Lentil Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash

Lentil bolognese on spaghetti squash for dinner last night. I’m definitely on a kick with all of the fall seasonal foods, but especially spaghetti squash. It is so easy to make and I love subbing it for traditional pasta. This is gluten free, dairy free, added sugar free, and vegan/vegetarian.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup dried lentils or 1 cup canned lentils
1 large carrot
1.5 cups tomato sauce
1/2 sweet onion
5 cloves garlic
salt
pepper
dried basil
1 medium spaghetti squash
Avocado oil
1/2 cup water

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Heat spaghetti squash in the microwave for 5 mins to soften. After 5 mins, remove the spaghetti squash from the microwave and allow to cool. When cool, cut the spaghetti squash in half length wise and remove and discard seeds.
3. Place spaghetti squash in on a baking dish for 45-60 mins or until it has softened and you can remove the “spaghetti” with a fork.
4. Once finished, remove the spaghetti squash from the oven and allow to cool.
5. Peel the outside of the carrot and cut the carrot into small cubes.
6. In a pan, heat up avocado oil and add the carrot cubes to the pan. Cook for a few minutes or until the carrots begin to soften.
7. Cut up the sweet onion into small pieces and add to the pan with the carrots. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
8. Mince the garlic. Add additional avocado oil to the pan and place the minced garlic in the pan. Make sure the garlic is in the avocado oil so it can cook in the oil. Cook for about 30 seconds.
9. Add the lentils to the pan, tomato sauce, and water. Cook for a few minutes or until the bolognese begins to thicken
10. Season with salt, pepper, and dried basil.
11. Place the spaghetti squash on a plate and top with lentil bolognese.

Thai- inspired peanut spaghetti squash

I’m a huge fan of spaghetti squash, so I’m loving that it’s in season right now. I usually cook it with tomato sauces but I also really like to cook it with Asian-inspired dishes. This recipe is made with bok choi, red pepper, green onions to top. The sauce is made with pb, coconut aminos, coconut milk, lime juice, ginger, and garlic. It is gluten free, dairy free, and soy free.

Ingredients:
1 medium spaghetti squash
1/2 red bell pepper
Bok Choi
Green onions
Red pepper flakes

Peanut sauce ingredients:
1/4 cup pb
3 tbs coconut aminos
1 clove Garlic
Ginger
1/2 lime juice
3/4 cup cup canned coconut milk

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Heat spaghetti squash in the microwave for 5 mins to soften. After 5 mins, remove the spaghetti squash from the microwave and allow to cool. When cool, cut the spaghetti squash in half length wise and remove and discard seeds.
3. Place spaghetti squash in on a baking dish for 45-60 mins or until it has softened and you can remove the “spaghetti” with a fork.
4. Once finished, remove the spaghetti squash from the oven and allow to cool.
5. Cut red bell pepper and bok Choi into pieces. Sautéed the red pepper pieces in a pan with avocado oil for a few minutes until the pepper begins to soften. Add the Bok Choi and and cook until softens.
6. Remove the spaghetti squash with a fork and place in pan with Bok Choi and red pepper.
7. In a strong blender or food processor, add garlic, lime juice, ginger, coconut aminos, peanut butter, and coconut milk. Use the liquid part of canned coconut milk. Note: canned coconut milk is used because it is creamier than boxed coconut milk.
8. Blend until evenly mixed. Add sauce to the pan with the spaghetti squash, red pepper, and Bok Choi and mix to distribute evenly.
9. Place a serving of Thai-inspired peanut spaghetti squash on a plate.
10. Cut green onions and add to top the plate. Add crushed red pepper to dish.