Spaghetti Squash with Feta

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I love fall and eating spaghetti squash.  Since Alex is not a fan, I tend to roast up a spaghetti squash and use it for workday lunches.  One of my favorite ways to eat it is with feta, basil and roasted tomatoes.  It is full of flavor and a great change of pace to the usual salads and sandwiches at lunch time.

Spaghetti squash salad with feta, basil, tomatoes, onion and garlic.  So good!!!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup diced onion
2-3 garlic clove, minced
Cooking spray
1/2 medium spaghetti squash
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
5 basil leaves
3-4 tablespoons feta
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt & pepper to taste

Spaghetti squash salad with feta, basil, tomatoes, onion and garlic recipe

To start out, roast your squash and use a fork to pull it into long strands.  You can learn how I roast mine by clicking here.

How to make spaghetti squash in the oven

In a skillet over medium-high heat, spray a layer of olive oil cooking spray and sauté onions and garlic until softened and fragrant, about 3-5 minutes.

Delicious spaghetti squash recipes

Meanwhile, chop up your baby tomatoes.

Delicious spaghetti squash recipe

Add tomatoes to the skillet and continue cooking for about 3 minutes.

Roasted spaghetti squash recipe

Removed tomato mixture from the pan and mix with feta, basil, squash, salt and pepper.

Yummy spaghetti squash salad with feta, basil, tomatoes, onion and garlic.  So good!!!

Stir together and enjoy!  The sautéed tomato, onion and garlic mixture gives a ton of flavor and makes for an excellent change to the typical weekday lunch.

I love spaghetti squash!!


Mealtime Monday: Green Grilled Cheese

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Happy Mealtime Monday!  After taking a week off the blog I am back.  This time of the year is so busy with parties and birthdays for us, I can’t seem to find enough hours in the day to get it all done.  So this week I am sharing a really easy weeknight meal.  This is the green grilled cheese that I got inspired to make from here.  It is a great alternative for an “adult” grilled cheese sandwich, complete with pesto, avocado, spinach and mozzarella.

Pesto, spinach & avocado grilled cheese recipe

Ingredients:

  • Sliced sourdough bread
  • Butter
  • Fresh spinach leaves
  • Avocado
  • Pesto (click here for my homemade pesto recipe)
  • Sliced mozzarella cheese
  • Optional: Tomato soup

Adult grilled cheese

Once all the ingredients are prepped, like in the picture above, it is time to make the sandwiches.  Melt a small piece of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Take one side of bread for each sandwich and slather with a generous amount of pesto.  Place it pesto side up in the pan.

Pesto grilled cheese

Add a layer of sliced mozzarella cheese on top of the pesto.

Pesto spinach grilled cheese

Next add a layer of spinach leaves.

Pesto and spinach grilled cheese

Top with sliced avocados.  I used half an avocado per sandwich.

Avocado, pesto and spinach grilled cheese

Then finish with a second layer of mozzarella cheese.

Yummy pesto grilled cheese

Lay the second piece of bread in top.  Cook until golden brown on the first side.

Pesto grilled cheese recipe

Flip, adding a bit more butter and brown the second side.  Now the bread is nice and crispy and the cheese is melty.

Pesto, spinach & avocado grilled cheese

Cut in half and serve.  I like to have my grilled cheese with a bowl of tomato soup.  Such a great winter meal and so easy.  Enjoy!

Pesto, spinach and avocado grilled cheese recipe


Mealtime Monday: Crockpot Roast French Dip Sandwiches

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Here we go again with another Mealtime Monday.  Now that it is getting cold again, I love to pull out my crockpot for soups, stews and roasts.  One of our go-to crock pot meals is making a French Dip roast.  The meat simmers all day so it falls apart and is so juicy, making amazing French Dip Sandwiches with plenty left over for tacos, enchiladas or any other meal you can think of that uses shredded beef.

Simple Crockpot french dip recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 lb beef roast
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 5-6 peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Swiss cheese (sliced)
  • French rolls

Making a roast for french dip sandwiches

Trim excess fat from the roast and place into the crockpot.  In a measuring cup, stir together soy sauce, peppercorns, garlic powder, rosemary, thyme, beef bouillon & bay leaf.

French dip roast recipe

Pour this mixture directly over your roast.  Fill the crockpot with water until the roast is nearly covered.

Slow cooker french dip roast recipe

Cook on low for 10-12 hours.

Slow cooker french dip roast

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Remove meat from the crockpot and shred.  Pile shredded meat onto your french roll.  Top with swiss cheese.

Melty french dip sandwiches

Bake for about 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Melty french dip sandwich recipe

Serve with a dish of the au jus (the liquid from your crockpot) to dip your slow cooker french dip in.  Enjoy!

Amazing simple french dip recipes


Mealtime Monday: Baked Asian Chicken Wings

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This mealtime monday is all about wings; crispy baked asian chicken wings.  I found the recipe a while back on Pinterest from Just a Taste and we finally got around to giving it a try.  I love chicken wings and 99% of the time we do buffalo wings with Frank’s Red Hot.  YUM!  So this was a nice change of pace.

Asian wings

Ingredients:

1 package Chicken Wings
1 T Vegetable Oil
1/4 cup Blackberry Jam
1/3 cup Hoisin Sauce
Chinese 5-spice or Asian spice blend*

*I am not a fan of Chinese 5-Spice because of the Anise in it, so I made my own blend of spices including a little 5-spice, ginger, garlic powder, chili  powder and sesame seeds. I did not measure, just kept adding a dash here and there until I thought it looked good.

Asian spice rub for wings

Starting off with this recipe, preheat your oven to 400º F.  Next wash and pat dry your chicken wings.

Baked asian wings

In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken wings, vegetable oil and your spice mixture. Stir to coat evenly.

Asian inspired wings

Space the wings out over an oven safe rack.  I used a baking sheet lined with foil under by cookie cooling grate.  It worked perfectly and the foil made clean up of the baking sheet easy.  The cookie grate took more work to get clean with the chicken cooked on it.

Asian spice rub wings

Bake for 45-50 minutes (or until fully cooked), rotating the pan halfway through.

Baked asian spiced wings

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the blackberry jam and hoisin sauce.

Sauce for asian style wings

Whisk together until fully melted and warm through.

Asian inspired wings sauce

Toss your crispy wings and the sauce together to evenly coat.

Asian wings being sauced

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Asian wings


Mealtime Monday: Pesto Sausage Flatbread Pizza

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Back again for another mealtime monday!  This week I am sharing a simple recipe that we like to bring in the mix from time to time.  Back when we lived in San Francisco, our favorite pizza was the pesto sausage from Amici’s.  Now that we can’t walk over and pick one up, we came up with an easy recipe for a pesto sausage flatbread pizza.

Pesto sausage flatbread pizza recipe

Ingredients:

Preheat oven to 400°.  Roll out your pizza dough on a greased baking sheet.  Pop into the oven and bake for 7 minutes.  By partially baking the dough before topping you will get a crisper crust.

Making pesto sausage flatbread pizza

Meanwhile, cook sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Sausage pesto homemade pizza

Remove pizza crust from the oven.  Spread a thin layer of homemade pesto over the entire surface.

Sausage pesto homemade flatbread

Top with cooked sausage and grated cheeses.

Pesto sausage flatbread pizza

Return to the oven and bake for an additional 7-9 minutes or until browned and crisp.

Homemade pesto sausage flatbread

Cut into pieces and serve.  So simple and delicious; a great weeknight meal!

Homemade pesto sausage flatbread pizza


Turkey Cobb Lunch Wrap

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In an effort to eat healthier and save money, this year I am trying to plan workday lunch meals in advance.  I am not the type of person who is satisfied with the same boring sandwich everyday. But I do seem to get in a rut with frozen meals, rotating between Amy’s Organic Cheese Enchiladas, O Organic Mac & Cheese and Lean Cuisine Raviolis. Not much variety there and for the cost for these I might as well eat out! I have started collecting ideas on my Workday Meals Pinterest Board and going through other recipes trying to find inspiration. This was a long awaited idea in my head that I finally tried out and loved! I am a huge fan of Cobb salads. With Blue Cheese, avocado and bacon, how can it go wrong ?!?

Easy turkey cobb lettuce wrap

Ingredients:
Flour Tortilla or Wrap
Lite Blue Cheese Dressing (can substitute Ranch)
Turkey Lunch Meat
Cooked Bacon
Avocado
Tomatoes
Lettuce
Salt & Pepper Continue reading »