The Willing Cook-A-Long: Spicy Spaghetti Squash & You

The Willing Cook-A-Long new recipe challenge featured a Whole Foods recipe this week, Spicy Spaghetti Squash with Black Beans.  This recipe came with a mixed bag of results.  My oldest daughter and I liked it, the other three didn’t like it so much.  First, let me say that we’ve had other spaghetti squash recipes that we absolutely love, so it wasn’t that.  My husband commented that it didn’t have any zing.  I agreed with him, in the beginning, but then I added my own spices to it to knock it up a notch.  I thought the fresh cilantro made a huge impact on the taste and probably could have used even more.

Here are the changes that I made…

  1. Used diced mushrooms instead of corn.  I loved the addition of mushrooms.
  2. My kids were begging for Trader Joe’s Uncured Bacon Ends & Pieces, so I made the recipe no longer vegetarian.
  3. I used 2 Tbsp of bacon grease as a substitute for the recommended.
  4. I added 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 1 Tbsp sugar, and 2 Tbsp rice vinegar.  These additions helped the flavor tremendously.

In conclusion, I would certainly make this dish again for myself, but I probably won’t since it came with a few turned up noses.

What new recipe did you try this week? Link up to your blog or leave a comment below.  I would love for more of you to share a dish you had this week (even if it’s not new)!


If you follow me on Pinterest, you have a pool to see which recipe I may try next.  I have found so many great recipes, among other things, to add to a growing collection.  I’m in the mood for comfort food, so the new recipe that we’ll be trying in Our Allergy Home sometime over the next week is Glazed Mini Meatloaves.  My family loves meatloaf (although I haven’t made it for a long time), so I don’t think it will be too hard to satisfy them with this week’s new recipe challenge.

What about you? What new recipe will you try this week?

How the Willing Cook-A-Long works:

  1. I will come back next week with my review of the willing cook-a-long new recipe and the changes I made for my food allergy home.
  2. You can make the same recipe as I (with or without changes), or…
  3. You can make your own new dish and tell us about it.

Regardless of what you choose to do, come back here next Friday and link up to your post (if you have a blog) or just tell us what you made in the comments.  Can’t wait to hear of all your new dishes next week!

Happy Willingly Cooking-A-Long!

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12 Responses to The Willing Cook-A-Long: Spicy Spaghetti Squash & You

  1. My Roasted Harvest Vegetables turned out very well, since I cut out all the vegetables my family doesn’t like. 🙂 Well, my kids didn’t touch it, but that’s to be expected.

  2. Kristen says:

    This looks awesome….I’ll try it for sure, but not quite yet. I’m still getting some wonderful meals delivered here 🙂

    • Cook says:

      Yes, yes, Kristen! You keep taking advantage of those wonderful baby meals. There’s nothing better for dinner than what other’s have prepared for you 🙂

  3. We love meatloaf in our family too, maybe you can use my recipe for some added inspiration!! My kids like it, I husband adores it, and I rejoice that it has so many vegetable in it!

    • Cook says:

      Why, why, why has it never occurred to me to include veggies in my meatloaf! I also love the use of rice to extend the amount of ground beef in the dish. (I always leave eggs out of meatloaf as well b/c of our egg allergy and it doesn’t seem to make much difference.) I will definitely incorporate your recipe into next week’s willing cook-a-long new recipe challenge and let you know how it goes. I would love to have you join in on this weekly challenge! You can join in by doing any new recipe and sharing it with us in the comment section and/or link up to your blog.

      Thanks for sharing your recipe with me!

      • Of course…isn’t great having others to get our creative chef juices flowing??!! We are so lucky to have kindred spirits right at our fingertips with the internet. Pardon my mommy brain, not sure how exactly to link up to your cook-a-long. Just post a link in a comment? Or am I missing a linky tool?

        • Cook says:

          Nope, no mommy brain on your part. Just leave a comment with a link to your blog post and then link back to my post on your blog. That’s about it! Perhaps I’ll get around to the linky tool eventually. It’s been on my to-do list and you’ve just given me more motivation to get it done. Thanks for joining in!

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