I must admit I am not a recipe follower.
In fact when making a dish from a cookbook, I always seem to change just one small thing. It could be just an herb or spice, maybe a hint of heat or perhaps a little lemon zest? I just can’t help it.
I have been known to peek into a simmering pot of something yummy at a friends house and think to myself ” a bit of sun dried tomato might work nicely there”.
Same holds true for combinations that are sacred to some.
Could be the fact that growing up we had certain foods together, we never questioned it. Ham and scalloped potatoes, or steak and baked potato, always. Not that they aren’t great together, I just like to mix it up, you know?
Some of our favorite meals are those that came together because we just happened to have those ingredients that particular day. Lucky us.
So here is a sample of how we mix up the traditional in our house
Turkey meatballs and Spaghetti(squash)
Spaghetti squash with olive oil and garlic
1 medium spaghetti squash
drizzle of olive oil
salt and pepper
Cut squash in halve lengthwise, clean out seeds
drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper
place cut side down on baking sheet
Bake at 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes
While that starts to bake assemble the meatballs
1 medium onion chopped fine
4 tablespoons olive oil, 2 reserved for cooked squash
2 cloves garlic chopped fine
2 Lbs ground turkey (or beef if you prefer)
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley, 2 tablespoons reserved for cooked squash
1 can tomato paste
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 can low sodium chicken stock
Cook onion with olive oil over medium heat until translucent (approx. 5 mins).
Add garlic, cook 1 minute, remove from heat.
In large bowl combine turkey, bread crumbs, cheese, parsley and salt and pepper.
Add tomato paste in small dollops.
Just mix to combine do not overmix, you want light fluffy meatballs.
Use tablespoon to scoop out mixture and roll lightly with hands to roll into
meatball shape. Place on rimmed baking sheet.
Before putting in oven pour chicken stock onto sheet between meatballs, keeps them
nice and moist during cooking.
Pop into 375 degree oven with squash for 30-35 minutes, turning over half way during
To assemble spaghetti squash, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in large pan.
Add garlic, cook 1 min, turn off heat.
Add scraped out squash strings, parsley and salt and pepper to taste.