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Paleo Spaghetti (PINTEREST FAIL)

When you get home with basil, tempeh, spaghetti squash and realize the basil was supposed to be spinach…you know you’re probably going to have an interesting dinner.  It just so happened that in my failure to READ the recipe…I made the dish slightly amazing if I might say. I just tried to burn it first.

This is what I was hoping to make:


This is what it ended up like….

Pinterest Fail...But It was DELICIOUS (I promise!)
Pinterest Fail…But It was DELICIOUS (I promise!)

I didn’t have Mirin (so I used honey) and I didn’t have tamari (so I used soy sauce).  I forgot the garlic but I had basil!

// Italian-Style Spaghetti Squash with Tempeh | Whole Foods Market

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  • 12 ounces tempeh, cut into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped nope
  • 1 (2.5-pound) spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 (25-ounce) jar pasta sauce
  • 2 cups small broccoli florets (1 bag of frozen broccoli cooked)
  • 1 cup packed baby spinach a handful of fresh basil

Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a medium bowl, gently toss together tempeh, tamari soy sauce, mirin honey and garlic; set aside to let marinate for 30 minutes.

As I let the spaghetti squash cook, I put the tempeh in this container and turned it every so often for 30 minutes
As I let the spaghetti squash cook, I put the tempeh in this container and turned it every so often for 30 minutes

Meanwhile, arrange squash halves, cut sides down (I would do that if I had a larger baking dish), in a large baking dish. Pour 1/2 cup water into dish and bake until just tender, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven, turn over squash and set aside to let cool slightly.

I don't recommend living life with 3 pots.  Go go moving!
I don’t recommend living life with 3 pots. Go go moving!

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Drain tempeh, then add it to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 7 to 8 minutes; transfer to a plate and keep warm.

Don't burn it! ... I was close
Don’t burn it! … I was close

Meanwhile, heat pasta sauce in a medium pot over medium heat until hot throughout then add broccoli and cook until just tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in spinach and remove pot from the heat.

Using a fork, scrape strands of spaghetti squash onto a serving platter. Spoon hot pasta sauce and broccoli over squash, top with tempeh and serve.

It was DELICIOUS!  Thanks Whole Foods.  I think the basil did add a lot of flavor.  I would make it with basil and forgo the spinach.

Paleo with a Twist

Just sounds DELICIOUS
Just sounds DELICIOUS

I think I’m a bit out of sync here. I need to post here AFTER I’ve tried the recipe(s). However, this week I’m just too excited about two sites I’ve found. I shortened the recipes to keep with the goal of quick-easy-simple however my changes MAY have been influenced by what I had on hand. I am loving coconut milk, fresh ginger and am pretty excited about cilantro! After making the Savory Pepper Steak from last week, I am convinced the trick for slow cooking is building flavor. I’m hoping these last three items make for delicious dinners this week!

Beef curry came from http://www.rubiesandradishes.com/2013/12/03/easy-slow-cooker-curry-2-ways/. I chose to try the beef version since the cook time is closer to 8 hours. I also added about a tablespoon of fresh ginger and a teaspoon of minced garlic (or one clove).

Cilantro chicken came from http://www.honeygheeandme.com/2014/01/crock-pot-cilantro-chicken-whole30/ I modified this one a lot.

1 large yellow onion, about 2 cups diced
5 large garlic cloves, about 2 tbsp minced
1 Serrano chile pepper, about 1 tbsp minced (half deseeded) I used a can of chopped green chilis and kept the juices
1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp ground cumin
3/4 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground fenugreek I didn’t have on hand
1/4 tsp black pepper
3/4 tsp salt
1 can coconut milk (not light)
2 cups fresh cilantro, chopped
4-6 chicken thighs, boneless/skinless (approx 1.25- 1.5 lb) I used 5 gmo free, organic chicken drumbsticks.

I didn’t brown the chicken or the beef…I threw it all in a plastic bag, labeled it and froze it for this up coming week. We’ll see how it turns out!

If you’re interested, I’m on Pinterest as ‘Mama Thyme’, I’m tracking the recipes I love and my research recipes (recipes in test).