Posts Tagged ‘Tomato Sauce’

Spaghetti Squash Meaty Dinner Plate

Compare pasta with spaghetti squash calories carbsSpaghetti squash is the bomb.  I haven’t convinced the other omnivore in the house yet – he likes it, but still likes old fashioned pasta noodles better.  I’m sold though.  There’s about a 400 calorie and 100 grams of carbs difference between our two plates, just because I chose spaghetti squash instead of Penne.  And of course my plate was still crazy delicious and filling – but without the bloaty pasta need-to-nap feeling afterwards.  I hate that feeling.  I mean, food is supposed to be fuel, not a sedative, right?

It’s getting hot here though, and let’s be honest – 97 degrees at only 3% humidity is still hot.  Too hot to turn the oven on anyways.  So I looked up how to microwave my spaghetti squash, and I’m so thrilled that the instructions I used made perfect SS noodles!  Here are the instructions, copied from an article on about.com:

  1. spaghetti squash rawCut the spaghetti squash lengthwise (you can remove the stem first, but don’t cut through the ends.)
  2. Scrape out the seeds and fibers using a large spoon. Again, be careful not to break through the ends.  [I stupidly used a fork.  A spoon would have worked much better]
  3. Take one of the halves and put it cut-side-up in a close-fitting microwave dish (such as an oval casserole.) You want it to be as stable and as level as possible. If it isn’t, cut a very thin strip of skin from the bottom.
  4. Pour 1/2 cup water into the hollow of the squash itself (not into the dish), then place the other half on top cut-side-down.
  5. Carefully place it in the microwave and cook on full power. A small squash (under 1 1/2 lbs) will take about 10 minutes to cook.  Let it rest for 5 minutes before opening it up.  [My squash was a bit over 2lbs, so I cooked it for 12 minutes and let it sit for 10]
  6. To test for doneness, just squeeze the top half gently (wear an oven mitt for this!) If it’s flexible, it’s likely to be done. Carefully remove the top half to see if the flesh has turned a rich, semi-translucent yellow (as opposed to opaque yellow-white)
  7. Drain any remaining water (there may not be any) and pull out the strands with a fork.

spaghetti squash meat parmesan dinner plate

 

The best part is that I have some leftover sauce and the other half of the spaghetti squash to make another big plate of low carb/low calorie/big flavor spaghetti for myself tomorrow!!!

Zucchini for Dipping

Zucchini has quickly become one of my favorite Paleo side dishes.  I grill it, I fry it, I broil it.  I’ve sliced it every which way.  I dump herbs and spices galore on it.  I love it!

Today, I sliced two zucchinis diagonally (one small zucchini per serving), laid them out on a greased baking sheet, and sprinkled them liberally with my spice container that says “Italian herbs.”  I also like using my spice grinder called “Pizza Spices” for Italian-style broiled zucchini dippers sometimes.  But if you don’t have anything halfway fancy like that, just some salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano will work just fine.

Broiled Italian Zucchini Dip

Then all you have to do is put the sheet on a rack that’s about six inches from the top of your oven (for me that’s the top rack) and wait until they start to brown.  My 1/2 to 1/4 inch slices (I’m not very consistent) browned after about seven minutes.  Then I flipped them all over and gave them another three or four minutes.  Most of the time, if you cut them thin enough, you don’t really have to worry about flipping them over.  They’ll be cooked well enough when just the one side is browned.

The dipping sauce is just some canned tomato sauce I found that had the least amount of sugar and zero canola oil.  All I added were some extra “pizza grinder” spices and of course the Parmesan cheese that I grated over the whole shebang.  I know, canned sauce is a crappy shortcut, but some days I just have better things to do than spend a half hour making fresh tomato basil oregano garlic dipping sauce for my zucchini munchies!

One last pic… there actually was some chicken covered in mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, and more sauce on my plate, but it was pretty boring.  All I really wanted was more zucchini please!