Thursday, January 19, 2012


Today, I was assigned a task at work to prepare 2 different food demos for a diabetes screening event in a couple months. 

I had a couple ideas and decided to start with what was in the fridge.  I started by slowly caramelizing some mushrooms (12) and 2 small onions in a cast iron skillet.  I also had a nice hand full of basil in the fridge from another plan which I sliced into a chiffanade, stems and all.

Meanwhile, I washed a spaghetti squash, cut in quarters and cooked for a total of 16 minutes on high in my microwave - but I have an ancient microwave (a wedding gift) so it may take you half the time. 

I combined this with a 13 oz box of  cooked whole grain thin spaghetti.  The teenager noticed the "weird thing" but the hubby didn't realize there was squash...and it's one of his favorite foods. 

I toasted a couple hands-full of pistachios, then set them aside and sprinkled them on the top.  Interestingly, no one tasted the shrimp I added, and everyone loved the nuts.  Next round this is going to be vegetarian. 

I added about 1/2 pound of pre-cooked "salad shrimp" that was in the fridge....but I agree, you couldn't taste it.

This is what round 1 looked like: whole wheat pasta, spaghetti squash, mushrooms, onions, red pepper, spinach, shrimp, pistachios, with a lemon & butter sauce. 

Back to the drawing board.

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