Monday, January 3, 2011

Spaghetti Squash with spinach and mushrooms

Happy new year everyone!! Hope your year is filled with the wonderful joy of cooking wholesome meals for your family. I have been focusing a lot on sustainability and have decided to go completely local and seasonal this year. I figured it is possible to cook gourmet food even if you restrict yourself to buy only locally produced seasonal veggies and greens. Another focus for this year will also be improving my photographic skills so that the pictures I have in this blog look more pleasing and appetizing.

Winter has the name Squash written all over it, right.. So, here’s my first time buying and cooking Spaghetti Squash. My daughter loved scraping the spaghetti out of the squash. I loved how simple and easy it was to cut and scrape. When I said that we'll have Spaghetti Squash for dinner, my husband thought that it was spaghetti with squash and he was pleasantly surprised to see that it's just all vegetables and no white carb.


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1 Spaghetti Squash - Standard Medium size
Button Mushrooms - about 500 gms - washed and cut
Fresh leaf Spinach - about 500 gms - washed and dried
Olive oil - 1.5 tbs
Cheddar Cheese - 3 tbs
Salt and Pepper - to taste
Roasted almonds - 1/2 cup (optional)


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1.Poke the spaghetti squash all over with a skewer or fork.

2.Microwave it on high for about 12 minutes.(This depends on the size of the squash. Mine was a standard grocery store size). In between, turn the side once to make sure all sides are evenly cooked.

3.You will see water oozing out of the skin. The squash will be hot. Use your mitt to take it out and let it cool for a few minutes.

4. Now cut in half lengthwise.Use a fork to scrape the strands.


In a medium size pan, heat olive oil and stir in mushrooms. Saute for a few minutes and add spinach. Saute until spinach wilts. Add salt and pepper. Stir in the squash and saute once or twice to mix everything. Now add more salt and pepper as required and add the cheese.

Serve hot in a bowl and sprinkle the almonds. The almonds add a nice nutty taste to this meal. You can also add roasted peanuts or cashew nuts. 
What is your favorite spaghetti squash recipe? Let me know so I can try and enjoy..