Who says you have to make stuffed, savory dishes with spaghetti squash? When I opened the refrigerator this morning, two things called to me: a cut spaghetti squash half and a few remaining red strawberries in the carton. It immediately brought to mind a couple of very old recipes I made in my pre-low-carb days. I wondered how I might low-carb it? Then it came to me. I’ll make a fluffy dessert pancake! So that’s what I did!
This is my low-carb version of a very old recipe my Mom used to make with peaches. Mine has less egg in it than is typical (I’m not too fond of eggs). This came out delicious and my husband, who dislikes all things I serve him with spaghetti squash, could NOT tell it was in this creation! Don’t ya just love when you can fool someone’s taste buds that way? 🙂 Unable to find my old recipe, I just started without one. I first cooked the squash and forked out 1 c. of the threads for this recipe, storing the rest in the freezer for another use. Then I started throwing things on top of that into the bowl. Sometimes the ingredients just click! 🙂 This is not suitable until the berries rung of the OWL ladder. Anyway, I think you’ll like this should you decide to give it a go.
VARIATION: Use fresh peaches and sugar-free peach jam instead of the strawberries. (will be higher carbs however)
INGREDIENTS FOR PANCAKE:
1 c. cooked spaghetti squash threads
1 oz. cream cheese
2 T. butter, unsalted
2 beaten eggs
1½ pkt. Truvia sweetener, or equivalent sweetener of your choice
2 tsp. DaVinci Vanilla sugar-free syrup (or ¼ tsp. vanilla extract)
2 T. golden flax meal (or 2 T. almond flour, or 1 T. coconut flour)
1 T. sugar-free strawberry preserves
3 oz. sliced strawberries
WHIPPED CREAM TOPPING: 1/3 c. cream, whipped. Add 1/8 tsp. vanilla & 3 drops liquid sweetener. Stir.
DIRECTIONS: Microwave on HI a seeded spaghetti squash half cut-side down in ½” water for 13-15 minutes. Fork out 1 c. of the threads into a mixing bowl. Store the rest in your fridge or freezer for another use. Preheat oven to 350º. While squash threads are still hot, mix in cream cheese and butter to melt. Stir well. Add eggs, sweetener, DaVinci, flax meal and sliced strawberries. Stir well. Pour into buttered pie plate or quiche dish. If you prefer perfect circle appearance, pour into buttered individual 4″ round mini pie/cake pans. Bake at 350º for about 20-25 minutes (only 15 min. for smaller round ones) or until center is set. Remove and cool almost completely (top layer cannot be even warm really, but bottom one will still be) or the whipped cream topping will melt and be a runny mess, spoiling visual appearance greatly. Cut into quarters and carefully lift 1 quarter out onto each of 2 serving plates. Spread half the strawberry preserves on each in a thin layer. Place another quarter of the pancake nicely on top and top with half the whipped cream topping. Serve at once and ENJOY!
NUTRITIONAL INFO: Makes 2 servings each containing: (calculated using flax meal):
356 calories, 29 g fat, 12.5 g carbs, 4.85 g fiber, 7.65 g NET CARBS, 10.5 g protein, 217 mg sodium