

He’s just the cutest when he’s been bad! 

Have a great night all!

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  • At 2009.01.27 22:04, Juliet said:

    oh my gosh. Thank you for letting us learn from your mistakes. 😉

    • At 2009.01.28 09:31, applec said:

      Who would’ve known?! Kind of neat the way it exploded spewing “spaghetti” type squash strings all over though.

      • At 2009.01.29 01:09, biz319 said:

        Oh no! A spaghetti squash that size would only take about 6 minutes in the microwave!

        You managed to salvage it though!

        • At 2009.01.29 09:23, applec said:

          Thanks for the squash micro time. I was thinking that I shouldn’t have put it in the microwave as a whole squash in the first place. Good to know…6 minutes next time. Ted is thinking “OH know! NOT a next time!!!” 🙂

          • At 2009.01.29 13:22, Sara said:

            I just recently made spaghetti squash for the first time and I loved it. I halved it and roasted in the oven for 45 minutes and just topped it with some salt, pepper, and parm. cheese.

            • At 2009.01.29 15:19, applec said:

              Sara – I saw a recipe that said to roast it almost as you indicated, but I was lazy and thought I could get great results using the microwave. Like I do with Butternut and Acorn squash. Live and learn. Thanks for recipe suggestion.

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