New Year ... New Resolutions!!
Resolution #1 is to go strictly vegetarian. No meat. No Cheese. No Dairy. All to the extent possible .. so I guess I'm not totally vegan.
Resolution #2 is to try as many previously untasted items from the produce section as I can. The first one that made the list - Spaghetti squash. This is a slight modification of a recipe I found at http://www.eatdrinkbetter.com (Moroccan Spiced Spaghetti Squash). I think it could very well be called "Indian Spiced" given the blend of spices used.
Preparation Time: 10 min with pre-roasted squash.
Buying and Roasting the Squash: When buying, pick a squash that feels heavier than its size should. Make sure that it feels hard overall, and there are no soft bumps or blemishes. To prepare for roasting, I made sure to remove all stickers and bar codes. Rinse the outside. With a sturdy fork or knife poke several holes in the skin. Place in an oven safe bowl and bake in a preheated oven at 375F for about an hour (its done when a knife glides into the flesh). Remove, let cool and cut into 2 halves with a sturdy knife. Remove seeds and discard. The flesh should fall off the skin and separate into spaghetti strands. Let cool and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
- Spaghetti squash (1 to 1.5 lbs, roasted, seeded, separated into strands). If pre-roasted, pre-warmed.
- 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed.
- garlic, 3 cloves, finely diced (~ 1 tbsp)
- olive oil spray (~1 tsp)
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds (or powder)
- 1 tbsp coriander powder
- 2 tbsp raisins
- salt and pepper to taste.
- 2 tsp fresh cilantro, for garnishing (optional)
- Near East Couscous (roasted garlic and olive oil), 1 packet.
|Spaghetti Squash with couscous.|
Spray a large skillet with olive oil spray. On medium heat, saute garlic and when fragrant, add remaining spices, chickpeas and raisins and about an eighth of a cup of water (water quenches the heat and prevents the spices from burning). Mix well. Allow the water to evaporate. Turn of heat and toss this mixture with the pre-roasted spaghetti squash, taking care not to smoosh the squash strands. A small fork worked great.
I served it with and over couscous prepared according to the package insert (but without oil).
Verdict: TOTALLY ABSOLUTELY LOVED it!! Not so much a hit with my li'l rugrat ;) but if it works for mommy, he'll eat it sooner or later!!