Sunday, August 17, 2008

Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Braised Greens, Raisins, and Pine Nuts

So, I have another recipe that you may want to try... this is absolutely amazing!! I found it online here. For the greens, I mixed mostly kale (with the stalks removed) with some spinach. It still cooking, but I tasted the greens mixture and I am already in love!! I can't wait to eat more!!

Spaghetti Squash with Spicy Braised Greens, Raisins, and Pine Nuts

  • 1⁄2 of a 4-pound spaghetti squash, with the seeds scraped out (see note in sidebar)
  • Water for the baking pan
  • 2 tablespoons refined coconut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 to 2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, seeded and minced
  • 1-1⁄2 bunches (about 12 ounces) kale, chard, mustard greens, collard greens, or a combination, cut into 1⁄2-inch strips
  • 1 to 1-1⁄2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1⁄3 cup raisins
  • 1⁄4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Place the squash flesh down in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Add 1⁄4 inch of water and bake until the squash is easily pierced with a fork, 50 to 60 minutes.

Hand illustrationMeanwhile, heat the coconut oil in a 4- to 6-quart stockpot over medium. Add the garlic and chipotle and cook for 1 minute. Add the greens, handfuls at a time, stirring until they’re all in the pot. Add 1 cup of the stock, 1⁄2 teaspoon of the salt, and the raisins. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the greens are tender, about 10 minutes, or 15 to 20minutes for collard greens. (If the pan gets dry before the chard is cooked, add more stock, 2 tablespoons at a time.) Stir in 3 tablespoons of the pine nuts.

When the squash is done, use a fork to separate the strands into a large bowl. Add the olive oil and the remaining 1⁄4 teaspoon of salt and toss gently. Transfer the “spaghetti” to plates or a platter, top with the greens mixture, garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon of pine nuts, and serve. (Serves 4)

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