Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mexicali Bowl

1 spaghetti squash 
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup fresh or frozen corn
1 small onion chopped, or one bunch sliced green onion 
1 chopped red or orange pepper
1 minced jalapeno pepper
4-6 oz. grated monterey jack cheese or pepper jack
1/2 lime (about 1 TBS lime juice)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1-2 minced garlic cloves
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cumin

Pierce the skin on the spaghetti squash with a sharp knife like you would before baking a potato.  This will keep the squash from exploding in the microwave.  (If you prefer, you can bake it, but it takes much longer to cook.)  Microwave whole squash for about 10 minutes, rotating it half-way through cooking.  Let cool while you chop and prepare the rest of the ingredients. 

Heat oil in a skillet. Add onion, garlic, jalapeno pepper and red bell pepper. Saute a couple of minutes.  Add spices, beans, and corn, remove from heat.  Squeeze lime juice over all and mix.
When cool enough, slice squash in half lengthwise.  Scoop out seeds and strings, then scrape out most of the squash and add to the bean mixture.   Fold in cheese.  Fill the empty squash shells with filling.  Top with additional cheese, chives, or cilantro.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes to heat thoroughly.

Serve with fresh salsa and chips or avocado slices.
The original recipe came from the Whole Foods site, with a few change ups.

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