Who doesn’t love spaghetti? Spaghetti Squash is one of my favorite things to work with when it comes to eating sans grains. It emulates spaghetti in such a simple, fabulous way. It also lends a hint of sweetness to spaghetti and when you’re cooking all healthy-like, your sauce is not all that sweet. This combo was liked by all four humans in my house—ages ranging from 6-42.
Spaghetti Squash can be prepared in a fancy pants way. Or it can be prepared like this. Because its 2016 and microwaves.
Cut in half
Gut the seeds and nasty stuff in the center
Drizzle olive oil on each half
Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of salt on each half
Put upside down in microwavable casserole dish
Looks like this:
Microwave for 15 minutes. (<— also feels weird – when was the last time you set your mic. to that time? Likely college)
This sauce was fabulous. Totally yum-tastic. Oddly enough because of how simple it was.
1 Pound Happy Beef
1/2 Yellow or White Onion
1 Tbsp Cooking Fat
2 cloves garlic
1 Cup sliced mushrooms
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
This is where it gets WHOLE30 important to read those labels. We all know how important that is in WHOLE30. Unless you’re totally new to the idea, you’re probably super sick of reading about label reading. I used Muir Glen Organic crushed tomatoes for this recipe.
Side-note: Look at that adorable stand! My friend Katie made it and I won it at the dessert auction for our kids’ school. Katie’s mad creative – thanks friend!
I also used grass-fed, pasture-raised, Pacific NW beef. Pretty sure those cows also got hugs and daily motivational speeches, so we’re all squared away over here. I cooked the beef with a little olive oil and onions – starting with onions first because that’s the way its done. All joking aside, the beef was amaze-balls. There’s something to be said for cows being treated awesome and eating the food they’re meant to eat. Go nature!
Start with the cooking fat (I used leftover fat from our morning bacon, but any lard or fat will do – heck some olive oil is fine in a pinch). I find cooking fat to add flavor in such a good way. Use it! Pork fat is my favorite. Cook the onions and garlic until the onions are soft. Put the mushrooms in for about 5 minutes then add the tomatoes and spices. Let this all hang out on medium heat for about 10 minutes and then add your ground beef sans fat. Turn it to low and let simmer for at least 5 minutes.
When the Squash is done with its longest-ever trip through the Microwave merry-go-round, remove it and flip it over with forks (it shall be hot) and then gut the insides with said fork. It will shred into spaghetti-like strips.
Serve the sauce over the squash! I also added some olives for additional healthy fat and some broccoli.
If I were doing 21 Day Fix, I’d say this is 1 red, 2 green, 4 teaspoons.