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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Dinner Tonight: Spaghetti Squash / Tomato Sauce




First and foremost I'd like to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. I figure I would start the new year on the right foot with a hearty healthy dinner. Spaghetti Squash has always intrigued me. There are not many things that grow in nature that can subsitute pasta but S.S. pulls it off. Like pasta S.S. itself does not have much flavor but you can cook it in garlic and oil or in this case serve with tomato sauce. The sauce I used is all homemade void of any fat like butter or oil and is fortified with protein rich Kidney Beans






1 Spaghetti Squash around 3 lbs

1 15oz can Red Kidney Beans

3 Large Tomatoes chopped



1 Small Onion chopped



1 Sweet Red Pepper chopped



1 Garlic Clove chopped



6 Cremini Mushrooms Sliced



1 teaspoon dried Basil



1 teaspoon dried Oregano



Salt and Pepper to taste









Sauce:

Add the chopped tomatoes,pepper and onion to a food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Add the the mixed ingredients to a large skillet and bring to a simmer. Drain and rinse the kidney beans and add to skillet. Then stir in all of your spices and cover. Let everything simmer for thirty minutes stirring occasionally.Stir in the mushrooms for the last ten minutes of cooking.

Squash:


Cut the squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and stringy pulp completely. Place the S.S. face down in a glass pyrex and fill the bottom with a about a half inch of water. Bake for forty five minutes in a 350 degree oven. Remove the S.S. from the oven hold one of the halves vertically over a large bowl. Scrape the inside of the S.S. with a fork. The flesh should come out stringy resembling spaghetti. Repeat the same procedure with over half. At this point you can either transfer the S.S. to a plate for serving or you can use the empty halves of the S.S. as a bowl and serve with the tomatoe sauce on top.
Tips:
* The seeds of a S.S. are very similar to pumpkin seeds and are delicious toasted. I rinsed off all of the seeds and removed any pulp that was attached to them. I then sprayed them down with Pam and salted them up. Put in the oven with the S.S. for twenty minutes.


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