God Bless Mother Nature

She was a home-cook too

She knew you loved pasta, so she brought this squash to you.

 

Steam it in the oven

Scrape out the sides

Eat in plain and simple

Or with your favorite spice.

 

It makes a great side dish

Or can be the main star

Just toss it with some veggies

And a little sauce goes far.

 

It’s so good you’ll be singing

Healthy and divine…

So here’s how I did it last night

To make a meal with mine!

 

Although it looks like the star of this meal is the fish, I confess that everything else was only there to supplement my desire for spaghetti squash. Nature’s miracle vegetable, spaghetti squash is a produce with a personality complex. Much like poor Babe was a pig who thought he was a dog, Spaghetti Squash is a vegetable that thinks it’s a pasta! Although I’m sure this will require years of therapy to help this little gourd get over, it’s the perfect dish for me and anyone else looking for the most delicious angle-hair-that-wasn’t.

 

It’s as simple as this:

Preheat your oven to 375 (or higher if you are impatient…)

Slice your squash in half the long way (as if you were cutting through the stem)

Add a smidge of water to the pan (for steaming purposes) and place the squash, cut side down, in the dish.

Throw it in the oven for 20-30 minutes until you can easily stick a fork in it.*

Take it out of the oven and using said fork, scrape the insides out and smile with delight as you create angel hair pasta from a vegetable!

I tossed mine with some minced garlic, salt, and olive oil.

*BIG BREAKTHROUGH MOMENT – do you think that’s where the saying “stick a fork in her; she’s done!” comes from?!

 

Oh yeah, and then there was fish…

Blackened Cajun Hake

Blackened Seasoning

2 t. paprika

1.5 t. garlic

1 – 1 ½ t. cayenne

1 t. oregano

½ – 1 t. black pepper

½ t. salt

1 t. brown sugar

A little lime juice

 

I just patted my fishy dry, and rubbed him down with the seasoning and some lime juice. While my squash was in the oven I let it sit in the fridge with the seasoning on it.

Heat a grill pan (or regular pan if you don’t have one) to medium high heat. When things get good and hot, toss some fish on the barbe for 3-4 minutes per side.

I know, it looks fancy… it tastes fancy… so heck, I’ll go ahead and call it fancy. But for a mere 20 minutes AND the added pleasure of using Spaghetti Squash, I think we can all stand to be fancy once and a while.

 

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