Spaghetti Squash Casserole
It's well into November, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Charlotte is finally feeling like fall! Chilly all day and darkness at 6 PM does not make me very happy, but the thought of the holiday season makes me so excited!!
But as the days get shorter and the cooler weather forces me to bundle up in sweaters, I always want a hot meal at lunch during the workweek. For me, the key to work day lunches is all in the preparation; I need something I can prep way in advance and is easily reheatable at work. No way do I have time after dinner to prepare my lunch for the next day on a daily basis (and who does really)? Bringing my lunch is important to me so that I have full control over my food options, especially with all the festive holiday goodies around.
Something that has worked well for me is to make casseroles for lunch. It is something quick I can make a large batch of on Sunday, portion out ahead of time, and reheats well. However, a lot of the traditional casserole recipes are loaded with pasta or noodles and heavy dairy based sauces. As much I would love to be able to eat those things on a daily basis, I know I do not feel the best eating a ton of heavy carbs and dairy on a regular basis.
I lighted up a traditional casserole recipe with one of my favorite pasta alternatives: spaghetti squash! The spaghetti squash gives a good bulk to the casserole in place of the typical noodles, and sneaks in extra veggies and fiber that is harder to come by in a baked dish.
Also, my dairy free cream sauce gets extra nutrients from an unexpected vegetable: cauliflower! And I will tell you, I have a love-hate relationship with cauliflower. Cauliflower is such a versatile vegetable that can be used in so many different ways, but I do not love taste or smell when it's cooking. To me, raw cauliflower is like broccoli: No eating little trees!
However, the frozen cauliflower "rice" has been a game changer! Way less of a smell when it's cooking, and when it is doused or made into a sauce = no tiny tree texture and minimal sulfur-y smell. Seriously a game changer for picky eaters (like myself) who still want to eat healthy. Add some chicken for protein, and you have a very filling, yet light and satisfying lunch to power you through your work day.
Also, can we please talk about this tablecloth?!? I'm OBSESSED!! I found this Kate Spade Champagne tablecloth for a steal of a price at HomeGoods. Perfect for the holidays and you're upcoming New Years Eve party.
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- 1 rotisserie chicken
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1-10 oz. package frozen cauliflower rice
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1- 13.5 oz. can coconut cream
- salt and pepper to taste