Tonight’s recipe “mistake” turned into an amazing dinner! This takes a bit of prep work in the morning, but if you know you’re going to be busy in the afternoon/evening but have time in the morning & you want a great dinner–this is it!
First, you need 4 cups of cooked, shredded chicken (I just pulled this out of my freezer–it’s a great thing to have on hand, but if you don’t have any sitting aside, make some in the morning )
You’ll also need a big spaghetti squash. I think mine was around 10 lbs. Make a few slits in it and bake it at 350 for about an hour and 15 minutes. You want it to cook a little, but not be soggy.
Then, get your 3 year old and 7 year old to stand on chairs and scrape the “spaghetti” out of the squash and into your crockpot. Seriously, it can be a little difficult, so you will probably need to help (be careful, I poked myself pretty hard with a fork last time! I was bleeding! ).
- 1 spaghetti squash, peeled, deseeded and shredded up
- 1 whole onion, chopped (sweet onions are best!)
- 1 whole kabocha squash (probably about 5 lbs), seeded, de-skinned and chopped into cubes (if you can't find kabocha, butternut, buttercup, delicata, hubbard, sweet dumpling, etc. will do)
- 1 can coconut milk where to buy coconut milk
- 2 cups chicken broth where to buy broth
- 2 tsp sea salt where to buy sea salt
- 1 tsp black pepper where to buy spices
- 2 1/2 to 3 tsp curry powder where to buy spices
- a couple of dashes hot sauce (again, check ingredients!)
- other optional ingredients I thought of: diced carrots, chopped celery
- 4 cups cooked and shredded chicken
- 2 cups frozen peas
- other optional ingredient: frozen green beans. That would be good too!
- Place everything in the crockpot that is listed under "In the morning."
- Set the crockpot on low for 4 to 5 hours.
- Add everything listed under "In the afternoon" to the crockpot.
- Cook on low for another hour or more.
YUM. Oh my goodness. YUM. I think I over-ate because I loved the flavor SO MUCH! This served our family of 6 generously, with leftovers for The Farmer for lunch tomorrow, as well as leftovers for all of the Farm Kids and myself. This would be a great dish to serve to a crowd, or to bring to church potluck, etc. How many other dishes can stretch 4 cups of chicken so far??
If we weren’t on the GAPS Diet, I would serve this with rice. There was leftover sauce (coconut milk + broth + spice) left on the plates at the end, and it seemed sad to see it go to waste. Rice would have soaked it all up quite nicely! Note to self: if I ever serve this to a non-GAPS eating crowd, I will make rice or ask someone else to bring rice.
YUM. Make this! Trust me!