This month has been all about clean eating for me. As it draws to an end I have found the MOST amazing, low carb, delight for dinner. As you should know by now I am head over heels for Trader Joe’s. I am always looking for more ways to utilize my favorite place. On one such deep dive into this mecca I discovered their Seafood Blend. I generally try to buy my seafood and meats fresh and locally caught or raised but I thought it would be nice to have this option for that last minute craving.
That last minute craving came faster than I anticipated. The blend lasted about four days in my freezer. I had a little white wine left from the weekend, lemons that were about to turn, and capers just begging to be thrown into the mix. Yet, with this rich topping I wanted a light base. Enter spaghetti squash. It is after all the most wonderful time of the year, squash season, and I have been favoring its counterparts so I thought it was about time to get back to basics. I also found some marinara sauce I forgot I had purchased and upon opening it realized it was really thin. This is not my preference, but was a good addition in this sauce.
I cut the spaghetti squash length wise, took out the seeds, and added a pinch of salt and pepper to the cut sides. I roasted on 375 degrees for 35 minutes and they turned out perfectly!
In the last ten minutes I started my seafood portion. I think it would benefit you to defrost these little guys a bit before adding them to a hot, lightly oiled, pan. I did not do this and the brick of ice with an assortment of seafood stuck inside took a little longer than the suggested three minutes to separate. Nonetheless, the seafood all cooked at the same speed so even though it went a little longer than expected they were not too chewy. I added about half a cup of white wine and maybe 1/3 cup of marinara sauce to the seafood while it cooked. After I added the spaghetti squash to the mix I added a tablespoon or two of capers and the juice of a lemon.
Next time I think I will add some red pepper flakes and some parmesan cheese but for a first try it was certainly delicious not to mention quick and easy to throw together. While I did not take specific ingredient measurements I will do my best to document them below and feel free to add more or less of one you really like. My dinner was a little soupy but the sauce would be great with some crusty bread :). I know, I know, bye bye low carb meal but so worth it as the weather gets colder.
I hope you all enjoyed your first full week back after an extended Holiday weekend. Keep the holiday feel going with this dinner and let me know if you like it!