After we devoured our spaghetti squash with his marinara, Eliot and I wanted dessert. Desserts can be tricky when trying to make them gluten, dairy, and tree nut free. We continued with our extremely healthy meal with more Famer’s Market finds: apples! And a fresh jar of peanut butter! (Side note: if you are gluten free or you are feeding someone who is gluten free, make sure to use a new or a dedicated peanut butter jar. Most people like to scoop peanut butter onto bread and then put that same knife into the jar – that now has bread crumbs!) Here are the recipes from our dinner:
Michelle’s Spaghetti Squash
One spaghetti squash (2.5-3 pounds)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse and dry spaghetti squash. CAREFULLY slice the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds. Put aluminum foil on a cookie sheet. Place the squash halves face down on the foil. Stab the outside of squash (about ten times?) with a fork. Cook for 35-40 minutes or until the squash is tender. Do not overcook. Let the squash cool for a few minutes before turning it into spaghetti. To turn it into spaghetti, take a fork and scrape the inside of the squash. Instant spaghetti! Serve with Eliot’s Garlic Tomato Oregano Rosemary Marinara.
Eliot’s Garlic Tomato Oregano Rosemary Marinara
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
San Marzana Italian Peeled Tomatoes (one can)
Chopped Fresh Rosemary
With a high temperature stove, heat the extra virgin olive oil in a pan with a bit of Kosher salt. Once the oil is hot, add the fresh minced garlic. As soon as the garlic has a fragrant smell and is aromatic, add the peeled tomatoes and stir. Let the marinara bubble vigorously for a little while then reduce the heat to medium and then to simmer (the length of time for the drop in temperature depends on your stove – whether it is gas or electric). While this is simmering, stir in dried oregano and fresh rosemary (or another Italian blend of your choosing). You can always add more salt to taste as this point.
This really is one of those “to taste” recipes. Add as much or as little of the above ingredients as you prefer! Garnish with fresh herbs.
Micheliot’s Peanut Butter Apple Dessert
Rinse and dry the apples. Cut the apples with one of those nifty apple slicers. Beautifully arrange on a plate or bowl. Drizzle peanut butter on top. Add freshly grated dark chocolate on top. Halfway through eating after Michelle puts her camera away, add dried cranberries to the remaining slices of apples.