Before we restock our groceries, my hubby and I tear through our fridge and pull out all the little leftover things that need to be used up and try to make them into a meal. I like to call these “kitchen sink meals.” This is part of our strategy to reduce food waste in our little home. I was digging through the fridge and pulled out the remainder of the squash I had roasted last week when I shared the marvels of Spaghetti Squash and I thought it would be a great opportunity to share with you one of the many ways this squash gets used up at our house! This was a fast, easy, and healthy weeknight dinner that used up a lot of leftover produce from other meals earlier in the week.
(Note: this isn’t so much a recipe, as it is me sharing with you how I make a meal out of emptying out my fridge, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless!).
I diced up half of a sweet onion and a handful of cremini mushrooms I had rolling around my produce drawer. I sauteed them in a little olive oil (I neglected to take a pictures of this of course). Then, I threw in some leftover crumbled vegan Italian sausage and a whole bunch of minced garlic.
I sauteed everything until the mushrooms had released all their liquid, the onions where translucent, and the veggie sausage was nicely browned. I washed a big helping of mixed greens (spinach, kale, arugula, hello iron!) and dumped them in. Then I squeezed my last Meyer Lemon on top and zested in the rind (hello vitamin C!).
When the greens had wilted, I dumped in the spaghetti squash and sauteed it up for another minute or two to make sure everything was nice and hot. I finished with a little sprinkle of salt, a lot of pepper, and freshly grated Parmesan.
What I love about this meal is how much you can change it based on what you have on hand. Without the Parmesan, the meal would have been entirely vegan! You could also easily swap the veggie sausage for your own favorite lean protein. The mild flavor of spaghetti squash can handle so much variety.
What are your favorite kitchen sink meals? Leave a comment bellow!