Gouda Sausage and Spinach

My recipes are grain free, refined sugar free and many are dairy free. If this is your first visit then welcome to my blog. I have autoimmune illnesses and I am on a mission to improve my diet. I see a functional doctor who has me on supplements and revamped my diet. Has my health improved? Yes, greatly. Does that mean I am 100%? No, not at all. I have had serious health issues for years but it has slowly gotten worse in the past 6 years. I still have days where I am in pain, experience pain, chronic urticaria (hives), and suffer insomnia but on the whole, I am doing so much better.

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I had a lot of leftover spaghetti squash. I had purchased no nitrate, no antibiotic, organic sausage at my local organic grocery store. Then I started to think about what I could add to the dish. I had spinach, fresh tomatoes, and Gouda. An idea just started circling my brain. I added a little of this and a little of that. Pretty soon I had a recipe. I have a notebook at home that I write recipes in. Some I write before cooking some take shape while I am in the middle of the dish. After each addition, I write it down in my notebook. I have also created my own shorthand (an abbreviated form of writing). Occasionally I can’t remember what the abbreviation is. Although on this recipe I remembered it all. It is only the recipes that I don’t take time to write down immediately. I guess I should learn my lesson.

 

4 cups or more of cooked spaghetti squash

1 tablespoon avocado oil

1 1/2 cup chopped onions

1 minced clove of garlic

1 lb. sweet Italian sausage

4 cups of spinach

1 cup chopped tomatoes

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup white wine or water or apple juice

1 lb smoked chopped Gouda

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup milk

 

Preheat oven to 400. Prick the skin of the spaghetti squash with a fork a couple of times. Place a small whole spaghetti squash in the oven. Cook 30 minutes. After 30 minutes turn squash over and cook another 30 minutes. Prick the skin of the squash if it is easy to prick squash is done. If not continue cooking for another 10 minutes at a time and keep checking if the squash is done. When done remove squash from the oven with oven mitts and allow to cool. Once cool cut the squash in half. Using a fork scrape the squash off the sides and in the middle measure out 4 cups of squash. Or cook squash a day or two ahead of time. Add avocado oil to a frying pan on medium heat. Add onions, garlic and Italian sausage removed from casings once oil is hot. Once sausage has cooked through. Add squash, spinach, tomatoes, salt, pepper, water, and smoked gouda. Once the cheese has begun melting add heavy cream and milk. Cook until sauce is combined. Scoop out portions and serve in a bowl.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 576
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41 g 63 %
Saturated Fat 21 g 103 %
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 173 mg 58 %
Sodium 1387 mg 58 %
Potassium 467 mg 13 %
Total Carbohydrate 15 g 5 %
Dietary Fiber 4 g 17 %
Sugars 7 g
Protein 36 g 72 %
Vitamin A 106 %
Vitamin C 54 %
Calcium 48 %
Iron 16 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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