Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

I haven’t had spaghetti squash in awhile. I was at a local farmers market and everything I needed seemed to be on sale. I needed to spend at least $5 to use my debit card. I picked up a few things , including a spaghetti squash.

I picked up ground chicken and had everything else on hand already.

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I mean look at that deliciousness!!

What I used:

  • Spaghetti Squash
  • 1lb ground chicken
  •  small onion, diced
  • About half of a red bell pepper, diced
  • mushrooms, diced
  • spinach, chopped
  • garlic, minced
  • about 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper
  • roasted garlic seasoning
  • Italian Blend shredded cheese
  • olive oil
  • diced tomatoes 15 oz

 

Directions:

Spaghetti Squash Directions

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Cut spaghetti squash in half. Take out the seeds. Drizzle with olive oil & salt.

Place spaghetti squash cut side down. Cook for 30-40 minutes until tender.

While that is cooking get together the mixture. You can add whatever veggies you would like. I had some leftovers that I wanted to use up.

Pour some olive oil in pan on medium.  Once warm add diced onion. Stir. When translucent, add bell pepper and cook for about 2 minutes.

Add garlic. Stir

Add ground chicken. Stir mixture together.

Add roasted garlic seasoning ( you can add garlic powder)

When chicken is cooked, add diced tomatoes & parmesan cheese & stir.

Add chopped spinach. Stir together and turn off.

When spaghetti squash is done. Take a fork and lightly pull inwards all around.

Top with the chicken & veggie mixture.

Then top with shredded  cheese to cover the top.

Put it back in the oven until cheese is melted.

To get the nice browned cheese oven on broil (high) for a couple of minutes.

Eat and enjoy!

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Some of my go to quick, easy, delicious meals

Here are some of my go to meals for when I want something good.

Chicken Quesadilla

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Most of the time I have most of these ingredients at home. These are great for lunch or dinner.

  • Chicken
  • Tortillas
  • cheese
  • seasoning ( i used taco but feel free to use  fajita seasoning or even just salt & pepper)
  • veggies on hand . I used an orange & green bell pepper
  • avocado
  • salsa
  • oil

I like chicken tender since they cook faster. I add them to pan with a little oil.  As they are cooking I diced and added the bell peppers.

I then added the taco seasoning. Once the chicken was cooked I diced them up and put them back in the pan.

preheat oven to about 350

Next take a tortilla and place it on a baking sheet. Sprinkle a little cheddar cheese on half of the tortilla. Add chicken & veggie mix on top. Sprinkle a little more cheese. Fold over tortilla. If it doesn’t stay put , add a toothpick.

Place in oven and wait until it gets golden brown. I mash up an avocado & salsa to spread on top! Yum!

Roasted tomato soup

Tomatosoup

I shared this long ago when I first started this blog. Its still one of my favorites. Its very easy to make and healthy too!

If your store has a discount shelf for produce check there for the tomatoes. They are the best for this recipe.

  • 6 overripe tomatoes, diced
  • medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic , minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • thyme ( if fresh use 2 sprigs)
  • 10 peppercorns ( feel free to use regular pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/4 up of olive oil
  • 8 basil leaves ( can use dried)
  • 2 cups + of vegetable or chicken broth
  • Optional * add beans at the end white beans are best chickpeas, cannellini , ect
  • Optional * dice a red bell pepper when you roast

Preheat the over to 375. In a large roasting pan add everything but the broth & basil for about 45 minutes until carmelized.

Let it cool down if you are using a blender. I do this different each time sometimes I will add the roasted tomato mixture and little broth to the blender or sometime just add the broth to the mixture then add to the blender. Whichever works for you.

Puree until smooth or your desired consistency. Add beans to make this healthier and even more filling.

Black Bean Burgers

Blackbeanburgers

Black bean burgers are sooo good! I love making them for people who might thin ‘healthy food’ isn’t flavorful , filling, satisfying. These are always a hit.  These do take a bit longer because of the dicing, blending, forming but well worth it.

  • black beans ( 2 x 15oz cans)
  • mushrooms handful
  • red bell pepper 1
  • 1 egg
  • oatmeal 1/2- 3/4 cups
  • cheese
  • spinach
  • salsa
  • avocado
  • onion rolls
  • salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder

Place about 1- 1.5 cans of beans ( drained) into a blender, mushrooms, oatmeal, seasonings, egg until somewhat smooth. place in a bowl and add the rest of the beans . If the mixture is a little watery, add more oatmeal.

Form into patties and place on a baking sheet, I sprayed some coconut oil  before placing them on the sheet.

In a preheated oven ( 350) place the patties in and cook for about 20-30 minutes , until firm.  If you want cheese the last few minutes add it, place back in oven until its melted.

I toast an onion roll, put down some spinach, add a patty, then make an avocado salsa mash on top.

I usually serve it with broccoli or zucchini ( or any veggie) & then make oven fries. One burger will fill you up. Left overs are the best !

Kale Chips

Kalechips

I need a huge oven to make these haha I LOVE kale chips. I devour them . Wash and dry kale. Break into pieces. Add a little olive oil to coat the kale. Sprinkle salt.

Place on a baking sheet and into a preheated oven about 350-375 . Keep an eye on them , they cook quickly 5-10 minutes. I once made a batch for a friend to try and she took to long and I ate the whole batch haha I had to make another one.

Tortellini with a ‘rustic’ sauce

Buitoni

It was late, I was hungry, and there was a deal on Buitoni pasta. I wanted something quick but good..taste and nutrition wise. I saw chicken & prociutto  tortellini . I thought it sounded  interesting.  As I was boiling the tortellini I made a sauce to go with it.

Chopped up 3 plum tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, a little sugar. Cook until your desired consistency. Before adding the sauce I tried a tortellini , it was really good. Added the sauce and it complimented it well.

You don’t always have to cook from scratch to have something good.  A mix of premade and from scratch is always a time saver and one of my favorite things to do when cooking.

What’s your favorite quick or healthy meal?

Breakfast for dinner

Awhile ago I was wandering the frozen aisle at the grocery store and stumbled across this Alexia sautee sweets mix of sweet potatoes, black beans,red pepper, corn, onion in a chipotle seasoning. I had it as a side for dinner but really loved having it with eggs in the morning. It was hard to find and then it vanished! I emailed them and they told me they discontinued that blend. Noooooo! So I came up with my own mix, and was craving it the other night.



What you need:
Sweet potato
Red pepper
Onion
Can of corn
Can of black beans
Spinach
garlic
Taco Seasoning
Avocado ( optional)
Eggs


this would also be great with chopped up grilled chicken
you can also sprinkle cheddar cheese

I cook the sweet potato separately then add it in after.
Then dice pepper, onion, garlic.
Add oil to pan and sautee until tender.
Add beans, corn ( half of the can , each)
Add taco seasoning, to your liking . Add a little water if needed.
Cut spinach add to mix, add sweet potatoes.

Make your eggs however you like them.

I like mine with avocado so I topped my sweet potato mix with some.

Its really filling and delicious.

Add grilled chicken and take out the eggs and have it as a dinner ( or breakfast)



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So what did I make?

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What you need:
Seeds of Change quinoa & brown rice with garlic
chicken sausage
1 small- medium red bell pepper
1 tomato, I used roma
Zucchini – I used 2 but you could probably fill 4
about 1/3 parmesan cheese

You can add an onion too, I forogt

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Wash zucchini, cut lengthwise, & scoop the center and place in a bowl.

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What I did to make it easier is with a knife go around the zucchini. cut the middle, then dice. Scoop with a spoon.

Feel free to sprinkle with some salt & pepper.

I did these in a toaster oven. I placed the zucchini on baking sheet and baked for 10-15 minutes while I cooked the sausage & veggies at 350.

Dice tomato & pepper.

Take the sausage out of the casings put into pan on medium.
Break into small pieces. on plate & eat!
When half way cooked through add red pepper.
When cooked turn off stove.
I microwaved the rice but you can add it to the pot and cook that way.
Pour in rice.
Pour in parmesan cheese.
Put in diced tomatoes.

Mix.

Take zucchini out of oven, scoop mixture in. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Place back in oven and cook for 5-10 minutes for cheese to get toasted.

Feel free to leave out the chicken sausage to make it vegetarian.

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Place on plate & enjoy!

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I have also taken the ready-to-heat rice to work, along with a can of chicken, & steamed broccoli & mixed it when it was lunch time. So I had a healthy & filling lunch.

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What’s for dinner ? Tomato Basil Chicken

Have been trying to make new dishes lately and have been using Pinterest to find them.
It was between

Skinny chicken and broccoli Alfredo

chicken, spinach, and cannellini beans quesadillas

or tomato basil chicken.
The tomato basil chicken looked easy and not too much work. It was already 8ish so didn’t want to do too much work.
Not the best photos but here is what I made

Recipe here

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I ended up not using the squash in this, also forgot to put butter in the picture 🙂