Beets make a surprisingly delicious red sauce that pairs beautifully with spaghetti squash.
Spaghetti squash is a winter squash that has long, tender, noodle-like flesh that makes a fun alternative to pasta. Winter squash are prized for their abundant B-vitamins, including B1, B3, B6, pantothenic acid and folate. Their carotenoid content provides antioxidant benefits. Winter squash contains moderate amounts of Omega 3 fats in the form of alpha-linolenic acid, which plays a role in supporting cognitive function.
1 spaghetti squash
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 medium shallot
4 cloves garlic
2 medium beets
½ cup cauliflower
½ cup fresh basil
Preheat oven to 350°.
Cut spaghetti squash lengthwise, scoop out seeds and spread coconut oil over cut sides. Place squash cut sides down in a baking dish and bake 45 minutes or until tender.
Peel and chop shallot, garlic, beets and cauliflower. Chop carrots and basil.
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon fresh thyme
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
1½ cup vegetable broth
½ cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
Heat coconut oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Add shallot and garlic and cook until shallot is translucent, stirring frequently. Add beets, carrots, thyme, and rosemary, and cook for a few more minutes.
Add ½ cup broth, coconut milk and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat; use an immersion blender or carefully transfer to a countertop blender and puree along with 1 cup broth. Return to pot, add basil and warm for a few more minutes.
When squash is done, scoop out flesh and fluff with a fork. Divide among plates and drizzle with sauce.
Preparation: 1 hour
A favorite for Sunday brunch, this dish reheats well and is a good choice for a do-ahead weekday breakfast.
2 sprigs rosemary
1 bunch green onions
½ pound Brussels sprouts
2 portabella mushrooms
2 cloves garlic
2 inches fresh ginger
1 sweet potato
Separate eggs, set aside. Stem rosemary, and chop. Chop green onions, Brussels sprouts and mushrooms. Mince or press garlic. Press ginger. Peel and dice sweet potato. Juice lemon.
5 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon turmeric
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add rosemary and turmeric, cook for a minute or two. Remove from heat and set aside.
To prepare the sauce, combine egg yolks with ¼ cup of water and lemon juice in the top part of the double boiler or a small bowl that will fit over the saucepan of simmering water. Whisk mixture for several minutes, until it begins to thicken. Slowly add butter mixture and continue to whisk until well mixed and sauce is thickened. Remove from heat and set aside.
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 teaspoons pepper
½ teaspoon salt
Sauté onions, garlic and ginger in a skillet over medium heat. While onions are cooking, heat 2 inches water in a small saucepan or double boiler until simmering.
When onions are soft, add sweet potatoes and ¼ cup water. Cover and cook a further 8–10 minutes, stirring frequently. When sweet potatoes are soft, add Brussels sprouts and portabella and cook 4–5 minutes longer, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper.
Prepare eggs as desired; if scrambling, mix in separated whites to avoid waste.
Divide hash among plates; serve each with an egg and sauce.
Preparation: 30 minutes