Memories... Like Mom Made!

Memories... Like Mom Made!
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Landon's Lunch... and Mommy's too!

So those of you that know me know that I am very particular about what my son eats. I love for him to eat healthy food, though I don't always follow my own advice... Today I made a lunch that was delicious and healthy for both us: Spaghetti Squash and Carrot mash for Landon, and Spaghetti Squash with cheese and olive oil for me...

Spaghetti squash is that big yellow thing in the squash section of the super market... I know: I never noticed it either... And then a friend started talking about how great it was, and I figured I would give it a try... Guess what: I am sold!!! Practically no calories and I can pretend I am eating pasta... it is great!

The reason spaghetti squash got its name is because the inside of the squash really looks like long stringy noodles! It is pretty amazing!

If you want to make a lunch like Landon and I had, this is what you do:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees... Take a knife and stab your squash all over, then place it in a baking dish and stick it in your oven. Set the timer for about 70 minutes... All the directions always say 45-60 minutes on 375, but trust me, do it this way...

When the timer beeps, take your squash out and plunge your knife into it... If it goes in it like butter, you are good to go. If it is still hard, put it back in for 5-10 minutes... I wouldn't leave it in too much past 80-90 minutes though.

Ok, using an oven mitt, slice it open all the way and scoop out all the seeds and fibers like you would a pumpkin (save them for roasting!). Take a fork and scrape out the noodles. If you want to make Landon's lunch, scrape the noodles into your child's bowl with some grated carrots... Then mix in a tablespoon or two of natural plain yogurt. Sprinkle some nutmeg on top and serve. (make sure the temperature is appropriate).

For you: scrape the noodles into your bowl and add a glug of olive oil, some fresh ground pepper, and sea salt. Toss with some parmesan, then top with a little grated cheese and microwave for about 30 seconds..

Enjoy your super easy lunch!

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