11.09.2009

Spaghetti Squash Primavera

This weekend I gave myself a budget of $40 to spend at the grocery store. I hate to be wasteful, and I knew that with only working a 4-day work week this week I could get by on less than my usual allotment of food. Speaking of wasteful, did you read my post on trash? It's a good one in case you missed it. I'm currently so impressed with fellow blogger Krista, of Krista's Kravings, because she used her leftover latte to make her oatmeal with the next day. Can you get over it? Isn't that the best idea ever? Gets me thinking of all the delicious combos you could make...Pumpkin Spice Latte Oats, Chai Tea Oats, I may just have to order a size bigger than usual one of these days. And bonus points, of course, if you bring your own cup! I have to say, I have been so good about bringing my own mug with me. Makes me feel a little less guilty spending $4 on a beverage.
Keeping with the theme of not being wasteful, I knew a trip to Trader Joe's was in order. And look at what I got?

And I only spent $34! This is more than enough food to supplement my fridge and pantry for the week. I'm so proud of my thriftiness. Left to right, top to bottom:
  1. Unsulfured Sweetened Mango
  2. 4-Pack of Avocados
  3. Green Onions
  4. Rustico Marinara Sauce
  5. 1lb. Bag of Lemons
  6. A GIANT Spaghetti Squash
  7. Butter Lettuce
  8. Basil
  9. Maple Syrup
  10. Freeze Dried Green Beans
  11. GIGANTIC Stalk of Brussels Sprouts (ONLY $2.99!!!)
  12. Splendid Little Tomatoes
  13. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
  14. Frozen Strawberries
Great deal, huh?

Moving on...I obviously decided to make a big batch of Spaghetti Squash, and in the interest of mot wasting anything, decided to throw in a sad little zucchini and some carrots that had been lying around feeling neglected. So I came up with Spaghetti Squash Primavera!!!

Spaghetti Squash Primavera
Serves 6-8 Hungry People

Ingredients:

1 Spaghetti Squash (Cooked to your liking)

Sauce:
1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce
1 Small Can Diced Tomatoes
1 Zucchini
3 Carrots
2 Stalks Celery
2 Portobello Mushrooms
1 Pkg. Sliced White Mushrooms
3-4 Cloves Garlic
3 Green Onions, Green Parts Only
1 Lemon
1 Tbs. Soy Sauce
1 Tbs. Olive Oil
2 Tbs. Red Wine Vinegar
Pepper

Cook spaghetti squash via your preferred method, set aside. Chop all vegetables into small pieces In a large pot, saute the garlic with the green onions in the olive oil. Add the hard veggies first and cook until just tender. Add mushrooms and stir. When all veggies are cooked to your desired liking, add vinegar, soy sauce (I used wheat-free tamari) and the juice of the lemon. Next, pour in the tomatoes and spaghetti sauce. Allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes. Serve over spaghetti squash.

The Plate:

The Perfect Bite:

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend, and I can't wait to catch up with all of you!!!

P.S. The beautiful and talented Averie is giving away a $25 shopping spree to Eco Store USA! Go enter to win earth friendly products! Hip Hip Hooray for that!!!

14 comments :

  1. will you come cook for me? and email me your address at skinnyrunnerblog@gmail.com. spanks.

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  2. I wish I can cook like you... being able to utilize those that are left lying unattended in the fridge and come up with a surprisingly delectable dish.

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  3. This looks ridiculously amazing.
    I love spaghetti squash...so I might just be making this this week!
    You're amazing!
    Happy Monday, beautiful!
    xo

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  4. I have NEVER seen brussel sprouts on a stalk before. Ever neat!!!

    Thanks for the shoutout!!! Appreciate that... ;)

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  5. I see your TJ's haul and raise you $40. Crap. Don't tell the husband.

    www.peasandthankyou.com

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  6. Looks yummy!
    Trader Joe's is wonderful when you're on a budget!!

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  8. I accidentally put my comment under my old sign in above - Girl on Tour hehe....

    This is what I meant to say...

    I love love love spaghetti squash. Skinny Bitch in the Kitch has a delish recipe of squash with spinach and pine nuts all cooked in coconut oil. Yumbo. So uber jealous of your ability to shop at places like Trader Joes. Ah well. One day I won't be living in the Middle East :)

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  9. YUMMM looks amazing, LOVE squash esp speghetti :)

    well done!!! and TJ's has amazing deals!!

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  10. thank you for sharing my brussel addiction - I thought I was the only one.

    that 'getti looks great!

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  11. LOVE TJs and all the bounty one can get.
    Great minds think alike b/c my post going out later tonite shows a TJs run + meal. Plus I talk about being green in light of a new giveaway I just potsed a few hours ago. Girl, we totally think alike on reusing! Love it!

    Great spaghetti too! Yum!

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  12. I was just at Trader Joes today and saw those HUGE brussel sprouts! Not sure why I didn't get them...I love brussel sprouts!

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  13. Hey girl! Nice job on the shopping. I'm very bad at budgeting when it comes to groceries. I wish we had a TJs near us- their products rock. Great recipe - love the addition of brussels :)

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  14. You really scored on the $40 --- and $2.99 for that amazing brussel sprout stalk...I'm jealous.

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