After living in apartments for years, it’s fun playing host in a REAL house. And, I take my duties very, very seriously. I even offer up Cole as a cuddle buddy for my guests.
He doesn’t seem to mind his “extra duties.”
Anyway, I mentioned on Wednesday that my friend Molly would be staying with us this week. What I didn’t mention is that Molly happens to be a very talented photographer and offered to help me out with improving my food photography. In case you didn’t notice, there’s a lot of room for improvement in that area!
Unfortunately, Molly’s camera needed to charge last night, so she’ll be teaching me a few things on today’s hike…but that didn’t mean I let her get off easy!
She was pretty excited to learn that I would be making her my “famous” Cheesy Spaghetti Squash and Cucumber Tomato Summer Salad for dinner last night. But, I wasn’t about to let her get off easy and sit on the couch with Cole as I worked away. Nope, since both were recipes for the blog, I put her to work taking pictures of me cooking in the kitchen.
Houseguests must work for food!
I mentioned both of these foods in my WIAW post, and since both recipes turned out so well, I just had to share them with you!
Let’s start with Cucumber Tomato Summer Salad. This recipe is my way of holding onto summer for just a little bit longer (Even though I actually love the fall. Pumpkin spice lattes, candy corn and pretty leaves. What more does a girl need?!)
The original plan was for Molly to take beautiful food pictures with her snazzy camera, but alas, due to battery problems, her iPhone 5 would have to do.
This recipe isn’t very complicated and is really more about letting fresh the ingredients speak for themselves. I changed it up from Wednesday by using a better (and more fresh) feta cheese, and it elevated the dish to another level!
- 1 cucumber chopped
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes chopped
- 1 cup chickpeas
- 2 tbsp chopped sundried tomatoes
- 6 oz. light feta cheese (I used sheep's milk)
- 1/4 cup basil chopped
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
- Combine chopped vegetables, sundried tomatoes and chickpeas into large bowl.
- Add basil and feta cheese.
- Squeeze in juice of 1/2 lemon and pour in olive oil.
- Mix well and add salt and pepper to taste.
While I threw together the salad, the spaghetti squash cooked away in the microwave. Always multi-tasking in a Sometimes Healthy kitchen!
I made this cheesy spaghetti squash on Wednesday, and it involved a lot of stirring, scrapping and mixing. So, I was very excited to have Molly in my kitchen capturing the action. Again, this recipe is quick and easy. Once you cook that spaghetti squash, you’ll have a creamy, steamy dish on the dinner table in less than 10 minutes!
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- 1/3 cup Almond Milk
- 1/4 cup greek yogurt
- 2 Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- 3 - 4 oz. fresh mozzarellaa
- 1/4 cup fresh basil (plus dry basil to taste)
- garlic salt, salt and pepper (to taste)
- Pierce spaghetti squash several times with sharp knife. Microwave 10 - 12 minutes to soften.
- Allow squash to cool for 5 minutes. Carefully cut in half (lengthwise) and scoop out the seeds. Scrape the fork around the edge of the spaghetti squash to shred the pulp into strands. Should yield 1 large bowl. Set aside
- Spray large saucepan with nonstick spray. Set to medium hit and pour in Almond Milk.
- Add in greek yogurt and Laughing Cow Cheese. Stir until cheese is incorporated. Add chopped basil, salt, garlic salt and pepper to taste.
- Dissolve 1 tbsp of corn starch in 2 tbsp of cold water and add to sauce. Stir for about a minute until sauce thickens.
- Shred mozzarella balls and drop into sauce, stirring vigorously to ensure that cheese does not stick to pan.
- Add spaghetti squash to pan and stir until squash is covered in cheese sauce.
Here’s how it went down in the kitchen:
I said it my last post, and I’ll say it again in this post: the key to this dish is the fresh mozzarella and the basil. It’s what takes this sauce from an ordinary cream sauce to an ooey gooey flavorful delight! (don’t you just love my descriptive food adjectives?)
Now, I must stop writing because I’m turning into the worst host ever. It’s a gorgeous day in the Hudson Valley, so me, Molly and Cole are heading out for a hike! Expect beautiful pictures on Monday.
I leave you with this brilliant photo!