Mexican Spaghetti Squash Bowl

Mexican Spaghetti Squash Bowl

We love spaghetti Squash and Whole Foods had some beautiful one so we grabbed a 2 Lbs. This meant I had to half the recipe, no biggie

Lyn found this recipe on Hungry Girl’s site. I made some small adaptations such as I used some already made guacamole added more cummin casue I love cummin bot alot jsut a bit more.

I left her recipe for the Guacamole so I could try in the future.

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 55 minutes
Ingredients:

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Bowl
1 spaghetti squash (at least 4 1/2 lbs.)
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 cup chopped tomato
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Guacamole – Again we had bought some small “WELCOME TO MOE’S” serving so I grabbed one of those. her’s looks interesting .

4 oz. (about 1/2 cup) mashed avocado
1/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp. lime juice
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. chili powder
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Microwave squash for 6 minutes, or until soft enough to cut. Once cool enough to handle, halve lengthwise; scoop out and discard seeds.

Fill a large baking pan with 1/2 inch water. Place squash halves in the pan, cut sides down. Bake until tender, about 40 minutes. (For alternative cooking methods, see below.)

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine guacamole ingredients. Mix until smooth and uniform. Cover and refrigerate.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and onion. Cook and stir until mostly softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and cover to keep warm.

Use a fork to scrape out spaghetti squash strands. Place in a strainer to drain excess moisture. Thoroughly blot dry, removing as much moisture as needed.

Transfer 5 cups squash to the large bowl. (Save any remaining squash for another time.) Sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Mix well. Re-cover to keep warm.

Clean skillet, if needed. Re-spray, and bring to medium-high heat. Add beef, and sprinkle with cumin, chili powder, remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, and remaining 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Cook and crumble for about 5 minutes, until fully cooked.

Spoon beef over spaghetti squash mixture. Top with guacamole, tomato, and cilantro.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

Time-Saving Alternative: Instead of baking the squash, cook it in the microwave. After softening in the microwave, halving, and discarding the seeds, place one half of the squash in an extra-large microwave-safe bowl, cut side down. Add 1/4 cup water, cover, and cook for 7 minutes, or until soft. Repeat with remaining squash half.

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You might want to try out my Mexican Lasagna  this was pretty good.

 

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

One day when I was feeling like a bowl of what Mom used to make, Campbell tomato soup with rice and saltine crackers on the side, I thought she was a genius. I had not had that in years, wonder why, and this is a far cry from condensed soup and white rice but it still gave me that feeling.

Thank you Ina Garten, I saw you make this on your show and it quickly became a staple in our house.

This is a great starter or complete meal on a cold winter day, I have even had a cold bowl in the height of the summer heat. If plum tomatoes are 99 cents a pound it’s a no brainer soup will soon be on the stove. We tried to grow our own last summer but the ground hogs quickly discovered them along with the rest of the garden. I used to put it in canning jars for my parents but as age took over they started opening them with can openers so I switched to screw top Tupperware, even then it was a challenge.

Hope you enjoy as much as I do.

Prep Time: 15 to 30 minutes if you like to talk and goof off when you prep.

Cook Time: 1 hr 35 minutes to 2 hours

Serves: 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onions – about 2 onions
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • A good pinch of crushed red pepper flakes about 1/4 teaspoon
  • 1 (28-ounce) canned whole plum tomatoes, with their juice
  • 4 cups fresh basil leaves packed (save small amount for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 quart chicken or vegetable stock

Optional

  • Add a red pepper sliced in half and seeded and white vein removed or two to the tomatoes while roasting
  • 3-4 cups fresh Cilantro or mix of both basil and cilantro.
  • Fresh or frozen corn (use if using cilantro the combo is great)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss together the tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper I also add a small amount of dried basil or even crushed dried rosemary. Spread the tomatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet, drizzle any left oil mixture and roast for 45-55 minutes. I like them to get caramelized.

In an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, sauté the onions with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the butter, and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes, until the onions start to brown add and garlic for about 30 seconds . Add the canned tomatoes, basil/cilantro, thyme, and chicken stock. Add the oven-roasted tomatoes, including the liquid on the baking sheet. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Pass through a food mill fitted with the coarsest blade. Taste for seasonings. Return to pot add corn at this time and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until corn is cooked. Chiffonade small amount of the basil and sprinkle over soup when served. Serve hot or cold.

Chiffonade :Arrange the leaves in a stack, roll them up cigar-style, and slice the roll as thinly as you can. The word for this technique (should you care to brush up on your French while you slice) is chiffonade (shihf-uh-NAHD).

I have a friend who put into blender instead of food mill but I think it got too creamy or smooth.