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Superb Spaghetti Squash Lasagne

ImageThis recipe was totally inspired by a close close friend in Florida.  He regularly would cook for me and was quite the excellent chef.  Our last meal together before I headed out west was a spaghetti squash dish, so the other day I spied these amazing yellow veggies in the store and had to take one home.

It’s a nice light summer alternative to real pasta.  For anyone watching their carbs, it’s a terrific treat when paired with tomato sauce.  This is a creative variation for all of you who, like me, like to play in the kitchen.

What you’ll need:

spaghetti squash

1/2 small vidalia onion (or yellow)

5 garlic cloves

1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes

1/2 a medium box of non-GMO tofu (or 1 whole tofu small box)

2/3 cup of black beans (canned ok)

olive oil

Daiya cheese

tumeric, cayenne, oregano, sea salt and pepper to taste

How to prepare:

– Pre-heat the oven to 350

– Slice the squash in half the long way and scoop out the seeds. Season the scooped out side with sea salt, pepper and drizzle liberally with olive oil.

– Place scooped side down on a cookie sheet and bake for about 45 minutes.  You can do this a day prior.  While the squash is baking, prepare your sauce.  Using homemade tomato sauce is simple to make and always a pleasure to eat.

– Slice up about a 1/2 of a vidalia (or yellow) small onion into semi rounds and smash and chop 3 gloves of garlic

– Add these to a couple Tbs of olive oil on medium heat and add in a generous sprinkle of tumeric, black pepper, cayenne, and oregano is nice too. Saute til they are fragrant and translucent.

– When I’m in a hurry I use chopped tomatoes in a can with basil. If I can take my time, I use whole peeled tomatoes in a can and squeeze them into the pot by hand.  I buy the 28 oz. size so there’s always left overs for another dish if you’re cooking for 1-2 people.

– Simmer on a medium-low heat for about 15 minutes with a lid stirring occasionally, and then turn down to very low for another 5 minutes til all the liquid is gone.

– In another pan saute another chopped 2 garlic cloves in olive oil and slice up your tofu. This is going to form your “cheeze” mixture, like a ricotta consistency.

– Add your slices of tofu and 2/3 cup of black beans (already cooked) to the pan.  Stir and mash together a bit over medium heat.  You may add more olive oil and salt and pepper to the mixture until tofu and beans and garlic are nicely combined into a chunky mixture.

– Once your spaghetti squash is done and tender, you use a fork and scrape it all out of the outer skin.  It should come out very easily.  Put it all into a roasting pan, combine tomato sauce generously with the first layer of squash.

– Add the second layer of squash on top, and then add your tofu and black bean mixture, top with more tomato sauce and last sprinkle liberally with Daiya mozzarella shreds /cheeze (it’s gluten free, vegan, soy and casein free and delicious and melts well)…  then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, plus an extra 5 minutes on broil to be sure the cheeze is very melted. (You may use any other type of cheese, however, this is a very excellent complement.)

Bon appetit!

Serves 4 – 6

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About Invigorate U

Certified Dr. Sears Health Coach, Certified Integrative Bodywork & Access Energy Therapist Valerie Leeds, Founder of Invigorate U, and Co-Owner of Zen Den Yoga School & Wellness Retreat Center. www.zendenyogaschool.com Invigorate U specializes in health, wellness and personal empowerment through healing modalities on the massage table, and transformational mentoring strategies off the massage table. Valerie has 2 decades of experience in the field of health and personal development, 19 as a Certified Integrative Bodywork and Energy Therapist, doing healing internationally. I cultivate your wellbeing, “We all go in and out of balance. Our equilibrium is shifting all the time. I teach you to harness tools that you can use to re-balance and rejuvenate moment to moment each day. The more tools and the more resources you have in your tool belt the greater the ease in shifting your focus – whether for pain management, negotiation of a business deal, cultivating a whole food lifestyle, improving your golf game, or to improve intimacy in relationships.” Valerie Leeds Many clients report feeling sessions with Valerie often result in feelings of lightness, calmness, and bliss in the body and mind. There is a release that occurs by clearing the electromagnetic fields in and around your body. Experience greater ease, joy and glory! Valerie Leeds is adept at being your catalyst and guide through life’s transitions. § Create Greater Intimacy through a new level of Consciousness and Awareness in Relationships, and learn to navigate Gender Patterns § Train in Special Tools to Reduce Stress, Shift Obstacles and Eliminate Limiting Beliefs § Generate Empowerment Systems and Strategies for Ease and Joy in whatever you desire – Food & Wellness, Relationships, & Spirit.

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  1. Can’t wait to try this one in my kitchen!

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