Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Greek Spaghetti Squash

By Stacie Morgan, April 7, 2016, Recipes

Welcome to Cooking with Less Kilowatts! There is nothing better than sitting down in the evening to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. But did you know that changing what you do in the kitchen can make an impact on your monthly electricity bill? Each week, I will help you find ways to cook using less energy while still getting a satisfying, flavorful meal. Trust me – I won’t just tell you to do everything in the microwave. I’ll help you cut down on your energy consumption.

Prepare a delicious, low-carb meal this week with this super-energy-friendly slow cooker recipe featuring spaghetti squash and Greek flavors! Spaghetti squash is one of my favorite fresh vegetables because it is a fabulous substitute for pasta.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Greek Spaghetti Squash

I love spaghetti squash. It’s the best.

Depending on the recipe I am whipping up, I prepare my spaghetti squash in one of two ways: baked in the oven or cooked in the slow cooker. The latter technique is easier on energy use as it doesn’t require heating up the oven to a high temperature, which means you aren’t overheating the kitchen. It also imparts extra flavor to the spaghetti squash from the chicken broth and lemon juice added to the pot while keeping the squash moist and flavorful.

The addition of a little fresh lemon juice and Greek seasoning flavors the entire dish from beginning to end. I recommend you just use your favorite Greek seasoning blends or look for one containing  garlic, dried Greek oregano, parsley, and thyme. Also, be sure to check the salt content of your seasoning blend so you don’t over-salt the food. Since the seasoning mix I used today was very light on salt, I added a little extra pinch of sea salt and black pepper on the squash.

I also opt for all-natural bacon bits from the store in this recipe because it saves me the extra cooking step. You can definitely use fresh bacon, but keep an eye out for the all-natural bacon bits if you are low on time.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Greek Spaghetti Squash

You really can’t go wrong with feta, tomatoes, and bacon.

Keep this recipe fresh by pairing the bacon with fresh cherry tomato halves, chopped baby spinach, and chopped fresh herbs. The final ingredient is fresh crumbled feta cheese for a zingy, cheesy bite!

Get your slow cooker out and prepare a light, delicious dinner this week that’s easy on your energy use with this Greek spaghetti squash recipe!

Slow Cooker Greek Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients:

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Greek Spaghetti Squash

Everything you need for a super-yummy dinner.

  • 1 Medium/Large spaghetti squash
  • 1 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Greek seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp. Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. Cracked black peppercorns
  • 1 c. Chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 2 c. Fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 c. Cherry tomato halves
  • ½ c. Feta cheese crumbles
  • ½ c. Real bacon bits

Directions:

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Greek Spaghetti Squash

You will want to get ALL the seeds out before you start cooking the spaghetti squash.

1) Cut the squash in half and remove seeds with a spoon.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Greek Spaghetti Squash

Coat the flesh of the squash thoroughly so it cooks evenly. Don’t put any on the rind.

2) Rub the squash halves with the olive oil. Season them with the Greek seasoning, sea salt, and pepper.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Greek Spaghetti Squash

The lemon really makes the squash sing.

3) Pour the cup of chicken stock into the bottom of the slow cooker. Set the squash halves in with the seasoned side up. Squeeze 1 tablespoon of lemon juice over the squash.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Greek Spaghetti Squash

See?! It looks like spaghetti! From a squash!

4) Cook the squash on high heat for 2.5 to 3 hours or on low heat for 4.5 to 5 hours. The squash is done when it looks like noodles and can easily be pulled using a fork (as shown in the pictures).

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Greek Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients Assemble!

5) Remove the hot squash from the rind using a fork, and add it to a large mixing bowl.

6) Pour in 2 tablespoons of the hot, seasoned chicken stock from the bottom of the slow cooker in with the squash.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Greek Spaghetti Squash

Mmm… Bacon…

7) Mix in the chopped herbs, spinach, tomatoes, and bacon bits with the squash. Squeeze the second tablespoon of lemon juice over the mixture.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Greek Spaghetti Squash

I do enjoy the flavor and texture of fresh feta.

8) Top with the crumbled feta cheese and serve.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Greek Spaghetti Squash

Doesn’t that look delicious?

Serve this delicious Greek spaghetti squash in bowls, or you can scoop it back into the hollowed-out shell to ramp up your presentation. Feel free to top the finished squash with additional herbs, Greek seasoning, cracked black peppercorns, and/or bacon bit.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Slow Cooker Greek Spaghetti Squash

Dinner time!

Time to dig in!

Check in next week for another Cooking with Less Kilowatts series entry ready to help you create delicious, homemade recipes while keeping energy use and effort to a minimum!

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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