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Garlic and Goat Cheese Spaghetti Squash

March 17, 2014

Good morning.  Are your taste buds ready for something good?  And y’all, this stuff is good.

I’ve been trying to figure out some good recipes that are both gluten free and delicious.  And this is seriously delicious.  Additionally, I decided this week I wanted to meal plan.  (I’ve seriously wanted to make some big life changes for the better with this Lenten season.)  While approaching meal planning, I did a lot of research and realized it’s insane to even begin this process.  How many of you meal plan?  Do you weekly, bi-weekly, monthly?  I’m so interested in this thing.  Maybe I’ll start blogging with my research, ideas, and plans!  We can do this together.

Ok, back to this recipe.  I found a great blog that had a week of meals and I quickly found this delicious recipe.  I already had tilapia on hand (see Tuesday’s meal on the blog), so we just needed some greens and the ingredients for Garlic and Goat Cheese Spaghetti Squash.  Lately I’ve tried to branch out with my spaghetti squash meals away from actual spaghetti to other pasta dishes.  I made a few real good ones (and didn’t photograph them, I’m sorry), but decided this one needed to be photographed and blogged about.

So let’s get to the recipe.  It might be the easiest thing ever.  And as you know, I follow recipes loosely.  I hope that doesn’t discourage you from making it.  These things are flexible.

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Spaghetti Squash and Goat Cheese

Ingredients:
-Garlic (I used minced, about 2 heaping tsps, you can use fresh – up to 8 cloves depending on your taste buds)
– 3+ tbsp butter
-1/4 cup Dried Parsley
– 3/4 cup Olive Oil (this can vary depending on how big your spaghetti squash is and how much sauce you want)
-Salt and Pepper, to taste
-1 Spaghetti squash
-Goat Cheese (the recipe says 11 oz, I think 8 oz is plenty and I used a large squash and LOVE goat cheese)

Directions:
1. Prepare your spaghetti squash according to your favorite way.  I do mine like this, but the recipe I followed tells you to cook it whole.  Try whatever you want, but remember if you’re putting it in the oven, it takes a while so bake it early.

2. In a pan melt your butter and add in garlic.  Saute the garlic for 10 minutes.  I used minced, so I probably didn’t cook it for that long, but I did want the flavors to blend nicely.

3. Once the garlic is sautéed, add parsley, salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Blend together and heat for 3-5 minutes.  Turn off heat and set aside.

4. Once your spaghetti squash is cooked (and cooled), grab your fork and “pull” it apart.  You can leave the “spaghetti” in the squash for a bowl serving, or put it all in a large dish.  I always put mine in a large dish to help portion it out for sides.

5. Pour the butter-garlic-oil mixture over the squash and mix well.  It should coat and soak into the squash evenly.

6. Serve with crumbled goat cheese over the top.

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I don’t think I can express to you enough how delicious this dish tastes.  Sadly our squash turned a little mush-like instead of stringy, but it tastes the same, so who cares, right?  I am definitely going to put this dish into my arsenal of meals for future weeks!

Happy eating,
Amanda

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My First Time: Spaghetti Squash

March 11, 2013

Hello friends!

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

I have never cooked or even eaten spaghetti squash before this attempt.  I am not sure I would’ve ever tried, but David went to the grocery store and came home with one.  I asked why he bought one (considering I’ve never made one and it wasn’t on the list).  His response, “You told me to buy vegetables on sale.” So here sat my challenge: figure out how to cook spaghetti squash.  There are a lot of theories on how to cook spaghetti squash, just do a quick search and you’ll come across lots of ideas: cut on the equator, microwave, roast, don’t cut open, cut open.  You get the idea.  Here’s how I did it.

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:
-1 spaghetti squash
-Butter
-Salt and Pepper
-1 jar spaghetti sauce
-1 pound ground turkey
-Italian seasonings

Procedure
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease the pan.

2. Carefully cut the spaghetti squash in half (not along the equator).  Scoop out the seeds and insides.

3. Coat the squash with a small amount of butter (or oil) and then season with salt and pepper.  Place the squash cut side down on the greased pan.  Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Turn the squash over and cook for 10 more minutes.

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

4. Remove the squash from the oven and let it sit for 10-20 minutes.

5. Using a fork, pull out the inside of the squash.  It easily comes out and instantly looks pretty!

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

6. While the squash is cooking, cook and season your ground turkey and warm up spaghetti sauce.

7. Combine all ingredients and enjoy!

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

I think we’ll be making this again soon!  Seriously yummy.

Happy Eating,
Amanda