Shrimp Squash Boats Stuffed with Brussels and Peppers – Serves 2

Guess you can say I’m mad about squash.  Not a lie.  Seriously so easy to make and cures me of my pasta craving – absolutely works like a charm.

Shrimp is a great source of lean protein and it is a HBV protein making it well absorbed.  A four ounce portion of shrimp is about 100-110 calories, 20-25 g protein, 1.2 g fat, and contains no carbohydrates.  When cooked under moist heat/oil most of its juices and water content is retained.  This is a fantastic recipe demonstrating just that.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash; halved diagonally to form a boat shape with the insides (pulp and seeds) scooped out
  • 1 small red bell pepper; diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion; diced
  • 1 cup of Brussels sprouts; quartered (keep the leaves as they shed when cut)
  • 1/2 pound jumbo shrimp; raw, peeled, and deveined
  • 1 tbsp garlic; minced
  • 1 small shallot; minced
  • 1 spring rosemary; minced
  • To taste – ground black pepper (about 2-3 shakes with my spice shaker)
  • To taste – ground French thyme (about 2-3 shakes with my spice shaker)
  • To taste – sea salt (about 1-2 full grinds or 1/2 tsp)
  • EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) – to coat the both pans

Methodology:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit then line a cooking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the boat shaped spaghetti squash atop with the insides facing up on the pan and cook for 30 minutes.
  3. On a plate mix the shrimp and garlic together into a ball.  Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes for the garlic to be well absorbed.
  4. In a large sauté pan drizzle EVOO under medium-high heat then when the oil is dispersed add the following ingredients: red bell pepper, yellow onion, Brussels sprouts, shallot, and rosemary.
  5. Allow the vegetables to sauté and mix over a period of 10-15 minutes depending on how crisp you want the vegetables.  I sautéed the vegetables until the onions were golden in color.
  6. Top the vegetables with spices (sea salt, French thyme, and black pepper) as desired and stir well.
  7. In a separate pan while the vegetables are sautéing drizzle EVOO and allow the pan to heat up under medium-high heat.  Transfer the shrimp/garlic ball onto the pan.
  8. Sear each side of the shrimp for 2 minutes – each side should be seared at least twice or until a golden color is achieved.
  9. Remove the squash from the oven and drain if there is liquid pooled in the middle.  Using a fork gently pull down the sides of the squash until the spaghetti is formed.  Keep the spaghetti in the shell of the squash boat.
  10. Stuff the vegetables into the shell atop the spaghetti then garnish with the shrimp on top.
  11. If you want to further heat up the squash boat then place in the oven for 5-10 minutes to absorb the residual heat as the oven cools down.
  12. Have your utensils ready and dig in!

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xxx – Sarah

 

 

Twice Baked Squash Bowls with Rosemary Steak – Serves 4

Hellllllooooo December!  Thought I would start off the colder weather with a hearty food post.  I love butternut squash and even more so when it is in spaghetti form!  It’s a great way to fool your kids, spouses, loved ones, and friends into eating something healthy.  

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Spaghetti squash is a starchy vegetable that looks like spaghetti.  Its benefits are immeasurable; loaded with fiber, vitamin-A, vitamin-C, magnesium, and potassium.  Its caloric content for 1 cup plain ranges from 40-60 calories.  Meals are brightened with this addition since when cooked its flesh turns bright yellow or orange.  I often cube the squash or turn it into spaghetti by means of roasting.  A quick way for preparation is utilizing the microwave.  

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 sprigs of rosemary; minced
  • 1 medium-sized yellow spaghetti squash; halved into bowls with the pulpy insides and seeds scooped out
  • 3 tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • 1 pound skirt steak; cubed
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper (or as desired)
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil to douse the steak (along with a drizzle to heat the frying pan)

Methodology:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Top a cooking sheet with parchment paper.  Place the halved spaghetti squash (aka bowls) with its outside shell directly on the paper.  
  3. This step is optional but highly recommended – add a thin slice to the bottom of the squash bowls so they lay flat on the pan when roasting.
  4. Roast the plain squash in the oven for 30 minutes or until tender.
  5. Toss the meat with olive oil, black pepper, and rosemary until all pieces are uniformly covered.
  6. While the squash is roasting, heat up a frying pan with a drizzle of olive oil under medium-high heat and cook the meat until as desired (I prefer rare-medium).
  7. Add the pomegranate seeds to the meat and set aside.
  8. Remove the squash and scoop out half of the insides.  Add the insides from the squash to the meat mixture and mix well.  
  9. Evenly disperse the meat/squash mixture into the bowls and return to the oven for 7-10 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat and cool for a few…
  11. Pop open a bottle of full-bodied red vino and enjoy!

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Disclaimer…  I recently started a membership with Club W which is an interesting way to learn about wine and its recommended food pairings.  It customizes wine recommendations based on a little test that you complete based on your taste preferences.  If you are tight with time this is a great way to get bottles that are fan favorites and well-priced ($16/bottle).  Best part is – its delivered to your doorstep!

 

xxx – Sarah