Thursday, February 1, 2018
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Don't be daunted by this large gourd. I just poke a few holes in it with a fork, then bake it whole at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or more if it's a big'un. The skin will be stiff, but you'll be able to feel that the inside is soft. That's when you pull it out of the oven. You can do this ahead of time and leave it out on the counter because it'll hold the heat for a long time. Cooking it first makes it so much easier to slice. I've never been a fan of trying to put a large blade into a raw, rock hard roly poly object. Cooking it first is the way to go. Then it stays put on your chopping block and slicing it is a breeze and you just scoop out the seeds and create noodles with a fork -- couldn't be easier. The "noodles" are so flavorful, there's no need for butter unless you want it.
While the roasting happened, I made a quick puttanesca with an onion, several garlic cloves, a few sliced mushrooms and some sliced mixed olives sauteed in coconut oil. I finished the sauce with a few tablespoons of prepared arrabiata sauce (spicy marinara in a jar). Once off the heat, I added a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. I no longer cook with olive oil since the heat converts the delicate tocopherols to a more damaging fat, which matters to those of us with autoimmune issues. Drizzling it on top at the end works better for me and maintains the fruity, virgin flavor.
This easy, restaurant-quality meal will be on regular rotation here.