Baked spaghetti squash with tomatoes and Parmesan

If you’re looking for in season produce, squash is great during fall.
In the past, I’ve always had spaghetti squash as a side dish. For this recipe, the spaghetti squash is the main. The first step is to cut the squash in half and clean it out. It is baked in the oven for 45 mins.

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While the squash cooked, I prepared the rest of the ingredients.

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Once the squash was done, I scraped the flesh into a bowl and set it aside.

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The next part is to cook up the onion and garlic in a pan. Once they are soft, the tomatoes are added in.

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When the tomatoes are soft, the spaghetti squash is mixed in.

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After the squash is warmed through, the dish is taken off heat and the Parmesan and basil is added. And voila! The meal is ready to be served.

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I loved this dish! And Matt did too. I was hoping Chloe would too, since she likes noodles. But apparently she wasn’t fooled. Darn!

I was worried this wouldn’t be sufficient as a meal. But I was wrong. I was full but wanted to eat more because it was delicious. I will be making this again very soon!

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Butternut squash Mac and cheese

Feeding a toddler can be challenge. Trying to get healthy foods into them can be even more difficult.
Today’s recipe brings butternut squash into a kid favorite.
Here is the original recipe .
First thing, I put the peeled and cubed squash into a pot with veggie broth (recipe called for chicken stock), milk and garlic. I let it boil until the squash was cooked.

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During this time, I was also cooking my pasta.
When the squash was cooked, I put into a blender and puréed it.

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After the sauce is puréed, it is added to a bowl with the macaroni and the two cheeses. I used cheddar and mozzarella because it is what we usually have in the house, even though the recipe calls for different cheese.

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Once it is all mixed up, it is put into a greased casserole dish and topped with panko.

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The dish is baked for 25 minutes and then put onto broil for a few minutes. I should have had mine on broil for a few more minutes.

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I have made this a few times, and my daughter absolutely loves it. Noodles are one of her favorite things to eat.

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Spaghetti squash Alfredo

I found this recipe for skinny spaghetti squash Alfredo on Pinterest a while back. It looked amazing. While trying to find a side dish for dinner the other night, I saw the pin and decided to give it a try.
The first step is roasting the spaghetti squash. I didn’t notice a temperature to cook it at on the recipe so I just put my oven to 350 degrees F. They stayed in the oven for an hour.

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When the squash was close to done, I made the sauce. The recipe called for skim milk, thus making it “skinny”. I chose to use 3.25% milk as we had some that needed to be used. So I guess mine can’t be called skinny. Also, the recipe calls for Parmesan cheese, but the real stuff that you grate is quite pricey. I decided to try it with the pre-grated cheese.

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I scraped the squash to make it into “spaghetti”. Then added the Alfredo sauce on top. The picture does not do it justice.

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I mixed up the sauce with the squash and put it on broil for a few minutes, skipping the step of adding extra parmesan to the top. Once I took it out, I added fresh parsley, opting out of the red pepper flakes.

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This was a huge hit with my husband, myself and a friend of ours. I was really hoping my daughter would eat it since she is a noodle lover. She was not convinced. Mind you, she’s almost 2 and generally changes her mind daily as to what she likes.

What new recipe have you tried that was a success?