Foodie Chronicles: Spaghetti Squash

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On my last supermarket trip, I noticed an entire display of Spaghetti Squash. After hearing so many good things about it (mostly the healthy factor), I decided to give it a try.  Of course, I sourced Pinterest to figure out how to even begin cooking the squash. I landed on the Eat Within Your Means blog, which provided detailed, step-by-step directions. Here’s what I did:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Step 2: Slice squash into rings and discard seeds (unless you want to save those to roast for a tasty snack)

Step 3: Place squash rings on a cookie sheet lined with foil–Bake for 45 minutes

Step 4: Remove from oven and cool for about 15 minutes

photo 1Step 5: Peel away the squash skin and use a fork to separate the squash strands (which surprisingly turn out looking like real spaghetti pasta!)

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Step 6: Prepare your favorite sauce and serve on top of the spaghetti squash (I went the easy route and made ground chicken and paired it with a traditional jar spaghetti sauce)

Step 7: Mixed 1/4 cup of part-skim ricotta cheese with 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan and Romano mix with a pinch of salt and black pepper and topped the sauce with it.  Also, used some parsley for added garnish.

Delish!

Please try this simple recipe out and let me know your thoughts!

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Easy weeknight meal: Summer Stir Fry

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Last night, I came across the cooking site “The Comfort of Cooking” (via TheNest.com) which has some really tasty-looking recipes accompanied by some amazing imagery (I really need to upgrade to a better camera-DSLR, maybe?). Coming home from the gym, I always feel like I’m starving. So, I looked for something easy to throw together for dinner and the ‘Summer Stir Fry’ popped up. Who doesn’t love a good stir fry, especially one with fresh, healthy ingredients?

Luckily, I already had all of the ingredients on-hand (happy dance!) :

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 25-30 whole shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails left on
  • 2 whole zucchini, sliced on a slight diagonal
  • 2 ears corn, kernels sliced off
  • ½ cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley/basil/cilantro, if desired
  • **Crushed red pepper flakes (Not a part of the recipe, but I added since I love spicy food)
  • **Jasmine rice or Brown rice (This wasn’t included in the recipe either, but I added for a little more substance)

To see how to make this delicious recipe, click here.

I am happy to report the dish was very easy to prepare, it’s super colorful and full of flavor. This recipe yielded more than enough to bring for today’s lunch. This will definitely be added to my list of quick and easy meals — very pleasing to the taste buds.

What are some of your favorite recipes, that are easy to pull together quickly? Please share!

(Image taken by Alexis Young)

Blueberries + Cake = a fantastic breakfast entree

While perusing through Pinterest (my new obsession, along with 18 million other people in the world), I came across this delectable looking Buttermilk-Blueberry Breakfast Cake.  Although I am not the biggest baker around, this recipe seems easy enough. I will try it out and report back soon…promise.

Looking for this wonderful recipe? Visit Alexandra’s Kitchen website. Whether you’re a novice or expert with creating tasty delights, there are some amazing looking recipes that are worthy of experimenting in the kitchen on Alexandra’s Kitchen site. So break out that mixer and stainless measuring cups and get to baking!

What’s your favorite breakfast recipe that requires baking? What are some of your baking secrets or techniques, that you care to share?

P.S. Find me on Pinterest! (Lexofhearts)

Image Source – AlexandraCooks.com