Aheli Eats: Creamy Bacon Garlic Spaghetti Squash

Aheli Eats: Creamy Bacon Garlic Spaghetti Squash

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For years, I’ve seen “spaghetti squash” recipes and been too intimidated by the fact you have somehow turn a hard yellow thing into “spaghetti.” I’m not a magician!  Then, I found this helpful Kitchn article and this super helpful Inspired Taste video, and all of a sudden I’m a cooking magician. At least for spaghetti squash. Fast forward to last night, and I finally made 1 of the 19 spaghetti squash recipes from my my “Eat Me” board! Listen people, run don’t walk to your grocery and get the ingredients for this recipe! It is so creamy, so yummy and perfect for those cold February nights. Don’t be turned off by the Blog Name Paleo Gluten Free Eats–  I’m not Paleo, Gluten or a Whole 30 fiend. I do, however, love any lactose-free recipes and those buzzwords guarantee that I’m not eating always eating vegan recipes (and then tossing in bacon….oops). I’m so excited to eat all of these leftovers.

Happy cooking. – A

“Creamy” Bacon, Broccoli and Spaghetti Squash Casserole” 

Total Time

Prep: 15 minutes

Inactive: 20 Minutes to 1 Hour

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients: 

  • 3-4 cups cooked Spaghetti squash
    • Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper
  • 8 pieces cooked and chopped bacon
  • 1 1/2 steamed broccoli

Sauce

  • 1 Cup Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 1 Medium egg
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Fresh ground pepper

Tools:

  • Carbon steel or cast iron pan
  • Sauce Pan to steam broccoli and make sauce
  • Oven Mitts
  • Baking Tray
  • Parchment Paper
  • Tongs
  • Large wooden spoon
  • Plate and Paper Towel
  • Casserole dish

Steps:

  1. Bake spaghetti squash in the oven. Rub some olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Place squash cut-side-down on parchment paper and bake at 375 degree F until soft. (40-60 minutes).
  3. While cooking the squash, steam broccoli in sauce pan.
  4. Once squash is done, take a fork and “scrap” all the insides into a casserole dish.
  5. Cook the bacon and cut into small chopped pieces.
  6. Whisk all the “sauce” ingredients in a saucepan. Heat sauce for about 5-8 minutes.
  7. Finally, added the steamed broccoli, bacon and spaghetti squash to casserole dish. Pour cream sauce over the casserole and head in oven at 400F until warm.

Ode to Super Bowl Monday

So did you catch the game last night?

Last night, G and I threw our annual* Super Bowl Potluck. I love the Super Bowl. Which is hilarious because I’m not a big football fan whatsoever.  I grew up in Connecticut, where we don’t have a single professional sports team (RIP Hartford Whalers). I’m not ashamed to say that I watch the Super Bowl exclusively for the commercials and the half time show. So color me surprised when the game was my favorite part of the night. I love a good “underdog” story, and getting to watch the Eagles win their first Super Bowl ever while the Patriots put up a really good fight, was incredible. So incredible, I found myself, jumping up and gleefully cheering when Brady dropped the ball.

While the game was good, I was pretty disappointed in the the half-time show. Compared to Lady Gaga’s incredible ode to “weird” America and celebration of LGBTIA rights, Queen Bee’s epic performance(s), and of course, Katy Perry’s Left Shark, JTs performance felt a bit tone-deaf bordering on cultural appropriation. I like JT, but I didn’t appreciate his controversial “nod” to Super Bowl 2004 #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay or the Prince hologram.  Also, yikes, what was up with his shirt?

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Half time aside,  the commercials really delivered this year. And they should deliver when companies pay over $5 million for a 30 second of airtime! I was actually impressed by the variety and diversity of many of the ads.   I thought I’d take a break from Monday afternoon work to share my favorite ads. Let me know what your favorites were in the comments below.

Happy Monday.

  • Aheli

 

3. Alexa Loses Her Voice

2. Doritos Peter Dinklage and Morgan Freeman

1. Tide Ad

As a product manager, who spends WAAAAYYY too much time thinking about marketing strategies. This ad was LIT. Turning every ad into a a tide-ad was genius. Major Props!

 

*By annual, last year I had planned on throwing my first Super Bowl potluck party but only ended up inviting my best friend T. Honestly, it was one of my favorite parties of the year.

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Life Lately: January 2018

Life Lately: January 2018
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I think Roz Chast’s New York Cartoon sums it up best. Unlike the end of the year which flew by faster than an African swallow (bonus point to anyone who got to Monty Python reference), January took FOUR-EVAH to finish. This isn’t to say that it was a bad month. In fact, minus the week I was out due to the Winter Plague (aka the flu), this month has been pretty awesome. I started off the New Year with my favorite cousins. There may or may not have been some dancing to 90s youtube videos. Back in Brooklyn, G and I made it to two epic concerts- The Killers and Above & Beyond. We tried Shiso (healthy Japanese syrup) for the first time at a shiso cocktail tasting ( less healthy but still very delicious.) And we took full advantage of our MoviePass card- by seeing Jumanji, I, Tonya and Molly’s Game. And yes, don’t worry, I still managed a full work load with two work trips. You see what I mean- it was a LONG month. I had all this fun and was still a productive human. Anyways, I hope everyone had a wonderful start to the New Year. Here’s hoping that February is just as fun…if not more.

 

Sending big hugs,
A

 

Currently Eating: Homemade Bolognese by my friend, Chen.

 

Currently Craving: The 10 piece omakase at Taro

 

Currently Drinking: Hot Water with Meyer-Lemon and Ginger (Be gone, cold germs!)

 

Currently Reading: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Finally!)

 

Currently Recommending: The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh

 

Currently Watching (TV): Narcos Season 3. I know, I know, I’m late.

 

Currently Watching (Movie): I, Tonya. I was shocked by how much I liked it. Also, this article on how to shot the triple Axel is really cool

 

Currently D.I.Y.ing: These cool wood block jewelry holders. I found Emily Henderson’s blog via Pinterest.

 

Currently Bloglovin’: Hitha on the Go

 

Currently Podcasting to: Terry Gross on Fresh Air

 

Currently Listening to: Above & Beyond’s Always ft. Zoë Johnston

 

Currently Sweating to: The Sweat App by Kayla Itsines. I’m on week 2 of her 15 week challenge.

 

Currently Dreaming: An upcoming trip to South Africa!

 

Currently Reminiscing About: Our trip to India. Good thing we have another trip plan at the end of the year!

 

 

A Blog in Review

Things I Ate & Loved: Kolkata Edition

I’ve been traveling to India almost every year since I was born. My main activity- besides hanging with the fam- is eating. Actually, hanging with family means that you are eating because you show your love with how much you eat. The problem is that all the best food is hand made by my didas (grandmothers) with love. But after this last trip, I knew it was time to share some of my favorite dishes and restaurants from my home away from home.  I hope you enjoy. – A

 

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IMG_56841. Dosa and Idyl at Ram Krishna Lunch Kitchen

IMG_8183* I ate the momos so fast that I forgot to take a photograph. But the wall art is amazing!

2. Momos at Momo I Am

IMG_80263. Mishti at Mithai

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4. Biryani at Arsalan

IMG_80945. Dumplings at Tiriti Bazar

IMG_81966. Chingri Malai Curry at 6 Ballygunge Place

IMG_81307. Luchi anywhere, anytime

IMG_8209.jpg8. Shutki Mach by Dida ;)

9. Kati Rolls (Not Pictured)

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New Year, New Intentions

New Year, New Intentions
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This is a bit late but: Happy New Year Everyone. I actually wrote this post back in Kolkata with every intention of publishing it on Jan 1. And then life, travel and honestly really good Bengali food got in the way. But there is no time like the present to talk about New Year goals and resolutions.
New Year, New Goals
 Looking back, I think we can all agree that the world in 2017 was stressful AF. Every day seemed to bring a new brand of “ugh” with news of natural disasters, terrible policies, sexual harassment scandals, racist incidents and an upward trend in hateful rhetoric. Never have the words “self-care” and “social media detox” meant so much to me. Personally, though, 2017 was an incredible year. I had a couple of major milestones, both professionally and personally. I’m not a huge fan of New Years resolutions- I mean we all know we should chose the gym over Netflix marathons— but I did want to take a moment to look back on some of things I accomplished and thing that I’d like to work on in 2018.
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The Look Back: 3 Things I’m Proud Of from 2017
I think all too often we set “goals” and “to-dos” without taking a moment to celebrate what we have accomplished. I know that I personally don’t focus on the things I do well…and instead berate myself for things I ought to have done. Actually, I started writing this post about things I need to do better in 2018….
1. Maintained Aheli Wanders
I have to start here with my blog. It’s taken many forms since its inception in 2007- from travel blog to infrequent journal to recipe holder and part-time memoir. Last year, I set a goal: a post a week on whatever topic I could think of. The only rule was not to obsess or re-write a post too many times. I’m incredibly proud that I met my goal. Writing has become such a wonderful way to reflect and unwind.
2. Embraced Minimalism (and cut down on my unnecessary spending/hoarding)
Moving into a 700 square foot (admittedly gorgeous) apartment with two small closets that you must share with your wonderful roommate/partner definitely forces you to embrace a minimalist lifestyle. Over the past year, I’ve gotten rid of over fifty articles of clothing and bought exactly twenty new pieces (most of which replaced items that I wore often but were badly damaged. Previously, when I got rid of an item, I felt the need to immediately buy something new. The lack of closet space and the fact that I was enjoying spending more money on quality pieces rather than cheap pieces revolutionized my spending habits. I obviously still have room for improvement, but I’m pretty proud of “buy better, buy less” motto. Also, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that the majority of the items that I “get rid” off actually just go to my parent’s place. (THEY ARE THE BEST). Another goal for 2018 is to actually get rid of more.
3. Traveled More (for Fun)
I travel a lot. Like, a lot a lot. I spent 35 weeks of 2017 in a different city. Most of it was for work, but this year G+I (unintentionally) made it a priority to travel more. We started the year in Tampa and then made trips to: London, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Belgium, the Finger Lakes, Montreal, Paris, the Maldives, San Antonio and India. With each trip brought new adventures, new memories and most importantly, new restaurants to recommend.
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Looking Forward: Things to Build On
1. Cut Down on Technology
Can I blame my fancy-smancy iPhone for this? Every morning without fail, I wake up to check my text messages, email, WhatsApp message, Instagram, New York Times, instagram again because it always updates, and end with facebook. Sometimes, I waste about an hour in bed just scrolling through useless information. This year, I will try to cut down on useless technology and social media binges.

 

2. Make More Interesting Plans
I live in one of the greatest cities in the world. Yet, without fail, I end up grabbing a “dinner & drink” with friends to catch up. This year, I’m making it a priority to take more advantage of what Brooklyn/NYC has too offer. We’ve signed up for a BAM membership, and I’m starting to bookmark different gallery events. Any suggestions for interesting NYC area events would be greatly appreciated :)

 

3. Say “No” More
I have a terrible problem saying “no.” Seriously, at the end of 2017, I was the  was the co-chair of my college alumnae group, a board member of a non-profit, a volunteer leader for my tax program, sat on four different committees…all while running a business, managing a relationship and managing to binge-watch multiple Netflix shows. By 2017, I started to ween off some of the groups. I’m hoping in 2018, I can continue to continue the “extra” and only do projects (and activities) that truly matter to me.
And that’s it for now. Happy Weekend everyone.
Love,
Aheli

Life Lately – December Edition

Life Lately – December Edition

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Happy Almost New Year Everyone. Is it me or does it feel like December… actually all of 2017 just flew by? These last four weeks have been filled with so much love, fun, and travel. In the last couple of weeks, I got to see my parents & a best friend in NYC (separately), threw an epic apartment holiday crawl in my building, had an amazing Mexican food-fueled trip to San Antonio with G’s family, and I’m now sitting at our Kolkata kitchen counter writing this blog post. Basically, it was a pretty awesome month. There are so many things going on lately here is the quick summary of my life!

Currently Eating: Dosa from Rama Krishna Lunch Home in Kolkata

Currently Craving: Bean and Cheese Tacos from San Antonio

Currently Drinking: Balvenie 12 Year Old Triple Cask Whiskey (Scotland). Courtesy of my mom and dad

Currently Reading: Exit West by Moshin Hamid

Currently Recommending: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Currently Watching: The Indian Detective with Russell Peters. It’s only four episodes!

Currently DIY-ing: Hand Lettering.  I’m practicing fake calligraphy so all my holiday cards looked extra special this year.

Currently Bloglovin’: Extra Petite– this is one of the first blogs I started reading back in the day.

Currently listening to: Vienna Boys Choir. (Fun Fact: They usually perform at Carnegie Hall every December.

Currently commuting to: NPR’s Fresh Air. This one with President Obama’s photographer Pete Souza made me tear up…on a greyhound bus. Thankfully no one was sitting next to me.

Currently working out with: Wundabar. Or Wunda-booty as I like to call it. It’s an amazing pilates- amazing fun and amazing like you will feel every muscle in your body the next day.

Currently Visiting: Jorasanko Thakur Bari 

Currently reminiscing about: the Maldives

Currently traveling to: India! Yay!

Currently looking forward to: the New Year

A Blog in Review

  • Divulge in some of my favorite guilty pleasures…of the literary variety
  • Or try your hand at some homemade holiday bark. All it takes is 5 ingredients.

 

Big Hugs,

A

the book mark | my favorite guilty pleasures

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Hello Book Lovers. It’s time for my last book post for 2017. So far we’ve covered summer reading, brain books, my favorite whodunnits, and the best food books. Phew. There is something about December that always makes me want to return to old favorites. The type of comfort books that you read when you just want to read something refreshing. I am of course talking about my favorite guilty pleasures. These are NOT the books for intellectual stimulation. It’s basically the HGTV of my book lists. Let me know what your favorite guilty pleasure books are in the comments!

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