I tried two more recipes this week from Sleep.Eat.Love this week (that’s where I found the Mexican pecan recipe) – spicy spaghetti squash with blackened chicken. They were good, not nearly as amazing as the Mexican pecans, but still good (I over seasoned the spaghetti squash a little and I think that’s why I wasn’t in love with this meal – now I know for next time!)
First up, the blackened chicken:
For the spaghetti squash:
have aforementioned hubby cut the spaghetti squash in half, ’cause those little guys are hard to cut!
Here’s where I completely forgot to take pictures…
Once the spaghetti squash is done, scrape out the strands, put them in a skillet and mix with some oil and the seasonings
put the blackened chicken on the spaghetti squash and top with some Mexican pecans…yum yum yum!
Spicy Spaghetti Squash Recipe (from here)
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 2 TBSP oil (I used canola)
- 1 TBSP basil (this was too much for me)
- 1 tsp oregano (this was too much for me)
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper
- salt and pepper to taste
Cook spaghetti squash. The way the recipe said was to cut it in half, fill a baking dish with 1/2 in of water and put the squash face down in the water. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 375 for 45 minutes. Then, flip the squash over, cover with foil again, and bake 15 more minutes. I used this method and it worked fine, but not any better or worse than this method I used earlier to cook my spaghetti squash, so use whichever one you like. Anyway, once the squash is cooked, use a fork to scrape the squash away from the sides into spaghetti-like strands. Then combine the squash with oil, basil, oregano, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper. (The original recipe says to mix all this together in a skillet, but it doesn’t really matter what you mix it in because it’s already hot and doesn’t need to be cooked anymore, so you can just use a large bowl if you want)
Blackened Chicken Recipe (from here)
- 3 chicken breasts
- 1 TBSP chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp ground coriander (I had no idea what this was and I didn’t have it in my spice cabinet so I just left it out)
Combine spices and rub on each side of each chicken breast. Cook chicken however you prefer (Michael cooked ours on the George Foreman but you could grill them outside, bake them, whatever).
This is a South Beach Diet Phase 1 recipe.