Creamy Goat Cheese Mushroom Sauce over Spaghetti Squash

I was always kind of wary of the whole spaghetti squash as a replacement for pasta thing but once you get over the fact that it’s not going to taste like pasta you start to appreciate how much lighter a vehicle it is. Another little trick that I’ve grown to love is using a tad bit of goat cheese to make a creamy sauce without the heaviness of cream or sour cream. Goat cheese also goes great with mushrooms and spinach and these things all cook quickly so this sauce comes together very easily. The only thing that is time consuming is baking the squash but if you throw it in the oven while you’re doing other things, it’ll just heat up the house and make it smell good to boot. Another cool thing about this recipe is everything is very cheap; mushrooms, onions, squash and spinach (especially when you buy it at costco).

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1/2 cup broth (turkey, chicken or veggie)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pat butter
  • 2 or 3 oz goat cheese
  • 16 cremini mushrooms
  • 1/2 onion white
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 handfuls spinach
  • zest of one meyer lemon
  • juice of 1/2 of a meyer lemon
  • a dot of truffle oil (optional)
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • parmesan cheese (optional)

{serves 5}

  1. pre-heat oven to 350º F
  2. bake spaghetti squash whole on a lined baking sheet for 1 hour and 15 minutes
  3. dice onion and mince garlic
  4. heat oil and butter in a wok or large skillet
  5. clean mushrooms and quarter them
  6. add the garlic and onions to the skillet over medium low heat and let cook for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally
  7. then add mushrooms and continue sautéing until they are cooked through (4 or 5 minutes), zest the lemon into the pan then squeeze the juice of half of it in
  8. cut or crumble the goat cheese into a couple of pieces and add to the pan and stir in until melted
  9. when the squash is finished, let cool and cut in half lengthwise, then discard seeds and scoop out the flesh with a fork
  10. move the spaghetti squash “spaghetti” into a heat safe container and pour the broth over and keep covered in the oven
  11. slice spinach roughly, move the mushroom-goat cheese mixture to one side of the pan and add the spinach on the other side to steam
  12. then incorporate the spinach into the rest of the stuff and serve over the spaghetti squash, top with grated parmesan and red pepper flakes and enjoy!

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Cure-all Spicy Ginger Mushroom Soup

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The other day I felt myself starting to get sick so I ran over to Whole Foods and bought up all of the immunity boosting things I could think of. And it worked!

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 cm piece fresh ginger
  • 1 carton chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 2 portobello mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce (low sodium)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil (you can sub another oil if you need to)
  • 1/2 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 serrano pepper
  • 1 cup kimchi
  • 5 mini bell peppers (or one normal size)
  • 2 tbsp ginger paste
  • red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 1/2 tbsp furikake +some for garnish
  • 4 handfuls spinach
  1. mince garlic and ginger (peel ginger first)
  2. slice and deseed the serrano (you can leave some of the seeds depending on your spice tolerance and the heat of the chili)
  3. heat sesame oil in a medium sized pot over medium heat and add the garlic, ginger and serrano
  4. halve the mushrooms then slice them lengthwise and add to the pot when the other ingredients have turned opaque
  5. add soy sauce, sriracha and furikake, stir and cover
  6. slice the bell pepper(s) and add to the pot
  7. once the mushrooms are looking good and sauteed, pour the chicken stock over
  8. turn heat down and let simmer for 5 minutes
  9. when ready to serve add spinach
  10. top bowls with kimchi and more furikake

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White Wine Mushroom Sauce smothered Polenta

POLENTA! So easy and comforting. Mix in some sharp cheese and slow-cooked, white-wine mushrooms and you’ve got quite a meal.

  • 8 oz crimini mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5  sage leaves, chopped
  • 1 sprig rosemary, chopped
  • 1/2 lb polenta
  • 1 squirt mustard
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese
  • salt
  • pepper

  1. bring 1 quart water to boil, add polenta, follow directions (varies)
  2. concurrently heat garlic and olive oil over low heat in a non-stick skillet
  3. slice mushrooms and add after 1 minute, add a bit of water then the white wine and let it cook down until mushrooms soften
  4. small sage, chopped in small pieces
  5. once the polenta is cooked, add goat cheese and rosemary and stir until melty and incorporated
  6. add mustard, salt and pepper to mushrooms and cook until desired consistency
  7. ladle mushrooms and sauce over polenta

if there happens to be any polenta leftover the next morning here’s an idea:Leftover Polenta Brekky

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