Paleo Ground Beef, Spinach and Mushroom Spaghetti

The following recipe is one I made a few weeks ago.  At some point soon the spaghetti squash is going to disappear from the market for a few months, but in the meantime we're going to enjoy the fact that it is still available.  I love the squash and fresh spinach also, so this was just throwing together a few things that were on hand.  It creates a super easy dinner for 4 in no time, especially if you microwave the spaghetti squash.  The squash tastes a little better if it is roasted but takes longer, heats up the kitchen and uses a lot more power, all things I generally do not want to do.  

1 pound grass fed beef
1 med. onion, chopped
1/2 pound baby bella mushrooms, sliced
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 pound fresh organic spinach
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. sea salt or more to taste
1/4 tsp. ground pepper 
1cup fresh basil, sliced
Spaghetti squash

Cut squash in half, remove seeds and place in oven or microwave, depending on your preferred method. (The microwave method usually takes around 15 minutes.)  Brown ground beef in skillet, drain extra fat.  As the meat is cooking, place onions, garlic and mushrooms in another pan with olive oil and saute until tender.  Combine the meat with mushrooms, add salt, pepper and oregano.  About 5 minutes before serving, add spinach and basil, cover pan and let the spinach and basil wilt, stir into the meat.  Serve over the spaghetti squash.  Serves 4.
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  1. Hi! This recipe looks yummy, I have been enjoying spag.squash as "pasta" more than I used to ... I wonder, though, about going thru all the trouble to procure healthy food, and in my kitchen organic, and then use the microwave for cooking. I realize how it saves time, but the "life force" of said food is depleted... they're "nuked"!
    Not trying to put you on the spot, but what is you take on this?
    p.s. truly enjoy your blog!

    1. Hey Doreen, Thanks for your feedback. I previously had thoughts that microwaving food zapped nutrients, but after reading extensively on the issue I've come to the opposite conclusion. It appears that heat and water are the two cooking methods that deplete nutrients the most. Since microwaves shorten the cooking time, and generally (for me at least) does not involve water, that lessens those two factors. (I use a steamer basket in the microwave for my veggies.) There are a number of articles online that support this line of thinking. Thanks for the question, and glad you are enjoying the blog. Nancy

  2. Sounds delicious and I love all the spices you added. thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Blog Hop.

  3. Thanks, Marla. Hope you enjoy it if you give it a try.

  4. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

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    1. Thanks Cindy. We are traveling now, but I'll be linking up with you again in a few weeks.