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EZMONEY
11-17-2009, 11:37 AM
That's right! I cooked an all veggie meal last night and lived :carrot:

I made Southwest Spaghetti Squash. It was the first time I ever cooked spaghetti squash...not the first time I ever cooked an all veggie meal though ;) In fact last week I made a Hearty Vegetable soup that was quite delish :T

Angie and I both liked it and I lived through it :dance:....imagine that...a meal without meat :)

I took some pictures too...

# 1 ~ Traditional tearing of the squash # 2 ~ 1/2 way through decorated with tomatoes, black beans, cilantro, spices...:cheese: cheese yet to come :cp: # 3 ~ What it is supposed to look like # 4 ~ What mine did look like :) and finally # 5 ~ My :censored: mess!


EZMONEY
11-17-2009, 11:39 AM
Oh and knowing Angie was coming home after work all day then teaching a yoga class....I left the kitchen like this...because I know what is good for me ;)

jendiet
11-17-2009, 11:59 AM
lol!!! Love the B & A pictures!!! Omg, that dish looks tasty! I was vegan before, and I absolutely love spaghetti squash. You can also cook it straight in the oven if you cut it in half and turn it upside down in a little water. It gets steamed kind of. It is so delicious.


JulieJ08
11-17-2009, 01:01 PM
Oh and knowing Angie was coming home after work all day then teaching a yoga class....I left the kitchen like this...because I know what is good for me ;)

... is the leftover beer so she knows *you* cleaned up and not some magic fairy crew? ;)

bargoo
11-17-2009, 01:07 PM
Gary, a couple of comments and a question ? Question first, when do you add the Coors Light ? Comment next, it looks delish but I think the addition of cheese knocks it out of the vegan ballpark.

murphmitch
11-17-2009, 01:08 PM
Ya, the ever present beer can! :devil:

Your dish looks yummy, no matter what the cookbook looks like.

EZMONEY
11-17-2009, 01:23 PM
SOUTHWEST SPAGHETTI SQUASH ~

I got it out of a book called incredibly easy Vegetarian ~ google brings the exact recipe up, you can do it and print it out if you want...however...here it is...good and EZ ;)....so ez a guy can make it and enjoy a beer...or two :D


SERVES 4

Ingredients

1 spaghetti squash (3 pounds)
1 (14 ounce) can Mexican-style tomatoes, undrained
1 (14 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup monterey jack cheese, divided
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

1Preheat oven to 350F.
2Cut squash in half lengthwise.
3Remove and discard seeds.
4Place squash, cut side down, in greased baking pan.
5Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour or until just tender.

6Using fork, remove spaghetti-like strands from hot squash and place strands in large bowl.

7Add tomatoes with juice, beans, 1/2 cup cheese, cilantro, cumin, garlic salt and pepper; toss well.
8Spray 1 1/2 quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray.
9Spoon mixture into casserole.
10Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.
11Bake uncovered, 30 to 35 minutes or until heated through.
12Serve immediately.

EZMONEY
11-17-2009, 01:30 PM
lol!!! Love the B & A pictures!!! Omg, that dish looks tasty! I was vegan before, and I absolutely love spaghetti squash. You can also cook it straight in the oven if you cut it in half and turn it upside down in a little water. It gets steamed kind of. It is so delicious.

It was good and tasty JEN. Not sure on vegan rules but I think if the cheese was removed it would still taste great.

... is the leftover beer so she knows *you* cleaned up and not some magic fairy crew? ;)

JULIE by the time she got home there was zero beer leftover!

Gary, a couple of comments and a question ? Question first, when do you add the Coors Light ? Comment next, it looks delish but I think the addition of cheese knocks it out of the vegan ballpark.

I starting adding the Coors Light around 3pm...an hour before I started cooking anything ;) The cheese does knock it out of veganland but I was looking for veggie and I think Jen just meant when she was eating vegan she had spaghetti squash a lot.

Ya, the ever present beer can! :devil:

Your dish looks yummy, no matter what the cookbook looks like.

Thanks ANNE...as I am sure you all have guessed...the beer can is a prop...you know....my "signature" just in case I ever get famous copying others recipes and posting them with middle of the road pictures :D

bargoo
11-17-2009, 01:45 PM
I could give up meat but can't see living without milk, cheese and eggs !

EZMONEY
11-17-2009, 02:08 PM
lol BARGOO...I am not sure I could ever go all veggie...positive I could never be vegan...but Angie and I are really cutting back on meat...as soon as we eat all of it in the freezer....I'm not in panic mode yet...I still see meat in there....lol

EZMONEY
11-17-2009, 09:27 PM
:carrot: OK...We had leftovers of the dish...Angie took some for lunch and saved some for me. My sister came to visit, she has breast cancer as some of you know...anyway she is doing chemo and has trouble with some smells/tastes/etc. She was hungry so I had her try my leftovers...she has never been a big eater...I had a MAN SIZE bowl that I warmed up for her...she ate the whole thing :carrot: loved it!!!

Who's da man?...I'm the BIG BROTHER!!! ;)

bargoo
11-17-2009, 09:45 PM
Good for you , cooking something your sister will enjoy. Your sister is lucky to have such a great brother.

CountingDown
11-17-2009, 10:38 PM
Great recipe - thanks for sharing! I'm always on the lookout for new veggie recipes :D

EZMONEY
11-17-2009, 11:36 PM
Stick with me gals....there will be more...as Angie turns me towards vegetarianism...or at least tries to....wink

EZMONEY
11-18-2009, 06:17 PM
Made my cheese enchiladas today :T No meat :)

UrthWurm
11-19-2009, 04:11 AM
Mm, that spaghetti squash looks divine, and those enchiladas have me craving some of my own. :hungry:
Using Vegan cheese of course (almond based cheese is my fav).

EZMONEY
11-23-2009, 11:25 PM
Angie went all veggie tonight with one of our favorites...Polenta with spinach/tomatoes and onions AND polenta with 2 types of zucchini/onions/garlic/tomatoes and Italian spices...

Polenta ~ Spinach ~ Italian Flavored Tomatoes :carrot:

Pictures below show the prep ~I will follow with the finish!

EZMONEY
11-23-2009, 11:30 PM
THE FINISH ~

the veggies....the polenta....

The finish product plus a picture of my very irritated wife...for all the pictures...that still loves me even though I yelled at her today....

I am a lucky guy :carrot:

Lori259
11-23-2009, 11:53 PM
LOOKS FABULOUS BUT REGARDLESS EZ~LOL~Your still gonna get it! Watch out!
Sure Angie Loved this But You wait & see if I am right...... then message me to let me know I was! LOL


GOODNIGHT~off to get some sleep

Lori259
11-23-2009, 11:56 PM
hahaha~just saw the knife pic! hahahaha~She is so still pissed at you. She is a cute little mad lady! WATCH OUT! hahaahaha~Remember to message me the details of your payback...GET HIM ANGIE!

LOL~Ok Gotta go to sleep ~GOODNIGHT

EZMONEY
11-24-2009, 12:04 AM
LOL KIDDO...you may be right...but all I have to do is watch Dancing With The Stars with her and ACT like I enjoy it....then I am home free...

better hurry...it's on now!

gotta go...................

Lori259
11-24-2009, 10:59 PM
We always let the hubby think they can be home free~And get them for an extra little torture LMAO ~so you think your getting ahead By watching dancing with the stars....and she is loving that you are doing it & knowing you actually hate it ~HAHAHAHA~SO Funny.....My hubby has had to watch many shows with me that he hates~including GLEE!!! That was funny to see.........He was trying to act like he enjoyed it....VERY FUNNY INDEED.

UrthWurm
11-24-2009, 11:39 PM
Trying out a veggie lasagna tonight! :D I'll let you know how it turns out.

EZMONEY
11-25-2009, 11:22 AM
LORI Angie watches GLEE...I have seen bits and pieces of it...not quite sure yet what to think of it...thank goodness there had been ballgames on that I was allowed to watch in the family room...

URTHWURM I make a killer spinach lasagna...the only time I made a vegetable lasagna it was lousy...I didn't use a recipe I just winged it...that bird couldn't fly! Let me know how yours turned out!

I made stuffed cabbage yesterday...very good....I don't stuff, I layer the cabbage over the meat balls....

yep...there is that word 4 letter word "meat"....hence no pictures of it...

working on more veggies...less meat...progress

Jennifer 3FC
11-28-2009, 10:47 AM
Speaking of veggie lasagna, Cottagebythesea makes a killer butternut squash lasagna! It's South Beach friendly - lowfat ricotta and mozz, with roasted and sliced butternut squash in place of pasta. DELICIOUS. I ate so much of it, I didn't have room for chocolate. And I didn't care! :lol:

She split the squash in half and roasted cut side down until they were browned on top, and then she peeled them with a knife and sliced the squash in to 1/2 inch or so slices. It doesn't matter if they wind up in uneven pieces - sheets of squash would be nearly impossible to slice! Just get the thickness approximate for each layer, and use in place of the pasta in your favorite lasagna recipe. Yummers!

EZMONEY
11-28-2009, 11:05 AM
:carrot: JENNIFER...If I can make that butternut squash lasagna successfully I can guarantee you my wife would never leave me!

Let me think about it....


jk...of course!

EZMONEY
12-03-2009, 01:36 PM
Well...The Veggie Journey continues...I am still eating meat but adding more veggie meals as we go.

Below is a picture of Sunday's dinner....A mixture of veggies over rice and sweet potatoes. Then a soup Angie made last night with roasted parsnips, carrots, onions, ginger and vegetable broth...very tasty :)

EZMONEY
12-13-2009, 04:05 PM
Angie made an all veggie soup last night....close to a minestrone...potatoes/tomatoes/zucchini/onion/green-kidney & northern beans/carrots..and some other stuff...very good...cornbread and corn in it too ;)

rockinrobin
12-14-2009, 08:07 AM
Oh how I love my veggies.

When you stop to think about it, there is just an enormous ARRAY of veggies out there and what to do with them, as opposed to meat. More variety, more delicious-ness. More wholesome goodness. And an added bonus, for me anyway - more volume. Being a former super morbidly obese person - this is mucho importante' ;)

Veggies are our friends. :)

Natasha1534
08-02-2010, 12:54 AM
SOUTHWEST SPAGHETTI SQUASH ~

I got it out of a book called incredibly easy Vegetarian ~ google brings the exact recipe up, you can do it and print it out if you want...however...here it is...good and EZ ;)....so ez a guy can make it and enjoy a beer...or two :D


SERVES 4

Ingredients

1 spaghetti squash (3 pounds)
1 (14 ounce) can Mexican-style tomatoes, undrained
1 (14 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup monterey jack cheese, divided
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

1Preheat oven to 350F.
2Cut squash in half lengthwise.
3Remove and discard seeds.
4Place squash, cut side down, in greased baking pan.
5Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour or until just tender.

6Using fork, remove spaghetti-like strands from hot squash and place strands in large bowl.

7Add tomatoes with juice, beans, 1/2 cup cheese, cilantro, cumin, garlic salt and pepper; toss well.
8Spray 1 1/2 quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray.
9Spoon mixture into casserole.
10Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.
11Bake uncovered, 30 to 35 minutes or until heated through.
12Serve immediately.

I'm gonna steal this recipe and make it sometime in the next few weeks. Sounds delicious!!! I'm new to spaghetti squash, but the one time I made it we all really liked it.