Yoga+Music {notquite365} – The Instigator by Rhett Miller – Recipe Edition!

It’s Tuesday and that means the Recipe Edition!


As you may know, I am giving up sugar, dairy, soy, gluten, vinegars, and stimulants for the rest of January.

Well, as much as I can without driving myself completely crazy.

The first week wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. The cravings weren’t as strong and the lack of caffeine was not as noticeable as I feared. Please keep in mind I was still using up some dairy products {milk and yogurt}, so it hasn’t been completely bleak around here. However, I did manage to give up caffeine, added sugars, {most} cheese, bread and regular pasta.  Big steps if you ask me!

Which brings me to this week’s recipe inspired by Sarah at Pink of Perfection. She’s doing a detox diet this month too, so she’s got some great healthy recipes.

When I read Sarah’s post this week I decided it was time I try spaghetti squash with meatballs. {Click over to Sarah’s page for the recipe basics.}

I’d never made spaghetti squash so I decided to enlist the help of my friend Tari who can pretty much make anything tasty or beautiful. {She’s fancy like that}.

We made some modifications to Sarah’s recipe. Instead of steaming the squash in the microwave, I painted on garlic powder, salt, pepper and olive oil on the quartered, seeded spaghetti squash. I popped into a 375 degree oven for 45 minutes or so. It smelled absolutely divine while it was roasting!

After the squash came out of the oven, we let it cool before we started shredding it into the spaghetti.

Tari was in charge of the meatballs. They are diced button mushrooms,  finely diced roasted red peppers, grated onion, sautéed in olive oil. Cool the mushroom mixture before you add it to the uncooked meat.

She added the mushroom mixture to organic beef, spicy Italian pork sausage, ground up oat meal, egg and spices together and rolled them into meatballs.

We baked the meatballs in the oven until browned and then stirred them into marinara sauce and let it simmer for a while.

Here’s the final product.

{don’t tell anyone I put a fine sprinkling of parmesan cheese on top}.


What about you?

Do you have any secret no-gluten {sugar/dairy} foods you love?

Do you have any recipes to share?


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6 thoughts on “Yoga+Music {notquite365} – The Instigator by Rhett Miller – Recipe Edition!

    • @paul: thank you for coming by!

      the best part is how great everything tastes and it’s all uber healthy – who knew? i am loving figuring out how to feed myself well while figuring out what is going to make me feel the best i can. teachers need some extra bonus health points, so why not try some new foods?

      thanks for the blog recommendation.

  1. that meal looks deliciously hearty! i love spaghetti squash. i often use it as the noodles in soup or a stir fry. it makes good dessert, too. i just take a half or quarter of it (just like you prepared) and top it with a pat of butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar. nommy noms.

    • @v3: i’ve been pretty much eating this non-stop for days and still loving it. it is so good.

      the noodles in soup and stir fry? my god woman, i love you!

      as dessert too?!!?!? you just wait until this detox is over and i’ll be all over that.

    • @sarah – thank you for the compliment and for coming by! flavoring the squash before going in the oven made it taste good and smell delicious while it was warming up the house. ah the benefits of winter cooking.

      i’ve been reading pop for months and love pretty much every post. thank you!

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