My Bowl Runneth Over [with Spaghetti Squash]

August 31, 2011 · 54 comments

It was a good Tuesday.

An entire section of clearance wine at Food Lion? The typical wine connoisseur would probably say, “What’s wrong with it?”

I say “suh-weeeet” and grab 5.

And “Who wants to come over for wine night?”

Upon meeting homegirl Jamie at the gym for our usual workout date, she told me she had a present for me.

When she told me it wasn’t glitter stunna shades or a brand new pair of Asics, I picked myself up off the floor to realize she had a pretty awesome gift from Trader Joe’s with my name on it.

Sugar chocolate coffee bean Trader Joe’s grinder. I’ve been wanting to try this sucka.

Has anybody tried this granulated gold on anything I’ve gotta try?

[BTW, a word to the wise - screw the lid on tight before using this stuff.. Jamie had a small travesty in her kitchen when she tried to put this on cereal.]

And know what else was pretty great? With Meg’s coaching via my 193981 texts messages of questions, I (quite literally) took a stab at roasting a spaghetti squash.

Don’t forget to stab it a few times with a fork (or a sharp knife). Apparently, bad things happen if you forget this step.

I threw the squash in a baking dish and roasted it on 375 degrees for an hour. Then, I cut it in half as I prepped a sauce of Prego Veggie Heart Smart, asparagus, garlic, baby bell mushrooms, and Mrs. Dash onion & herb blend.

Looks like I need a bigger bowl for all this s’ketti goodness.

…now we’re talkin’.

Trust me on this. It’s all kindsa wonderful.


And just like that, I’ve got a new favorite dinner.

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1 Lindsey @ Happy or Hungry August 31, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I love spaghetti squash…but I have never stabbed mine first and it worked out okay. no explosions! I will definitely do that next time though, just in case.
Love the glitter placemats, haha.
If you have a wine party, I’m coming.
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2 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss August 31, 2011 at 1:01 pm

you betta believe I’ve got glitter placemats.

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3 cait August 31, 2011 at 12:55 pm

love love love spaghetti squash :) umm and so agree with lindsey on that wine party!
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4 Heather @ The Raw Journalist August 31, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Yummy!! I’m going to have to try this!

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5 Kelly @ Not So Rocky Road August 31, 2011 at 1:47 pm

That looks really good! I’ve only tried making spaghetti squash a time or two and haven’t quite mastered it. This makes me want to give it another go!
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6 Liz @ Something To Chew On August 31, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I can’t imagine the excitement upon seeing a wine sale. I know mine would be insaaaaane :)

Love spaghetti squash!
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7 Emmarie @ Bananas and Beer August 31, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I’ve always wanted to try spaghetti squash, but I have to say I’m afraid I won’t like it. I know it sure looks like spaghetti, but what does it taste like before dressed in sauce?
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8 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss August 31, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I was honestly surprised by how good it tasted alone (although I probably wouldn’t eat a whole naked bowl of it).

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9 Jenn @ peas andcrayons August 31, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Ummm I hate commenting on my phone but I just wanted to tell you I loooooove you! Now come visit. stat :)

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10 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss August 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm

tell paul I’m not an axe murderer and COME HERE!

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11 Dorsa @ Mixed Tape August 31, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I heart spaghetti squash :) mmmm. I think I will pick some up at Trader Joe’s this afternoon delish :)
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12 Lisa August 31, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Yup…spag squash is totally amazing. My biggest indulgence with it is by adding butter and parmesan….
Also…count me in for wine. Anytime!
I have not experienced the grinder, and I’m slightly afraid I’d become an addict if I purchased one…but it looks amazing!
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13 Allie @ PickyEatingRD August 31, 2011 at 2:48 pm

While I do love spaghetti squash, I never understand those that say it tastes exactly like pasta! No, no it doesn’t pasta tastes like pasta and this is not it (even tho I do love it!). I am sooo in for a pseudo wine date – you crack open a bottle there, I’ll crack open one here and no one can bash us for drinking alone..bc really we aren’t.
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14 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss August 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I like your plans. a lot.

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15 Danielle (Shrinking and Studying) August 31, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Hahaha, thanks for the shout-out. The thing is I DID stab my spaghetti squash.. but I should have apparently stabbed it multiple times. Spaghetti squash is definitely my favorite veggie/pasta substitute. If they weren’t so dang expensive I’d eat them every day! Luckily, my friends’ parents have been growing them in their huge garden and they are sending me like 8 next month!
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16 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss August 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm

maaan, I’m jealous. hook a sista up!

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17 Sami August 31, 2011 at 3:02 pm

i <3 sketti squash. <3 it's great with pesto sauce, too!
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18 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss August 31, 2011 at 3:37 pm

THAT’S MY NEXT PLAN! ..with the other half. tonight maybe (definitely).

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19 Tracy @ Tracy's Treats August 31, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I keep meaning to try spaghetti squash! Your meal looks really yummy!
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20 sara @ the foodie diaries August 31, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Okay I may be naive, but I’ve never even HEARD of spaghetti squash. I’m going to try that ASAP! I’ve been trying to eat more veggies lately :)
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21 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss August 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm

duuuude… do it. and it doesn’t even taste like a veg.

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22 Holly August 31, 2011 at 3:36 pm

LOVE spaghetti squash! Now I want some for dinner TONIGHT. I think I might need to make that happen ;)
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23 janae @hungryrunnergirl.com August 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm

SO GLAD YOU HAD SUCH AN AMAZING DAY GORGEOUS GIRL!! I am now craving spaghetti like crazy at 10 a.m. Thanks a lot;)
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24 Katie August 31, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I have spaghetti squash on the menu this week…mmm, I just got excited! Also, yes, I’d like to come over for wine tonight. :-)
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25 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss August 31, 2011 at 8:08 pm

you’re only invited if you bring baby A so I can stare at her all night long.

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26 Lauren August 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I’ve only tried spaghetti squash once but I dig the idea of eating a giant overflowing bowl of “spaghetti.”
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27 Jamie@cupcakedynamite August 31, 2011 at 5:45 pm

a grinder for you, a grinder for dannys mom, and i dump my own all over the place. HAHAHAHHAHAHA. see you today! i might ACTUALLY do some cardio…my arms are so sore from yesterday! BUDDY CURLS!
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28 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss August 31, 2011 at 8:08 pm

BUDDY CURLS MAKE ME HURT SO BAD THE NEXT DAY.

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29 lindsay August 31, 2011 at 6:55 pm

thats good stuff, but question…..how messy did you get scooping the squash? haha, I get it EVERYWHERE!
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30 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss August 31, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I was a big messy baby.

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31 Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy August 31, 2011 at 7:13 pm

How have I not made spaghetti squash yet? Who am I?
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32 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss August 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm

seriously… who are you?

..I’m kidding. considering I just made it for the first time, too.

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33 Alexa @ Simple Eats August 31, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I’ll come over for wine, any night. I’m thinking that TJ’s stuff would be awesome on ice cream…I’ll need to get my hands on some!
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34 Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health August 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I’ve only had spaghetti squash once, and I actually really liked it! I need to try doing this for myself…it doesn’t look too hard haha
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35 Tiff @ love sweat and beers August 31, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Ooo! Pick Me! Pick Me! Wine nights = Fun
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36 Emily @ Living & Learning August 31, 2011 at 11:10 pm

LOVE finding wine on clearance .. especially when they have Alice White Chardonnay on clearance, as they did in your picture! If you haven’t tried it yet, and like white, light wines IT’S A MUST TRY. it’s my favorite & even when not on clearance, it’s pretty cheap, less than 10 bucks for a bottle. I did a review about it on my blog, it made my “favorite things” list. :)
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37 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss September 1, 2011 at 1:45 am

yes! it’s one of my faves, too ;)

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38 Nicole @sugarcoatedsisters August 31, 2011 at 11:40 pm

I looooove spaghetti squash!!! Next time, mix your marinara with some greek yogurt and then put it on the squash– it is heavenly :)
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39 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss September 1, 2011 at 1:45 am

literally eating a creamy greek yogurt/laughing cow light concoction as I read this. IT’S SO GOOD.

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40 Tiffany September 1, 2011 at 1:17 am

I need to come over to your place for wine. I can have a bottle all to myself!!

Spaghetti squash is bomb. My problem is that it is so much I dont get to eat all of it and feel guilty for wasting it.
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41 julie September 1, 2011 at 1:23 am

sketti squash is AMAZING. okay and this is going to be weird but don’t let it be. take some sketti squash and sprinkle cinnamon and your new amazing grinder (that is life changing btw) and eat that together. weird i know but it’s SO good. trust me.
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42 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss September 1, 2011 at 1:44 am

aaaand you just became my new favorite person. I’ll let you know how that goes stat.

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43 what katie's baking September 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

YUM!
hahah i love the pic of you eating it. my fav.
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44 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss September 1, 2011 at 1:44 am

I take my cutest pictures for you, katie.

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45 Marijke September 1, 2011 at 8:46 am

I honestly have a spaghetti squash in my kitchen that I’ve been too scared to use! Everytime I walk past it I’m like “I’m waiting for a good recipe- I did not shell out ££ just to ruin you!”

You make it look SO easy- I’m def giving this a go this weekend!

p.s. Talking to a squash isn’t weird, right? Right?
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46 alyssa - fashion fitness foodie September 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm

spagehtti squash is sooo yummy! i hate trying to cut it open though! it’s realllly hard.
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47 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss September 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm

cutting it after you roast it is LOTS easier.

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48 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Oh, spaghetti squash!! Why have I forgotten and neglected you? Thanks for the reminder- I need some in my belly. My favorite way to eat it is spaghetti style, too!
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49 Hollie @lolzthatswim(andrun) September 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm

WAHAHA. True life. I forgot to stab my potato once in the microwave and it exploded. I feel like I always have some sort of craycray story. I haven’t tried that for TJ’s but when I come home I’m going straight there.
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50 Meg September 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Hahahaha I LOVE you. Spaghetti squash is a gift from the Heavens.
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51 Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola September 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm

How do you like your new grinder? I have one but to be honest, I always forget to use it! But I should try and bring it back! And thanks for making the spaghetti squash process look so easy! I’ve been wanting to make it but it sounded so hard, but I think that even I can do this!! YUM!
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52 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss September 2, 2011 at 2:11 am

oh, it’s super easy.. definitely try it. and I STILL haven’t used my grinder yet.. I have nothing to put it on at home!

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53 (what runs) Lori September 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I love that picture of you and your spaghetti squash… stuffing your face. LOVE IT! lol
Spaghet’ Squash is my faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaavorite. Your sauce looks stellar!

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