Thursday, February 28, 2008

this is a recipe i stumbled across a few years ago and my hubby loves it!! and since today is SLOW COOKING THURSDAY i thought i would post it.

2 medium (or one large) spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise
2 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 jar pimento-stuffed green olives, chopped
2 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp green olive brine (from the olive jar)
2 cans chunk white tuna in water, drained
Arrange the squash halves in the bottom of a slow cooker.

in a bowl, combine tomatoes, olives, oregano, and 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper. spoon the mixture over the squash. pour the olive brine in the slow cooker. cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or High for 3 to 4 hours.

when ready to serve, use a fork and "loosen" the squash slightly, creating spaghetti-like strands. spoon the tomato sauce over the squash and top each piece with some tuna.

some tips: if you have never used spaghetti squash before, get one that is heavy for it's size with no soft spots. and it's super hard to cut so you may need hubby to help cut it up. (unless you are a he-girl like me!) and don't forget to remove the seeds!

depending on the size of your crock-pot you may need to cut the squash in fourths instead of just in half.

i usually use all of the olive brine and not use the salt.

i don't like to open my crockpot during cooking but i have found that sometimes the squash on the top will not get a done as the squash on the bottom so i shift them around half-way through cooking.

sometime i will sprinkle it with mozzarella cheese. yummy!

and i'm laughing because i'm thinking that crazymama is not going to like this one...


Crockpot Lady said...

kay, this sounds like something I've got to try!
how on earth did you come up with it?
tuna with squash?
I am using green olives in something today or tomorrow, I'll make sure to save the juice. I've never bought spaghetti squash. My mom cooks it often, and I need to branch out with my vegetables.
thank you!

Anonymous said...

Very interesting... do you have a name for it?

Thanks for sharing!


kay said...

nope no name yet. i just call it that spaghetti squash stuff and we all know what i'm talking about!!

and it is a weird combo with the tuna but i'm telling you it's great!!

jennwa said...

That sounds good. Thanks.

Gustogirl said...

I love to use my crockpot. My kids would never go for this one, but I am going to come back often because I love learning new things to put in my slow-cooker.

Femme au Foyer said...

AWESOME!!! THANK YOU!!! I've been needing some 'healthy' crockpot recipes. I think I'll try this tonight!

If I do, I'll post here and let you know how it came out (and what Husband thinks of it).

Sandra said...

This looks great, thank you so much for sharing :)

LOL that spaghetti squash stuff sounds good LOL

Spammon said...

we grew spaghetti squash last year and had it coming out of of ears. Do you take the skin off?

Melissa said...

Wow, that is a bunch of interesting items to put together...I'll take your word for it that its good. ;)

Eleisia said...

I've never eaten or cooked spaghetti squash. Looks like an interesting combination of ingredietns! Very creative!

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

I'm going to have to take your word that it's good. My feeble little brain can't process that many ingredients (macaroni and cheese out of a box is a stretch these days, what with the milk and butter and such).

kay said...

keep the skin on while you are cooking it. it protects the flesh from getting too done

Dancin Queen said...

Looks like a recipe my mom would like. I'll have to pass it over to her.

I sent you that book yesterday, and highlighted some of my favorite verses for you.

kay said...

thanks wendi! can't wait!

Flea said...

You TOTALLY lost me on the olives and olive brine. EW!!! But it looks good. Really. :)

Femme au Foyer said...

It's good! Surprisingly good! It took 3 hours on high in my slowcooker and Husband gobbled it up! He doesn't even LIKE olives (I failed to tell him what the chopped up things were). Surprisigly, the tuna does not overpower in this recipe.

Oh, but right after it finished, my brand new W&S slow cooker short-circuited and broke.

Crazymamaof6 said...

how'd you know? you had me at green olives,I'm not a fan. but the squash i could do. and the cheese. yeah not my speed but keep it up. i like to crockpot cook sometimes.

SuperCoolMom said...

Sounded great until you added the Tuna. Not gonna fly at my house :)

crystal said...

Oh, this sounds GOOD. I love-love-love spaghetti squash. Why won't crazymama like it?...

smithfam said...

Really????? That recipe sounds very interesting.

I would eat it, but I am sure I would have my kids saying " EEEEWWWW! what is this?" UUURRRGG ! So hate that comment.

Thank you for sharing.