Sensational Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

I’ve got a mouth-watering dinner in store for you all tonight. You’re not gonna want to miss it!


Seee? I told ya.

A couple of weeks ago, Jay and I were watching one of our favorite shows, Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives on the Food Network. Seriously, we love that show.

I have no idea where exactly Guy was in this particular episode, because all I could fixate on was the Stuffed Spaghetti Squash that was featured. It left me salivating and craving a spaghetti squash like nothing ever had. It was intense. And I’m pretty sure I watched the tv screen the entire time looking like this…


But, ya know, only human.

The thing has been on my mind ever since that night, and tonight was the night for my attempt to recreate it! I got some notes ready…


I got my veggies prepped…


And I got to work!


First, I started by boiling my spaghetti squash for about 10-15 minutes.


While the squash was cooking, I began sautéing up my veggies. I tried to remember most of the veggies that were in the recipe that I saw, but really, anything would work for this. It’s so versatile!

The garlic and onion went first, cooked up in a little extra virgin olive oil.


Then I just started adding the veggies a few at a time. First went the celery, carrots, & peppers, along with 2 slices of turkey bacon that I was graciously given as leftovers from last night’s dinner.


Then went in the zucchini & yellow squash.


Next, I realized I had a small container of Italian-style diced tomatoes leftover in the fridge from last week. So they went in too.


Last went the spinach, since that doesn’t take too long to cook.


I let the veggies cook away for a few minutes while I got to work on the cooked squash.


Once it was cool enough to handle, I grabbed my fork and went to town. What is it about spaghetti squash that is so fun??


After the squash was in the bowl, I added in my sautéed veggies,


followed by some bread crumbs,


then some extra marinara sauce,


and a little Chavrie goat cheese. Why not, right?


Once it was all mixed up, I stuffed it right back into the empty spaghetti squash halves,


added a little extra marinara, reduced-fat mozzarella, & a sprinkle of parmesan cheese,


and popped it in the oven to let the cheese melt. I never set a timer, and pretty much just eye-balled it, but I’d say it was in there for probably about 8-10 minutes.


I couldn’t take the wait any longer, so I immediately plated one and dug right in.


Seriously, just check out that cheese!




Despite the fact that I was eating alone, I’m pretty sure I pronounced my love for this dish, out loud, more than half a dozen times. Easily.



I think Cody was even a little jealous…


Either that, or he was thoroughly impressed with my record time in demolishing the entire plate.


We’ll have to see how my stomach feels later after eating all those veggies. Oooof.

And I’m not going to lie. I was a little more than excited when hubby announced that he would not be interested in partaking in tonight’s dish. Spaghetti squash “weirds him out.” Hey, whatever…more leftovers for meeeee! The best part is, I could eat that entire half totally guilt-free, since it’s basically just loads of veggies and a little cheese. YUM!

For dessert, I plan on sinking my teeth into this little treat. I’ve been holding off all day on eating it. THAT my friends,


is a milk chocolate-covered Oreo. Thank youuuuu Easter Bunny!

Question for the Evening:

Do you watch the Food Network? What’s your favorite show?

Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Swirl Frosting

Alright, so I promised ya’ll a couple recipes this weekend, didn’t I?

Well let’s start with what quite possibly is a new favorite frosting of mine…


Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Swirl Frosting.

Trust me. It tastes just as amazing as it sounds. I wouldn’t lie to you. Smile


I used it in conjunction with my usual Chocolate PB Cup cupcakes, but actually baked the cupcakes from scratch. Woah nelly!

Let’s just say there’s no turnin’ back now. Hubby even says it may be his favorite cupcake of mine to date.


*I used a large star tip for the cupcakes shown here.


I was a little nervous on how the decorating part would turn out, seeing as though I’d never tried swirling two frostings together. However, it was fairly easy once the frosting was actually in the bag.

And either way, it was totally worth the extra effort when I saw how cute they turned out.


Then again, maybe I’m just a little biased… Winking smile

Not Quite a Green Thumb

Aren’t my new Easter daisies puuurty? Jay and I got them yesterday from my in-laws as an Easter gift.


Hopefully I can keep them alive…I’m not exactly known for having a green thumb…Thumbs down


Just catching up from the weekend??

It was a good weekend, indeed!


After my enormous carb intake from all of the breakfast foods yesterday, I was more than ready to get movin’ this morning. I wound up doing the 5-4-3-2-1 Treadmill Routine with a couple extra minutes added on. I completed just shy of 6 miles which is absolutely crazy to me.

BUT, I figured I should at least attempt it, seeing as though I have a 10K to run this Saturday! Surprised smile

Breakfast was consumed almost immediately, which you may have already caught a glimpse of from above…


A slice of whole wheat toast with TJ’s almond butter w/ flax, banana slices, cinnamon, & chia seeds. Of course, the rest of the ‘naner was also enjoyed with some more AB.


On the side, I also had one of these strawberry shortcake flavored cottage cheese cups by Breakstone’s. I actually got these from my parents yesterday, since they apparently didn’t really care for them but didn’t want them to go to waste.


Hey, who am I to turn down free food? Winking smile


Time to go get crackin’ on my day…

  • grocery shopping
  • allergy shots
  • laundry
  • get my car checked out (I think it’s leaking something important…ooof)
  • figure out tonight’s dinner

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Question for the Day:

Do you consider yourself to have a “green thumb?”

Do you have any sort of garden? (Any tips for starting/maintaining one would be GREAT…I’m thinking about it!) Smile