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Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash Boats with Grilled Chicken

Roasted spaghetti squashed topped with marinara sauce, grilled chicken, melted mozzarella and some fresh basil. I had a hard time naming this one, but I think you get the point.

I was craving something cheesy for dinner last night, and I had spaghetti squash sitting in my counter without a plan, so I came up with this tasty dish. When my husband heard what I was making, he didn’t sound too excited, but after he ate he thought it was pretty good.

If you’ve never had spaghetti squash before, it’s a winter squash that has spaghetti-like strands when you cook it and fluff it with a fork. Does it taste like spaghetti? Well no, it’s kind of neutral in flavor, so it takes on the flavor from whatever you season it with. I always have homemade marinara sauce [1]on hand, either in the refrigerator or freezer, which makes quick weeknight meals a snap.

If you want to speed this up, you can microwave the spaghetti squash instead, I provided both instructions below.

For those of you on Weight Watchers, each boat is only 6 points plus and it filled me up. In fact, because it’s so light, I may use fresh mozzarella next time I make this so it’s even cheesier, this recipe can afford it!

There are so many delicious types of winter squash, including acorn, butternut and spaghetti. Whichever gourd you go for, you can be assured you’re making a healthy choice. Winter squash is loaded with vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber. They also contain some folate and thiamin, a B vitamin that helps the body turn carbs into energy. Look for squash with a think, hard skin that’s free of blemishes. Make sure it feels heavy for its size—that’s a sign of freshness. You can keep squash for up to a month in a cool, dry place.

Baked Spaghetti Squash Chicken Parmesan Boats
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 4  Serving Size: 1 boat • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 326 • Fat: 8 g • Protein: 29 g • Carb: 35 g • Fiber: 7 g • Sugar: 10 g
Sodium: 318.5 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 2 small/medium ripe spaghetti squash
  • salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • 4 thin chicken cutlets, about 3 oz each
  • pinch garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 2 cups quick marinara sauce[2], warm
  • 1 cup part skim shredded mozzarella (Polly-o)

Directions:  

Preheat oven to 350°. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and fibers with a spoon. Place on a baking sheet, cut side up and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast about an hour or until the skin gives easily under pressure and the inside is tender.

If you prefer the microwave, cut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and fibers and place on a microwave safe dish and cover. Microwave 8-9 minutes.  

Meanwhile, while the squash is roasting, season chicken cutlets with salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano. Heat a grill pan (or a George formal grill) over medium-high heat, when hot grill chicken on both sides until cooked through, about 3-5 minutes. Set aside on a dish.

Remove the spaghetti squash from the oven or microwave and carefully fluff the spaghetti-like strands on each half with a fork, leaving the squash in the shell. Season with salt and pepper, then spoon about 1/4 cup marinara in each boat.

Slice the chicken on the diagonal and place each piece on top of each squash half. Top the chicken with 1/4 cup each of remaining marinara sauce, then top with cheese and place back into the hot oven and cook until the cheese is melted and the sauce is hot, about 12 minutes. Garnish with fresh basil and serve with parmesan cheese on the side if desired.

Nutritional information provided by Heather K Jones[3], RD (aka The Diet P.I.).

References

  1. ^ homemade marinara sauce (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ quick marinara sauce (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Heather K Jones (www.heatherkjones.com)

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Garlic Sweet Potato Mash

Sweet potatoes are often smothered in sugar and topped with more sugar, but this savory version will surprise you and your loved ones and keep them coming back for more!

Need a few good reasons to pass on plain old potatoes and get sweet on sweet potatoes instead? These orange tubers are one of the top food sources of vitamin A, which helps protect your peepers. It also contains vitamins C and B-6, fiber, copper and potassium.

Pair this with chicken, Salisbury Steak,[1] Pork Chops[2], or Turkey Meatloaf[3]. Double or triple this recipe and add it to your Thanksgiving menu[4].

Store sweet potatoes in a cool, dry, dark place and they’ll stay fresh for several weeks. Sweet indeed!

Garlic Sweet Potato Mash
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings:
5 • Size: 3/4 cup • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 151 • Fat: 3.5 g • Carb: 27 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 3 g
• Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 27 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs (4 medium) sweet potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 2 tbsp light sour cream
  • salt and fresh cracked ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

In a large pot boil sweet potatoes in salted water until tender, drain in a colander.

Meanwhile, melt butter and sauté garlic until lightly golden. Return potatoes to the pan, add milk and sour cream; mash until smooth and creamy. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Nutritional information for sweet potatoes provided by Heather K Jones[5], RD (aka The Diet P.I.).

References

  1. ^ Salisbury Steak, (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Pork Chops (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Turkey Meatloaf (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Thanksgiving menu (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  5. ^ Heather K Jones (www.heatherkjones.com)

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Garlic Roasted Cauliflower with Toasted Asiago Bread Crumbs

Cauliflower, tossed with a little olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper then roasted in the oven transforms this powerful cruciferous vegetable into a nutty, delicious side dish, especially when topped with toasted bread crumbs.

You can even add a little color to your plate by choosing a hue other than white—cauliflower now comes in a variety of colors from orange to green to purple. Not only does it contain disease-fighting antioxidants, but it also offers a healthy helping of vitamin C, folate and fiber.

Makeup!

A few weeks ago, I traded in my apron for some heels and slimming jeans as part of a photo shoot for Jones New York[1].

I was transformed from by the magic of Gregg who’s celebrity list is quite extensive, I knew I was in good hands.

I’ve been on sets of photo shoots before because pre-skinnytaste I worked as a graphic designer, but Getting to sit in the hair and makeup chair, and having a stylist dress me was a whole lot more fun!

You can see the final image below, I am wearing their slimming denim jeans with a pretty blouse. This was part of an online campaign where they photographed three other bloggers; a chef, a decorator and a stylist.

The ads are currently live on Self.com[2], Bon Appetit[3], Glamour[4] and Condé Nast Traveler[5].

This was so much fun, and quite different than spending the day in my kitchen. And what’s a girl to do in NYC when all dressed up, with their hair and makeup done? Go shopping of course! I stopped for lunch, and did some prop shopping before heading to the Union Square Greenmarket where I picked up a beautiful head of cauliflower.

After a day in the city, I was happy to get home to my family and make them a delicious meal – Garlic Lover’s Roast Beef with this roasted cauliflower, the perfect ending to a great day.
 
[6]

Garlic Roasted Cauliflower with Toasted Asiago Bread Crumbs 
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 6 • Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 3 pt
Calories: 130 • Fat: 7.5 g • Carb: 11.5 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 5 g
• Sugar: 0.5 g
Sodium: 191 mg 
(without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 1 (1 1/2 lb) head of cauliflower, cut into florets (about 6 heaping cups)
  • 5 – 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste

For the topping:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp shredded Asiago cheese
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme (or fresh herb of your choice)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450°F.  Place the cauliflower and garlic on a large baking sheet and toss with the oil, salt, and pepper.  Bake until tender and browned, about 22 – 25 minutes, tossing every 6-8 minutes. 

Meanwhile, heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat.  Add the oil, then the onion and sauté about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the garlic and sauté until the onions become golden brown. Reduce heat to low, add breadcrumbs; sauté until the breadcrumbs are light golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, careful not to burn.  Turn off heat and stir in the thyme. When cool, add asiago cheese.

When the cauliflower is ready, remove from oven and top with the toasted bread crumbs.

Nutritional information for quinoa provided by Heather K Jones[7], RD (aka The Diet P.I.).

References

  1. ^ Jones New York (www.jny.com)
  2. ^ Self.com (www.self.com)
  3. ^ Bon Appetit (www.bonappetit.com)
  4. ^ Glamour (www.glamour.com)
  5. ^ Condé Nast Traveler (www.cntraveler.com)
  6. ^ Garlic Lover’s Roast Beef (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  7. ^ Heather K Jones (www.heatherkjones.com)

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