Wednesday, April 9, 2008
HOLA! so my friend is on this detox diet, where all she eats is vegges and fruits for 2 weeks or so. most of my friends panicked at this thought, but in reality there are so many creative, delish things to do with veggies. this is one of my favorite, spaghetti squash with tomato sauce. its like eating pasta, but better. hokay so first you need to buy a spaghetti squash. it is about the size of a watermelon and yellow. so fill a pot big enough to hold the squash with water, salt the water and bring it to a boil. (and because i am also currently studying for a chem test, adding the salt to the water is a colligative property that makes the temp of the boiling point rise). while you are waiting for the water to boil, stab the squash with a fork a couple times. there just needs to be a few holes. and in addition to the stabbing, you could try and figure out at what temp the water will boil at. when the water is a bubblin, drop the squash into that hot tub. this is a challenge because if you just drop it, hot water will splash up onto your face. its hilar to watch, but painful to experience. let it boil for 20 mins or so. while the squash is a cookin, its time to make a little sauce! open up a can of diced tomatoes and pour it into a skillet on medium heat. do the same with a small can of tomato paste. add some chunks of fresh tomato to the skillet. either cherry tomatoes cut in half, or a big tomato cut into smalish chunks. try not to loose any tomato juice on the cutting board, you want all that juice in the skillet. then if you have any fresh basil (or any fresh spices really) rip up the leaves into lil tiny bits and stir in. otherwise try some dried basil, oregano, parsley or other green leafy spice that goes well on pasta. melt in a bit of parm cheese as well. then turn off the skillet. if you dont feeling like making sauce, feel free to use the canned kind. hokay so after 20 mins, take the 'ghetti squash out. i suggest stabbing it with one of those big fork things you use to turn something on the grill. now its going to be hot, but try to cut the squash in half the horizontal way. the insides should be cooked enough to be scooped out easily. put the insides back in to the boiling water for about 5-10 mins or so. scooping out the insides is a interesting process if the squash is still really hot. if needed, let it cool a bit before cuttin it in half. scooping out the insides halfway really makes the squash cook faster. however, if you really cant deal with cutting it, let the whole squash cook for another 15 mins or so, until it is tender to the poke of a fork. so pile up some of the insides on a plate, lather up in the 'mato sauce and dig in!