Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Paleo Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp

Since I announced my 90 day challenge at the gym, three weeks ago, I've been trying to eat a lot better. I'm not necessarily following one diet over another, but I've really been enjoying Paleo dishes and try to stick to it during the week. Sunday night I decided to make a pretty tasty Spaghetti Squash dish with homemade pesto. Sorry the photo doesn't do it justice. Enjoy!

Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Shrimp
(variation of a recipe from Paleo Comfort Foods)
Serves 4

yummy homemade pesto (below)
1 spaghetti squash (about 2lbs)
1 lbs shrimp
1 clove garlic
salt and fresh pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon clarified butter

Preheat oven 375 degrees
Cut the spaghetti squash in half, removing all seeds. Place face-down into a large baking dish, and pour water in the dish so it comes about halfway up the pan. Bake for about 30-40 minutes ( you may want to slightly under-cook the spaghetti squash).  Meanwhile make the pesto and set aside.

When the spaghetti squash is done, scrape the insides of the squash with a fork to remove the insides of the squash. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet over  medium heat, and add the butter. once melted add 1 clove of garlic. Add shrimp and cook, stirring often, until opaque, about 2-4 minutes. Stir in the Spaghetti squash, along with pesto. Gently mix together. Cook until everything is well-incorporated and the spaghetti squash is cooked to your preferred doneness. Salt and pepper to taste. 

Skinny Pesto

3 cups fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup raw almonds
1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Combine the basil, almonds, garlic, and salt in a food processor and pulse until somewhat mealy. Gradually add olive oil, processing until the mixture in finely chopped yet still has texture, about 1 minute. Pulse in the lemon juice

Do you have any tasty Spaghetti Squash recipes to share? I would love to give them a try.


  1. This looks delicious. I'm trying to eat better as well, but some of the meal plans I'm viewing? Egg white omletes day after day don't seem that appetizing. I've gotta try this out!

    1. I agree, I couldn't eat egg white omelets every day. I like to start my day with a smoothie then and mid morning snack like an apple or nuts and just mix up lunch and dinner. Good luck! Signing up for our local veggie share helped us.