Before we launch off on another one of our international adventures, we thought we’d share one of our favorite healthy, winter meals. We, like many others around the world, try to lighten the caloric loads after the holidays. Most of our meals are centered around vegetables whether it be salads, soups or light pasta dishes. It’s our way of making up for the holiday over-indulgences. This year, however, we have a bit of added pressure as swim suit season is coming a bit early.
Mike, through his research, has the opportunity to attend a conference in Hawaii next month (rough job right?!). His professional associations pick some mighty nice places to visit in the dead of winter let me tell you. Now typically the kids and I will tag every now and then, so as you can imagine, we’re picking this year to go! That being the case, we’ve been in healthy eating mode (well, for the most part) for the past month and this is one of our favorite go-to healthy, flavorful winter meals – Spicy Spaghetti Squash.
The squash is then baked for 45 minutes during which time we turn to the sauce. We like our sauce with crushed tomatoes, onions, garlic, zucchini and mushrooms, but you can really play around with any combination that suits your taste. If you want green peppers, go for it. Some jalapenos? Why not. We’ve even gone the all squash route using zucchini and yellow summer squash. For this version, however, we went with our favorite combo.
After the sauce has simmered for 30 minutes, we uncover it and cook it for another 15. This is also about the time the squash is finished cooking flesh-side down, so we flip the squash and cook it for the final 15 minutes flesh-side up.
The last few steps are a breeze. We throw the shrimp into the sauce and heat it through for about 2 or 3 minutes and then set it aside to keep warm. Next we turn to the squash and using two forks begin to shred the flesh into spaghetti-like strings.
The kids gave it a few shots, but they’re just not into squash yet and it’s a bit too spicy for them. So we usually whip them up a little bit of real spaghetti which makes them much happier. Now before you think we’ve gone completely crazy…don’t worry, we still shred some fresh Parm.
So if you’re looking for a warming meal, a healthy meal, a meal bursting with fresh flavors, we’d recommend this squash recipe. I know it’s going to be served at our table for many years to come, and maybe someday the kids will even come around to eating it too. Until then, I think we’re just about ready for an early swim suit season…but first we have to get through a long flight with our ever-in-motion Miss A. I have no doubt we’ll have stories for you from that experience. ;)
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