7. Spaghetti squash
This gourd, which is packed with fiber and vitamin A, earned itself a spot on our list for versatility. While you could eat it as you would a regular squash (baked in the oven with butter and salt, or with some tomatoes and feta cheese), it also works as an alternative to spaghetti. Bake spaghetti squash until it’s soft enough that you can rake through the insides of it with a fork and pull out the strings of “pasta” and then top it with your favorite spaghetti sauce and a few shaves of fresh Parmesan.