Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Spaghetti Squash Caprese Bake + Weekly Meal Plan.

Spaghetti Squash Caprese Bake
Recipe and photo found here.

1 large spaghetti squash
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 roma tomatoes
1 small handful fresh basil
1 overflowing handful fresh baby spinach
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup + 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
salt & pepper to taste
I added bite size pieces of cooked chicken also

Preheat your oven to 375. Cook the spaghetti squash one of two ways:
1. Pierce squash several times with sharp knife (to avoid squash explosion). Bake on a cookie sheet for 1 hr 20 min at 375, flipping squash once halfway through.
2. Pierce squash several times with sharp knife (again, no spaghetti bombs). Heat in microwave on a plate for 10-12 minutes.
Once your squash is cooked, slice off the very end with the stem. Then, halve the squash lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and gooey bits and throw those away. Scrape the remaining flesh of the squash with a fork to get out all of the wonderful spaghetti noodles. Place noodles in a large bowl and set aside.
Mince garlic. Cut tomatoes into bite-size pieces. Roughly cut basil and spinach leaves. Place all of these ingredients, along with the olive oil, into the large bowl with the spaghetti squash.
Mix well, then season with salt & pepper to taste. Then stir in 3/4 cup of shredded mozzarella.
Add this mixture to a pie dish or 1 quart-ish baking dish and spread the top smooth-ish.
Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of mozzarella over the top.
Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes or until cheese on top is lightly browned. Top with additional fresh basil, and serve!
And as requested by Emily, here is what's on the menu for dinner this week...
Friday - Kristen & Cal's wedding!!

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  1. I love when you post your menus! Gives me good ideas!

  2. The Spaghetti Squash Chicken Caprese Bake just went on my menu for next week! I always forget about subbing out pasta for the spaghetti squash, but it always turns out delish when I do. This is perfect!

  3. Yummy! This is a great way to try Spaghetti Squash - adding it to my list!

  4. This looks REALLY yummy and right up my alley.
    You should link this up with my link up What's Cooking? Wednesdays tomorrow!

  5. I made spaghetti squash a few weeks ago and it was SUPER watery. Is that normal or a kitchen fail on my part? I think I already know the answer to this one..

  6. Yummm! I need to try this. Love the idea of Philly cheesesteak stuffed peppers, me loved stuffed peppers but it never dawned on me to make them like cheesesteaks, brilliant!

  7. This looks delicious, and I know it's something my husband would eat. I'll have to make it soon!

  8. Yum! You always post stuff I want to eat!

  9. Looks so good and I bet it is healthy too. I need details if the Philly Peppers are good my husband would love that!

  10. Yum!!! This looks so good! I've never cooked with spaghetti squash before but I'm always willing to try something new!

  11. Spaghetti squash is so freaking good. Making this asap!

  12. I saved that Balsamic Glazed Salmon recipe to try. It looks so good!

  13. YUM - this looks incredible!!


  14. mmmm this looks so good! pinning now. xo jillian of cornflake dreams

  15. So glad you mentioned those shrimp tacos- giving that one a try!

  16. This looks delicious! A perfect fall meal! Can't wait to give it a try! :)

  17. Woah! This looks SO good!
    I just recently became obsessed with spaghetti squash, so I'm definitely adding this recipe to the list!

  18. This looks like my kind of meal!!

  19. That squash looks so delish! I need to try it asap!