Saturday, August 29, 2015

Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein ( vegan)

Spaghetti squash chow mein

Do you love chow mein? I do, and I really loved this low carb recipe even more because instead of high carb noodles, it uses spaghetti squash!  

I was really intrigued when I saw this recipe on Pinterest using spaghetti squash. I'm always looking for new recipes to use my spaghetti squash! I ordinarily make an Italian type recipe with tomato sauce ,but this is the first time I'm using my spaghetti squash in a Chinese style recipe.

I have to tell you , it was one fabulous recipe! It could be eaten as a delicious side dish or over brown rice ( if you don't mind the carbs) to make it more filling as a meal. ( Of course you could add a protein of your choice as well) 

Without the rice, it is a relatively low calorie/low carb recipe with about 2 Points Plus per generous serving ( basically from the olive oil). And it's a powerhouse of antioxidants from all the veggies, fresh garlic, and fresh ginger. 

Don't overcook the vegetables as they taste good with a little crunch and the spaghetti squash is on the soft side. For an additional crunch try adding some 
slivered almonds!
Naturally gluten free and vegan- makes a great dish for company.

Author:  Judee Algazi/ Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Adapted from the recipe on : Little Bits of Real Food
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes for the recipe; 35 minutes for the spaghetti squash

1 medium spaghetti squash, baked and scooped out ( set aside) 
2 teaspoons of olive oil or use olive oil spray generously
1 medium- large onion, sliced
3 stalks celery slice on a diagonal 
1/2 cup of chopped green scallion
3 cups of cabbage slaw mix in a bag or 
3 cups of chopped cabbage
1/2 cup of shredded carrots
optional: 1/4 cup of slivered almonds

Ingredients for Sauce: 
3 cloves of garlic, pressed
1-2 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger ( depending on if you like ginger alot)
1/8 cup of gluten free soy sauce ( or more to taste- it's very sodium high) 
1 Tablespoon of coconut sugar crystals ( or sweetener of your choice)
1/4 teaspoon of white pepper 

Make the sauce by combining all ingredients and set aside. Saute the onions and celery in a large skillet for about 2 minutes in the olive oil or oil spray. Add the scallions and coleslaw mix ( or cabbage and carrots) and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Add the cooked spaghetti squash, the sauce and the almonds at this point. Stir well and cook for 30 seconds. Remove and serve.

Spaghetti squash chow mein

 How to Cut and Bake a Spaghetti Squash: 

My notes: 
  • You can make the spaghetti squash the day before and store in the refrigerator and then the prep is much faster.
  • Trader Joe's sells frozen cubes of fresh minced garlic and fresh grated ginger in their freezer compartment. You can substitute 2 cubes of each if you don't have fresh in the house. ( I keep the frozen in the freezer at all times for a pinch- it comes in very hand) They also have basil and cilantro.
  • This recipe is delicious by itself or eat over quinoa or rice

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  1. Wow, Judee, this looks amazing! What a creative use of spaghetti squash. I love it and I'm always looking for different ways to prepare it. I love the ease of this recipe and the flavors sound incredible. Can't wait to try this!

    1. Thanks Jen. I feel like you do, I'm always looking for ways to prepare spaghetti squash. This recipe is a winner!

  2. What an interesting way to use spaghetti squash. Sounds like a great way to have an all veggie meal.

    1. Erlene,
      You make a good point that it can be eaten as a meal especially if you eat it over quinoa.

  3. Stopping by from Anti-Procrastination Tuesday! This looks so amazing! I am adding this of my list of recipes to make. I love spaghetti squash too, and I love chow mein, what a perfect combination! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I know . It seems we can never get enough spaghetti squash recipe ideas. I thought this one was unusual.

  4. This sounds yummy AND healthy! I don't know if I could get my husband to eat it but I would try it. Best wishes!

    1. I think you really have to like veggies to like spaghetti squash, especially if you over cook it. It is stringy and squash tasting.. Just the way I like it..

  5. Spaghetti Squash = MY BOYFRIEND... So of course I am going to be making this!! ;) And yes, spaghetti squash is male?? lol

    1. Hi Gigi,
      Does it equal boyfriend because you look so fabulous by eating it instead of pasta that you have a boyfriend? Nah! You have an unusual way of looking at it!!! But enjoy

  6. Hi Judee. Love the recipe. I've been craving chow mein, but want mine nutritious as well as tasty. This fits the bill. Thanks for sharing. Nancy Andres @nancyandreswriter/color-of-joy-blog/.

    1. Nancy,
      It really does fit the bill for healthy and tasty.. I hope you make it and enjoy it.

  7. Judee, I've loved chow mein ever since my first bite of it when I was in a truly authentic Chinese restaurant back in the 70's. Although I don't make many Chinese recipes at home, this would be the one to make! Especially with the use of spaghetti squash instead of carb-laden noodles!

  8. Spaghetti squash is so tasty too. Thanks for sharing your recipe at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

  9. Hi Judee,
    What a great recipe, we will love your Chow Mein, it looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday, have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. What a delectable looking recipe! I have to admit that I have never eaten or prepared spaghetti squash, so I can't wait to try your recipe.Thank you so much for sharing your healthy and delicious Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein with us on the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing.

  11. Delicious Judee, great spaghetti squash chow mein, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweet.

  12. I'm so intrigued by this recipe, Judee! I haven't tried spaghetti squash yet and this looks like the perfect first recipe for me. I adore chow mein and your recipe looks and sounds fantastic. Thank you for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.


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