Spaghetti Squash Pasta

Spaghetti squash is a great way to enjoy the taste and texture of your classic pasta dishes with out all the calories and carbs.  As an added bonus you are consuming extra veggies too!
I have posted about this is the past but like to bring it back each fall when squash is in season.

How to bake: split the squash into two halves long ways.  Scoop out seeds. Place squash upside down in pan with about 1/2 inch of water.  Bake at about 400F for 45ish minutes.You know the squash is done when you can flake the strings off the inside with a fork.
In a time crunch: try piercing the squash with a fork several times.  Placing in microwave for about 12-15 minutes.  Cut in half, scoop out seeds, and flakes strings. 
Serve with sauce, meatballs, or however you like your pasta.

What ways do you enjoy spaghetti or other varities of squash in the fall?

Until next time…
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Sara B

Baked Deep-Dish Butternut Squash

Turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie…oh my!
For those who have no idea what they will be bringing to the Thanksgiving feast….I am here to solve that mystery with this delicious recipe…..
Baked Deep-Dish Butternut Squash
with pears
from Eat Clean Cookbook
I always like to volunteering to serve a dish that I know can be made healthy but far to often is smothered in sugar or butter.
You all know what I am talking about here……marshmallows a top otherwise healthy golden brown sweet potatoes.

8 c butternut squash cubes (about 2 squashes)
3 stalks celery, trimmed and cut into chunks
2 yellow onions, peeled and coarsely chopped (I only used 1 for J)
4 T olive oil, divided
1 tsp dried thyme
1 apple, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
2 firm pears, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
3 egg whites + 1 whole egg, well beaten
3 T whole grain flour
2 T sweetener (I used evaporated cane sugar, you can opt for brown sugar, honey, agave nectar)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp sea salt
pinch of freshly ground black pepper
2-3 Ts apple butter (I used my mom’s homemade thick apple sauce)
1/4 c ground pecans
2 c whole grain bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 375F. Spray large casserole dish with olive oil cooking spray. Prepare a large roasting dish (maybe two) by lining with parchment paper (optional) otherwise spray.
In large mixing bowl combine squash, celery and onion. Add three tablespoons of the olive oil along with the thyme and toss to mix.
Distribute this mixture evenly between the roasting pans. Bake in a hot oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and give the vegetables a flip so they brown on both sides. Add chopped apple and pear and return to oven to bake for another 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
Place the cooled, roasted squash and fruit mixture in food processor. Process until smooth, may need to do in batches.
Transfer puree to a large mixing bowl and add eggs. Mix well. Set aside.
In small mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and black pepper. Add to squash/apple/egg mixture. Combine well. Pour into a prepared casserole dish. Set aside.
In another small bowl combine apple butter, pecans, and breadcrumbs. Mix well until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle in an even layer over casserole.
I drizzled some of my brother’s harvested honey over top for an extra treat for your tastebuds. Bake in hot oven for 30 minutes. Keep an eye on dish during last few minutes of baking so as not to over brown. Serve hot and enjoy hearing all the mmmmm’s!

Let me know what your family and friend think….I would love to hear!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Feta-Hazelnut Ravioli

For a quick, easy, semi homemade dinner I tried out a couple new products….
Feta-Hazelnut Ravioli
purchased at New Pioneer Coop in Iowa City (I believe Trader Joe’s carries as well)

and Dave’s Gourmet Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce
purchased at World Market.
Although, the sauce is a little on the pricey side (think it was 4.99), it was worth every penny…..SO GOOD!!!!
There are few other kinds like heirloom tomato
to help balance out the meal, as an appetizer, we had steamed edamame for some protein,

a little sea salt goes a long ways

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Pasta w/ Squash, Brown Butter & Rosemary

Pasta w/ Squash, Brown Butter & Rosemary
from Rachel Ray’s Everyday Living

1-3lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 onion, chopped
2 1/2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 T chopped fresh rosemary
sea salt and pepper
2/3 lb lasagna noodles, broken into pieces
4 T butter, I used Land O’ Lakes
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese, use the real stuff!
3 T pine nuts, toasted
Preheat oven to 400F. In a large bowl, toss the squash, onion, olive oil and rosemary; season with salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet and roast until squash is tender, about 3o minutes. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente; drain and transfer to a large bowl. In a small skillet, melt butter over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 7 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Add the roasted squash, brown butter and 1/3 c parmesan to the pasta and toss. Season with salt and pepper. Top with pine nuts and remaining cheese.

Viola! Enjoy!

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Wild Rice w/ Apples & Butternut Squash

You’ll Fall in love with this delicious recipe…ha, I crack myself up. Did you know Wednesday is the first official day of Fall!?
Bring it on…just not the snow.

Wild Rice w/ Apples & Butternut Squash

1 1/2 Cups wild rice cook (or a blend of wild rice and other varieties)
1/2 Cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 T olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 Cups 1/2inch cubed butternut squashed
2 Granny Smith apples, unpeeled, cored, cut into 1/4-1/2 inch cubes (best to buy organic when purchasing apples)
1 T dried thyme
1 Cup chicken broth (Watkins is the best)
1/2 Cup walnut pieces
Heat oil in large skillet and saute onion over medium high heat until translucent. Add squash, apples, and thyme, and saute 5 minutes. Stir in broth. Combine cooked rice, parsley, and sauteed mixture into an oils 9×13 baking dish. Sprinkle walnuts over top (these turn out to be sooo tasty and rich so be generous). Bake 425F for 20-25 minutes. Serves 10.
Of course, J likes his with Robert’s 1% cottage cheese mixed in so it gets ooey and gooey!
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Apple Squash Soup

Get ready for fall infused foods….
Once the leaves start turning and the air gets a little bite to it my cravings for squash, apples, pumpkin, and soup goes through the roof. Luckily, all these foods offer amazing health benefits including vitamin A to help ward of the looming cold and flu season.

This recipe is wonderfully simple and incredibly comforting. Garnish with apples and a couple slices of whole wheat baguette.
find the recipe here: Apple Squash Soup
or here:
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 tsp diced sage
2 T Land o’ Lakes butter
14 oz chicken broth about 1 can (I use Watkins powdered form)
3/4 c water
2 medium granny smith apples, peeled and finely chopped
12 oz cooked squash (about 2-3 cups)
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 c fat free evaporated milk
Saute onions and sage with butter in saucepan, about 3 minutes or until tender.
Add broth, water, and apples. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 12 minutes. Add squash, ginger, and salt; return to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Cool until lukewarm. Process batches in blender or food processor until smooth. (I filled the blender about 1/4 full each time).
Return to pan and add evaporated milk. Enjoy!

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