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Mmm Spaghetti (Squash that is)

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I’ve got a cold and a serious case of food boredom.  Not a good combination.  I saw this post for garlic and goat cheese spaghetti squash yesterday and while shopping for food today found a lovely organic spaghetti squash calling to me.  I have a container of feta that’s been languishing in my fridge for some time, so I took inspiration from the recipe and made a version of my own.

Garlicky Spaghetti Squash

inspired by The Primalist’s Recipe Garlic and Goat Cheese Spaghetti Squash

1 spaghetti squash – medium/small size

2 Tablespoons of butter

4 large cloves of garlic, chopped

generous dash of pepper

generous dash of Penzys Hebes Fines

generous glug (about 2 Tablespoons) of olive oil

handful of crumbled feta cheese

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash and cut spaghetti squash in half.  Scoop out out the seeds and coat the cut sides with olive oil.  Place cut sides down on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.
  3. Roast for 20 minutes and then flip for another 10 minutes until soft.
  4. While squash is baking, melt butter on low heat and add garlic.
  5. Cook butter and garlic for 5-7 minutes.  During that time add your Herbes Fines and pepper, along with whatever remains of your olive oil.
  6. Cook until garlic gets slightly browned.
  7. Scrape your spaghetti squash into spaghetti and plate.
  8. Sprinkle feta cheese over the hot spaghetti squash and toss together.
  9. Drizzle butter mixture over the spaghetti squash and cheese and toss until coated evenly.
  10. Eat with whatever protein you have a hankering for.

I had some left over gyro meatballs that I fashioned from this recipe over at the Domestic Man and chopped those up for my spaghetti and meatballs.  he he.

Now, excuse me while I go polish the rest of this off.  Then it might be back to bed to chase off this cold.  Not how I wanted to spend my weekend.

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Fast and easy fancy dinner

I know I’ve been such a terrible slacking off blogger and not only have I not been around, the piddly posts that I’ve put up the last few times really doesn’t cut it. Well, here is what I made for dinner tonight. Maybe this will help you all forgive me.

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I made this dinner for two and it was surprisingly fast and easy considering I was working with a one hour time frame to cook and clean. How’s that for efficient? (Okay, admittedly all the stuff I couldn’t properly clean up either got shoved in my room or into various drawers and cabinets, but still, the common areas were clean!)

So this is how I put dinner together:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Wash and cut an acorn squash in half.
3. Coat acorn squash generously with olive oil and sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over both halves.
4. Place cut side down in a baking dish and place in oven. Allow that to roast for 30-40 minutes until soft and then flip over for another 5-10 minutes.
5. While squash is roasting, wash and slice a package of mushrooms.
6. Heat some butter (use a generous amount 1-2 tablespoons) in a frying pan and then dump the sliced mushrooms in. Make sure all the mushrooms get doused in the butter.
7. While those mushrooms are cooking (don’t forget to stir them around here and there), dice an onion.
8. Heat another skillet up with olive oil and dump the onion in. (Stir those mushrooms in the other pan!)
9. Add a package of sausage of your choice to the onions. I used a Cajun Turkey sausage from the co-op.
10. Break up the sausage into small pieces and cook until pieces are mostly cooked.
11. (Optional) add left over rice or chopped veggies of your choice to the onion and sausage mix. I used left over rice.
12. By now your mushrooms should have sucked up the buttery goodness and should have shrunken in size. Add a generous splash of port wine or any wine for that matter and keep cooking until the moisture is gone and the mushrooms get browned.
13. Your onion sausage mix should be done so turn off the heat.
14. Retrieve your acorn squash and plate. Put sausage onion mix into the cavity of the squash and the mushrooms go on the side.
14. Voila! Dinner.
15. PS I had some cauliflower hanging out in my fridge that had already been made up. I reheated that for some extra veggie power. So add on more sides as you can. 🙂

Happy eating!


Not hungry

Don’t I sound like a little kid?  After being AWOL for over a month, you would think I would have more fun things to report than my lack of appetite for the last few weeks.  Sadly, this is the truth.  I go through these phases where I’m not hungry and barely eat.  The problem is that with the way I eat, this means that I actually don’t eat unless I can find some motivation to cook.  Well, as you probably already guessed, I haven’t been much in the mood for cooking either.  If you know me at all, you know that I survived the last few weeks on eggs.  Yup, easy to make and easy to eat, that’s pretty much all I’ve been eating.

I sort of found my appetite over dinner on Friday with some friends, but then yesterday, I ended up making chocolate muffins (of the primal variety) because I didn’t feel like washing vegetables.  I think vegetable washing is my nemesis, especially when it gets cold.  Just the idea of water and cold vegetables from the fridge…shiver!

I did manage to cook myself a decent meal tonight using pork loin from my freezer to make Spiced Pork and Butternut Squash with Sage from Mark’s Daily Apple.  So maybe my inclination to cook and eat is slowly coming back.  My theory is that between the cold and the stress I’ve been under lately, I’m feeling the urge to hibernate rather than cook and feed myself.

We had a rare warm day today, but we’re heading back down the thermometer as I write this post.  I needed more of a transition from summer to fall, but we’re almost to Halloween and I don’t think there is any turning back.  Hopefully, the snow can hold off for a good long while.

All right, that’s all for now.  I’ll try and get some photos and other posts up here soon.  After all, I did get a new phone and should be able to make some magic happen…in theory.


Out of the Loop

I’ve been out of the loop for a while now.  Most of it is just stress and worry.  The biggest problem right now is getting the kitchen in my new apartment organized and clean enough to start seriously cooking.  I can’t tell you how many eggs I’ve eaten in the last four weeks.  An obscene amount.  I love eggs, but everyday for at least one, usually two, meals is just not okay.

I’m also coping with a much smaller fridge, a mini stove that has pilot lights, and no counter space.  Seriously, there is just enough counter space for a dish drying rack and a small cutting board.  Who lives like that?!  People who don’t cook, that’s who!  I’ve remedied this problem with a kitchen island-cart from Ikea, but now my problem is that the cheap, possibly defective, finish they used on the island is stinking up my kitchen.  I’m not sure how to get rid of the smell.  Suggestions, advice, anyone??

I might have had small kitchen before, but this takes the cake.  Don’t even get me started on the lack of cabinets and the state of disgustingness that I found this apartment in when I moved in.

In much happier news, I just tried a wild boar pork steak that my sister brought home for me, courtesy of some very generous people who heard that I was envious of my sister having some and sent some along for me.  They also sent me some excellent sweet sausage that is already all gone and some pork loins.  I said a while back I wasn’t eating pork again because of the potential to mess with my body biology, but lately, I’ve been eating a lot of pork.  That’s what’s been around at the farmer’s market and I’m not about to turn down gifts of wild boar.  Come on now.

Once the bounty is exhausted, I will in all likelihood scale back to eating bacon on occasion.  I’ve already started my plans to shift back to less pork by buying some ground goat at the farmer’s market today.  My freezer is also stocked with sockeye salmon and shrimp.

Now, if only I could find something inspiring to get me out of my food and cooking rut, I’ll be all set.

I apologize, dear readers, for the lack of photos and for my streak of ranting posts of late.  I promise to try and cook and have photos to show you in the near future.  Cross your fingers…and maybe your toes, too, for good measure.


Happy Spring…Officially.

Happy Spring!  I said I’d be back when it was spring, so here I am.  This time I have food for you. Well, photos of food.

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This is what I made for a very late lunch.  The lunch I had after spending close to $150 at the grocery store.  I should not be allowed to shop in grocery stores unsupervised.  There are just too many interesting and novel things that I want to try out.

So, what exactly did I make for lunch?  It’s a twist on the paleo pad thai recipe from Health Bent.  I talked about this recipe the first time I tried it in an earlier post.

The changes:

  1. Lemon Instead of Lime – I didn’t have any limes on hand and didn’t feel like going out to buy one.
  2. Justin’s Honey Almond Butter instead of regular almond butter – The first time I made this recipe I used raw almond butter from MaraNatha and the result was super tasty.  The second time I used roasted almond butter from MaraNatha and the result was less tasty.  The third time I used Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and it was fantastic.  The fourth time I used some creamy peanut butter and it was less tasty.  I’ve decided to use Justin’s Almond Butters from now on.  They just taste better to me than the other almond butters that I’ve tried.
  3. Kelp Noodles – I bought this brand today at the grocery store.  After a quick rinse, I dumped the whole thing into the pan after the zucchinis had a chance to get wilted.  So, this was an addition to the original recipe.
  4. Smoked Duck Breast – I bought one made by D’Artagnan from the grocery store.  After, an attempt to make my own duck breast, I figured that buying it already made for me was a lot less hassle and frustration.

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So, that was basically my lunch.  I imagine this will also be for dinner, too.

Kelp noodles are pretty interesting.  Crunchy and pretty much tasteless.  More info here.

That’s all for now.  Hopefully, this will spur me to cook some more, so I don’t starve.


Happy Heart Day

I’m spending my Valentine’s Day trying to be as productive as possible.  This morning, I got out a batch of modified bacon, egg, and cheese muffins with coconut flour (more on that later), cooked some collard greens, and ate breakfast.   I even remembered my vitamins this morning.  Now, it’s off to a whirlwind of dishes, battling the snow, and getting some real work done before I do a little good in the world and give my friends a break from their kids so they can have some time to themselves.

So, have a happy heart today and do good in the world.  Forget that it’s some silly overblown holiday with cheesy red hearts and nasty tasting heart shaped candies.

I’ll be back later with some updates.  I uploaded all my photos yesterday and then slept instead of typed.  Whoops.

Have a Happy Heart Day! 🙂


Today Is An Off Day

Today’s been an off day.  I didn’t get the greatest sleep last night and I felt out of sorts all day.  Add on a lot of post-workout soreness and no coffee today and I guess you get the kind of day that I had today.  I’m trying to stay away from the coffee after reading that it elevates estrogen levels in Asians and African Americans.  The only problem is that coffee is the only way I get any real work done.  I don’t even drink more than a few sips, but it’s a good way to get stuff going and clear my head in the morning.  Maybe I’ll switch to tea.  

In any case, since I’m so out of sorts, I’m going to try and do some cooking and baking (I know I said I’d never bake paleo things, but those bacon, egg, and cheese muffins have changed my mind…I guess technically, they are primal.)  

The plan is two batches of the bacon, egg, and cheese muffins, a batch of these lovely chocolate cupcakes, and some pork.

I have a feeling that one of those things is going to get cut out of the equation, but we shall see.  Wish me luck.