Shrimp “Alfredo” Spaghetti Squash

Wow.  It’s been a crazy season!  Has it been like that for anyone else?  It definitely has been at the Rodgers household, and it sure doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon!  But that is okay…it is all good things :). However, it has taken a toll on my cooking time!  It was making me so sad because I kept thinking “I have nothing fun to share with my food blogger friends!” 

But then today, I was scrolling through my email and BAM!!!  Sitting there so innocently were a cluster of unopened emails from myself, all containing food pictures!  Beautiful sight to behold!  Now I cannot promise you that I will remember every recipe exactly, but there is some great inspiration there that is too appetizing not to share.  With that in mind I will do my best to tell you how you can make these recipes happen for yourself, some adjusting and creativity may be required.  But that is what cooking is all about, isnt it?!  So begins the lost archive series. 

First up?! Creamy Shrimp Spaghetti Squash! This was a fun one!

So here is the general idea of what you will need:

•2 Spaghetti Squash
•1 lb Shrimp, deveined and shelled
•1 C Diced Mixed Veggies (I was super lazy and just used a frozen medly)
•6 Cloves Garlic (at least,) minced
•4 C Chicken Broth
•1 C Unsweetened Original Almond Milk
•2-3 Tbsp Grassfed Butter
•2 Heads Cauliflower, cut into florets
•Salt and Pepper

And here is how you do it:

1) First order of business is cooking your squash, that takes the longest. You can cook it a number of ways, I usually cut them in half and roast them for about an hourat 375*

2) Bring your broth to a boil. Add the cauliflower and boil until nice and tender. I usually do about 15 minutes.

3) In the meantime, melt some butter in a skillet. Add your minced garlic and saute just for a minute or so to get a nice flavor out of it. Set it aside, it is for flavor in the sauce.

4) When the cauli is tender, transfer it to a food processor, in batches if necesssry. DON’T THROW OUT THE BROTH! Add the almond milk, salt, pepper, a pad of butter, the sauted garlic, and enough of the broth to bring it to the right consistency (1-2 cups). Blend until smooth amd creamy. Set aside.

5) Melt some butter in a large skillet. Add your shrimp and cook until just starting to color. Add your veggies and stir until heated through and the shrimp is completely opaque. Add your cauliflower sauce and stir it all together. Taste and adjust with spices as you see fit.

6) Spoon on top of a heaping pile of spaghetti squash, and enjoy. 🙂

Peectures!!!

Blending the sauce

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Ccoking the shrimp and veggies
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Mixing it all together
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Dang that looks good! Now see it all come together!

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Awe yeah baby!

What do you think?! What twist would you add to this archive recipe?!

Fall Stir Fry with Spaghetti Squash

Don’t you love those “DUH!” moments??  Those times when you have an idea and feel like a genius for having said idea…but also feel like an idiot for not having that idea earlier?  That is what happened with this recipe!!  For quite a while now I have been taking favorite noodle recipes and substituting in spaghetti squash!  Now as I have mentioned before, I do not think of or present the dish as a noodle dish when I do this…or the people consuming will expect it to taste exactly like noodles.  But if you present it as a great spaghetti squash recipe, they will be overjoyed with the flavor, and they will be expecting it to be so different from noodles that they will be pleasantly surprised!

Well.  We love stir fry in this house.  But I had pretty much given up on noodle stir fry, even though it is my favorite version.  Why had I never considered spaghetti squash stir fry?!  But I was looking through this wonderful book you will remember:

 

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…and I stumbled upon a recipe called “Noodles with Chicken and Vegetables.”  Aka…chicken stir fry with noodles.  I thought “oh man that looks tasty…” then suddenly….palm meet face!!  SPAGHETTI SQUASH!

The great thing about this is that it is more of an idea than a recipe.  Stir fry is such an open ended thing.  It is so great because as long as you keep veggies in your fridge and some for of soy sauce and sesame oil…you don’t even have to plan ahead.  You just chop chop, toss it in a wok and BAM!  Nutritional dinner!!  🙂  Most of you probably already know how to do that!  I just wanted to open your eyes to the new possibilities with spaghetti squash!  But nevertheless,  here is the general idea of what I did!

 

The ingredients:

  • 1 Small Spaghetti Squash
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Head Broccoli or Cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2-3 Large Chicken Breasts, Cut into bite sized pieces
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 or 2 Bell Peppers, Julienned
  • 1 or 2 Large Carrots, sliced
  • About 1/4 Lg Head Red Cabbage, Sliced
  • 1 Small Onion, Chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Aminos
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Honey (Optional)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Pinch Red Pepper Flakes

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Cook your spaghetti squash in advance, however you prefer to do this.  I stab mine a bunch then roast at about 400* for an hour or so, turning once.  It is done when the skin is very tender and easily pierced.  Remove seeds and remove the flesh in strands with a fork.  Set aside.
  2. Salt and Pepper your chunks of chicken.  Heat the coconut oil in a wok and add chicken.  Stir and cook until chicken is browned and cooked through…about 5-8 minutes.  Remove and set aside.
  3. Add your onions into the wok and cook for about 2 minutes, until starting to get tender.  Add garlic, cook and stir for 30 seconds or so, then add in the rest of the veggies (minus the squash).  I did not pre-cook my cauliflower but if you don’t want a crunch in the middle of your cauliflower or broccoli, feel free to steam or boil for a few minutes before hand. 🙂  Cook all the veggies, stirring, until everything is getting tender-crisp.
  4. Add the chicken back in and stir.
  5. Whisk together all of the sauce ingredients.  Dump over stir fry.  Stir in.
  6. Add in the spaghetti squash strands and toss it all together.  Heat it through, then remove and serve!  Garnish with sesame seeds if desired!!  ENJOY!!!

Peectures:

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Cook your spaghetti squash first! In the meantime, cook your chicken.  Set aside.

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Add your onions and cook for a few minutes.  Add in garlic and stir, cooking about 30 seconds.  Then dump in the rest of your veggies, minus the spaghetti squash.  Cook until everything is tender crisp.

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Add in the chicken and cook and stir..

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Then add in the sauce…and last but not least the spaghetti squash!  Toss everything to coat, heat through, then remove and serve!!

 

 

Chicken Bacon Pesto Spaghetti Squash

Lately I have had SO much fun searching through all my cookbooks (and buying new ones…batting my puppy eyes at Mr. Rodgers when we find them in stores hehe!), adapting the recipes to fit our lifestyle, and sharing the recipes with you wonderful people.  (Seriously, you guys are wonderful.  I love my followers, and that everyone is so encouraging!)  I hope you enjoy seeing all the fun cookbooks I stumble upon!

 

However, with that being said…I must declare that there is something SO special…so satisfying and confidence-boosting…about successfully creating your own dish.  Your brain child.  Your baby.  And when people you love rave about it…I don’t know about you guys, but that makes me want to cry happy tears!

This is one of those dishes.  MINE!  MY OWN!  MY PRECIOUSSS!  Haha.  (If you understand that reference, you may be a nerd…and I love you for it!)  I sincerely hope that some of you understand what I am talking about, and you aren’t sitting there reading this thinking “wow, she’s a freak!”  😉  ANYWHO!  Staying on track…I loved this dish.  Mr. Rodgers loved this dish.  Mr Rodgers’ best friend loved this dish!  (I wish I could communicate to you how big of a deal that is!  He is…particular…about his food.  To this day I can’t believe he ate squash…and loved it!)

 

I mean…just look at these ingredients:

 

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 Lg Chicken Breasts
  • Salt, Pepper, and Mrs. Dash (or your favorite seasoning blend.  I’m addicted to Mrs. Dash)
  • 1 Package Bacon
  • 1 Zucchini, sliced into bite size pieces
  • 2 Small Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 C Pesto (I used this quick recipe)

 

And here’s how you do it!  (Though there are a few components, it really is a simple process!)

  1. Cook your spaghetti squash however you desire!  I usually roast whole in the oven at 400* for an hour or so, turning occasionally.  You wanna make sure that you can easily pierce the flesh with a fork before you take it out.  Remove the seeds and use a fork to pull the inside into spaghetti-like strands.  Set aside.
  2. Cook your bacon and reserve the grease!
  3. Cut your chicken into bite size pieces, season with salt, pepper, and Mrs. Dash, and cook in bacon grease until done.  Set aside.
  4. Sauté your zucchini just a few minutes in the bacon grease, until just beginning to get tender.  (Don’t let it get mushy!)
  5. Crumble in your bacon (or if you’re like me, use kitchen scissors to cut it into little uniform bites hehe.)
  6. Dump in your spaghetti squash…
  7. Stir to evenly distribute all those yummy ingredients…
  8. Dump in your pesto and stir to coat everything, it should be just enough to give you a nice covering without being too overwhelming.

 

 

 

Peectures!

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Cook your bacon, reserving the grease

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Cut your chicken into bite size pieces, season with salt, pepper, and Mrs. Dash, and cook in bacon grease until done.  Set aside.

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Sauté your zucchini just a few minutes in the bacon grease, until just beginning to get tender.

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Crumble in your bacon (or if you’re like me, use kitchen scissors to cut it into little uniform bites hehe.)

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Dump in your spaghetti squash…

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Stir to evenly distribute all those yummy ingredients…

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Dump in your pesto and stir to coat everything, it should be just enough to give you a nice covering without being too overwhelming.

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And serve!  Yummy!!

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I wish it wasn’t so hard to make spaghetti squash look beautiful!  But I tell you what…even like that I still want to eat it right now!!  I hope this idea inspires you guys, let me know what you think!

 

 

 

 

Peectures!

 

Italian Meatballs Over Spaghetti Squash

Ohhhh yum!  I made this a few weeks ago, and put it on the menu for this week as well.  However, I am saving it for one of the last meals because it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients that can go bad, unlike the other meals I have planned.  Well, Mr. Rodgers saw it on the menu and has been asking every couple days “WHEN CAN WE HAVE MEATBALLS?!”

That’s a good sign that this is a winner.  And you know what’s so great about it?  It’s super easy.  Aside from cooking the spaghetti squash, I had done the prep with other meals.  Allow me to explain.

Remember that amazingly yummy Saucy Paleo Pot Roast I posted about earlier?  And I told you to throw that extra sauce in a tupperware and freeze it?  Yeah.  Meatball sauce.  Check.  It worked PERFECTLY!

And remember that home made sausage recipe I rave about?  Yeah.  Double batch.  Make half into patties, half into balls.  Cook the sausage for your breakfast and toss the balls into a ziploc raw and put in your freezer.  Meatballs.  BAM!

 

Easy peasy, and delicious.  And healthy!  And apparently…it makes husbands really happy.  Can’t get better than that!

 

So, here’s what you need:

  • Leftover sauce from Saucy Paleo Pot Roast (Or create your own, but seriously….its so easy this way!)
  • Home made sausage, formed into balls instead of patties  (Probably about half a recipe, unless you want lots of meatballs!)
  • 1 Spaghetti Squash

 

And here’s how you do it!

  1. Put a soup pot on your stove, and dump your left over roast sauce into it.  Mine was frozen, so I just plopped my block of sauce in there, turned it on medium, put the lid on, and let it do its thing.
  2. Preheat your oven to 375*.  Pierce your spaghetti squash all over, place on a pan, and cook for about an hour, until it is tender to the touch.  I find it helps to roll it at least once through the cooking process.
  3. Meanwhile, when sauce has melted and is bubbly, dump in your meatballs.  My meatballs were also frozen!  Cover and let simmer at least 30 minutes, or until your squash is done.  Make sure it isn’t up too high so you don’t burn the sauce.
  4. Remove squash from oven, cut in half, and scoop out seeds.  Use a fork to remove flesh in strands.
  5. Put squash on a plate and smother with your meatballs and sauce!!  And devour!!  So flavorful and satisfying, hallelujah!

 

Peectures!

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Place sauce into pot over medium heat and begin melting.  Get your squash cooking at the same time!

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Yay bubbling sauce!  Reduce to a simmer and add meatballs, letting cook at least half an hour, or until squash is ready!

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When squash is tender, remove from oven.  Carefully cut in half and remove seeds.

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Scrape flesh out in strands and place in a bowl.

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Smother in sauce and meatballs, and DEVOUR!  Doesn’t that look amazing?!  It was just so tasty!!  I hope you enjoy this easy idea on how to prep for multiple meals at once and feed your family a super nutritious meal!

 

 

 

 

Steak and White Sauce Over Spaghetti Squash (HAPPY 200TH POST!)

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!  It’s my 200th post!!  I’m so happy!!  Now because this is a landmark post, I wanted to post something special!  So I decided to share with you the new recipe that I am the very most proud of!

IT. WAS. SO. GOOD.

Like good to the point that as I was finishing mine up, I looked over to see Mr. Rodgers carefully wiping the bottom of the bowl with his finger and then licking it.  Repeatedly.  Even when there was nothing left.  Then he turned to me and bashfully asked for another bowl, haha.  That, my friends, is a good sign that you have created something wonderful!

White sauce…but healthy white sauce.  Creamy.  Garlicky. A couple greens for texture and extra nutrients.  Grilled steak cooked to a lovely medium doneness.  And spaghetti squash to give the illusion and comfort of pasta without the carbs.  Hallelujah, what more could you ask for?!

Let’s get to it so you can experience this yumminess as well!!

 

So, here’s what you need:

  • 1 1/2 lbs(ish) steak, approximately 1 inch thick
  • 2 Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 C Peas (I used frozen)
  • 1 C Asparagus, cut into inch pieces
  • 2 Heads Cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 6+ Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 4 C Chicken Broth
  • 1 C Unsweetened Original Almond Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Grassfed Butter (We use Kerrygold)
  • Additional Grassfed Butter for pan greasing
  • Salt and Pepper

 

And here’s how you do it:

  1. Choose your method of cooking the spaghetti squash.  I like doing “set it and forget it” methods.  You can use a crock pot with a little water in the bottom, or cook it at 375 degrees for an hour or so (pierce it first).
  2. Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium heat.  Season steak generously with salt and pepper, (and maybe a little Mrs. Dash!  I can’t seem to cook without it!) and grill about 7 minutes per side, depending on how you like your meat cooked.  Set aside during the rest of the prep.
  3. Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a large pot.  Meanwhile, prep your cauliflower.  Add it to the boiling broth and boil until tender, about 15 minutes.
  4. Melt some butter in a pan and sauté the garlic for a minute or two, careful not to burn it…just get that lovely rich flavor and fragrance coming out of it.  Set aside.
  5. Melt more butter into same pan, and add asparagus and peas.  Saute for about 5 minutes, just until they are a vibrant green color and beginning to get tender.
  6. When cauliflower is tender, transfer to a food processor or blender (in batches if necessary!)  Don’t toss out the broth just yet!  Add 1-2 C of the broth to the food processor along with salt, pepper, 1 Tbsp butter, and garlic.  “Blend” for about 5 minutes straight until it is very creamy.
  7. Pour mixture back into a pot and stir in almond milk.  If it is too thick, add more almond milk or chicken broth. Add veggies.
  8. Thinly slice the steak, and mix into sauce and/or save to top the dish with.  I did both, had some mixed into the sauce and saved a few pieces for a “garnish.”

How “yum!!” does that sound?!  I hope you love this as much as we did!

 

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Grill lines!  7 Minutes per side!

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1 C each of peas and asparagus!

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Cauliflower boiling, steak grilling, garlic sautéing!

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Peas and asparagus getting tender!

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Yum!

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Cauliflower in the food processor…

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Plus salt, pepper, garlic, and butter, blended until smooth!

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Steak sliced!

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All other ingredients stirred in…what a beautiful sauce!!

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Healthy.  Comforting.  Delicious.  Perfection!

 

Spaghetti Squash with Spaghetti Sauce – Kirkwood Style!

Now you may be wondering why I did not simply call this “Spaghetti Squash.” Or “Spaghetti with Squash.” Or something along those lines. There is a very specific reason.

You see, when you start eating healthy, or trying to eliminate things such as carbs or gluten…people will tell you about all these great substitutions…that you won’t be able to tell a difference, blah blah blah.  Here’s my take.  There are indeed tons of great substitutions.  I am passionate about discovering them.  However…you are going to be able to taste a difference, and that is okay.  Because when you change your diet, you aren’t trying to trick yourself, you are trying to change your life.  So trying new things is going to have to be part of your every day most likely.

Also…dear, sweet Mr. Rodgers.  The first time I made spaghetti squash I told him that it was supposed to be like noodles, so he expected noodles.  Because of that, he was disappointed when there were no noodles to be found, then declared that he “hates Spaghetti Squash.”  Unwilling to lose this amazing ingredient to cook with, I wisened up.  Instead of claiming to make pasta dishes with healthy noodles…I now claim to make squash dishes with yummy sauces.  So this is NOT Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti!  It is simply Spaghetti Squash with my mom’s Spaghetti Sauce on top.  And now, Mr. Rodgers is coming around to the wonderful squash, and all is well.  I seriously LOVED this recipe!  So without further ado…here it is!!

Here is what you need:

  • 1 Lg Spaghetti Squash, Baked, Microwaved, or cooked in a crock pot
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Diced (Optional)
  • 1 Onion, Diced
  • 3-5 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 3-4 Stalks Celery, Diced
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Italian Seasoning (and/or Oregano and Basil)
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 1/4 C – 2 C Cheddar, Shredded (Originally my mom uses like 2 C, I was trying to make it more healthy so I cut it back to 1/4 C)
  • About 2 Cans Tomato Sauce (To preference…I like mine super thick and chunky…you can add more to stretch it if you desire)

And here is how you do it:

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First, get your squash cooking because it will most likely take a while.  If I remember right, mine baked for almost 2 hours!

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Now to start your sauce!  I would first get all of your ingredients together and prep your veggies.  (Normally I would have another color of pepper in there too but we were out of groceries haha!)

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Now brown your beef and drain, then set aside!

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Put butter or coconut oil in the bottom of a pan, add your veggies, and saute until tender.  Add beef, stir together, and cook another minute or so.

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Add in enough tomato paste to get it to your desired consistency.  Add seasonings to taste, stir in, and adjust.  Let simmer, even for hours, until ready.  The longer it simmers, the better it tastes.

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Remove squash from heat, and when cool enough to handle without burning yourself, cut in half.

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Scoop out seeds with a large spoon and discard.  Fluff out the noodles with a fork and scoop them out of the squash into your serving dish of choice (or just leave it in the half so it looks fancy!)

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Right before you serve, stir cheese into sauce.

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Pour sauce on top of squash, sprinkle some parm, and devour this wonderfully meaty, satisfying, low carb, healthy meal!!