Spaghetti Squash and Black-Eyed Pea Patties with Brown Sugar Spinach
We have mixed feelings about this dinner. We can’t decide if:
1) We ruined the recipe trying to be too cool with the ingredients
2) It was really, really good
3) We were tipsy
Once we sat down to eat we were done in 5 minutes. We knew we were eating too fast, but we couldn’t stop. BOTH of us. So strange.
So I’m not sure if this was such a good meal that we loved it, or the fact that we ate too fast and the flavors were all over the place meant it needs much more work. Any opinions from the looks of it!?
We celebrated my last day of work by opening a bottle of wine we brought back from the honeymoon.
It. was. so. good.
From Trentadue Winery in Sonoma.
I REALLY wanted a second glass, but I had that “I’m feeling dehydrated = not good” feeling in me and just had one sip of the husband’s second pour to satisfy my palate (for a total of 5 fl. oz of wine). We’ll have the rest tomorrrow!
We had two things to use up in the fridge: spaghetti squash and black-eyed peas. I got the idea for the spaghetti squash patties from Roni’s Green Lite Bites site. They were quite good! We topped them with a dollop of plain yogurt.
Mixing bowl. They were really, really runny so we had to squeeze out the water before searing them, but they turned out fine. And we added carrots and celery instead of peppers. We used the other half of the carrots/celery in the pea patties.
The black-eyed peas were our own invention. We combined:
- 1 oz foccacia bread (pureed in the food processor into breadcrumbs – but you couldn’t even taste the bread in the patty)
- 1 medium carrot, minced
- 1 medium stalk celery, minced
- 1/4 cup egg whites
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1 cup black-eyed peas
Form into 4 patties. Sear in cooking spray.
On the skillet:
Done! With a dollop of hot sauce.
Lastly, we sauteed a bunch of spinach in cooking spray, added 1 mini box raisins and 1 tsp brown sugar. The combo of sweet/savory with the patties was GREAT! I love mixing side and main dishes like that. I would have liked to have had about 3 times this much spinach, but it was still delicious.
All together for ~ 412 kcal (including 5 oz wine)
Again, we ate too fast. So once we were done we had to go watch a Family Guy to keep from digging into something else and let our stomach’s settle (the husband’s idea – not mine!). Let me tell you, I LOVE to sing the Family Guy theme song in a nasal accent!!
After Family Guy I had a small hot chocolate. It was exactly what I wanted!! Plus a small truffle that wasn’t that great.
Afternoon snack at work: apple and 1.5 oz Sami’s Pita Chips
Total Friday calories: 1781
– 545 in spin class and a little lunch walking
= net of 1235
My last day of work was very bittersweet. I’m SO excited about the upcoming years but it was definitely sad to say goodbye to everyone. My cube was so empty when I left! I will miss the office, but HELLO nutrition!
Your Wonderful Comments
THANK YOU for all of your wonderful comments!!! It’s so nice to have such a great group of women (and men??) reading the blog. I get very excited to post each night when I know I have people excited to read.
I’m sorry to be behind on comments but today was quite crazy. I promise to catch up tomorrow – I’m too tired to keep typing tonight!