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06Spinach Pie Spaghetti Squash

Spinach Pie Spaghetti Squash

Do you find it intimidating to work with squash?  If yes, it’s not as scary as it seems.  I promise.

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I used to be intimidated by squash.  No, I didn’t think that it would beat me up.  :P  I simply had no idea how to cook with it, which meant it was foreign to me.  Of course anything foreign seems difficult and intimidating (for example, the fact that only my husband bakes bread in this house).  Having a food blog inspired me to try a few different kinds of squash last year and boy have I been missing out on some good eats!  Well, no more.  Squash rules!  ;)

So let’s talk about spaghetti squash.  It’s the one that looks like a large yellow oval and once it’s cooked the flesh comes out like spaghetti.  So weird, but cool.  If you would like to see step by step photos for cutting, seeding and baking it, then check out my Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms recipe.  The secret weapon (wait for it) is a fork.

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I had a vision.  A spinach pie vision, except add the spaghetti squash and minus the phyllo dough.  Don’t get me wrong, I love phyllo dough and all its buttery and flaky glory, but I was going for a healthier version.  Plus, it’s WAY easier to work with spaghetti squash.

I won’t lie, the spinach mixture is my favorite part here.  To quote my husband, “You have to figure out how else to use this spinach mixture!”  He was eating it over the stove and finished it before I was done photographing it.   It’s creamy and delicious.  Popeye would be proud.  :)

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Since I was going for a dinner recipe here, not a dip, I added the spinach mixture to a plate of spaghetti squash.  It’s the perfect Autumn twist to a spinach pie, if I do say so myself.

Don’t be surprised if you see this spinach mixture highlighted in a different dish.  Sorry, husband’s orders, and in fact, his idea of how to do it.  ;)

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Spinach Pie (Spanakopita) Spaghetti Squash Recipe
(2 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil (divided per the directions below)
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 ounce cream cheese (I used Neufchâtel cheese)
  • about 3 ounces feta cheese, chopped (divided per the directions below)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and set it aside.
  3. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.
  4. Brush the flesh of each half with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Place the spaghetti squash, cut side down, on the prepared baking sheet and bake it in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes or until it’s fork tender.  Your goal is to be able to scrape the flesh easily from the squash with a fork.
  7. Once it’s cool enough to touch, scrape the squash out with a fork going across the short direction.
  8. In a medium skillet, over Medium heat, heat 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and cook the chopped onions until they are tender and browned.
  9. Add in the spinach and season the mixture with salt, pepper, parsley, and dill.
  10. Cook the spinach mixture until it’s done.  The spinach should be hot and most of the water should have evaporated.
  11. Turn the heat down to Low/Simmer and stir in the cream cheese and 1 ounce of chopped feta cheese.
  12. Once the cream cheese has melted, remove the mixture from the heat and combine with the prepared spaghetti squash.
  13. Gently stir all of the ingredients together and prepare each plate.
  14. Sprinkle 1 ounce of chopped feta cheese on top of each plate.

Source:  Tina’s Chic Corner

 

Rating:

5 Hats

 

Here are some other scrumptious squash dishes:

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06Baked Acorn Squash

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06Baked Acorn Squash

Baked Acorn Squash

I’ve been wracking my brain, trying to come up with a dinner recipe using this acorn squash.  We got it at a local farm and it’s been sitting in the fridge looking to be eaten.  In the end I decided to make it the way that my husband loved it as kid.  He convinced me to post about it because despite it’s simplicity, it’s worth being showcased. 

09Baked Acorn Squash

I can never remember which squash is which.  Let’s be realistic here, there are tons of different kinds and a lot of them look kind of similar.  They are all squash after all.  My husband taught me a little trick.  An acorn squash looks like an acorn.  Until he pointed out the obvious source of the name I’d never actually noticed.

Once you cut them open they kind of smell like pumpkin.  Has anyone else noticed that?  The pumpkin like guts have to be removed and a “grapefruit spoon” is super handy for doing the scooping.  Look at me being creative.  ;)

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Everyone’s always looking for a simple side dish, right?  Especially with Thanksgiving right around the corner.  These pretty things are a little buttery, a little sweet, and a lot of delicious.  It’s amazing how scrumptious these turn out, especially when you consider how ridiculously easy they were to put together.  My husband was right in suggesting I share these with you.  :)

08Baked Acorn Squash

Since I whipped these up in no time at all, I decided to play around with the photography.  If you’re not a photo bug, you can skip the technical jargon and enjoy the pictures and the recipe.

If you’re a photo bug then I’m sure you’ve heard of a macro lens.  They are the fun lenses that let you get super close to things and see details that you’d never be able to see with your eyes.   But, have you heard of extension tubes?  They attach to any lens and help it to act like an actual macro lens but at a fraction of the cost.  My husband let me borrow his Kenko Extension Tube set to play around with them.

I’ve never used an actual macro lens so I don’t know how they compare to using extenders.  I can say that the extenders that I used are vastly cheaper.  They are even cheaper in comparison to lenses for full frame sensor cameras.  (Unless you like cropping all of your pictures out of circle pictures all the time I suppose.)  Perhaps if you want to try them out or don’t think you’ll use this feature often, then the extenders might be the way to go.  (My husband obviously thought so since he has had these for years and doesn’t own any macro lenses in his impressive collection.)

I took the next two photos with the 12mm extender.  Cool shot of the water drops.

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The depth of field is intentionally narrow here.  Meaning, most of the photo will be blurry and if you like that sort of thing like I do then this is a pretty cool photo that highlights the crust.

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I took the below photo with the 36mm extender.  How crazy is that detail?  I had to get my lens so close to it that I was almost touching the fabric.

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As a food blogger, I’m not sure a “macro lens” is all that great.  I could see it being fun if you like taking super close ups of flowers or bug eyeballs or something.  

If you’re a food blogger, have you used one?  If so, which one and do you like it?  I found it to be great fun to play around with, but it took a very long time to get the pictures and I wasn’t impressed with the overall results.  (A lot of the pictures were simply unusable.)

10Baked Acorn Squash

Baked Acorn Squash Recipe
(About 2 to 4 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and set it aside.
  3. Cut the acorn squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.
  4. With a sharp knife, score the insides of the acorn squash halves in a cross-hatch pattern.
  5. Place 1/2 tablespoon of butter into each half of the squash.
  6. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of brown sugar into of each half.
  7. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of maple syrup into each half.
  8. Place the acorn squash, cut side up (so it’s like a bowl with butter, sugar and syrup in it) on the prepared baking sheet and bake it in the preheated oven for about 1 hour.
  9. When you remove the acorn squash from the oven the stuff you put in them will have turned into a sort of sauce.  Use a spoon to drizzle it around on the inside of the squash.

Source:  Simple Recipes

 

Rating:

4 Hats

 

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07Green Beans With Tomatoes

Mashed Cauliflower

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