Creole Spaghetti

This is another recipe that I’ve had since high school… it has always been a big winner in our home. I’ve come a long ways since Home Ec class and I rarely measure anything anymore but it’s a good thing I’m putting these recipes online as this one is getting so worn that the ink is smudging badly. I also like using a little bit of minced garlic in mine as well. You might also like this recipe: Mama’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce.

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Baked Spaghetti Squash (3 ways to cook it)

This was something that I’ve been wanting to try but haven’t gotten around to until last weekend. I am so glad that my sister decided to go with this for dinner as I have been very curious and now I know that this dish will be making it to our table again in the future… it’s so easy to do as well!

You can use the cooked squash in almost any pasta dish and I can’t wait to give it a try with Mama’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce or with some Easy Alfredo Sauce, the possibilities are endless. We ate it with some Easy Baked Chicken, Sauteed Squash (we used a combination of other vegetables instead of the squash), and some Quick & Easy Garlic Bread (which I later made croutons with). 

I’m thinking this might also work well in place of the squash in our favorite Cheesy Squash Casserole or maybe even good as Vegetable Casserole. I’ve also read that Spaghetti Squash is good with a little butter and brown sugar… just the way I like my sweet potatoes!

Did I mention that spaghetti squash is a low carb pasta alternative? It also has many great health benefits that you can read about HERE. This fits in well with our Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle changes that we’ve been trying to implement!

Don’t throw out the seeds! Try them in this recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds


Baked Spaghetti Squash (3 ways to cook it)

Baked Spaghetti Squash (3 ways to cook it)

Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti Squash
  • olive oil
  • garlic salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

First, you want to wash off your squash and then cut in half. You can cut it in whichever direction you like as it will cook about the same… just make sure it will fit into your cooking dish.

Next, take a large spoon and scrape out the seeds and insides… kids like to help with this part. You can also roast these just like you can pumpkin seeds.

Turn the squash over and use a fork to poke a few holes in the skin.

Now you can lightly rub the olive oil on the inside and sprinkle with seasonings.

Choose a method of cooking below:

I have only tried the baking method so far so I can’t really testify to the other two methods… yet.

Oven:

Preheat the oven to 375.

Place your prepared squash in a baking dish or on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 30-45 minutes or until slightly tender. The cooked squash should dent easily when you push your finger into the skin. The skin will also start to darken a bit.

You may find that you need to let it cook slightly longer or a little less. The desired tenderness is completely up to you! 

Let cool slightly and then use a fork to scrape out the ‘noodles’.

Enjoy with your favorite sauce or dish!

Microwave:

Don’t oil or season your squash.

Place the prepared squash, fleshy-side down, in a microwave-safe dish. You may only be able to cook 1/2 of the squash at a time depending on the size of your microwave.

Add about 1/2 inch of water to the dish.

Microwave on high for 10-20 minutes, checking every 3-5 minutes for tenderness. The cooked squash should dent easily when you push your finger into the skin. The skin will also start to darken a bit.

Let cool slightly and then use a fork to scrape out the ‘noodles’.

Season to taste and enjoy with your favorite sauce or dish!

Crockpot:

Hang on to your britches because this is probably the most simple way to cook Spaghetti Squash…

You just need to clean your squash and poke some holes in the skin… don’t cut it in half or anything!

Just put the whole squash your crockpot and cover with a lid. NO WATER NEEDED although I think a little broth may add a bit of flavor.

Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours, just until tender. The cooked squash should dent easily when you push your finger into the skin. The skin will also start to darken a bit.

Let cool slightly and slice in half. Scoop out the seeds and then use a fork to scrape out the ‘noodles’.

Season to taste and enjoy with your favorite sauce or dish!


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June 11 – 17, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday 

Breakfast:

Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole, Jelly Toast

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner: ++

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

PB Toast/Peanut Butter Brownie Dessert


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

PB & J, fruit

Dinner: ++

45 minute spaghetti sauce w/noodles, SaladCheesy Garlic Pull-apart Bread

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cinnamon Toast


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Soup, grilled cheese

Dinner: ++

Tater Tot Casserole, veggies

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Cookies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Tuna Salad, veggies

Dinner: ++

Shredded Beef, tortillas, rice, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner: ++

Salmon PattiesMashed PotatoesCreamed Peas

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Hot Dogs, mac n cheese

Dinner: ++

Chili Dog Casserole, Chips, Salad

**(This is a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cupcakes (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Bagels, Cream Cheese, Fruit

Lunch:

PB & J, Fruit

Dinner: ++

Cheddar Chicken,  Mashed Potatoes, Veggies

Free Day

Snacks/Desserts:

Rice Pudding

++I have a few kids who seem to be going through growth spurts right now and are always HUNGRY. I have been keeping a pot of beans, blackeyed peas, or other vegetable as a side. I also have been buying a few extra snacks like fruit, veggies, yogurt, etc. 

May 7 – 13, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

NOTE: This is a Pantry Challenge Week for me.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups , Fruit

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese, veggies

Dinner:

Oven BBQ Chicken, Pasta Salad, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

muffins


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

PB & J Sandwiches, Fruit

Dinner:

Hamburger CasseroleSalad

Snacks/Desserts:

PB crackers


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Mac -N- Cheese, Veggies

**(I will be making extra meatballs in the crockpot as Momma has a covered dish dinner before the new class in the evening.)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cupcakes (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments later.)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

SpaghettiSaladCheesy Garlic Pull-apart Bread

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

Oven Toasted Cheese Sandwiches ** new recipe

Dinner:

Thanksgiving in a CrockpotMashed Potatoes

Snacks/Desserts:

Popcorn


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Soup, Grilled Cheese

Dinner:

Thanksgiving in a Crockpot,  ** new recipe Mashed PotatoesChicken Gravy

**(Fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies (again I will try to make a few extra to take along for class.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Monkey Bread, scrambled eggs, grits

Lunch:

PB & J Sandwiches, Fruit

Dinner:

Breakfast for Dinner

Snacks/Desserts:

Southern Buttermilk Pie

April 9 -15, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday

Breakfast:

Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Salmon PattiesMashed PotatoesCreamed Peas

Snacks/Desserts:

Peanut Butter Crackers

** Pickled Eggs (to have them ready for Easter)


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Hot dogs, Mac n Cheese

Dinner:

45 minute spaghetti sauce, pasta, salad, Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks

Snacks/Desserts:

Rice Pudding


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Egg salad sandwiches, fresh veggies

Dinner:

Chili Dog Casserole, Chips, Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Pizzelles


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Scrambled Eggs Sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Tortilla Bowl Taco Salad, Rice, Beans

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

PB & J Sandwiches, fruit

Dinner:

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole, veggies

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

Leftovers

Dinner:

Tater Tot Casserole, Salad, 7 Up Biscuits

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies


Saturday

Breakfast:

Bird Nests, fruit

Lunch:

Soup, grilled cheese

Dinner:

Broiled Parmesan TilapiaSteamed AsparagusSteamed Red Potatoes

Snacks/Desserts:

Boiled Eggs

Mama’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce

Mama’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce

Mama’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce

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