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SPAGHETTI SQUASH WITH BALSAMIC ROASTED TOMATOES

spaghetti squash recipt

Spaghetti squash with balsamic roasted tomatoes is delicious, filling and nutritious. It is surprisingly low in calories and carbohydrates. It is full of fibre, vitamin A and C. A fabulous replacement to pasta. And it pairs really well with roasted tomatoes!!

INGREDIENTS
1 spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise
10 plum tomatoes cut in half lengthwise
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tsp of balsamic vinegar
½ tsp Kosher or coarse sea salt
Plenty of freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F (I use convection roast but regular bake works fine too)
  2. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil; place the squash cut-side down on one side of the sheet. In a large bowl, toss the cut tomatoes with the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper; place cut side up on sheet next to squash.
  3. Roast for about 40 minutes OR until the squash is fork tender. It can take as little as 30 minutes or as much as one hour, just check it.
  4. When squash is cooked, remove sheet (with the tomatoes) from the oven, allow to cool until you can handle the squash. Carefully scoop squash from shell. You want to do this in the same direction as the fibres so that the spaghetti-like fibres remain intact. I use a fork for this. Place the squash in an ovenproof platter, spread it out and try to separate the fibres so that it looks like spaghetti noodles.
  5. Chop the tomatoes in about six pieces each; scatter on top and a little throughout the squash. Generously season with pepper.
  6. Place back in a 350˚F oven and cook for about 30 minutes or even up to one hour. This will dry out the squash and meld all the flavors - you can skip this part if you want, but I like it double cooked. It also makes it a great dish to entertain with because you can put it in a low oven (300˚F) and forget about it for a long while.

Serves 6, ½ cup per serving each

Make Ahead Tip: The squash and the tomatoes can be made up to a day ahead. After step #4, refrigerate, covered. Then reheat for about one hour when ready to use. Or make it a few hours in advance, place on a platter (tomatoes too) and leave on the counter until you are ready to put back in the oven.

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About Carolyn Cohen

Carolyn Cohen, Natural Foods Chef, has owned and operated DELICIOUSDISH Cooking School for the last 15 years. DELICIOUSDISH Cooking School specializes in whole natural food HOME cooking, meal panning, and healthy eating. CAROLYN also owns DELICIOUSNUTRITION, a nutrition based culinary school specializing in holistic health and nutrition. Classes focus on clean-eating programs, superfoods and classes targeting specific health concerns and goals. Carolyn, is an Occupational Therapist by training who left her practice to pursue her passion - cooking. She started cooking at a very young age, and takes great pride in planning both simple, everyday meals and menus you can entertain with. Her informative and casual teaching style has inspired people to become great cooks and to enjoy being in the kitchen.

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