Pasta? Nope.

In my quest to quit pasta, I have been experimenting with substitutes.  Spaghetti squash is no exception. I couldn’t believe it but it really does look like spaghetti, and kinda tastes like it too.  It’s a little crunchier, because it is in fact a vegetable but you can use it as a substitute for noodles.  I found this recipe at Real Simple and added some of my own ingredients.
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Ingredients

  • 1  3-pound spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1  15-ounce container ricotta
  • 1  large egg
  • 4  cups  kale, chopped
  • 1  garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/8  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 tsp italian herbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • 2  cups  grated mozzarella (1/2 pound)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Place the squash on a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle the cut sides with the oil, place cut-side down, and roast until tender, 40 to 50 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the ricotta, egg, kale, garlic, nutmeg, spices, parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper.
  3. With a fork, gently scrape out the strands of flesh from the spaghetti squash and add to the ricotta mixture. Mix gently to combine.
  4. Transfer the mixture to an 8-inch square baking dish, sprinkle with the mozzarella, and bake until browned and bubbling, 18 to 22 minutes.

Give me Liberty or Give Me Lent!

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The most amazing pasta that I ate last night.

Just look at that.  The love of my life. Pasta.  It’s too bad that I can’t eat it for the next 1117 hours.  That’s right, I gave it up for lent.  I am not normally someone who gives things up for lent.  I try but fail miserably every single time.  Listen, there is a reason why I was the only human on the planet who didn’t have a new years resolution.  I have to save up all of my abstinence energy for lent.  ‘Cause over one thousand hours, is a lot of hours to not be eating pasta.  Especially since it is probably the biggest food group that makes up my diet.  Any one who knows me, knows that I can whip up a pasta dish in my sleep.  It’s my favorite, EVER.  Pasta cold, pasta hot, pasta with vodka sauce, with butter and seasoning, with soup, with chicken, with cheese, you name it, I’ll eat it.  This is not going to be an easy journey.

The problem is that I am over 25 now, I have to stop eating so much pasta.  Unless I want to be 400 pounds and single, I have to stop. I am considering this my 46 day program.  There are other options that I need to try, that I need to teach myself to like.  Rice, quinoa, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, couscous, potatoes.  There are other fish in the sea.  So here it goes……. Wish me luck!