Fall is in the air.
The days are getting shorter…
The nights are crisp (by Nashville standards, anyway)…
The first winter squash appeared in our CSA…
Yep, it’s fall all right. And I can’t say that I’m sad about it, either. We’ve had an incredibly hot summer here, and I’m looking forward to the relief of the cool fall nights. I know I’ll probably be grumbling about the lack of daylight in a month or so, and then complaining about how cold it is the month after that… but right now, I’m resigned to the fact that fall is here and I’m ok with that.
That first winter squash was a spaghetti squash, quite possibly the cutest little spaghetti squash I’ve ever seen. Spaghetti squash is one of those things… it may sound like a silly name, but once you actually take one apart it makes complete sense, because it looks exactly like spaghetti. Spaghetti squash may just be the most logically named vegetable out there. Not to mention that when tossed with fresh tomatoes, basil, and oregano, it makes a darn good replacement for spaghetti. It’s like faux-pasta. The Parmesan doesn’t hurt, either.
Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes, Basil, and Parmesan
Makes 2 servings or 4 side servings. Recipe from Epicurious.
1 small (1.5 lb) spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise, and the seeds discarded
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup shredded fresh basil leaves plus additional for garnish
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
1 cup thinly sliced cherry tomatoes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a glass baking dish, arrange the squash cut side down in about 1/2 inch of water. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 20-30 minutes (depending on the size of the squash) or until it is tender and easily pierced with a fork. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
In a large bowl whisk together the oil, 1/4 cup of the basil, the oregano, and 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan, stir in the tomatoes, and season the mixture with salt and pepper.
When the squash is cool enough to handle, scrape it with a fork to form strands, add the strands to the tomato mixture, and toss the mixture until it is combined. Divide the mixture between 2 bowls, sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan over it, and garnish it with the additional basil.
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And now… on to the giveaway (because we all LOVE giveaways!) and I have to say I’m in love with this product. Let me introduce you to Reuseit.com’s Recycled PET Mesh Produce Bags. I’ve been a fan of Reuseit’s products for some time now, including their Mesh Workhorse Shopping Bags (we’ve been using a set of these for years in place of plastic grocery bags, and aside from the occasional, “these look like pantyhose,” comments from store clerks, they are tough and durable and truly fabulous). We’re also big fans of their Produce Saver Green bags. The green bags work wonderfully, keeping even delicate greens like cilantro or spinach fresh for far longer than a typical bag. However, they are bit of a pain to wash, and probably aren’t the most sanitary things in the world after being used a dozen times. The new bags are machine washable. I’m sold.
So when Natalie at Reuseit offered to send me some of their new mesh produce bags and a produce saver pack, I couldn’t say no. The bags are made from recycled PET plastic, and work very well in combination with the Produce Saver packs to keep produce fresher longer. They are perfect for CSA members, since it’s not like that produce comes bagged like grocery store produce. These bags are also so lightweight you could bring them with you to the grocery store and use them in place of the plastic ones. And I’m all for replacing single-use plastic with reusable, recycled plastic.
Here’s the best part: Reuseit.com is giving away one set of (4) reusable mesh produce bags, plus a set of two Produce Saver packs to one lucky L&OO reader.
Not only that, but they are also offering you an exclusive coupon for 10% off any order, good through next Wednesday. Simply enter code OLIVEOIL upon checkout. I know I’m going to be taking advantage of this offer… as 4 bags is definitely not enough, not to mention this little gadget looks pretty awesome too.
TO ENTER: simply leave a comment on this post. I’ll be randomly selecting the winner the morning of Wednesday, September 22nd. One entry per person. Prize will be shipped to the winner directly from Reuseit.
You can also get yourself a BONUS entry by twittering about this giveaway, sharing it on facebook, or mentioning it on your own blog. Simply leave an additional comment with a link to the tweet and/or blog post. One bonus entry per person (multiple tweets won’t get you multiple bonus entries).
Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 72 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.
I was so excited to see this gr8 recipe. I was just thinking how cool would it be to have spaghetti squash, with the organic basil plant that I buy at our health food store. Can’t wait to try this.
Been looking at these bags, because the produce is going fast. It is local, but not like other seasons. Love your site, blessings to all. redraven
This giveaway is now closed. The winner has been selected and contacted. Thank you everyone for entering!
Love your posts and pix! And appreciate the opportunity to try for these, yet another item on my “to try” list.
Spaghetti Squash is my fave! Our CSA bag is lacking in coolness and reliability…these are screaming to be use by us!
Haven’t seen anything like these over here in Europe… Would come in handy though!!
will definitely give this recipe a try – it looks great. and would looove to win the reusable bags! =)
Just found your wonderful blog via a friend and really enjoyed it this evening. Great recipes! Maybe we’ll get a spaghetti squash in our CSA bag tomorrow…
Oooo, I want some of these! Pick me!
I love spaghetti squash and I haven’t used my from Barefoot Farmer yet, so I’ll have to use your recipe this week!
I’d love to try out those bags – pick me! pick me! :)
Your blog is my favorite. :) I’m starting my own food blog soon! Thanks for the inspiration.
I’d love to use these bags too!
I just found your blog and am in love! I can’t wait to read more
Could really use those bags! I found you only a few weeks ago and have already tried a few recipes!
This recipe looks wonderful, love spaghetti squash, it’s a must try.
Those bags sound like a great idea! And the squash looks amazing too!
I am the mean green machine
Those bags look awesome! I always get crazy looks when I pile my produce in my cart and opt out of the plastic bags. Perhaps these bags will help save some of those crazy looks!
Love your blog. Would love to win those cool reusable items.
Spaghetti squash is so good, I always feel like I’m splurging when I eat it! I would love to try the re-usable bags, they look less bulky than the kind I’m using now.
I’ve always wanted to try spaghetti squash, and this recipe looks yummy!
i love your blog!
I love the idea of bags that will keep my produce fresh longer! I live alone, and sometimes it’s hard to use up all my vegetable deliciousness before it goes bad. Thanks!
YUM! That looks so good. I love, love, love butternut squash, and I’ve always been interested in trying spaghetti squash but I’ve never taken the leap before… now I definitely will!
Perfect timing with this recipe! I just bought I spaghetti squash this weekend from the farmers market and was trying to remember the best way to cook it! Thank you!
PS Love reuse it.com, I have been using bags from there for over a year now – always keep one in my purse! I do have to say – I am a little nervous about the produce bags, are they super lightweight? Do you end up keeping 5 of them on you at all times?
I’d love to try them!
oh my, i want spaghetti squash now!
And of course I retweeted the contest! Everyone should learn about these bags! Very cool! http://twitter.com/sallaboutme/status/25030057091
I love reusable grocery bags, but always wondered if something would be better to keep the produce separate! Brilliant!!
I love that those reusable bags actually close…the ones I have are just open like a tote bag. Those look amazing!
mmm spaghetti squash…
I love reusables… The ones I pay lots for don’t even work that well!
I have been wanting to try out some reusable produce bags!
I am a new reader to your blog. This recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing!
i do <3 squash, but have always been too timid to cook it myself… shmaybe this recipe will be the one!
I love squash….thanks for the recipe.
This dish makes me so happy and excited for fall :) :) And it’s beautiful, too!
These would be so helpful for spontaneous visits to the farmers market. We go on Saturdays, but sometimes we pass by others mid-week that look scrumptious!
I love it!
How fabulous! The reuseable bags sound so great!
Oh, I want some spaghetti squash.. and some reusable bags too, please!!
These beat those plastic veggie bags, hands down. I’d love to win this set !
I have been looking for a reusable produce bag for a while now! Yay!
How fun! I’d love to try these. Thanks for the chance to win some
Mmmmm this looks good! I am trying to make a point of experimenting with squash more. My mom almost never made it so I didn’t grow up eating it. We are ready for fall here too. It’s been a long, hot summer. We had temps in the 100+ range in June when we normally don’t get that hot till it’s almost August.
My mom has been using a set of bags similar to those for her veggies and fruits but I don’t have my own yet.
I’ve never tried it, but the spaghetti squash looks yummy! I love the bags too :)
Produce bags would be great. I’m cooking for one, so stuff often goes bad before I can use it up.
How serendipitous it is to find this blog post. I was just thinking about reusable produce bags the other day, wondering where I might be able to purchase them, and here they are! I hardly ever use the plastic ones at the grocery store but there are a few veggies I just can’t justify sitting directly in the cart. So super excited. Thanks
I do love spaghetti squash- thanks for the recipe. (and the giveaway too- those bags look great!)
Having these would be so much nicer than justt saving the flimsy plastic ones from the store!
Love sketti squash!
I love spaghetti squash! And I would love to win those bags!
I often think that those huge plastic produce bags at grocery stores should come in smaller sizes. I always feel like I’m wasting so much when I only get a small amount of something. The reusable bags would make me feel so much better!
I’ve been eyeing these bags as well. We’ve been looking for ways to avoid using those plastic bags when we buy produce, which is alot.
Those bags look great! An old room mate used to have something similar and they sure saved us a lot of unnecessary waste.
Um, YUM! Spaghetti squash has always been on my “To-Do” list, but I’ve never made it before. This recipe looks too good to be true and has inspired me! Thanks so much! And those bags- TOO handy!
yummmm! oh, and the bags look awesome!
Okay, your photo alone has sold me on trying spaghetti squash again – looks so yummy! Thanks!
love the bags! would love free bags even more!
Love your blog; especially liked the “canning” one. Would love some reusables!
I always see spaghetti squash and never have had the nerve to try it.
Pick Me, Pick Me!
Reusable produce bags sound great!
And I love spaghetti squash, great new way to do it!
yummy recipe and awesome bags!
These bags sound like an awesome idea & much better than those plastic store bags. I would love to receive these! Love, Love your recipes!
The bags sound great!
It would be so awesome to receive these produce bags! :) Plus, I can’t wait to try this recipe. Sounds delish!
cool bags! i love using spaghetti squash in the fall!
These bags are cool — and I’ll also be trying this recipe asap!
Count me in!
These are so cool! :)
I love spaghetti squash too! Those produce bags look great and would be perfect for my CSA produce.
LOVE spaghetti squash. Hope I win!
Oh, and retweeted you.
I’m all about reuseable bags, and I could definitely use some for keeping cilantro. Also, thanks for a recipe using spaghetti squash. I’ve been wanting to try it again, and this looks simple and delicious.
I really enjoy substituting spaghetti squash for the real pasta. It’s a nice switch and super tasty. I’d love to get those reusable bags! I use canvas bags now and they can be quite bulky to carry in the store. These sound perfect! Thanks for the giveaway.
This dish looks superb. I’m going to have to try it.
As for the contest, wow, I love to find a new company with efficient and usable products that help me out AND is ecologically minded. This will be a new favorite site to be sure.
These look great!
Would love to win.
Another great giveaway.
Thanks Lindsay & Taylor!
I tweeted about this too!
I tried to get into reusable produce bags once, but the bags I ended up buying were way too heavy and cashiers at my local stores (or myself at a self checkout) never know how to tare them properly. A good set of light ones would be ideal, and reuseit.com has some great stuff.
whoa, flashback! i remember making a very similar recipe in my first high school cooking class. it was darn tasty. might have to dig through my things and find that … or actually, i’ll just print yours. yep, that’s better.
cheers and thanks for reminding me,
it’s great to find a durable reusable bag – that it’s recycled is a bonus!
Oooo, pick me! I HATE using those plastic produce bags at the store, but never had another sanitary option. Awesome product!
How FUN!! I would love to win these. I need a way to keep my produce fresher longer… it seems to spoil so quickly!! Thanks!
The bags sound great – thanks to some cupcake recipes I found on your blog recently I was able to make a smash hit contibution to a friends b’day party. Keep doing what you do!!!!!
This looks super yum! Cannot wait to try it! Thanks…..
I could definitely put these bags to good use! By the way, we had our first spaghetti squash of the season this week, too. So yummy.
Beautiful bags, great designs and colours and so helpful for the planet.
I would love those bags.
Spaghetti squash is yummy!
Would LOVE to try those bags!
you ca’t have too many re-useable bags!
MMMMMmmmmmMMM. That looks delicious! I will “like” you on facebook for sure! Thanks for sharing such great and simple recipes that seem to be pretty healthy!
Don’t pick my name for the giveaway as I already have reuseable bags that I love, but I wanted to leave a comment bc I love spaghetti squash and have been meaning to try it in place of noodles, so thanks for the timely post.
I’ve always wanted one (or seven!) of these bags. Great giveaway. :)
You had me at “keeps spinach fresh” :) those bags sound fabulous! Thanks so much for hosting another giveaway. One of these times I’ve got to be lucky!