Monday, January 2, 2017

Stir-Fried Spaghetti Squash Lunch and a Cover Reveal!!!

We face this day every year, don't we? You know which day I mean. The first day we step on the scale after the holidays are over.

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's all do a number on our eating habits, and every year at the beginning of January we decide that THIS is the year that we'll like our scale again. THIS is the year we will eat healthy. THIS is the year that we will learn to like healthy eating!

My name is Jan, and I'm here to help.

The first step to wean ourselves off the excess amount of sugar and other simple carbs we've been eating is to find some tasty recipes we will enjoy making and eating, right?

This dish is perfect for lunch or a light supper. It's easy to make, easy on the budget, and super tasty.

The first ingredient is spaghetti squash. Sam's Club had these on sale a couple weeks before Christmas, so I invited a few home with me.

There are several ways to cook these delightful vegetables. Here's the way I like the best:

First, cut your squash in half.

Next, scoop out the insides and the seeds. I have this handy gadget from Pampered Chef to help with that chore, but you can also use a spoon. It's the same as carving a pumpkin!

Place the halves face down in a baking dish lined with foil, and add 1/2 inch water.

Bake at 400° for an hour to an hour and a quarter, or until you can pierce the squash easily with a fork.

Let the squash cool, and then remove the "spaghetti" with a fork. Just pull the strands out of the squash and into a bowl.

You can store the cooked squash in the refrigerator until you need it - up to a few days. Or you can use it right away!

Stir-Fried Spaghetti Squash Lunch

ingredients (per person):

1 Tablespoon butter or chicken (or vegetable) broth (use the broth for a low-fat version)
1 thin slice onion
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or fresh garlic

1/4-1/2 cup cooked, diced chicken (I use canned for convenience)
1 cup cooked spaghetti squash
1/3 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese

First, melt the butter (or heat the broth) in a skillet.

Add the onion and cook until it is translucent.

Add the garlic powder, salt and pepper, and chicken.

Cook and stir until heated through.

Add the spaghetti squash and stir-fry until the ingredients are combined and any excess moisture has been cooked off. Remove the pan from the heat.

Add the Mozzarella cheese and stir until the cheese is melted.

Serve with Parmesan sprinkled on top.

This is the plain-Jane version, but you can try dressing it up!

Add veggies while you're cooking the onions. Leafy greens, frozen spinach, mushrooms, zucchini cubes, diced carrots...the possibilities are endless!

Or try it with salmon instead of chicken...yum!

And yes, you could even add tofu for the protein. :)

This dish only takes ten minutes or less to make, and you have an easy, tasty, healthy meal.

And now, what we've all been waiting for....

Pre-order from Barnes and Noble here!
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I love this cover for Naomi's Hope! It's available for pre-order, and will be hitting store shelves in early June.

Here's a bit about the story:

Despite growing pains in her 1846 Amish community in Indiana, Naomi Schrock has settled into a comfortable life in her parents’ home with her adopted son, Davey. Surrounded by family and friends, she tries not to think about the fact that she’s not at the top of any man’s list of potential wives. Yet when Cap Stoltzfus moves into the area and befriends Davey, Naomi finds herself caught between the plans she has made for her future and the tantalizing thought that Cap might be part of a life she never dared to hope for.

When a couple shows up claiming to be Davey’s true family, Naomi and Cap must unite to make the decision that will determine the boy’s future as well as their own. How can she relinquish him to these unknown relatives? And can God somehow bring wholeness to her heart?

I have to admit it. I am so in love with this story. *sigh* I hope you'll all love it, too!

So let's chat! Have you ever made dishes with spaghetti squash? What did you think?

Jan Drexler loves her family, her home, cooking and just about anything made by hand. But she loves her Lord most of all.

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  1. Beautiful cover, Jan! I always have loved the name Naomi. So pretty, so Old Testament!

    1. That cover melts my heart. The artists at Revell did a great job of catching the heart of the story!

  2. Squuuueeealllll...Awesome cover and I'm looking forward to Naomi's story...though it looks mighty angsty! Perhaps a kleenex alert is needed?

    Can you believe that I've never made spaghetti squash? I know, what kind of vegetarian am I? Hanging my head in shame. But I do appreciate that you actually mentioned tofu as a possible addition to the recipe. :-) So 2017 will be the year I make spaghetti squash!!

    1. Yes, Kav, tissue alert! You might need an entire box...

      You've never made spaghetti squash?

      I have to admit, it took a long time for me to like it. When it first showed up on the culinary scene (seems like it was about forty years ago?), it was touted as a substitute for spaghetti. So I tried it that way.

      Um, no. It might LOOK like spaghetti, but it tastes like squash.

      Since I like squash, I decided to try it as squash. Forget trying to copy my favorite pasta recipes! This stuff is great in its own right. :)

      (And yes, I added the tofu suggestion just for you!)

  3. Wow! This looks so yummy! I'll have to ask hubby to pick up a spaghetti squash on his way home from work today ;)

    And I just love your cover. And your characters. And I can't wait to read Naomi's sounds amazing!

    1. Hi Meg! (waving to you and yours across the snowy hills!)

      If you haven't already, you need to make spaghetti squash a regular part of your menu. It's so versatile!

      Anticipating Naomi's debut in June is kind of bittersweet. I love the characters and the overall story arc of this series, but this is the final installment.

      However, there are more stories coming. A new year, new characters, new stories...

    2. Bittersweet endings. That's when you just have to go back and read them again. And again. And again ;)

      That recipe was a win tonight! But I went with what was on hand. I used italian sausage and sharp cheddar for my meat and my cheese... and the family DEVOURED it! Yum!!

  4. I love the cover! And I love spaghettis squash. :) I cook it the same way (although I've never added the water to roasting and will try that).

    Thanks for the idea on making the sauce! I'll give that a try.

    You know, the first time I ate this instead of pasta was in a dish at Ruby Tuesday. They made it with regular spaghetti sauce.

    1. I have an Italian style recipe I'm going to try this week. I've stayed away from tomato sauce on spaghetti squash since the mid-1980's, but I think it deserves another try!

  5. Hi Jan.

    I love spaghetti squash. I thought I remembered doing a post about it here. Turns out it was my very first Cate column back in the summer of 2015.

    I did use tomato sauce for that one, so check it out if you're feeling inspired.

    I like your idea of treating spaghetti squash like squash rather than pasta though. Squash is so delicious on its own. It doesn't need to borrow from pasta's rep.

    I love your cover! After reading your blurb, Naomi holding Davey's hand on the cover is just so poignant!

    1. I thought we had featured spaghetti squash on the blog sometime in the past! I plan on a few more posts as I try out new recipes. :)

      And yes, that cover is perfect. Davey is looking at Naomi with such trust and love...all the love a seven-year-old boy has for his mother. I sure hope the book has a happily-ever-after ending for both of them!

  6. Jan, Thanks for sharing the stir-friend spaghetti squash recipe. Spaghetti squash is great so many ways.

    A beautiful cover for Naomi's Hope. I borrowed Mattie's Pledge from my sister to read. I enjoyed reading Hannah's Choice and all the history interwoven in the story.

    1. Thank you, Marilyn! I'm so glad you're enjoying the stories!