I was raised on Italian food: Pasta, pizza, lasagna, you name it, I loved it.
As I began to step into healthier ways of eating and living, it was imperative that I find delicious replacements for the foods that I grew up on. That meant a lot of experimenting with things like cauliflower-crust pizza, zucchini pasta lasagna, and baked ziti with quinoa noodles.
But it was when I found out about spaghetti squash that my culinary world changed forever. If you're not familiar with spaghetti squash, it's the pasta of the vegetable world (as the name implies).
After it's baked, the flesh of the squash comes out as long, thin, spaghetti strands, no spiralizer or fancy tools necessary. Thank you, Mother Nature!