Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Spaghetti Squash& Kale

I love spaghetti but sometimes I don't feel like eating all that wheat so spaghetti squash is a fabulous alternative to satisfy a pasta craving. You can cook it and add marina sauce and eat up but I like trying different things to make it more interesting.

This time I tried a recipe that included kale. It was pretty good and I think I'll make it again but change a few things.

1 spaghetti squash
1 bunch kale
1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas (or 1 can)
3 cloves garlic
olive oil
sea salt
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
¾ cup toasted walnuts
fresh Parmesan  cheese

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, rubbing the inside of each half with a drizzle of olive oil, then seasoning with salt and pepper. Place face down on a lined baking tray and cook for about 45 minutes.
3. While wash kale, cut away the rib, and roughly chop kale.
4. Heat oil in a large pan, then add minced garlic, crushed red pepper to taste, and a pinch of sea salt. Cook until fragrant, then add chopped kale and cook until the leaves are bright green and just starting to lose structure. Throw in the chickpeas and cook just to warm. Remove from heat.
5. After squash is done, remove from oven and let cool until you can handle it. Using a fork, scrape out the insides. Place all strands in a bowl, and toss with the kale and chickpea mixture.  Sprinkle with chopped toasted walnuts and shaved Parmesan. Enjoy.

I needed to add a little more salt and pepper once served, so be sure to season to taste. Next time I try this I think I'll add some lemon juice to freshen it up a little bit but overall it was pretty good.

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28 comments:

{The Perfect Palette} said...

ooo thanks for the recipe. it looks delish!!

xoxo, chrissy
The Perfect Palette

Rebecca said...

sounds yummy! I've heard Kale is really good for the body =]

Michelle said...

Holy crap this looks delicious. I can never find good kale recipes! Thank you!!

Jenna Lee said...

Healthy and delicious! YUMMO

Leanna Vera said...

This looks amazing!!! I'm putting it on my list to make next week.

Alexa said...

Oh yum! It's perfect for summer!
xo
Alexa
www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

This sounds amazing! I love spaghetti squash, and agree with you sometimes I want a big bowl of pasta but I don't want the heaviness of a wheat noodle! Great recipe!

ashley said...

yay! we are pasta fanatics at my house. I can't wait to try this!

Ruthie Hart said...

yummy!! I love spaghetti squash and have been meaning to try kale! what is the texture like? spinach? or is it harder??

Nikki said...

I love spaghetti squash too! I'll have to give this one a try because I love kale too ;)

Holly said...

This looks SO good!! I love spaghetti squash! I may have to make this!

Meg {henninglove} said...

this looks amazing becca and so healthy! spaghetti squash is one of my favorites

BlueVanilla said...

Great blog! This dish looks delish!
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natasha {schue love} said...

I love spaghetti squash! So yummy and you really don't miss the carbs! :)

Jillian said...

YUM!! I'm definitely trying this!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

OK that looks good! And now my mouth is watering :)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I've been on a healthy eating streak for five months now and I'm ALWAYS on the hunt for new recipes. This one looks AMAZING. Thank you!

Sara Mueller said...

That sounds delicious! I love spaghetti squash.

Emily said...

LOVE gluten-free recipes!! Thanks for sharing :)
x

Natalie said...

Heya Becca! This looks soooo tasty! I think I will try it! Thanks for sharing!

Oh, and I love your pics from the last post! You're such a cutie!!

OXO
Nat

Tamra {walkswithBella} said...

This looks delish!! Perfect summer dish. I've never heard of spaghetti squash before. thanks for introducing!

Hollie Ann said...

this looks seriously delicious!

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ellie said...

I"ve always wanted to try squash as spaghetti, bookmarking your recipe to try it!

Mrs. T said...

Looks so delicous!!

Coley said...

This looks soo good and healthy. I'm going to try this :)

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Danielle said...

Great recipe! I was planning on making a spaghetti squash dish tonight and I've got kale too..I just might make this :) Love your blog by the way! It's definitely a fun one.

Leanna Vera said...

Finally got around to making this tonight...my roommates and I LOVED it!