Since I've declared a war on sugar I knew I needed to cook up a storm to satisfy my hunger instead of going for convenience foods. After searching online, I found some recipes I wanted to try. Here's the end result:
Nom nom nom!! Spaghetti squash casserole and chicken meatballs – both paleo and zero sugar – hurrah!
Hubs ventured to the grocery for me so I didn't have to clunk around in my cast. I asked for spaghetti squash, and this is what we ended up with:
Seriously, the thing was like $10 and was over twice the size of the last spaghetti squash I cooked. Crazy.
Of course I couldn't follow directions exactly, so here are my modifications:
- Meatballs: 1 lb. ground chicken, 1/2 large white onion diced, 4 strips bacon diced, 1 egg yolk (I hesitated with this but worried they wouldn't set without it), dried italian spices, salt and pepper, store bought tomato sauce (its only ingredients are 2 types of tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar, and spices. used about 1/6 cup in the mix, then topped each raw meatball with 1 tsp). Cook bacon, onions and garlic then mix in with other ingredients, plop into balls onto a pan, dabble on some tomato sauce, and bake at 400 for 18 minutes.
- Spaghetti Squash: worlds largest spaghetti squash, 1 yellow onion diced, sun dried tomatoes diced, red pepper flakes, salt and peper, ghee (clarified butter), 4 cloves minced garlic, sprinkling of cheese on top. Sautee onions, sun dried tomatoes, and garlic in ghee. Shred cooked spaghetti squash into a bowl, mix in onion/garlic/ghee, add red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. If you can eat cheese, throw it in there, or if you're trying to be conservative, sprinkle the top with some. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Adjust this recipe depending on the size of the squash. Original recipe calls for sour cream as well, but I cut that out.
Verdict? SUPER YUMMY. I mean, chicken meatballs with BACON in them? And any kind of spaghetti squash? I liked the spaghetti squash because the baking took some of the moisture out of the cooked squash, which gave it a firmer texture. Also, sautéed onions are one of the best smells ever.
Off to look for more recipes. I need to make trying new things a habit.