I’m on a squash binge. I’ve had some type of squash every day for the past week. It’s kind of an issue… To go along with my squash epidemic, today I cracked open a spaghetti squash and decided to try something besides plain ole squash ‘n marinara. I said squash five times in two sentences. Squash.
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Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Lasagna
1 spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise, seeded
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup white wine
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
1 tsp salt
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
7 leaves fresh basil, julienned
4 small zucchinis
1 tbsp Herbes de Provence
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups spinach, rinsed and dried
1/2 cup grated mozzarella (Place the soft mozzarella in the freezer for 15 minutes before grating)
2 tbsp grated parmesan
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place the halves of the spaghetti squash with the cut sides face-down on a greased piece of foil on a baking sheet.
3. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a knife easily pierces the skin of the squash.
4. While the squash bakes, slice up the zucchinis.
Since I’m eating the skins, I got organic. The fewer pesticides I consume, the happier I’ll be!
5. Throw the zucchini slices and Herbes de Provence into a pan with a spray of olive oil, saute until tender and brown, then set aside.
6. In another large pan, cook the onions and garlic over medium heat until tender.
7. Add the white wine to deglaze (read: get all the yummy burned pieces off of the bottom) the pan and stir well.
8. Add the diced tomatoes, salt, pepper and basil. Bring the pan to a boil, then reduce to medium heat until the sauce has thickened, about 15 minutes.
Before – tomato soup
After – Marinara!
9. When the squash is tender, CAREFULLY scrape out the flesh into a bowl. This will be HOT! Or you can act like a smart person and let the squash cool before you scrape it. Or that.
Putting it into a metal bowl did not help the burning of my fingers…
10. In a baking dish sprayed with olive oil (I used a small square dish, but I’d recommend a 9×13 to avoid overflowing) layer marinara, spaghetti squash, zucchini, black beans, spinach, grated mozarella, ending with a final layer of squash and marinara.
Top with freshly grated parmesan.
3 ingredients! I had to check out five different brands before I found one that didn’t contain any unnatural chemicals.
11. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
12. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes until the cheese has melted and the lasagna is bubbling.
13. Remove the lasagna and let it rest for five minutes.
14. Serve and devour.
I only had one problem with this recipe:
I thought yesterday was a fluke, but I now realize that it’s probably time for a new can opener…
Now time for MORE bread pudding!
I have a problem, I know.
Today was a long day. I mean a really, really long day. I woke up to my phone serenading Owl City to me at 7am, rolled out of bed and threw about 6 cups of spinach into the blender along with 2 frozen bananas, the juice of half of a lemon, a cup of blueberries and a cup of soymilk and ice. I skipped on the Emergen-C again, but even without, this was the best GM to date! Must be all the extra blueberries. Yay antioxidants!
I finally hopped on my bike and spent about 50 minutes going 7.5 miles. Is that a good time? I have no concept as to what qualifies as good timing on a bike. This road route I took was uphill the first 5 miles, then downhill for the rest, excepting the insane hill I have to ride up to get back home. I didn’t stop once, so I’m happy for that! I love having my heart race so much that I can feel my pulse in my teeth, and flying through a cloud of misty marine layer that makes my hair damp. Love it!
After I got back I had a scrambled egg for protein, chugged a crapload of water and stretched my insanely tight quads. I had an hour of relaxing time in the backyard enjoying a hot cup of coffee and a view before I had to head to work.
I worked for a half hour before my stomach started rumbling. I swear, my metabolism is insane! Must. Eat. Constantly. I brought some freshly sliced bell peppers and the remains of my homemade hummus (picture omitted because I thought I’d look like a crazy person taking pictures of my food). Then I had to plow through work with visions of my potential lunch options dancing in my head.
For lunch I went to Lazy Dog Cafe. A wee bit extravagant, but sometimes a girl just needs a good gourmet burger. And maybe a shared beer
I split a guacamole and green chile burger, as well as the signature Lazy Dog Amber with my awesome lunch date . I’m always on the search for that new brew that makes the day seem bright and exciting – this Wednesday I’ll be heading up to the Islands Brewery in Carpinteria with some friends to have some tastings and take a tour. You don’t even need to ask: of course there will be pictures!
I got home after what seemed like the LONGEST day on the planet and was too tired and too out of ingredients to make the Channa Masala I wanted to, so I ordered pizza instead. Oops. I had three (oops again!) slices of thin-crust ham and pineapple, as well as a Fat Tire. I wasn’t even hungry, but three pieces of pizza went into my stomach! I’ll have to work on that… Eating when I’m not hungry is definitely an issue with me.
We just finished watching a family friend, Jenn Karlman, on the season premiere of “Grill It with Bobby Flay!” She and Bobby made different versions of grilled wild wahoo. Very cool to see her looking all pro with her amazing chef skills. You can check Jenn out here. She’s an amazing improvisational cook and makes delicious, healthy meals!
I’m so sorry for the lack of pictures, but I’ll charge the camera battery so I can keep up. I hope everyone had a great weekend! Keep your chins up for the week – just because we have to get back to the drone of work doesn’t mean we can’t have the best droned-out week ever!
I promised you that I’d finally have something other than a breakfast scramble for breakfast, so I give you…THE GREEN MONSTER!!!!
I used a recipe I got off of http://greenmonstermovement.com/. I chose the “fool proof” recipe for my first time. I’ll try anything once, but I’ll admit, I was nervous to try this baby. I had to go through with it though, because yesterday’s trip to Costco landed me a 2.5lb bag of fresh spinach! Check out what it looks like next to my gigantic blender!
And yes, that is my blender peeking out behind the gi-normous bag! Can’t believe that bag was only $3.99! YAY COSTCO!!!
Lucky for me, I had leftover flax meal from my homemade bread, and a bunch of fresh bananas, so it started like this:
It met its original end-point at this:
But, after the first sip, it was just too bland, so it went back into the blender with a handful of fresh blueberries, and came out as this:
After being passed around between the roommates, the general consensus was that it was STILL TOO BLAND! Still, for the first attempt, this was completely acceptable and drinkable, as this picture seems to show:
I think tomorrow morning I’ll throw in an Emergen-C or two for some extra tang. It was definitely missing something – maybe lemon or lime zest or something similar. I think I’ll also chuck in another cup or two of spinach. I might as well go big or go home .
After chugging that gigantic, filling MONSTER, I headed off to work. I had an early shift and didn’t plan enough time to eat breakfast as well as drink the GM, plus I didn’t know if the GM was meant to be a replacement for breakfast or had in addition – it’s meant to be had in addition, as I found out :-/.
About half an hour after clocking in, I felt the insistent groan of my raging stomach, so I ran to Subway to try one of their healthy new breakfast sandwiches. I brought along a coupon – (YAY coupons and saving money!) and lucky me, got the new girl. She ended up making me a sandwich with 3 pieces of spinach, a layer of turkey and ham, and a wheat bun that was toasted. At the end of the line, a very confused me handed over my coupon and they tried to charge me $4 for the piece of crap she’d put together! They finally realized their mistake – a breakfast sandwich includes egg and is on an english muffin – and gave me the sub for a buck. I’m still a bit pissed though… definitely didn’t want a hunk of hot bread with meat and wilted spinach :-/. I was going to take a picture, but it was just TOO pitiful!
Lunch turned around though! I went to the sushi place and got a mini spicy tuna roll with brown rice, sriracha with a little soy sauce and two huge cups of ice water. I’m working on increasing my H2O intake!
I ran into a friend I used to work with, enter Duck-Duck (my friend from high school), and had a “catch-up” lunch. After parting with Duck-Duck, I had just enough time to go to my usual cushy post-lunch couch and read a few chapters of my current book – Julie and Julia. I just want to point out, this book is a total bummer! I saw the movie a few months ago and thought it was very cute, but this book is just depressing! I’ve never read a book whose author had such a bad attitude! Sheesh! I needed a See’s candy to pick me up, so I got me a Tipperary bon-bon, and split an apple pie truffle with my mum who stopped by .
FINALLY I got home and was treated by my roommates to a wonderful dinner of seared tilapia and steamed green beans tossed with garlic oil:
You must remember though, it is Friday night, so it was followed by this:
That Fat Tire is most definitely mine! As was the following one… . I also have been looking into the Tour de Fat – October 23rd in Los Angeles! Anyone want to go? Please let me know!
After the sunset, I retreated back inside and finally got to try some So Delicious ice cream. I’ve been wanting to try the coconut milk So Delicious, but didn’t have the desire or ability to drive all the way to Sprouts, so I settled for this:
I gotta say, ice cream really needs a nice piece of cake to compliment it. Pepperidge Farm’s chocolate layer cake was actually SCREAMING at me to eat it! I had to obey!!!
There really is no better way to end a Friday night. I’m a total homebody, and while going out and getting trashed just isn’t my cup-o-tea, I’m all for a few beers, some cake and ice cream and some good conversation. Nothing better
Happy Friday and g’night all!