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Spaghetti Squash Recipe with Green Lentils

gluten-free, grain-free, vegan, low-carb, dairy-free (very allergen friendly)

prep time: 10 minutes  cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 1 large Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 can of green lentils (19 oz can), rinsed and drained (or previously cooked)
  • bunch of baby spinach or chopped spinach
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh basil or thyme for plating
  • grape seed oil for cooking
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Halve the Spaghetti Squash lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and strings from the center and place on a baking sheet cut side down and bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool completely by basically setting aside and preparing the other ingredients.
  5. In a large skillet, drizzle in grape seed oil and sautee the onion, add in the cherry tomatoes and continue cooking uncovered for about 2 minutes until the tomatoes brown slightly.
  6. Stir in the lentils, spinach and seasoning: celery seeds, turmeric, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.
  7. Reduce heat to low and cover the pan to allow the spinach to wilt and heat the lentils.
  8. Turn off heat and set aside.
  9. Back to the squash, fluff the ‘meat’ of the squash with a fork and scoop into the skillet.
  10. Stir to combine all the ingredients well. Adjust seasoning if needed.
  11. Scoop into the shells of the squash evenly.
  12. Top with chopped basil and serve hot.

NOTES:

This dish comes together very quickly! 🙂 You can bake the squash a day in advance and keep in the fridge. And the prepping of the squash is really quick too – just cut once and scoop and pop into the oven. The oven does all the work – you do nothing 🙂

Then just sautee the ingredients before serving – it literally takes about 5 minutes to put this together once the squash is ready.

You can serve this as a dish all on its own or make it as a side dish and serve it with grilled wild salmon or chicken if you wish.

Recipe compliments of: http://pureella.com/spaghetti-squash-boats-with-green-lentils/

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