#TBT to spending cozy nights in flipping through holiday catalogs. Long before we owned our first home, had projects out the wazoo, hosted our first Friendsgiving, traveled to see family for the holidays, birthdays, etc. When I read that back to myself I realize how truly blessed we are. Despite the chaos I would not have had the busy conclusion of 2016 in any other way, God is great! Well, except I would have remembered to bring my camera to Friendsgiving. SMH.
My favorite holiday magazine delivery is from Restoration Hardware. It is like a 20 pound stack of basic goodness. I get so many great ideas from this catalog for home decor as well as holiday gifts. Their furniture is just dreamy and I am officially obsessed with dental molding. Here are two quick snaps of my only RH piece in our new home (and a darn good reason to keep playing with the new lens I got for Christmas…score!)
Speaking of basic (spaghetti squash) and dreamy (Alfredo sauce) I made the creamiest most satisfying yet not scale tilting dinner of…you guessed it Spaghetti Squash Alfredo. To cut the calories without compromising the taste I used almond milk, original and unsweetened. Win. Win.
Recipe modified from Comfort of Cooking
Serves: 2-4 (four if used as a side dish)
- 1 medium sized spaghetti squash
- 1 T butter
- 2 T all purpose GF flour or regular flour if you prefer
- 1 cup Unsweetened Original Almond Milk
- 1 T plain cream cheese
- 1 cup+ Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, additional used for topping
- 1/2 cup part skim mozzarella, shredded
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp. chives, I did not have fresh so I used dehydrated ones from the store
- *Option, use left over cooked ground turkey for your meat loving husband
Prep your squash, much like you did in the OG When Carrot Met Salad recipe.
Thoroughly wash your squash. Poke the squash around (from top to bottom) where you are going to cut with a fork. Pop it in the microwave on an oven safe plate for three minutes. Turn it over and cook for another 3 minutes, careful it may be hot. Allow the squash to cool for about 5 minutes so it’s easier to handle. This poke-then-microwave technique will make your spaghetti squash SO MUCH easier to cut! Clean out and discard the seeds.
Line a baking sheet or jelly roll pan with aluminum foil.
Drizzle both sides of your squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place squash cut side down on the baking sheet. Allow it to roast for 45-60 minutes depending on the size. When you pull it out of the oven the sides of the squash should be golden to dark brown. Carefully flip her over and use tongs to get the noodle like consistency of the squash. Yum…look at those golden brown edges.
While your squash is baking get started on the Alfredo sauce. In a small to medium sized sauce pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted, but before it starts to bubble add the minced garlic. Deep breath in….woosaahhh. Stir so that your garlic does not burn. Whisk in flour, you are making a roux! This is what allows the sauce to thicken. Allow the flour to cook for a minute or two, a light golden color not brown. Whisk in the milk until all of the lumps are out and the flour is incorporated into the sauce. Add cream cheese and stir. Turn off the burner and remove the pot from the stove, stir in 1 cup of parm, salt, pepper, and red pepper.
Spoon or ladle the sauce into your cooked spaghetti squash. Use tongs to lift some of the squash and mix the sauce into the bottom. *Here is the time to add the cooked ground turkey (I keep typing turnkey…Freudian slip!) to your better half’s other half of the squash. Mixing in with the Alfredo sauce. Top each half of squash with mozzarella, 1/4 cup each side, and a good pinch of parm. Place back in the oven, turn broiler on high for 3-4 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
Use the tongs to plate and sprinkle chives or other herbs you might have on hand to brighten things up a bit. Parsley would work good here, or basil, or even a little cilantro. Finish with a liiiiitle more parm and serve!
The fork certainly is blurry because that bad boy bite was about to get destroyed.