Spaghetti Squash!

22 01 2014

Before I received this spaghetti squash in my CSA, I had never seen one before.  I had seen and pinned plenty of recipes for it, and finally got my chance to try one out!

I used some tips from the weekly recipe log from Alan’s Orchard and also from Martha Stewart to figure out how in the world to cook this thing.  I ended up poking a lot of holes around the skin, putting it in a cake pan and roasting it for about an hour.

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After it cooled down, then came the tedious task of shredding the spaghetti squash.  I got SO MUCH out of this spaghetti squash.  The hardest part was definitely separating the seeds from the strands, but after a while, I got the hang of it.

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After that, I sauteed grape tomatoes, spinach, and zucchini [also in my CSA box for that week], added some white wine, and then some shrimp.  Tossed it all together and voila!

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For those of you considering spaghetti squash – go for it! The texture definitely isn’t the same as pasta, but I think it soaks up sauces better than pasta actually would, and it’s definitely a great substitute.  And one spaghetti squash gets you a LOT of spaghetti squash, so you can make it go a long way.

Happy eating!

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I’m backk! With a FreshBox!

30 06 2013

To say that I’ve fallen off the food blogging train is an understatement.  Whoops! But I’m back, and hoping to be posting more frequently.

Thanks to the urging of one of my co-workers, I recently signed up for the FreshBox program through Alan’s Orchard in Westfield.  Each week I pick up a box full of fresh fruits and veggies from local farms.  I get a box this size each week (placed next to my ottoman for size comparison):

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Here’s a photo of all the stuff I got one of the first weeks. There’s so much stuff that I was bringing some of the extras to some co-workers at school.

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The thing I like most about the program is that each week I also get a packet that teaches me how to clean and store all of the fruits and vegetables, as well as 15-20 recipes that involve the ingredients.  We’ve gotten strawberries, blueberries, asparagus, spinach, lettuce, rhubarb, bok choy, kale .. the list goes on and on! I get 9-10 different ingredients each week and it forces me to meal plan a certain way.

I haven’t done a great job documenting what I’ve made so far (I’ve made much more) .. but here are a few pictures!

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Italian sausage with asparagus, tomatoes, spinach + cannelini beans in pasta

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Steak with a butternut squash, spinach, and onion hash

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Tilapia packets with fresh tomatoes and asparagus

I hope to keep blogging about all the different things I make with all the great ingredients I get. Happy eating!