By Melissa Locker
June 07, 2018
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Spaghetti squash is one of the most versatile vegetables around. It can be baked, roasted, stuffed, or turned into a gratin. Basically, whatever they can do to the hashbrown potatoes at Waffle House can be done to spaghetti squash. Its pale yellow flesh pairs well with everything from marinara to shrimp, pesto, Mexican flavors, chicken and mushrooms. Thanks to that versatility, spaghetti squash is one of the few vegetables that most kids will happily eat. After all whose going to complain about veggies that come with meatballs?

While we've always been fans, as paleo and keto diets become more popular, so has spaghetti squash as it can easily be swapped for pasta, if you're looking to cut a few carbs out of your diet. The only downside to spaghetti squash is the prep work.

Normally, when you get ready to cook spaghetti squash, you have to block out a good chunk of time to prepare the squash for cooking. You have to slice it lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, and then bake it. Only once it's tender can the "noodles" be scraped out and are ready to use in a recipe. It's one dish, but twice the work.

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No matter how delicious a recipe looks, sometimes you just don't have the time, energy, or interest in taking down an entire squash at dinner time. Turns out you don't have to—if you have a Costco membership. As Well+Good points out, the members-only store is now selling pre-prepped spaghetti squash for a mere $5 a case. Even better, it's organic. The box contains enough spaghetti for six meals, all scooped out and ready to use in a recipe. If you're really staring down a dinner time deadline, the noodles can even be heated up in the microwave in just six minutes.

Next time you're in Costco, check to see if this is on the shelf so you can stock up on this affordable, time-saving, and healthy dinner option