Apartment, Bake, Beef, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cremini Mushrooms, Cumin, Furniture, Garlic Powder, Ghee, Grass-Fed, Meat Sauce, Moving, Olives, Paleo, Ras el Hanout, Savoy Cabbage, Sea Salt, Skillet, sleep, Spaghetti Squash, Tomatoes
Well our apartment is completely bare… save for a couple of air mattresses, 2 folding chairs, a smallish table and an ancient T.V that our landlord brought over for us.
Who invented air mattresses by the way? Seriously those things are NOT comfortable! We ended up deflating them and placing a bed sheets on top and sleeping like that… didn’t have the best night’s sleep but I think sleeping on the pumped up mattresses would have been worse. I’m seriously considering going out a buying some cheap sleeping bags but then what would we do with them after?
Also our place feels so big now with no furniture in it and it echoes… it feels strange. I mean it’s only really another week of living like this before we head off and I’m sure we will appreciate our furniture even more when we have it back on the other side! Still it’s not easy but it’s doable :)
As I mentioned above I didn’t get the best night’s sleep and woke up kind of cranky with a bit of a sore neck and was just feeling a little blaaahhhh all morning and in a ‘I don’t want to do anything or talk to anyone’ type mood. Then I saw this video and it immediately made me feel better… I mean how cute is this kid!
Doesn’t he just make you feel happy? Seriously I needed that boost today!
Anyway recipe time! So
sometimes most of the time my recipes just come together without any rhyme or reason. Does that make sense? I mean like I don’t say ok today I’m going to make this (insert name of dish here). I kind of just go with the flow and put things together in my head that I think make sense together and that I believe will taste good together… at least that’s what I aim for!
So last week when we got our weekly fruit and veg delivery box I combined a couple of the ingredients and ended up with the following recipe. I’m not really even sure what to call it, it involved some spaghetti squash and a mixed vegetable sauce with ground beef. So I guess I’ll call it….
Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce
- 1 small spaghetti squash.
- 453grams/1pound grass-fed minced/ground beef.
- 1 small savoy cabbage (washed and outer leaves removed).
- 198grams/7oz Cremini mushrooms cleaned and chopped.
- 1 tsp sea salt.
- 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper.
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder.
- 1/4 tsp cumin.
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
- 1 tsp Ras el Hanout.
- 450grams/16oz diced tomatoes.
- 2 Tbsp grass-fed ghee.
Preheat oven to 190C/375C.
Cut spaghetti squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Save the seeds for roasting later if you want.
Place the squash flesh side (cut side) down into a baking dish and add in about 1/2 a cup of water. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
Place a large skillet on medium heat and add in the ghee. While the skillet is heating up slice the cabbage into thin strips.
Add your beef to the skillet and using a wooden spoon break the meat up into pieces. Once the meat has browned on the outside add in the cabbage.
Continue to break up and stir the meat and cabbage frequently until the cabbage starts to soften, then add in your mushrooms and all of your seasonings. Mix well.
Lower the heat and allow to cook for a few minutes. Add your diced tomatoes into a blender and blend to create a sauce then pour this over the meat and vegetables.
Bring the sauce to a boil then lower the heat, put a lid on the skillet and allow to cook for another 5 minutes or so, or until the cabbage is done and the mushrooms are tender.
Take your cooled spaghetti squash and using a fork scrape out the ‘spaghetti’ strands from the squash.
To serve place some of the spaghetti squash onto a plate and add the meat sauce on top. As you can see I had mine with some yummy green olives on the side :)
Before I go remember that Coca Cola video I posted here. Well they’ve come out with a video that translates that ad…. watch below to see what I mean. Clever no?