For last night's out of the ordinary dish I made a pork tenderloin, sweetened spaghetti squash, & steamed broccoli. I marinated the pork tenderloin in a mix of garlic cloves, parsley, soy sauce, oil & peach nectar for a few hours, then cooked in the oven for about 40 minutes and it was tender, juicy & tasted really good. I've never made my own marinade. Remember, I'm an HEB cook. So my approach to cooking a pork tenderloin, has been to buy the HEB preseasoned brand, remove the wrapped seal, bake, slice & eat.
The spaghetti squash was the challenge. It's a vegetable that I've only tasted once (loved it) and I've seen on the Food Network umpteen times. So I decided to give it a try. (Note: Be prepared to be brutal with this gourd - I had no idea.) After I finally got my knife to impale the skin of this squash, I slammed it on the counter, twice, to break the thing in half. Q got home in time to pierce both halves with a fork since the skin is shy of being just as hard as a coconut. Rubbed some butter on the flesh and baked it for 30 min, then filled the cavity with some brown sugar and a little more butter, then baked for an additional 10 min. Scooping it out was cool. The flesh comes out like spaghetti noodles. We added a garlic & onion seasoning and it tasted all right, but was kinda crunchy. The sweetened flavor was OK. Q suggested that maybe some spinach and herb seasonings would make it a better dish (leave out the brown sugar). I agree. Next time, I'll bake it, scoop out the flesh and toss in a pan with some herbed seasoning and EVOO to soften it up. I'll attack this gourd again.
I think I'm gonna add a scorecard next week for my family to fill out and share. For this one, I'd give the tenderloin a 4.5 of 5 (always room for improvement), the squash a 2 (crunchy & need to go easy on the sweet), and the broccoli a 5 (it was steamed, no biggie). So overall score of 3.8
Looking forward to the weekend. Corn maze on Saturday. Benchmark run on Sunday.
Edit: For my WW friends, total points for this meal was 9 with 2 veg servings. :)