Thursday, January 14, 2010

Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Mexicana with Tropical Avocado Salsa Fresca


We had this for dinner last night and really liked it. I liked it so much I was still thinking about it when I went to bed. But that might just be a reflection of me trying to eat less so being slightly obsessed with food right now. The combination sounds a little weird, but it comes together really well and is quite filling without being super heavy. The recipe calls for red wine, which I overlooked when I made my grocery run so didn't have a reasonable substitute. So I used some cran-raspberry juice mixed with red wine vinegar. It worked great, but I'll probably use grape juice or something a little less fruity next time. But you can use whatever you want. To save time, I microwaved the squash instead of baked it. You can just put the two de-seeded halves in a glass baking dish with about 1/2 inch of water, cover with plastic wrap and cook until tender. Mine took 20 minutes, but it will depend a lot on your squash and microwave. Do it for 10 then check it and do it for longer if needed.

Spaghetti Squash Mexicana with Tropical Avocado Salsa Fresca
From Veganomicon, Serves 4 to 6

1 spaghetti squash (3 lb range)

Tropical salsa fresca:

1 cup chopped tomato (1/2 inch chunks)
1 cup chopped pineapple, mango, or papaya (1/2 inch chunks) (I used pineapple)
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1/4 cup lightly packed chopped fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 lime

Bean Mixture:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium size yellow onion, cut into small dice
2 jalepenos, seeded and chopped small
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed (I just used ground coriander and added it with the other spices)
1 1/2 teaspoon chile powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup red cooking wine
1 cup fresh or frozen corn
1-15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tsp hot sauce (to taste)

First, Bake the squash. (As I said above, I microwaved it instead.) Preheat oven to 375. Cut squash in half. Scoop out seeds. Place face down on baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes. Flip it over to face up and cook until it is easily to pierce with fork. If it is done you can turn off the oven but leave it in to keep it warm.

Prepare salsa by mixing all the ingredients in small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Prepare bean mixture by heating a large, heavy bottom skillet over medium-high heat and saute onions and jalepenos in oil for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and coriander seeds and saute for 2 more minutes. Add remaining spices, salt, wine and raise the heat to a boil for 2 minutes, stirring often.

Lower heat and add the corn, black beans and hot sauce. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until the corn is heated through and the wine has reduced.

If the squash is not done by this point, cover the bean mixture. The bean mixture should be hot when served. When the squash is ready and cool enough to handle, shred and scoop out the flesh with a spoon, add to the bean mixture and toss with tongs to separate the strings and mix.

Divide among individual plates and top with salsa fresca. Serve immediately.

1 comment:

Linda Perkes said...

Looks fabulous. I'll try it this next time I cook : ) We've been in the "vegetarian on the light side" mode since we came home from visiting you. Luckily Dave loves to do the cooking and is really amazing at. But when he can't take the time to cook, I must use a recipe -- and I always turn first to you. Thanks!