Thursday, December 17, 2009

Squash, flowers and beets?

I may have devoured an entire spaghetti squash.
Whatever. Don't judge ;p

Tonight's dinner was inspired by Val's spaghetti squash post a couple days ago...I present to you spaghetti squash experiment numero dos!
I stopped at Whole Foods after work to pick up a few necessary items...squash, some grape tomatoes (um, tomates raisin?? hehe)
and some marinated fresh mozzerella.
I totally took a chance with these guys because I didn't read the label before buying. They just seemed like a good idea...and o boy were they! I ended up dumping in some of the seasoned olive oil and it added a great and subtle garlicky taste!

What else did I add to my DELICIOUS and light dinner? Check it out:
Caprese Spaghetti Squash
1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise
marinated fresh mozzerella, quartered
handful fresh basil leaves
handful grape tomatoes, halved
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
olive oil

Drizzle spaghetti squash with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 40-50 minutes at 425 degrees. While squash is roasting, combine remaining ingredients in a bowl (including oil from mozzerella). Scrape squash after removing from oven and immediately toss with vegetables. Add salt and pepper to taste.

I may regret my decision to consume that much squash tomorrow :\ Though, I will say I prefer the roasting method to boiling...I like when my squash isn't so squishy. Yuuum.

While I was at Whole Foods I also picked up this guy
Blogfriends, meet Red, my random type of daisy from Canada (at least that's what the sign said). I'm really not a flower kind of girl, but I found myself smiling every time I passed by these (yes, I go to the grocery store too often). I also can't take care of plants to save my life - I killed bamboo. BAMBOO! I'm going to try my best to take care of this one...mostly because it's so happy looking. See??
Pretty. It goes so great with the rest of the table decor:
That's my 'christmas smell factory'. It makes up for the tree's lack of pine-y smell. I'm actually impressed that I put that together. BIG step for me.

Another addition to the random holiday table/area:
God, I need to be stopped. I grabbed this mini-gingerbread reed diffuser at Pier 1 while checking out the other day - did I mention I'm a sucker for packaging and random doodads??
Eh, he's cute and smells yummy.

Enough about home decor! Hm...what else is going on...OH so my injury (remember that?) still has me sidelined for the rest of the year. My calf has been super tight lately and apparently that is contributing to my achilles pain. Who knew. So I've been foam rolling and doing all the exercises and stretches my PT has recommended in addition to my weekly visits. I've got my fingers crossed that I'm ok to run by January since the National Half training crew has grown to include running buddies Susan, Sparky and V! All first timers!! Can't let them down :)

Off to clean my mess and think about what to do with a fun package I received today! Details soon ;)


MarathonVal said...

So, the first time I had spag squash this fall I had half. But... the past few times I've eaten it I have also had the ENTIRE squash in one sitting!! They are just so good and delicious and not as filling as pasta that I just love it :)

Have a great rest of the week!

Jamie said...

if V can run a marathon, she ran run a half.