Posted by Megan Cash

savor (v) - to taste and enjoy completely. // A bi-weekly blog series from our kitchen, celebrating the simple pleasure of good food.

A comforting and wholesome little meal for those days when you barely have time to sit down and are feeling a little stressed...super quick, filling, and gluten free + paleo! Ingredients are totally customizable to your tastes, and/or what you have on-hand.

PS- You can make it vegan by subbing vegetable stock for the chicken broth + some tofu, seitan, or fresh green peas for the protein instead of a fried egg.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chicken broth, organic and all-natural
  • 1/2 of a spaghetti squash, seeds removed
  • handful of spinach (or greens of choice)
  • fresh herbs, chopped or torn (can substitute dried if you don't have fresh!)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed and minced (optional)
  • 1 egg (I use cage-free and vegetarian-fed...but you do you.)
  • 1 T soy sauce, gluten-free
  • 1 tsp chili oil (optional)
  • Roasted Seaweed sheets (optional, mine are wasabi-flavored)

Directions:

1. The hardest part: that darn spaghetti squash! Unless you have knives edged with diamonds (I don't), you're probably going to have trouble cutting it in half: put the whole thing in the microwave (if you still believe in microwaves...) for 1-2 minutes to make it easier to cut. Once cut in half, remove the seeds and place one half in the microwave until soft (about 6 minutes) and wrap the other half up in plastic wrap to save for later.

2. Let it cool for a few minutes, and add your spinach and fresh herbs to an empty soup bowl. I used flat Italian parsley, oregano, and purple basil because those are in my little balcony garden. Chives and lemongrass or lemon-basil would be super yummy too!

3. Scoop out your spaghetti squash with a fork and add to your bowl. Add the onion powder and garlic (if using), and stir. Add your broth. Heat in the microwave for a minute or two, until it's hot...you know.

4. Meanwhile, for protein: I love a simple fried egg with a runny yolk (because cooking the yolk destroys a lot of the good nutrients, plus it's yummy.) Feel free to substitute tofu, shredded chicken, shrimp...any kind of ramen toppings that you like!

5. Top soup bowl with you protein and more fresh herbs/spinach. Toss in the soy sauce and chili oil if you're using them, and enjoy! I like to crumble a few wasabi-flavored seaweed sheets on top of my bowl too. <3

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