Despite the fact that the U.S. Agriculture Department recommends you fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, they are rarely the main attraction. As fall rolls around and squash becomes abundant in grocery stores, maybe it's time these healthful foods had their moment in the spotlight.
Squash comes in many varieties, including acorn, butternut, delicata, pumpkin and spaghetti. Spaghetti squash is available year-round, with its peak season in early fall through winter.
Inside spaghetti squash is a wonderful surprise: loads of strands of squash that look like spaghetti noodles. Because of this resemblance, it can be easily substituted for noodles -- for about a quarter of the calories. Although the mild flavor of spaghetti squash will not replace pasta's taste, it pairs wonderfully with sauces you would normally put over pasta.