Spaghetti Squash Bake

I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not but there’s lots and lots of winter squash in the grocery store lately. I have always been a little curious about the spaghetti squash and if it’s really like spaghetti on the inside. Well, it does pull apart and the strands of squash do look a lot like spaghetti but the texture is softer. I decided to bake it together with some veggies and meat, making a low carb casserole type dish.

You’ll  need:

A spaghetti squash

Red bell pepper

Italian parsley

Half of a large onion

Minced garlic

1lb of sausage

2 strips of bacon

Cheddar cheese

Cut the spaghetti squash in half and place flesh-side down on a baking pan. Drizzle the pan with olive oil and roast the squash for 20-30min at 350 degrees. This will soften the squash and make scooping out the flesh a lot easier.

Scoop out the seeds first. Then with a fork, begin to peel the squash away from the skin.

In an skillet, brown the sausage. Then add the chopped red bell pepper, garlic, parsley and onion and sautee for 10 min. Cook the bacon until crisp.

In a baking dish, combine the squash and sausage, veggie mix.

Top with cheddar cheese and bacon bits.

Bake at 350 for 20min or until cheese is bubbly.

Plate and salt and pepper to taste.

I threw on a few slices of fresh avocado at the last minute. This is a tasty and healthy one dish meal.

Egg and Sausage Stack on Sourdough Toast

I was craving something for a late breakfast the other day, but wanted something a little more hearty. This post was inspired by the one and only Peter Pevoto. He posted a picture of his eggs in a nest breakfast on my Facebook wall, and the idea of eggs in a nest inspired this eggs in a red bell pepper idea. Hope yall enjoy!

You’ll need:

Fresh Sourdough Bread (thinner breads might fall apart, so choose a bread with some substance)

1 Egg

Sausage

Fresh Garlic

Fresh Bell Pepper

Crushed Red Pepper

Olive Oil

At the last minute, I threw a little of my homemade Spicy Italian Dipping Sauce on top

Mince the garlic.

I cooked everything in the same pan. I used a cast iron skillet and highly suggest you use cast iron if you have one. Place minced garlic in the pan and generously drizzle with olive oil.

Place your bread in the pan and brown on both sides.

Each side should look something like this. Those spots on the bread are the garlic.


I added crushed red pepper and some fresh garlic to the sausage patty before cooking. Be sure to evenly mix the extra ingredients into the meat before cooking.

This is my attempt at making the sausage patty in the same shape as the bread.

Be sure to cook the sausage all the way through.

Wash and slice the red bell pepper, removing the ribs and seeds.

Drizzle extra olive oil in the skillet and place the bell pepper slice in. Crack the egg into the bell pepper slice. If your slice does not have even edges, some of the egg whites might slip out, not a big deal.


If you like your eggs sunny side up, then skip this step. I cracked the yolk on mine and flipped it, creating a fried egg.

Now, plate the bread with the sausage and bell pepper with egg on top. I added some Italian dipping sauce herbs for extra flavor. Hot sauce or pico de gallo would go great as well.

Asian Noodle Soup

I definitely enjoy Asian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese… ok maybe I just really like all food. However, cooking Asian food has always intimidated me but this recipe is super easy and a great way to change it up in the kitchen.

Asian Noodles: I used “instant rice noodles”

Chopped: zucchini, red bell pepper and carrots

Fresh Basil

Olive Oil

Red Curry Paste

Boil water. Then turn down heat to slow simmer. Submerge noodles in water then turn off heat and separate noodles and let soak.

Saute about 2 tablespoons of red curry paste (or more if like it extra spicy!) in olive oil for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Add coconut cream and stir.

Add chopped vegetables and cook to your preferred crispness. Some people prefer their veggies a little crunchier, I prefer slightly softer but NOT mushy.

Drain noodles and place a serving into bowl.

Cover with coconut veggie sauce. Top with torn basil and enjoy!

(Note: This would also be great with chicken or shrimp)

adapted from zenfamilyhabits.com