Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

In love with spaghetti squash right now.   Wes isn’t so crazy about it.
I basically made the same lasagna I posted before but cooked it in a pan instead of the shell.   I also used organic cottage cheese (Trader Joe’s) instead of ricotta.   Soooooo recommend this swap out.
Great way to eat clean and get the feel of lasagna with no noodles.  And BONUS, Wes liked it!

Take squash and cut in half lengthwise.  Remove fleshy seeds with spoon (Helps if you cut one hard end off) put about 1T olive oil or avocado or coconut oil on skin side
Bake on cookie sheet flesh side down on 425 for 30-40 minutes.
Cook 1 lb ground turkey with 1 T avocado or coconut oil, S&P, chopped basil, minced garlic, chopped parsley, chopped onion or scallion *and you can add peppers/celery/and any other veggies you want
Scrape all squash strands out and put in bowl.
Take fresh tomato puree and put about 1 large ladlefull in bottom of lightly greased baking dish.
Place squash,  then spoonfuls of cottage cheese, then turkey mix, then part skim grated mozzarella (buy organic or the block…NEVER pregrated), then repeat another layer.  Finish with tomato sauce and part skim grated mozzarella cheese on top.
Bake on 375 for about 20 minutes until cheese is brown.

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Kale Yeah!

If you look back through this blog, you will notice I. Love. Kale.

This salad is so yummy and is actually clean when you look at what goes in it.
In a small food processor (or in my case, the awesome Magic Bullet) combine the following:
1 can anchovies with oil
Zest & Juice of 1 lemon
2 T dijon mustard
3 cloves garlic
1 T water
2 T fresh parmesean cheese

Pour over cleaned,  sliced kale totaling about 6 cups (ribs removed) and let sit overnight.  Can add 1 hard boiled egg to serve or chopped tomato.

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I am officially obsessed with chicken thighs

“Turtles” (as my dad used to call them) have become my new favorite thing to cook.
They are affordable, don’t dry out like breasts will, and are versatile.
Made them with veggies, ginger dressing, and other flavors in oven and served over (you guessed it, QUINOA)
5 chicken thighs
1/2 cup ginger dressing
1 T fish sauce
1 T soy sauce
1 t rice wine vinegar
Juice of one lime
Garlic powder
Variety of peppers, carrots (sliced thin), squash&zucchini,  onion, snap peas

Casserole dish and mix everything together.
Bake covered on 350° for 45 minutes and then uncovered for 30 minutes
I made quinoa with some chicken stock and added a little soy, fish sauce, and S&P
Easy. Clean. Filling. Yum.

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Clean Alfredo Sauce

So I found a recipe for clean Alfredo sauce for pasta, pizza, quinoa and while it was good, I am going to work on making it a little tastier.  It was just missing ‘something’.
However, I am posting photo and recipe today and will be back in a week or so with my renovated version.
1 head cauliflower, chopped
2 c chicken broth
Pinch Nutmeg
Pinch black pepper
Fresh garlic cloves, minced (I like to use a grater/zester) to equal 1 T
2 t onion powder
1/4 cup cottage cheese or Greek yogurt
2 T nutritional yeast
1 T olive oil
1 t salt

Boil broth
Add cauliflower and spices and cook about 20 minutes.  Let cool and mix in blender (I used an immersion blender).
Add cottage cheese, olive oil, salt, and yeast and blend again and heat on low for 5 minutes.
I mixed it with quinoa pasta (Trader Joe’s) and sautéed some spinach with fresh tomato and smoked salmon but you can add ground turkey or chicken and other veggies. I have also added fresh tomato puree to it for a little kick.
Again, I am going to try some other versions and will post soon.

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Chicken Thighs with lemon and artichoke

This recipe could be one of my new favorites.
I had Organic boneless chicken thighs from Trader Joe’s and some artichoke hearts and LOVE lemon.   I read about a chef today who puts citrus in everything and I totally understand why as it just makes flavors POP.  I regularly add lime juice to just about any Asian, Hispanic, or Indian dish I make.
For this dish you need:
1 sliced red onion
1 sliced lemon
Juice&zest of one lemon
1 large can artichoke hearts
2-3 minced garlic cloves
***can add other veggies like peppers, broccoli, mushrooms.  I wouldn’t recommend carrots or any squash.
Olive oil
S&P
1 c chicken stock (I use homemade, but just make sure it is organic or no sodium with zero preservatives)

Place a layer of sliced red onion, artichokes, and sliced lemon in the bottom of a lightly greased baking dish.
Place chicken thighs on top and cover with remainder of veggies.
Add lemon juice and zest and garlic and stock along with about a tablespoon of olive oil.

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Bake covered with foil on 375 for about 45 minutes and then uncover and cook for another 30 minutes.

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I made quinoa with chicken stock and served it over that.   Yummy!

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Clean Lasagna…what?!

Made a spaghetti squash lasagna tonight.   Have been dying to try this forever.

Take squash and cut in half lengthwise.  Remove fleshy seeds with spoon (Helps if you cut one hard end off) put about 1T olive oil or avocado or coconut oil on skin side
Bake on cookie sheet flesh side down on 425 for 30-40 minutes.
Cook 1 lb ground turkey with 1 T avocado or coconut oil, S&P, chopped basil, minced garlic, chopped parsley, chopped onion or scallion *and you can add peppers/celery/and any other veggies you want
Scrape all squash strands out with fork and place in bowl.
Mix 1.5 cups part skim ricotta cheese with S&P, garlic powder, and same chopped herbs from above.
Take fresh tomato puree and put about 1T in squash “shell”.
Place squash,  then ricotta mix, then turkey mix, then repeat and put squash on top layer.  Add more tomato sauce and part skim grated mozzarella cheese on top.
Broil until cheese is brown.
CLEAN AND YUMMY!!!

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Simple Summer Salad

I know summer is ending but this salad is so good and while most of these items are still in season for just a bit, I would highly recommend making it before time is up!
Measurements don’t really matter, as this salad is about personal likes and taste.
Cubed watermelon
Sliced cucumber-1 is good and I would remove seeds
Chopped tomato -I recommend homegrown or heirloom…I used pear tomatoes we grow at home
Balsamic vinegar
S&P
Crumbled unpasteurized feta cheese
Dash of xt virgin olive oil
Chopped basil or mint, either adds flavor

Combine and let marinate for a good hour before eating.

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