As part of my commitment to clean eating this month, I decided to challenge myself to put together an entire party full of paleo eats that were fit for sharing with friends. So … we offered up invites to a few close friends and hosted our first-ever “Perfectly Paleo Dinner Party”. Since everyone attending was at some stage of a “WHOLE 30“, we started with “mocktails” (okay, okay, it was Perrier garnished with some colorful fruit)!
Perfectly Paleo Dinner Party
Appetizers were antipasti skewers with a dipping oil seasoned with some good italian herbs. So far, so good. Followed by Fruity Kale Salad, Zucchini Fritters, Spaghetti Squash (seasoned with lemon juice and fresh basil, salt and pepper, and Balsamic Chicken Breasts. The chicken is a recipe I found in “It Starts with Food“. Great book!
I normally don’t do desserts – ESPECIALLY when I am in the midst of a “whole30”, but this being a very special occasion, I did make a batch of Paleo Zucchini Bread and a Paleo Apple-Berry Pie to share with guests.
I intended to take more pictures, but was enjoying myself so much that I forgot. And actually, some of the food was just gone! Vanished! Adios! But by all measures this was a success. By the end of the evening we were nourished by time spent with great friends, sharing and laughter … and “oh, yes” very satisfying and nutritious foods, too! HOORAY for Perfectly Paleo dinner parties!!!
Paleo Organic Spaghetti Squash with Organic Grass Fed Beef Bolognese
I love dishes that I can make ahead of time, and heat up at the end of a long day for a great meal. This is one of my favorites. On Sunday I baked a spaghetti squash and made a terrific beef bolognese sauce. Tonight all I had to do was heat up the oven, and pick some fresh herbs from my indoor winter herb garden. There you have it! Dinner!
- 1 Organic Spaghetti Squash, baked and prepared ($7 from Produce Depot)
- 1 Tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil
- 1 Organic Green Pepper, diced (<$1 from Meijer)
- 1 Organic Onion, diced (<$1 from Herb Thyme)
If you have never baked a spaghetti squash, don’t worry. It’s very easy to prepare. Just google it! There are plenty of instructions out there. My squash was very large, and took over an hour to cook – at 350F. While the squash was baking,
Spaghetti Squash with Bolognese
When that craving for noodles or pasta hits … I find myself a spaghetti squash and am soon satisfied. It’s a little twist on the traditional family recipe, but I really don’t miss the pasta!!
- 1/2 Green Bell Peppers – chopped (@ $1 from Meijer)
- 1/2 Red Bell Peppers – chopped (@ $1 from Meijer)
- 1/2 Organic Onion – chopped (@ $1 from Meijer)
- 1.25 lb. Organic Ground Bison (@ $12 from Meijer) – or Ground Beef
- 12 oz. Organic Tomatoes Diced (@ $2 from Meijer)
- 24 oz. Organic/Non-GMO Pasta Sauce ($7 from Produce Depot)
- 1 t Sea Salt
- Black Pepper to taste
- Italian Seasoning
- 1 Small Organic Spaghetti Squash – halved and cleaned (@$2 from Produce Depot)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare baking dish or cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place squash cut-side down and bake for 1 hour.
While squash is cooking, brown ground beef or bison in a large skillet with peppers and onions. Continue cooking until vegetables are soft. Add tomatoes, pasta sauce and spices. Simmer on low 30-45 minutes.
When squash is cooled just enough to handle, use a fork to “scrape” the noodles into a serving dish. Top with warm bolognese sauce. Season with Italian seasoning and enjoy!
Serve 6 people at approx $5 per serving.