Spaghetti Squash Casserole

There are things I want to get better at. I’d like, for instance, to get better at snatches, handstand push ups, not interrupting people (sometimes), not losing things, knife skills (see Monday’s post about finger), and playing craps. I would take pride in getting better at those things. I would also have more money if I got better at craps.

Then there are things I’m not good and I don’t ever care to be, like housework.  I’m not good at doing dishes, doing laundry, vacuuming (I mean I assume I’m not good at it. I literally haven’t vacuumed since we moved into the house 14 years ago), or sweeping (I have attempted this when I’ve broken things or spilled things. I’m definitely not good at it).

Ben was gone for the weekend  until yesterday so I had to do all the chores myself.  Every second I spent taking out the trash, wiping off the counter, emptying the dishwasher, and doing laundry was agony to me.  It was visceral.

Some people might say, “Yeah- it’s no fun but doesn’t it make you feel good to see the house clean?” It sure does.  I want a clean house.  But ME cleaning the house does not make me feel good.  Makes me sad. Also, ME cleaning the house doesn’t really make it clean.

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Anyway, good thing that 1. We’re VERY lucky to have amazing cleaning people and 2. Ben is very good at the chores and 3. I like to do the cooking.

Speaking of which, here’s my latest spaghetti squash concoction.

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Serves 5

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  • 2 medium Spaghetti Squash
  • 2 cans ground crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 lb ground chicken or turkey
  • 2 Italian turkey sausages
  • 1 bag spinach
  • Fresh Basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Cut Spaghetti Squash lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Rub with olive oil and salt. Place in oven and cook for 35 to 40 minutes.
  3. While squash is cooking saute garlic for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add ground turkey and sausage, removed from casing. Cook until thoroughly browned.A9869B6C-BABB-4B37-B976-F49171E07FCC
  4. Chop basil and add chopped basil and tomatoes to pan
  5. Stir and simmer for 15 minutes. Then add spinach and cook 2 more minutes. Then allow to cool for 10 – 20 minutes
  6. While sauce is cooling, remove spaghetti squash from oven, and allow to cool. Then use a fork to shred and and put in a strainer to drain any access liquid.9E8AD95C-0864-4113-812C-7A60098CF4D5
  7. Allow to cool 10 -20 minutes, and then add beaten eggs and stir.
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  8. Spray casserole pan with Pam, then layer sauce and spaghetti squash, starting with a small amount of sauce on the bottom of the pan, then a layer of spagehetti squash, then sauce, and repeat, ending with sauce as the top layer.
  9. Put casserole in oven and cook for 30 minutes.

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You can make this casserole with any ground meat – beef, turkey, chicken and/or sausage or you could make it all veggie, and add whatever other vegetables you’d like, like mushrooms, or brocooli. I would saute both of them before adding to the casserole.

 

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