DIY Apple-Spaghetti Squash Kugel
Happy New Year to everyone! May it be filled with good health and resolutions held firm…if possible. I’m a little late getting 2014 started blogwise, but I’m charging out of the gates with a new “blog-look” and a revised recipe. Here goes!
Back in 2012, I posted a recipe for Apple-Spaghetti Squash Kugel, adapted from one on the blog, Cara’s Cravings. It was low in calories, had no oil, and tasted yummy. Recently, I decided to make it again, but now the recipe struck me as, well, conservative.
So I went as wild as I could, considering my forever diet. I used currants instead of raisins. I added pumpkin and sunflower seeds. I exchanged regular Splenda with Splenda’s Brown Sugar Blend (I told you I went wild!).
Then I realized that I hadn’t plumbed this recipe’s possibilities. Hence, this a DIY recipe because you can mix and match ingredients to your heart’s content.
Makes 6-8 servings
- 1 medium spaghetti squash, cooked (approximately 4 cups)
- ¾ cup liquid egg substitute (3 eggs)
- ½ cup sweetener (sugar, brown sugar, Splenda, or Splenda Brown Sugar)
- 2 tsps. ground cinnamon or 1 tsp. cinnamon + 1 tsp. Chinese 5 spice
- 2 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
- Cooking spray
Note for Weight Watchers: The total point value of the dish, using a no-cal sweetener and eggbeaters is 3 points! This is why you can go a little DIY wild if you like!
DIY Ingredients: I used ¼ cup for each of my additions of seeds and currants, but the amount is up to you. Pick and choose but two warnings: 1) I haven’t tried all of these (just used my imagination), and 2) be sparing as all are high in calories.
- Add sweetness: Currants, raisins and/or shredded, sweetened coconut
- Add protein:
- Pumpkin or sunflower seeds (salted or unsalted)
- Sesame or poppy seeds (as a topping)
- Walnuts, pecans, almonds and/or cashews (in pieces)
- Chia and hemp seeds
- Add carbohydrates along with some protein:
- Quinoa seeds (rinse and uncooked)
- Quinoa flakes
- Millet seeds (rinsed and uncooked)
- Add fiber:
- Have any other suggestions? Please post a comment.
Note for Weight Watchers: Points Values of Commonly Used Seeds provides information that is not in the WW booklet. Also OneMorePound.com has a helpful web page with points information for many nuts, seeds, etc.
- In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sweetener, and cinnamon.
- Add spaghetti squash and toss to coat.
- Add apples if you don’t want to decorate the top.
- Mix in DIY ingredients.
- Spray a 6″ x 10″ or 9″ x 9″ pan with cooking spray.
- Pour the mixture into the pan, smoothing the surface. Set slices of apples into the top if that’s your chosen method.
- Bake in a 375° F oven for 35-45 minutes until golden and set.