Tonight is the big graduation formal with my little itty bitty dress. I think I way overdid it on food yesterday so if my dress doesn't look so wonderful I will probably not post pictures.
Goals for the eveining: 3 alcoholic beverages (1 red wine, 1 white wine, 1 well drink), no cheese (THIS will be my biggest challenge), no chicken (it's always overdone at these things anyway), no pasta. I will have tastes of any and all seafoods and will try whatever red meat Boyfriend picks up. No eggplant (also because I don't appreciate catered eggplant). 2 pieces of dessert (or 3 if really mini like truffles). There will also be little apps floating around for cocktail hour and the same criteria will apply for these. Another goal: will try to photograph some stuff.
I went out and bought a nice big spaghetti squash again!
Boyfriend did the heavy duty cutting.
Coring these things out is quite a pain and you have to do it with your hands so it can get messy. But worth it! Make sure to really scrape it down because you can really feel those fibers if you don't (lesson I learned from spaghetti squash adventure #1).
Into the oven these guys went, face down in a casserole dish in about 1 inch of water. 375 degrees, probably about 1 hour (I just went until I could easy put a knife through the outer rind.
Then the fun part! Making spaghetti! I am all about combing these guys and making little hairstyles.
Note: I didn't bother seasoning it this time, no olive oil, no salt, nothing. So obviously, it comes out tasting much like nothing. There's a LOT of it, good for about 3 lunches and 3 snacks =)
My favorite seasoning: 1) curry+cayenne = super spicy! 2) seafood seasoning + dash of salt 3) BBQ sauce 4) a little vinegar and parmesan cheese. I've heard tomato sauce works too! Probably whatever goes on pasta can just as easily go on these.
Pop them onto a Pammed cookie sheet and into the oven for 10-15 mins. Flip. Return to oven. Take them out another 10 minutes later and serve or refrigerate! This is the easiest thing ever. Are they as tasty as the fried ones? Is anything baked as tasty as fried? No. But they are still really yummy and healthy.
Note: I frequently feel like food that takes a long time to eat (or when I take a long time to eat food) is much more satisfying. If I finish my lunch in only 30 minutes, I feel like that's 30 minutes of (frequently unsuccessful) avoidance of a snack. So something like this that takes some time to prepare and to eat is pretty useful in my book. Does anyone else have this issue?
Well I'm off to get ready for drinking, eating and dancing. Somehow I feel that this is all out of order. Shouldn't it be eating, drinking then dancing?
On a separate note, my friend The Nurse will also be attending as a date and this is wonderful because it will give me something to do while Boyfriend schmoozes. Also luckily for me, I went to medical school with half of these people so I wont be totally bored and alone!
1/3 cup oats
1/2 cup fat free vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup chocolate almond milk (unsweetened, 45 cals/cup thing)
1ish (maybe less?) cup frozen blueberries (or any berries!), unthawed
1 tbsp chia seeds
A little drizzle of Walden Farms calorie free chocolate
Toss all of this together into a blender overnight and refrigerate. In the morning, blend!
Works amazingly, and is nice and thick so you can eat it with a spoon in a bowl!
If you don't want to use the chemcially chocolate syrup (tastes good but I can see how it might be frightening), put in a tbsp of cocoa powder or some maple syrup/vanilla/agave syrup/honey/sugar/sweetener.
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