Jalea-style (Peruvian) Spaghetti Squash Shrimp

The other night someone let me try a version of Jalea Mixta, a Peruvian seafood dish that is basically fried seafood with an amazingly flavorful sauce on top. So, I decided to try it out at home and make my own healthier version using fresh seafood and making it into a “pasta”dish.

IT.WAS.EPIC.

Hands down one of the best things I’ve made in a long while.

Jalea Spag Sq Shrimp

And I promise no camera filter or editing was even used on that picture! 😀

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of frozen extra large/jumbo shrimp
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • Juice of 2-3 limes (depending on how juicy they are
  • 1 cup (or one large handful) of small tomatoes (I love sunsweets from Costco)
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • cayenne pepper (to desired heat level)
  • crushed pepper flakes (to desired heat level)
  • salt to taste
  • 2 jalapenos or fresno chile peppers (Jalas if you like it a little spicier and if you want to go completely traditional just use a red bell pepper)
  • 1 small red onion sliced thinly (traditionally sprinkled over top, but I omitted because…honestly… I didn’t have one!)

Step 1: Roast the Squash Cut the stem end of the squash off, turn it on the cut end so that you have a steady base. Cut the squash lengthwise and then scoop out the seed portion. Place cut-side down in a baking dish with about 1 inch of water in the pan. Cook at 350* for approximately 30-45 minutes or just until you can easily pierce through the densest portion of the squash. Remove from oven and flip over onto skin side to allow to cool a bit. Once it’s cooled a bit, hold with a towel and use a fork to scrape out the squash into a bowl.

Step 2: Cook the Shrimp Boil a pot of fresh water and follow cooking instructions on your shrimp.

Step 3: Make the Sauce While the water is boiling for your shrimp… Seed the jalapenos and cut into 1 inch pieces or rounds. Add the cilantro, tomatoes, garlic, salt, cayenne, and chili flakes to a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. With food processor on low setting, drizzle olive oil through top until desired consistency is reached (should have the consistency of a salsa). Taste, adding more salt, cayenne or chili pepper flakes as desired. Pour into bowl and add the jalapenos.

Step 4: Put it all together! Build your plate with squash, a few spoonfuls of sauce, some shrimp, and a sprinkle of the onions (if using).

Step 5: Sobremesa Share with a friend over good conversation and maybe a glass of sangria. 🙂

What’s your favorite Latin American inspired dish? 

P.S. If you try this recipe…please report back on how you liked it or what innovations you used!

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Girl you know it’s true: wine in a jar & almond cookies

First, some #motivationalmonday thoughts… It’s good to be yourself no matter if it pleases everyone or not! I promise it’ll make you happier than trying to be someone you’re not!

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And thinking about being true to yourself made me think about some Milli Vanilli (oh yea)

Second, I’m currently in the process of packing up my life to move back to Pittsburgh and pursue my Master’s Degree. That means all of my dishes are pretty much in a box, so last night this happened…

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Not that I’ve never drank out of a jar before, but it’s usually not filled with a classy $7 bottle of wine from the grocery store. 😛 And I also made these scrumdiddlyuptious Coconut Almond Butter Cookies… they’re gluten/sugar free and vegan…make them, eat them, love them!

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Coconut Almond Butter Cookies

Ingredients:
1 flaxseed egg (1TBSP milled flaxseed + 3TBSP water)
1C almond butter (I use Maranatha)
1C shredded unsweetened coconut
1 tsp powdered stevia (or other sweetener)
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 350

2.) Make flax egg and set aside to coagulate

3.) Mix other ingredients

NOTE: I recommend measuring your almond butter by weighing it rather than trying to get it from the jar it into a measuring cup and then back out into a bowl… you’ll have a mess and waste a lot of almond butter (who wants to do that?!)

4.) Line a baking sheet with parchment

5.) Using a small ice cream scoop or teaspoon, put rounds on cookie sheet

6.) Flatten with a fork making a criss-cross pattern

7.) Bake until golden brown (about 12-15min)