We are always trying out new combinations of veggies in order to eat healthier. This combination was particularly tasty. If you’re vegan you can eliminate the meat easily enough and still have a very substantial and hardy meal. I was trying to use up leftover rotisserie chicken so this is where it went! My husband also prefers stir fries with meat rather than just vegetarian. This is low calorie, gluten and dairy free, and fairly economical if you are able to get these veggies in season.
Really delicious combination of flavors.
Here’s what I did.
Sprinkle olive oil into a large sauteuse or skillet. Add celery and carrots. (These will take the longest to cook so that’s how I layered everything in the pan).
Add green beans. I really like texture so I don’t chop everything up really small.
Add red, orange, and yellow bell pepper strips.
Slice up 3 green onions and 1 serrano pepper. The pepper is going to give this dish its heat so you probably will not need to add black pepper.
Add zucchini and broccoli.
Add parsley, basil, sage, and Kosher salt.
Add leftover chicken from a rotisserie chicken if desired.
Because the chicken had been refrigerated it had formed a gelatin around the bottom. I added all of this to the pan because of the nutritional value it adds. Meat gelatin contains the amino acids arginine and glycine which help the body utilize proteins. Meat gelatin and broths (homemade) also aid digestion and have been helpful in many “intestinal disorders, including hyperacidity, colitis and Crohn’s disease” (see Nourishing Traditions, page 116). Gelatin is also helpful for chronic disorders like anemia, diabetes, muscular dystrophy, cancer, and blood diseases (see Nourishing Traditions, page 117).
Stir and cover, stirring often until done. Because I had so much in the pan it took about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, bake a spaghetti squash about an hour or until done.
Cut in half and remove seeds.
Using a fork, dig the squash out of the shell. It looks like yellow translucent spaghetti noodles.
Scrape the spaghetti squash out of the shells and place in bowl. Spaghetti squash is delicious with salt and pepper, a little oil or butter if you prefer, or other seasonings, as desired. Very healthy, very low in calories.
Here’s a close up so you can see the texture of this delicious squash.
To serve: spread spaghetti squash on a plate.
Please Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry over top the spaghetti squash.
Here’s a close up view.
Add side veggies, if desired, and enjoy!
Here’s the recipe.
CHICKEN AND VEGGIE STIR FRY OVER SPAGHETTI SQUASH
(My own concoction)
About 3 cups leftover rotisserie chicken
1 spaghetti squash, baked, halved, seeds removed, and meat pulled out of shell with a fork (set aside)
3-4 tbsp. olive oil
2 stalks celery, cut on the diagonal
¾ cup carrot chips
1 to 1 ½ lbs. fresh green beans, ends removed
8-oz. container sliced fresh mushrooms
1 red bell pepper, cut in long strips
1 yellow bell pepper, cut in long strips
1 orange bell pepper, cut in long strips
1 zucchini, sliced
1 head broccoli florets, cut in bite sized pieces
1 serrano pepper, sliced
3 green onions, sliced
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1 tbsp. parsley
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. ground sage (I would have preferred it not ground but that’s all I had)
Place spaghetti squash in oven at 350° to bake about 1 hour. Meanwhile, heat large sauteuse or sauté pan on medium burner. Add olive oil. Add celery and carrot chips and cook about 5 minutes with lid covered. Add green beans and cook 3-5 minutes with lid covered. Add mushrooms, peppers, onions, and Serrano pepper and cook about 3-5 minutes with lid covered. Add broccoli, zucchini, and seasonings. Then add chicken. Continue cooking with lid covered until vegetables are cooked. You don’t want them soggy or overcooked. It is better if they are slightly crisp to taste rather than limp. Meanwhile, remove squash from oven when done. Slice in half on bread board, remove seeds carefully. Using a fork remove the meat of the squash and place in serving bowl. To serve, spread spaghetti squash on a plate. Top with chicken and veggies. Makes 10 large servings.