Day 6: dinner deviation

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Last night (day 6 dinner), I mentioned that I decided to stray a little.  I made spaghetti squash with homemade organic marinara.  It was delish, so I was going to include a few more details. Again, it’s not a UR recipe, but it was vegan & organic, as well as sugar/gluten-free, and all ingredients are on the UR list.

You will need:

  • small or medium-small spaghetti squash
  • tomatoes (2 cartons organic cherry tomatoes)
  • half an onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar (optional – for flavor depth)
  • basil (option – for finishing the dish with a dash of green and yumminess)
  • cashews (optional – for thickening the sauce)

What I did… just on the fly – and it turned out nicely!

  • I first preheat my oven to 350 and cooked my spaghetti squash in the oven with olive oil and sea salt. Read here if you haven’t cooked spaghetti squash before.
  • Then, I chopped about 4 cloves of garlic and about a half an onion that I had leftover.
  • I heated a pan on low and added some olive oil, and then the onions & garlic.
  • I halved about a carton and a half of cherry tomatoes and threw them in once the onions and garlic were fragrant (and the onions were a little translucent).
  • I added a little bit of distilled water and balsamic vinegar, and then turned the heat up to medium for about 3 minutes to reduce the liquid.
  • I turned the heat back down and let the tomatoes cook for another couple of minutes, and then placed the lid on the pot and simmered for about 15 minutes.
  • I removed the lid, mashed the maters (that means tomatoes, in case you don’t speak southern) 😉
  • I replaced the lid and cooked for about 5 more minutes while I used a coffee bean grinder to grind some organic cashews to thicken the sauce.
  • I poured in the ground cashews, gave it a stir, and let it simmer while my squash finished cooking.
  • When the squash was ready, I took it out of the oven and let it cool a bit before removing all of the “noodles”, and then poured my sauce on my batch of squash for a solid two meals!

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