Saturday, August 17, 2013

Day 5: One Week No Meat Challenge: Spaghetti Squash

Day 5: Spaghetti Squash

Adapted from allrecipes & steamy kitchen

Original recipe serves 6

You will need:
1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 tablespoons sliced black olives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1.      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
Place spaghetti squash with cut sides down on the prepared baking sheet, and bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a sharp knife can be inserted with only a little resistance. Remove squash from oven and set aside to cool enough to be easily handled
Preheat oven to 375F. Pierce squash a few times with sharp paring knife (to let steam escape). Bake spaghetti squash for 60 minutes, or until a paring knife pierces easily through skin with little resistance. Let squash cool for 10 minutes.
2.     Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are warmed through.
3.     Use a large spoon to scoop the stringy pulp from the squash and place in a medium bowl. Toss with the vegetables, feta cheese, olives, and basil. Serve warm. If you choose to cook it whole for an hour, cut the squash in half, lengthwise. Use a fork to remove and discard the seeds. Continue using fork to scrape the squash to get long, lovely strands. If the squash seem difficult to scrape, return the squash to bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Suggestions:  Too improve the spaghetti squash's tenderness, you can put it in a baking dish close to its size and add 1-1 1/2 cups of water for the same baking time to make it soft and delicious! You can also put all the stringy goodness into a frying pan before tossing with veggies with olive oil, garlic, basil, parsley, and parm cheese and then transfer it to a bowl with whatever your heart desires for toppings!

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