Noodles but Not

Um – So this happened. Yes sir, it did. I often troll my news feed or Pinterest for inspiration on new styles of dishes to create. I’m embarrassed to say I had never even thought to use spaghetti squash as a chow mein noodle. Which means some other clever bastard beat me to it – lame. Any snoot, I saw a picture and my brain exploded with ideas on flavour.
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This is my new favourite. #1 Because it’s healthy and doesn’t taste like dirt mixed with mushy cardboard and #2 My tiny human thought they were noodles – MAJOR SCORE. It is seriously the most invigorating feeling pulling a fast one on your noodle/cracker loving child – in a creepy and almost sad sort of way. It’s super easy (like all of my dishes) and doesn’t take long at all to cook. You can even do your spaghetti squash ahead of time. I sometimes bake one or two at the beginning of the week along with about 6 yams – to make my life easier (2 points for keeping me sane). Ladies and Gents I give you:

Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
  1. 12 prawns
  2. 1 lime
  3. 1 tsp of sesame oil
  4. 4 cracks of salt
  5. 1/2 tsp of pepper
  6. 2 cloves of garlic minced
  7. 1 Spaghetti Squash
  8. 1 medium onion
  9. 2 cups of celery
  10. 1.5 cups of carrot
  11. 2 cups of purple cabbages
  12. 2 cups of mushrooms
  13. 2 cups of bean sprouts
  14. 1 tbs of sesame oil
  15. Sauce:

  16. 5 drops of fish sauce
  17. 1 tsp of Bragg's soy sauce
  18. 1 tsp of oyster sauce
  19. 1 tsp Worcestershire
  20. 1 tsp of rice wine vinegar
  21. 1/2 tsp of agave or honey
  1. TUNES!
  2. Slice your squash in half, de-seed and bake face up in your oven at 375 degrees for 45 min to 1 hr. Let cool.
  3. Marinade your prawns in the juice of the lime, sesame oil, salt, pepper, and minced garlic. (this can be done first or hrs before).
  4. Slice your onions, mushrooms and celery into 1/2 “ thick pieces and fry in the 1 tbs of sesame oil.
  5. Slice carrot and cabbage – add to pan - Stir
  6. Mix everything for your sauce and add half to the pan and stir well.
  7. Scrape your squash from it's shell and add it along with the sprouts to the chow-mein. Taste and drizzle the rest of the sauce if it needs.
  8. Fry up your prawns.
  9. Serve – Chew – Enjoy – Appreciate because you just had Noodles but Not :)
  1. TIP to Save Your Sanity: Precook your squash in the morning, or night before. Just let it cool, cover with wrap and toss it in the fridge.
  2. Add more prawns if serving up to 6.
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