Recipe

Winner Dinner: Salmon Alfredo with Spaghetti Squash

 

This is a less sinful indulgence for the carb addicted. Did you know that you can grow a healthy version of spaghetti right in your back yard? Spaghetti squash provides about half the calories and 1/4 the carbs. It also carries 2 grams of fiber and beta carotene. Spaghetti squash is delicious with any meat or sauce and if you are trying to lighten your carbo load, it’s worth a shot.

The Ingredients 

  • Salmon- 1.25lb package, frozen
  • Bacon- I used 2 strips of thick cut, you could use more or less.
  • Spaghetti Squash- one good size squash will feed a family of 4 if you need it to. We did boats and served two here, but it was ALOT of squash. This is an excellent thing to make and then take for lunch. You can eat until you are full and add more meat and cheese right into the rind, wrap it and you are good to go.
  • Butter- 1/3 cup (not including bacon drippings)
  • Heavy Cream- 1 Cup
  • Parmesan- 6oz for sauce, 2oz for garnishing= 8oz
  • Capers
  • Seasonings- Salt, Pepper, Cajun, Basil, Garlic (minced)
  • Olive Oil- 2T ish

 

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The Cooking
– Heat the oven to 350°
– Wash your squash and halve it (Some would say remove the stem, but I leave it, as it allows me to use the rhind as a bowl and it looks cool and harms nothing)
– Scoop out the seeds and gooey stuff from the center
– drizzle olive oil and spread it all over, coating the insides of the squash, salt and pepper all over
– Bake that baby for about 15 minutes

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  • Meanwhile, prep the Salmon by drizzling it with olive oil and plenty of cajun seasoning
  • Add Salmon after Squash has baked 15 minutes and let them bake together for another 45 or until the squash and fish are both fork tender and pleasantly browned20190605_170923_Film1

While you are waiting for them to finish up in the oven,  fry up the bacon and leave the drippings to use in the alfredo sauce.

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Alfredo Sauce:

Melt the butter with the garlic
When butter is liquid, add heavy cream and whisk until it simmers (keep the heat med-low so it doesn’t scald)
When it gets to where it has thickened and the simmering bubbles don’t quite pop, you are ready to remove the heat and add cheese, salt, pepper, and basil
Add capers and bacon to the sauce at this point, or sprinkle them on top as a garnish, or both!

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Assembly:

Fork the squash. Fork it real good.

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Add some sauce
Add some fish
Add more cheese
Add more bacon
Put the lotion on the skin (I digress…)

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I know this is a bit of a stretch as a Winner Dinner, given that you have to brown bacon and make sauce, but I hope the simplicity of this dish and the ease of cleanup make up for that. This recipe is excellent with a tangy tomato sauce and any meat you have around. Make it your way and then come back and show me! Thank you for reading, as always.

-Z

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