Thursday, February 22, 2018
Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Now that I'm back into eating real pasta I thought I'd try spaghetti squash again, and think of it as the healthy vegetable it is, rather than a substitute for something quite different.
This is a great recipe because it's basically a loaded half of a spaghetti squash that requires no cooking besides roasting the squashes themselves. Considering that this only involves cutting them in half and shoving them in the oven, it really is a no-fuss meal.
Once you've taken them out of the oven you'll want to carefully turn them over (they'll be hot and steaming as Hades) and gently pull the squash apart into spaghetti-like strings.
I then filled them with raw kale, finely chopped (place this in the centre of the squash, right down in the hollow where you removed the seeds, the heat will wilt the kale a bit) and a very satisfying mixture of julienned sun dried tomatoes and whole walnuts.
The original recipe came from a digital cookbook of "reset" recipes I bought from Simple Green Smoothies (you can see their website here).
The recipes are part of a seven day "cleanse" type program that is actually quite nice. I'm not really doing the program (nothing comes between me and my morning coffee) but there are plenty of really terrific smoothie recipes and delicious plant-based dinners.
One recipe I will take away from the collection for sure is one for a "vegan cheeze" topping. I used it to top this spaghetti squash, and it added some protein as well as flavour.
Basically you get out your food processor, add a cup of raw cashews, a cup of raw almonds, half a cup of nutritional yeast and a teaspoon of large, flaky sea salt (such as Maldon sea salt). Give that several pulses in your processor until it looks like fine breadcrumbs and voila, a lovely topping for this dish and all sorts of grain dishes, soups and vegetable dishes that would benefit from a sprinkling of "cheeze".
I've got mine stored in a big jar (which you can see above on the left), and I'll keep it in the fridge to be sure it stays fresh.
This dinner was so good I'm going to buy more spaghetti squash today!
Hope your day goes as well as it possibly can,