Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Spaghetti Squash and Vodka Sauce

I discovered spaghetti squash a couple of years ago--it's awesome.  I just love the fact that I can eat a huge bowl of this stuff and not feel like I need to run a marathon the next day to work it off! This can be used just like spaghetti minus all the carbs.  It's chock full of nutrients and only about 75 calories per 8 oz serving.  Oh can definitely help yourself to seconds!  This a super simple recipe which you can modify and add all sorts of your favorite goodies.  Here are the basics of what you'll need.

This serves 3
1/2 spaghetti squash
Jar of marinara or vodka sauce
6 or 7 mushrooms
1-2 tbsp of sliced sun dried tomato (optional)
5-6 quarters of artichoke hearts (optional)
Other great additions:  spinach or onions

Cut the squash in half and scrape out the seeds.

Once you've scraped out the center, fill a tupperware about 1/4 of the way full with water.  Place the squash flat side down.

Heat on high in the microwave for about 10-12 minutes.  

While the squash is in the microwave, grease a pan with olive oil and toss in sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and mushrooms.  (I was originally just going to sautee mushrooms until I found a jar of sun dried tomatoes and artichokes in the back of my fridge...woohoo!)  

 Once the squash is done, drain the water and scrape the insides with a fork to form spaghetti like noodles.

 Add the squash to the pan, mix everything well and then add your favorite sauce!


Monday, September 28, 2009

Lowbrow Chicken Masala

I was wandering through Trader Joe's yesterday looking at the variety of ethnic sauces and marinades. I wanted to try something new and picked up the Simmer Masala Sauce. You never know with bottled stuff...but it wasn't bad...I just added a little more chili pepper to spice it up a bit! If you have a Trader Joe's nearby, this is a seriously easy dinner to whip up in 20 minutes. Here's what you need:
Serves 2-3

1-1 1/2 lb of chicken breast or thigh. (I used thigh)
1 jar of Masala Simmer Sauce from Trader Joe's.
Any kind of rice (I used basmati)
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While the rice is boiling, add simmer sauce and 8 oz. of water to a pan. Cube chicken and add to sauce. Let simmer on medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Add chili pepper to taste if you like it a little spicy!
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fresh Tomato Basil & Pasta

I have not had time to run to the grocery store and my dinners have turned into peanut butter and jam on toast. Tonight I found myself in the same predicament until my roommate said, "Please eat the heirloom tomatoes from my garden!" She has fresh basil growing out there too. I knew I had some whole wheat pasta in the fridge. Sweet! A super simple, fresh healthy meal. Please note, that fresh basil and in season tomatoes are what makes this meal so delicious, so make sure to use the real stuff!
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Ingredients: (Serves 1)
1 serving of pasta
1 heirloom tomato
1/2 handful of basil leaves
olive oil
garlic salt
Parmesan cheese
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Directions: While pasta is boiling, chop up tomato and basil. Once pasta is done, drain and toss with a Tbsp. of olive oil. Toss with fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Mix in chopped tomato and basil and season with garlic salt and pepper.
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Monday, September 7, 2009

Camp Food

Camping is not exactly on my top 10 list of most favorite things to do. My years spent in the Girl Scouts as a child did not prepare me for camping as an adult. Mostly due to my lack of appropriate attire, gear, and general dislike for being cold and dirty--camping has just never been that fun to me. However, my boyfriend, a camping enthusiast decided he was going to change all that and turn me into a camping connoisseur. Even though this Labor Day weekend was a cold and wet one, I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed my new camping experience and can't wait to do it again! For the pansy camping novices like myself, the keys to a good camping experience (in no particular order):
  1. Go with someone who knows what they're doing.
  2. Find a campsite with showers (at the very least, toilets).
  3. If you don't have an oldschool VW bus to sleep in, make sure your tent has a blow up mattress--check for holes before you leave.
  4. Layers, layers, layers.
  5. Bring a propane more beans and weenies! You can eat gourmet out in the wild!
Here is some of the yumminess we ate!
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Bring some marinated chicken or beef and add your favorite veggies to make delicious skewers.
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While skewering, quarter red potatoes, boil for about 10 minutes then season and grill.
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Set the potatoes aside and toss green beans, mushrooms, bacon and onions on the grill.
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This was so incredibly yummy!
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Breakfast was campfire eggs and bacon. Simply cut a whole out of the middle of bread with the cap of one of your seasonings or cookie cutter. Crack eggs into the center and cook until done.
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The next evening we added chopped broccoli to the leftovers (potatoes, onions, peppers and meat), tossed in a seasoned pan and heated over the fire. Perfection!
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I can't wait to do this all over again!
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