Veggie “Spaghetti” Your Meat Sauce Is Ready

by DanicasDaily on October 11, 2010

I had originally planned to take you all through our vacation photos, but, today’s food was too good NOT to share :D  So, our vacation recaps are to be continued in order to bring you today’s deliciousness!

Even though we had eggs on vacation, I found myself missing my quick veggie scrambles (1 pt).

Zuchini Scramble

1 zucchini, halved and sliced

Cherry Tomatoes

Smack my @$$ and Call Me Sally Hot Sauce :D

1/2 cup egg beaters

Sea Salt & Black Pepper

Finished with a delicious Iced Grande Nonfat Latte (2 pts).

Starbuck's Iced Latte

I’d like to think my breakfast (versus being slammed at work) held me over all the way until lunch. 

Mayo-Less Tuna Salad ~ My favorite goto use for tuna and lunch when I have nothing packed up and ready to go.

Tuna Salad

I topped my lettuce with Newman’s Lite Lime Vinaigrette. some delicious bell pepper, cherry tomatoes and AVOCADO! (6 pts)

Mayo-Less Tuna Salad

You all know I am IN LOVE with Cabot LIGHT Cheeses…but, did you know they are coming out with FOUR NEW LIGHT FLAVORS?!

* 75% Reduced Fat Habanero (if you like a lot of spice in your life)

* 50% Reduced Fat Sharp (for that traditional flavor

* 50% Reduced Fat Pepper Jack

*50% Reduced Fat Garlic & Herb Cheddar (smooth, flavorful and delightful!)

The folks at Cabot Creamery constantly here me rave about their cheese and I am pretty sure they knew I’d hunt these new flavors down.  They were nice enough to give me a head start by sending their SPICY HABANERO CHEDDAR CHEESE.

Cabot Habanero Cheddar Cheese

45 calories ~ 1 point a square!

Serious Snacks!

Served up with some snap peas to cool the HEAT of this cheese from the Habanero Peppers.

Habanero Cheese with Snap Peas

Dinner tonight came about based on one of my AWESOME friends raving about how her and her husband LOVED Spaghetti Squash with Spaghetti Sauce.

I really LOVE roasting squash in the oven over the microwave because it brings out the flavors of the squash and gives it a great nuttiness.

A quick look took me to Jenna’s Quick How To Roast Spaghetti Squash.  It’s pretty simple ~ cut in half, seed, spray with nonstick spray and roast at 400 for 45 minutes or until soft.

Roasted Spaghetti Squash

I have actually NEVER had Spaghetti Squash before and I have to admit, I showed The Husband, his mom and called my sis to tell her how cool it is when you shred it :D 

I always thought it was hard to make it like noodles, but, it’s as simple as sliding your fork to shred it.

1 CUP = 0 POINTS!!!

Mock Spaghetti

While the squash roasted, I whipped up Mary’s Cabernet Meat Sauce.  I pretty much followed her recipe, but, added a bunch of mushrooms for the carrot, some Italian Seasoning, Garlic Salt and lots of crushed red pepper flakes.

This sauce ROCKS, Mary!  I LOVE the addition of an entire cup of WINE ~ it really enhances the flavor and makes it so The Husband couldn’t tell I used ground turkey ;) He didn’t fall for my “spaghetti” noodles though (4 pts)

Turkey & Wine Spaghetti sauce

The Husband whipped up our side salads and included Parmesan Almond Crackers! (2 pts)

Parmesan Almond CrackerLigher Italian Dinner

After dinner, I finally got to bust open My KitchenAid Mixer that arrived while we were gone….THIS IS WHY I BLOG!!! Seriously….it helps to feed my kitchen gadget addiction ;)

KicthenAid Mixer

LOVE!!!! I have forever put off buying a mixer because well, I do just fine with my hand mixer.  I blame the Food Network for showing me all the ways I can use it :D

Empire Red KitchenAid Artisan Mixer

Soooo, I totally need ideas on how I should use my mixer.  What is one way you LOVE to use your mixer or one thing you’ve always wanted to have a mixer for??

Night all!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 janetha October 11, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Yay for a new mixer! Can’t wait to see what you whip up. I use mine for everything, seriously.. just keep it handy on the counter! Your spaghetti dinner looks SO good! The squash, Mary’s sauce, the almond crisps.. love it all. OH! Today was WORLD EGG DAY, glad you celebrated! And I love that halloween tablecloth :) See ya soon!

2 healy October 11, 2010 at 10:23 pm

salivating over it=)

3 Lauren October 12, 2010 at 3:48 am

I actually prefer spaghetti squash over regular pasta. And I swear I;m not just saying that to sound healthy, LoL!

Yay, I can’t wait to see what goodies you’ll be whipping up with your new toy! :)

4 Reen October 12, 2010 at 4:28 am

Your spagetti squash looks perfect. Mine comes out mushy sometimes. Maybe I overcooked it.

Oh my gosh, I love my kitchenaid mixer. One favorite is when I make all the dough for gingerbread houses. Tradition with my nieces. The mixer mKes it so much easier.

I also have attachments, meat grinder (love) and pasta extruded(haven’t used much).

5 Cyndi Beane Henry October 12, 2010 at 8:39 am

Oooh… so green over the mixer! [Yep... jealous!]
How cool is the spaghetti squash! Everytime my local market has it I have to buy it. Luv it!
Thankx for the gr8 blog! I wouldn’t miss it!!!

6 Andrea (Off Her Cork) October 12, 2010 at 9:10 am

You will never put your mixer away! It makes things so much easier and there are so many attachments to get for it, that the possibilities are endless. :D

7 Steph October 12, 2010 at 10:01 am

Haha – I love kitchen gadgets and totally blame my obsession on my mother who shops the “as seen on tv” section at bed, bath, & beyond. This obsession drives the bf nuts – lol.

8 Susie Bee @ eatlittleeatbig October 12, 2010 at 11:48 am

I just leave my mixer out on the counter-so many uses with all the great attachments.

Have always used the microwave for spg squash. Will try the oven.

9 Eden October 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I’m all about spaghetti squash! I’ve been experimenting with pesto sauces to plop on top of it!.

Since I first started culinary school when I was 19, I always wanted a kitchen aid. Like five birthdays later and my friends and family STILL didn’t get the hint! Anyhow I used all the time in my baking course in culinary school. First off, it makes making pizza dough a breeze. No “knead” to “knead! (lame joke)
Plus, I’ve made marshmallows with it which turned out insanely delicious that I’ll never but that “jiffy-puff” stuff again!

10 Sami October 12, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Of all things, can you believe I’ve never tried spaghetti squash!? Must get on that :) Your trip looks WONDERFUL. I would love to travel as much as the two of you!

11 Jen October 12, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I bought my first ever spaghetti squash over the weekend, but I have yet to try it. Thanks for the tip on how to cook it though :)


12 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) October 12, 2010 at 1:57 pm

What a pretty mixer!! I seriously can’t wait to see what you make with it…. I need some inspiration, mine just sits there.

I am SO glad that you liked my sauce!!!! :D I think you’re the first person EVER (except family) that has actually made one of my recipes. This makes me so happy! :D :D Did your husband like it too ??

When I make my spag squash I usually end up micro-ing it, but I should really take the time to roast it bc you’re so right…. it tastes a lot better out of the oven. Oh, and LOL @ you not tricking your husband with the ‘noodles’… mine isn’t fooled either!

13 Erika @ Dr.TriRunner October 12, 2010 at 2:39 pm

No ideas for the mixer… but I can tell you my grandma would fight you for it. ;) I think I may have to get her this new model for Christmas….

OH but there is “The Mixer Bible” which has lots of good recipes! I know it’s on Amazon… you might be able to find it in Barnes & Noble or something though!

14 Josie October 12, 2010 at 3:17 pm

LOOVE my kitchen aide and I have the same color! I make english muffin bread with mine and hm marshmellows when we camp with it. Also all the cookies we bake in it!! Have fun! I have a sp.squash on my counter I think I will have mine tonight!

15 BroccoliHut October 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Beautiful mixer! I plan on registering for that exact model (color and all!) when I get married. Just have to get engaged first. Hmph.

16 GiGi October 12, 2010 at 8:15 pm

No guy in my life stands a chance against spaghetti squash! Sorry boys! Ha Ha Ha!

17 Jacquelyn October 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Glad to hear that you liked the new flavors :) We always love your great recipes too- keep them coming!

18 Amy October 15, 2010 at 11:22 am

I got the same exact mixer for my birthday this week! I cannot WAIT to use it and can’t wait to see what you whip up with yours. :)

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