Spaghetti Squash Gremolata with Spinach Pesto
Sweet, tangy and spicy, definitely filling and a sensory meal. Takes a little prep time, so start prepping and dehydrating about 4 hours in advance, but worth it.
1 Spaghetti Squash , cut in half and scraped out, strands will come out similar to pasta
3 tablespoon Fresh Italian Parsely, Chopped finely
1 tablespoon Fresh Lemon Peel, Finely grated
1 tablespoon Capers (not sure if they are raw, mine were brined), Chopped
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
4 Green Onions ,Chopped
3 Cloves of Garlic, Minced or pressed
1 Jalapeno Chili, Diced finely
2 cup Spinach, Rinsed
2 tablespoonFresh Basil, Chiffonade
1 teaspoon Sea Salt
6 Sundried Tomatoes, Soaked
1 Porcini Mushroom (optional), sliced (soaked if dried)
1 tablespoon Oil of choice for massaging :>
1. Cut spaghetti squash in half and de-seed, then scrape the strands out using a spoon (it will be like scraping a pumpkin). Lay the squash in warm salted water for two hours (Cover with water and add about a tsp of salt). Rub with your fingers as it soaks and it will come apart looking more and more like an angel hair.
2. Prepare gremolata by combining parsley, lemon peel, capers, olive oil and lemon juice in a small bowl, set aside.(this does not get dehydrated, just marinates)
3. Prepare the other ingredients.
4. Set the spaghetti squashafter lightly draining, on a mesh screen above the other ingredients in dehydrator. Place the spinach, garlic, green onion and basil on a teflex sheet, you want it wilted, not dried.
5. Dehydrate on 95 to 105 for about 2 hours.
6. Squash will be startingto dry and getting softened. Remove and soak in warm water till warmed.
7. Add half of the following ingredients to a blender or magic bullet: Spinach, onion, garlic, sundried tomato, porcini mushroom and basil. Blend completely, add salt to taste.
8.Remove squash from water and massage with about a tablespoon of your oil of choice. I like to use coconut oil.
9. Mix remaining veggies with squash, plate mixture and place pesto on top, cover with gremolata and add your choice of “Parmesean” cheese.