Also when it’s cold and snowy I crave comfort food which was increasingly hard for me with the 21 Day Sugar detox. For me comfort food means loaded with cheese which is on my food aversion list. To try and create a comforting and filling meal, for me and the show shoveler of the house, I came up with this little diddy below. I was so excited to use Trader Joe’s Ghee sent to me by my Paleo Pen Pal Tarah. This cooking fat makes your meat smell and taste AMAZING. Tarah is super sweet and has some amazing recipes! For all of my new mama friends, she also has done paleo through her pregnancy and has some great tips at What I Gather. Check her out!
If you’re stumped what to grab next time you’re fighting the crowds pre-snowfall grocery shopping, reach for this recipe to keep your family healthy and warm.
Snow Shoveler's Delight
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
1 1lb spaghetti squash
1lb of ground beef, veal or pork (I used a combo of the three)
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
1 small can of plain tomato sauce
4 Tbsp. of Oregano
4 Tbsp. of Dried Basil
4 Tbsp. of Garlic
4 Tbsp. of Onion powder
Ghee or any cooking fat
Pierce the spaghetti squash around the entire thing and put in the microwave on high for 4 minutes. After the 4 minutes is up, rotate and cook again until 4 minutes. Continue this process until the squash is steaming hot and soft.
While the squash is cooking, in a sauté pan, add the ghee and melt.
While your pan in heating, mix the ground meat, 2 Tbsp. of oregano, basil, garlic, onion powder and salt and pepper. Really mix it into the meat well and massage with your hands if necessary. Take the meat and roll them into little balls (about the size of a golf ball). Put them in the pan and sear them until the meat crackles and turns brown. Continue to rotate each meatball in the pan until they are cooked through.
While the meatballs are cooking, pull the spaghetti squash out of the microwave and slice in half. Scoop out the seeds in the center to discard. Take a fork and pull the spaghetti squash out into a large mixing bowl. Once both halves are cleaned out, add the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce to the hot squash. The sauce will adapt to the temperature of the squash right away. Add the remainder of the spices and mix well.
Plate the Spaghetti squash mixture and top it with 3-4 meatballs. Feel free to add grated cheese or olives to really punch up the flavor!
Question of the day: What is your favorite comfort food for when it’s cold? Is it soup? A Casserole? Hot cocoa? Mine is a bowl of chili and hot cocoa by far!