Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp, Pears and Kale: #SundaySupper

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spaghetti squash with shrimp

Whenever I scan food photo porn sites and Pinterest (which is embarrassingly often), I’m bombarded with temptation. Pumpkin cakes with cream cheese frosting, salted caramel sheet cakes, pumpkin toffee cookies, pecan cheesecake pie, and Reese’s cake bars, all dressed up like a gang of girls ready to party, taunt me from my computer screen. “C’mon Wimpy, get those fancy plates out and let’s have some fun together. You can cheat on your kale tonight. Be good tomorrow!” And it’s only going to get worse over the next couple of months.

Then January sweeps in with a round of cleansing. ‘Clean food’ dishes starring kale, broth, coconut whatever, and whole grains are suddenly wildly popular. Anything with sugar is treated with horror and disdain. “OMG, I would NEVER eat that!”

We put our bodies through this whiplash every year – myself included.

What we need, I need, is a stash of new go-to recipes designed to lighten up my menus this time of year. I know you were expecting a vegetarian dish from me, but I had my husband, Carnivorous Maximus, in mind on this one. A great way to lighten a dish like this for him is to swap pork sausage out for sautéed shrimp. As for me, the spaghetti squash by itself, tossed in a salsa of pears, kale, jalapeño and raisins, is a perfect light and healthy dinner with a simple salad on the side.

Cooking Tips

I highly recommend Sunchowder’s Emporia Spiced Pear Butter in this recipe. It’s fantastic!

Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp, Pears and Kale
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Recipe type: Vegetarian Main
Serves: Serves 2
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp pear butter (divided)
  • 2 Tbsp grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 pear, peeled, cored, and finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • ½ cup chopped kale
  • 2 tsp minced jalapeño pepper
  • 2 Tbsp yellow raisins
  • 1 Tbsp pepitas
  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp
  • salt
  • pepper
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seed and pulp with a spoon. Place the halves in a baking pan and baste with the pear butter. Roast until tender, about 30 - 40 minutes.
  2. Using the tines of a fork, shred the meat of the squash into buttery yellow 'noodles'. Toss in the cheese until melted.
  3. Combine the pear, kale, jalapeño, raisins, and pepitas together and toss into the spaghetti squash.
  4. Salt and pepper the shrimp. Heat enough oil in a large pan over medium-high heat to cover the base of the pan. When hot, add the shrimp to the pan, in shifts if necessary. Cook for 2 minutes per side and serve on the spaghetti squash.

Now go check out more ways to lighten up our eating from the #SundaySupper team as we move through the holidays. Huge thanks to Kathia at Basic N Delicious for hosting us this week!

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  1. says

    Out of this world gorgeous and such a doll you are to link my jam 🙂 So pleased you are enjoying the pear butter and I am pinning this for later my friend! XO

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