Sunday, May 9, 2010

Spaghetti Squash Primavera and Happy Mother's Day!!

Happy Mother's Day! What are you doing to celebrate your mother today? 

Last night Danny and I went out for a friend's birthday so we slept at my mom's because we were coming back to the area today. I took my mom to get a pedicure yesterday and we had some girl time which is always fun. (Chris we missed you!) Today we are going to one of our favorite Italian restaurants, La Parma. We've never, ever gone to a restaurant on a holiday, or Mother's Day before but my mom decided she didn't want to cook or clean (which I TOTALLY get). So we are all taking her out to dinner...and by all I mean like 4 or 5 of us haha. 

Everyone who knows me, knows my mom and I are really close. So to be really cheesy, I'm going to list some of the reasons why I'm really thankful and appreciative for my mom.

1. She still does my laundry and doesn't ever complain. (In all fairness, I live in an apartment building and have to pay for laundry...and I'm kind of grossed out by doing laundry where everyone else does it...I know I'm weird.)
2. She doesn't say no when I show up at her house and tell her we're going to sleep there and use all her stuff and eat all her food. 
3. She listens to me complain and always has good advice. 
4. She started her own business.
5. She taught me all the major, important and unimportant lessons in life, with her mantra being, always follow your heart. 

I could go on with a million more things, but I won't bore you all with them. Happy Mother's Day to all of you! Including my also, very wonderful, mother in law who I'm very thankful for as well!

I'll leave you with a recipe that is a new favorite of my mom's. Last week I went to my mom's to meet a hair person to do our hair for my mom's wedding. Before she came I made a quick dinner for the 3 of us.

Spaghetti Squash Primavera
- 1 spaghetti squash (cook and remove squash)
- 1/2 can, drained and rinsed small white beans
- 1 can artichoke hearts
- 5-7 button mushrooms chopped
- 2 small zucchini chopped
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 5 stalks of asparagus, chopped
- 2 T balsamic vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp basil
- salt and pepper

Saute the garlic in 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil. When the garlic is lightly browned, add the zucchini and mushrooms. Let cook for about 5 minutes. Add the asparagus and artichoke hearts and cook for another 5 minutes. Finally, add the diced tomatoes and small white beans. Cook for another 5 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar, red pepper, oregano and basil.  Stir. Let simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Season with salt and and pepper to taste. Serve over spaghetti squash. 

* I usually just cut the spaghetti squash in half and cook the it in the microwave and add a bit of water to the inside of the squash.
This meal is very filling with the spaghetti squash, but also can be eaten with whole wheat pasta or brown rice pasta. 

Have a wonderful day celebrating your mothers, or if you are one, celebrating YOU!


healthyexposures said...

Aw, your mom sounds great, and I love that you have a great relationship with her.
And the primavera also looks lovely! I've never had spaghetti squash before and I swear the second i see one it will be in my cart - I read about them all the time!
And Happy Mother's Day to your mom, too :P

pegasuslegend said...

What a gorgeous family picture! Your all beautful woman! Happy Mothers Day have a wonderful day :) Have this lovely dinner with the blessings of your love for each other and always you are lucky to have each other ....

Trix said...

Great recipe, and a great mom. You're lucky to have her, and I'm so happy to see that you know it!! (And she's lucky to have you too!)

Simply Life said...

oh what a great recipe and adorable pictures with your mom!

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

That's really sweet!
Sadly, my mom lives 12 hours away so I will not see her today. I sent her a beautiful card, a Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul and a gorgeous running jacket! I inspired my parents to start running and they are going to run a half marathon with me in the fall! I can't wait!
I love the look of that dish you made!

Megan D said...

My mom still does my laundry when I'm home too! What would we do without them?! That spaghetti squash dish looks tasty by the way :)

Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said...

You are so sweet to pay tribute to your mother...she sounds amazing! I love the spaghetti squash dish! YUM! Spaghetti squash it tricky, it really does fill you up! It is so good! Have a great day Nicole!

Lindsay @ said...

This is so sweet!

I must mom would still do my laundry if I were at home too! She loves it!

Jennifer said...

Aww you and your Mom are so pretty! xoxo

Lyrically speaking said...

Delicious dishes, your mother seems like a very special woman....the bond with mom is always priceless

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

I hope to God one day skylar feels about me the way you do about your's beautiful! What a lovely post and your whole family is gorgeous :)

Anonymous said...

For all of you that know my daughter, know that she is an amazing woman(I might take a little credit for that). what a wonderful day I had with my two girls(Christine surprised me by coming home- loved that). Thank you both. Love you much. Mom

Christine @ Grub, Sweat and Cheers said...

Awww what a lovely post and gorgeous pictures!

Never would have thought of cooking spaghetti squash that way - what a great idea.

Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said...

What fabulous are gorgeous! said...

your mom sounds wonderful! you are all so pretty too.....nicole are your guys italian?

erica said...

I like you easy way of preparing spaghetti squash in the microwave. I love that stuff! You and your mom are gorgeous!

Lindsay said...

Your Mom sounds awesome that Spaghetti Squash sounds so YUMMY!!! Darling pics too :)

Kristi@Ja Cie Kocham said...

What sweet pictures of you and your mom. Moms are truly the best! I enjoyed your tribute to her. She sounds like a very special woman.

Angie said...

You and your mom look so sweet! I love the recipe too, very delicious

Alex @ IEatAsphalt said...

That dinner looks amazing! Definitely going to save that one for the future.

redkathy said...

Nice spaghetti squash recipe... Beautiful family! You are a wonderful daughter and I'm certain you mom is very proud of you.
Oh and thanks for sharing the recipe. Maybe using your recipe, I can get the guys to eat spaghetti squash!

Emily Malloy (formerly Ziegler) said...

Love the photos! You have a beautiful mother!!! The recipe is to die for!

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