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Archive for May 13th, 2009

This recipe will serve 4

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No one except me had ever had spaghetti squash.  Tuesday night would be their official introduction to this tasty alternative to pasta.  But first, we needed a sauce that would pair well with the squash and also the turkey sausage they were eating and the tuna I was having.  Here is our Tuesday night meal.

Spaghetti Squash

 Split squash Length wise and put into the microwave for 8 – 10 minutes depending on size.  Let cool.  When it is cool enough to hold, remove the seeds and use a fork to drag down the length of the squash producing strands that look like spaghetti.  Place in an oven proof dish to keep warm.

 Vegetable Red Sauce

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  •  3 TBS Olive oil
  • 1 Medium Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 Green Pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 15 oz can Whole Tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can Italian Style Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Large Fresh Tomato
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup Red Wine
  • 10 oz Fresh mushrooms, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 bag of Baby spinach (about 4 cups, loosely packed)
  • 3 oz Goat Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp each: Oregano + Basil + Marjarem + Thyme / OR use 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 Heat olive oil on medium high in a large, high sided sauce pan. When hot, add onion and cook 2 minutes. Add pepper, cook 5 more minutes. Add garlic and just stir around, sauteeing no longer than one minute. Add the tomatoes, herbs, and wine, bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and let cook at a simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes or 15 minutes before serving, add the mushrooms.  About 5 minutes before serving, add the spinach and goat cheese and continue until the spinach is wilted and the goat cheese melts into the sauce.  At this point, taste your sauce and add salt and pepper if necessary.

 Plate the spaghetti squash as if you were serving pasta.  Top with your protein.  My parents and Sue had Turkey sausages cooked on the stove top.  I added tuna to my dinner.   Top with sauce and enjoy a healthy meal.

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Now for a little tour around Heritage Plantation Pawleys Island, South Carolina….

 My parents house…

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 Two of my favorite houses I pass daily on my walks and runs with Shane. They are situated on the waters edge, right beside the Marina.

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Speaking of the Marina….

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Of course the golf course surrounding the houses on the plantation.

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It is a beautiful area and we have had a wonderful time.  Tomorrow’s post will be CEimB so please be sure to check back and leave a comment with fellow CEimBers.

I’ll be surfing everyones blogs this weekend so post some great recipes and tell of some wonderful happenings in your life…I can’t wait to take a look.

Take care.

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