A visit to Best Yet in Riverhead is always productive. Not only do they have the best selection of produce the prices are affordable.
The spaghetti squash was fairly large. I cut it in half and scooped out the seeds. Places the squash in the microwave and cooked until done. Time to cook depends on the size of your squash.
Adapted the Recipe . I didn't have chicken but I have a few bags of quinoa that I picked up at Traders Joe's in Gainesville.
1 large spaghetti squash
1/4 C butter ( didn't use)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic
1 jalapeno, minced ( used 1 1/2 habanero minced)
1 red pepper, chopped ( didn't use)
1 teaspoon. cumin
1 teaspoon oregano ( didn't use)
1 teaspoon chili powder ( used Slap Ya Mama to taste)
1-2 cups shredded chicken ( used 1 cup quinoa)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup corn ( didn't use)
1 small can mushrooms
Salt and pepper to taste ( Slap Ya Mama has plenty of sodium and no need to add more, my preference)
1/2 cup Cilantro ( growing nicely in a pot on my deck)
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese ( used Mexican blend)
As stated above I cooked the squash in the microwave. It was pretty big so it took about 20 mins for each half.
While the squash was in the microwave I cooked the quinoa in 2 cups of chicken broth. I boiled the chicken broth in a small pot and added quinoa and turned down the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes and can tell when it's done when it pops. Fluffed it up and was ready to use.
Added the chopped onion, habanero, garlic to a pan and saute in olive oil.
I scooped out the cooked squash, left a tiny bit in the shell.
Added the squash to a large bowl and added the cooked onion,habanero and garlic. Fluffed the quinoa and added to the mixture.
Rinsed and drained the black beans and mushroom. Add to the bowl with the squash mixture.
Seasoned mixture with the cumin and Slap Ya Mama to taste.
Added the cilantro and the Mexican Cheese.
Once combined added to the squash shell and bake for 20-30 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.
Extremely filling! I was the only one eating this. Gabe would never touch quinoa.