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Mushroom Bolognese over Spaghetti Squash

I love to swap traditional pasta for gluten-free, low carb spaghetti squash (what’s even better…..my husband likes it too!) Roasted until tender and scraped with a fork, the squash comes apart in noodle-like strands that hold sauce well. Roast an extra squash, scrape out the flesh, and store in ziplock plastic bags for a quick side during the week. In this meaty dish you’ll find a blend of mushrooms—dried porcini and fresh cremini and button—mimic the texture of ground beef while adding plenty of savory depth. You could substitute 1/4 cup of the canned tomato liquid for a dry red wine to add even more body to the sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 (3-lb.) spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped sweet onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. white button mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained and crumbled
  • 1 (15-oz.) can unsalted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)
Step 1

Combine 1/2 cup hot water and porcini mushrooms in a bowl; let stand 20 minutes. Drain mushrooms in a colander over a bowl; reserve soaking liquid. Finely chop porcini mushrooms.

Step 2

Place 1 squash half, cut side down, in an 8-inch square glass baking dish. Add water to a depth of 1 inch. Cover and microwave at HIGH 8 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork. Remove squash half; cool. Repeat procedure with remaining squash half.

Step 3

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Add onion and next 7 ingredients (through button mushrooms); cook 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato paste; cook 2 minutes. Stir in reserved porcini mushrooms, reserved soaking liquid, soy sauce, and next 4 ingredients (through tomatoes); reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.

Step 4

Scrape inside of squash halves with a fork to remove spaghetti-like strands. Divide squash among 4 plates; top evenly with mushroom mixture and cheese.

Enjoy!

Thank you Cooking Light for this recipe!

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Yellow Squash Pasta with Caramelized Lemon

This gorgeous side goes well with simply grilled meat or poultry. Yellow squash has a high water content, which means that cooking the squash noodles would release a lot of liquid. We opt instead to air-dry them and keep them raw for more freshness and plenty of crunch. Look for lemons with thinner skins (smoother, shinier skins are often thinner); you’ll get a nice citrus hit with each bite, but charring the slices softens the flavor so it’s not overpowering. Serve right after tossing everything together, as the squash will start to wilt.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds yellow squash (about 3 large squash)
  • 3 medium lemons, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped celery leaves
  • 3/4 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

How to Make It

Step 1

Trim squash ends, and halve squash crosswise. Using a spoon, carefully scoop out inner seeds from each squash, removing as little flesh as possible. Cut squash into large noodles using a spiralizer. Place squash noodles between 2 layers of paper towels. Let stand at room temperature until dry, about 3 hours.

Step 2

Transfer noodles to a medium bowl. Grate rind from 1 lemon to equal 1/2 teaspoon. Cut same lemon in half; squeeze juice to equal 1 tablespoon. Set aside rind and juice. Trim tops and bottoms of remaining 2 lemons, and slice into half-moons.

Step 3

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add lemon slices; sprinkle evenly with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle sugar over lemons. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lemons are browned on the edges and caramelized, 4 to 5 minutes.

Step 4

Add caramelized lemon slices to squash noodles. Add celery leaves, cheese, lemon rind, lemon juice, pepper, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt; toss gently to combine. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Serve immediately.

**Add shrimp to make it a main course!

Enjoy!

Thank you Cooking Light for this yummy light dish!

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Personalized Egg Cups

There’s one for everyone!  Personalized!

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Garlic Margherita Chicken & Zucchini

Garlic Margherita Chicken & Zucchini

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Ingredients:
(Serves 4-6)
1 lb chicken breast, or tenders cut into 1″ pieces
1 tsp olive, coconut or avocado oil
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1/4 tsp sea salt
Ground black pepper, to taste
Zucchini & Tomatoes:
1.5 lbs zucchini, cut into half moon shapes
1.5 cups fresh, halved grape tomatoes
1 tsp olive, coconut or avocado oil
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1/2 tsp sea salt
Ground black pepper, to taste
Garnish:
1/4 cup fresh chopped Basil
A sprinkle of Italian (high-quality) cheese such as natural parmesean (optional)
Instructions:
Chicken: Preheat (cast iron) skillet on medium heat add oil to coat. Add garlic and cook for just 10 seconds. Then add chicken, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 8-10 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
Zucchini and Tomatoes: Cook the zucchini the same way as Chicken but for 6 minutes, adding tomatoes during the last 3 minutes of cooking time.
Add chicken back to skillet and stir just to warm. Remove from heat, sprinkle with fresh Basil.
Refrigerate in a glass airtight container for up to 5 days.

 

Thank you Rachel at Clean Food Crush for this yummy recipe!

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Cashew Cream Pad Thai Zoodles

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Ingredients

3/4 cup raw cashews
3 ounces thin brown rice noodles (such as Annie Chun’s Maifun)
4 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons Sriracha chili sauce
1 medium yellow zucchini
1 medium green zucchini
2 large carrots
1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
1 cup sugar snap peas, trimmed and thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 cup torn fresh basil

Preparation

1. Soak cashews in a bowl of water for 1 hour. Drain.

2. Soak noodles in a bowl of very warm water for at least 1 hour. Drain.

3. Combine cashews, soy sauce, oil, fish sauce, honey, lime juice, and Sriracha in a mini food processor, and process until very smooth.

4. Run zucchini through a spiralizer to create noodles, or cut long noodles with a julienne peeler or ribbons with a vegetable peeler to measure 3 cups. Run carrots through a spiralizer to create noodles, or cut into long noodles with a julienne peeler or ribbons with a vegetable peeler to measure 1 cup. Combine rice noodles, zucchini, carrot, cabbage, and peas; toss well to combine. Spoon cashew mixture over noodles; toss to combine. Sprinkle with basil.

 

Thank you Cooking Light for this recipe!

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Spiralized Beet and Butternut Squash Noodles with Parsley Pesto

Spiralized Beet and Butternut Squash Noodles with Parsley Pesto

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Doesn’t this look beauteous!!!!

1 medium beet, peeled
1 medium golden beet, peeled
1 butternut squash, peeled
1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
½ cup italian parsley
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
Zest of 1 lemon
1 ounce feta cheese, crumbled

1. Spiralize beets and the neck of the butternut squash (reserve the bottom hollow section for another use).

2. Combine vegetables and a small amount of water in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute or until tender and drain beets and squash noodles on a paper towel. ( I would do this on the stove)

3. In a blender or mini food processor, combine parsley, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon zest. Blend until smooth.

4. Gently toss spiralized vegetables in pesto and sprinkle with feta.

Serves 4
CALORIES 114; FAT 7.3g (sat 1.9g, mono 4.5g, poly 0.7g); PROTEIN 2g; CARB 11g; FIBER 3g; CHOL 6mg; IRON 1mg; SODIUM 309mg; CALC 62mg

Thank you Cooking Light for this recipe!!

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YEEHAW… Cowboy Caviar!

Doesn’t this Cowboy Caviar look yummy!!!

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Cowboy Caviar

(Thank you 12 Tomatoes for this yummy recipe!)

30 MINUTES TO PREPARE, SERVES 8

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14 oz.) corn, rinsed and drained
  • 6 roma tomatoes
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup Italian dressing
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

  1. Toss beans corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeño and red onion together in a large bowl.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, cumin and garlic powder, then add avocado and fresh cilantro.
  3. Mix gently with Italian dressing until everything is moistened.
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  5. Refrigerate for 15-30 minutes before serving.
  6. Enjoy!
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Throw Together Thursday!

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What’s in the veggie drawer of your fridge!?  Tonight… A red onion, red pepper, and zucchini…yes, organic! My husband is great at the grill!  A little coconut oil spray and organic no salt seasoning! Yummy! And easy!! Real ‘Fast Food!’

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