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These days, it seems like there’s always one person at every gathering with special dietary considerations: gluten free, egg free, lactose free, vegetarian, vegan … I’m tired of seeing them treated like second-class citizens, forced to eat only side dishes or maybe a limp piece of unseasoned tofu.
This cajun stuffed spaghetti squash is the perfect solution! Stuffed with black beans, red peppers, kale, and dairy-free cajun cream sauce , it’s a main dish that will make everyone happy. It’s vegan, dairy free, egg free, and – as long as you pay attention to the spices that you use – gluten free. It’s also so delicious that people without dietary restrictions will love it, too. Win-win.
So, how did I manage to pull off that delightfully creamy cream sauce without dairy? I used GO Veggie! Dairy Free, Vegan Cream Cheese in Chive & Garlic flavor! I have to admit I was a little hesitant when Kitchen PLAY asked me if I was interested in creating a recipe using this cream cheese alternative, but since I love a good kitchen challenge I decided to go for it. I’m glad that I did! This stuff isn’t just good for “vegan cream cheese” – it’s just plain good. I’d happily slather it all over my Saturday morning bagel.
It also melts really, really nicely. If you’ve ever tried to make a sauce with cream cheese before, you know that it has a tendency to curdle. Not this one! It just melted right down into a luxuriously smooth, creamy sauce. Shawn and I were both pretty impressed!
- 2 small spaghetti squash
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon concentrated tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 1 container GO Veggie! Dairy Free, Vegan Chive & Garlic Cream Cheese
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed, chopped
- 1 cup chopped kale (about 2 leaves)
- Heat the oven to 350ºF. Place the squash on a baking sheet and roast for 30-40 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add the onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, cajun seasoning, and paprika; cook 1-2 minutes. Add the vegetable stock and bring to a simmer. Stir in the cream cheese. Once the cheese is melted, add the beans, red bell pepper, and jalapeno. Reduce heat to low and let reduce by 1/4, about 20 minutes. Stir in the kale.
- With a sharp chef's knife, cut the squash in half crosswise. Discard the seeds. Use the tines of a fork to separate the flesh of the squash into spaghetti-like strings, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge. Remove the strings and stir into the sauce, then ladle the sauce into the center of each squash.
- Serve immediately.