Garlicky Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Mushrooms, and Kale

Garlicky Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Mushrooms, and Kale is a clean, easy to prepare dinner recipe that is paleo, keto, whole30 and delicious!

Today on NPR: Tech Talk Tuesday!

Just kidding, this isn’t NPR. But we are going to talk tech. In a highly unsophisticated way.

 Garlicky Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Mushrooms, and Kale #paleo

I made a rule for myself on Sunday.

I refer to the rule as No Tech Sundays, and it involves: me not doing anything tech-related… on Sundays.

Slash ever.

Let’s back up. (<- this is a pun and you don’t even know it yet. BOOyah!)

On Sunday, I was fiddling around in the back end of my site, and as per usual when I back-end fiddle, I broke something.  Because I’m a lazy sonofabeehive, instead of fixing the little coding error I made, I went to the site that manages my backups, and restored a recent backup.

And then half of my site disappeared.


Oh what’s that you say? You wanted to make one of my recipes on Sunday? Yeah, there was a 60% chance that the recipe didn’t exist that day. Like GONE.DOT.COM.

Because old habits die hard, I kept trying my Restore Backup Method using various backups taken at different times of the day on Friday and Saturday (because ineffective repetitive behavior is always a good idea), with the same result each time: 50% to 60% of my blog posts would still be missing once the backup was finished restoring.

Restore, restore, restore. Nothing, nothing, nothing.

I freaked the fudgesicle out.

My brain went to deep, dark places. It went to a place where technology ceases to exist. It also went to the beach. Shit, it went to Mexico.

Like, I thought to myself, “Welp, that’s it, folks, that’s all she wrote. Guess my Life o’ Blogging is ooooova!”

And then I thought to myself, “This is a job only sausage can fix.” So I ate half a pound of it. With half of a butternut squash. And some kale. The recipe’s coming soon. It’s not this one. It’s a different one. As I was saying…Turns out, sausage does not a problem fix. And doing the same thing over and over again to undo a problem also does not a problem fix.

 Garlicky Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Mushrroms, and Kale #paleo

I kept restoring back ups, I kept eating sausage, I kept calling my mom, I went for a run, My Sunday was spent in front of a computer with some high blood pressure and a bowl of sausage.

Long story short, I was texting MY GIRL, STEPH, and she gave me the stellar idea of going directly to my host to have them re-set their latest backup.  I waited on hold for seventeen thousand years, spoke to a support tech who burped three times (three!) while we were talkng, and badda bing, badda boom, problem solved.

No more deep dark places, no more beach, no more Mexico. At least not today.

So my No Tech Sundays rule. For whatever reason, every time I get a bee in my bonnet to change something tech-related on my site, it’s aaaaaalways on a Sunday, and I aaaaaalways mess it up. Remember this post? <- happens all too often.

Henceforth, my Sundays shall involve no technology (NONE! Except maybe a TV…because: football). I don’t know about you, but No Tech Sundays sounds pretty liberating! Want to join me?? We can start our own #NoTechSundays hashtag. It’ll be a blast and a half. We’ll do all sorts of outdoorsy things instead of trying to be tech heros. Are you on board? Great!

So this spaghetti squash with chicken recipe, guys. OHMYGERD. So silly simple, so healthy, so insanely tasty and garlicky in your tummy.  All you do is roast your spaghetti squash and saute up some shrooms with garlic, more garlic, chicken, lemon zest, and kale, with a side of garlic. BOOM: A meal you can eat in volume to your heart’s delight.

Lessons to be learned from this post:

  1. Stay out of the back end on Sundays
  2. Sundays are for football and sausage.
  3. Make this garlicky spaghetti squash with chicken, mushrooms and kale

Garlicky Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Mushrooms, and Kale #paleo

P.S. This is so deliciously Paleo, it’s not even funny.

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Garlicky Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Mushrooms, and Kale #paleo

Garlicky Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Mushrooms, and Kale

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Author: Julia


  • 1 medium-sized spaghetti squash roasted
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil (or olive oil)
  • 6 cloves large garlic minced
  • 3 cups baby Portobello mushrooms chopped into sixths
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme chopped
  • 1 large chicken breast sliced into strips, or two
  • 4 cups dino kale leaves packed
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper or to taste


  1. Roast the spaghetti squash and set aside until ready to use
  2. In a medium-sized non-stick skillet, add the oil and heat to medium. Add the minced garlic and mushrooms. Sauté for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until garlic is very fragrant and mushrooms have browned.
  3. Add the strips of raw chicken, and cook about 30 seconds before adding the chopped kale leaves. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Add the lemon zest, salt, and cayenne pepper. Stir well and cook an additional minute. Remove from heat.
  5. Strip the spaghetti squash into spaghetti strands and place in a medium-sized serving bowl.
  6. Add the chicken/mushroom/kale mixture and toss everything together.
  7. Serve with fresh grated parmesan cheese and enjoy.


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    1. Julia Post author

      Oh girl, I’m knocking on wood for you, too. Tech stuff is not my jam at all. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that all continues to go well with the changes you’re making, and yes, feel free to reach out any time if you have issues. If nothing else, I know who to call when the shit hits the fan 😉

  1. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

    Oh my gosh, that has happened to me before, too! Months ago, I was fiddling around with the code, and changed something that made my website turn into a blank screen. I FREAKED OUT! Thankfully, it was the weekday, and I was able to call someone to help me restore the site to a back-up. So glad you got everything fixed. The tech guy’s burping was just an added bonus, right?

    This is one mighty fine bowl of spaghetti squash!

    1. Julia Post author

      The white screen of death!!! OMG…I’ve heard the horror stories but have yet to experience that one. Glad you got yours back lickety split. And yes, burpy tech man just made the whole experience that much more delicious 😉

  2. Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Oh my gosh I would have freaked out!! So glad you were able to get the backup loaded and things turned around. This recipe looks great – I love spaghetti squash and have so much kale eeek! Will be making a vegetarian version of this for sure 🙂 Thanks for sharing

    1. Julia Post author

      Technology…when it’s broken, it totally sucks. But I tell ya what, I couldn’t have been happier just to see my site back in working order. Gotta love these little hiccups. Lemme know how you like the chicken-less recipe! I bet adding some black beans would be fab!

  3. Julie

    I’m really into this spaghetti squash thing right now. I’m actually roasting one for myself for dinner when I get home from work. I’m assuming that it reheats ok, because I don’t think I can handle a whole one, since the Schaidles grow humongous ones. And this looks so yummy! Glad Stephie helped you out. She can be a smart one, that’s for sure.

    1. Julia Post author

      Cheers to spaghetti squash! I hope you enjoy yours tonight. I like to re-heat spaghetti squash on the stove top instead of the microwave – it works out really well 🙂 And that Steph, she sure is a genius, and I’m betting it has a lot to do with being raised by her two genius parents 😉

  4. Erica {Coffee & Quinoa}

    Yum to spaghetti squash and yuck to losing half your site with one little blip! Glad it got restored 🙂 Also yuck to the guy burping on the phone! That is just gross… but he is probably not pleased about working on Sundays. I love that you spend your weekends tackling blog coding projects! Except maybe stop doing that, hah.

  5. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen

    I know how you felt, Ju! That has happened to me before, too! I did something wrong with the code and my website disappeared. Luckily I called the host company and they were able to to fix the problem. I am very happy you got everything fixed.

    And this spaghetti squash looks very very yummy!!

    1. Julia Post author

      Things did get pretty ugly for a how minute…my chocolate stash was in danger of being eradicated in one fell swoop, but thankfully my host fixed the issue before any desperate chocolate-eating measures were taken 😉

    1. Julia Post author

      IIII know, right? Things like this have to happen from time to time to remind me how delicate this thing called technology can be…and how big of a pain in the ass it is when it’s broken, ha!

  6. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    For whatever reason I’m still laughing at the fact that the support tech burped three times, haha! You’re the best storyteller ever.

    But I’m so glad you got the problem fixed! I panic whenever something isn’t working right with the blog and it’s not even my main source of income so I can imagine how freaked out you must have felt. Sausage to the rescue, lol!!

    Oh, and anything with the word garlicky and kale is a win in my book. 🙂

  7. Rose | The Clean Dish

    I love your no-tech rule!! I had to restore my site once (and once only, thank goodness) and I also had my provider do it. Afterwards, my email account disappeared. Fun was had by all! NOT 😉

    Your spaghetti squash dish looks mouthwatering!! Like, I want some NOW!! This couldn’t come at a better time as I keep making the same old (tasty) dish with spaghetti squash and it is SO time to branch out!!

  8. Christine // my natural kitchen

    haha oh my, I’m glad that it all worked out in the end for you! That would stress me out sooo much! (and sort of did, as I was reading your story). Annnd that pretty much explains why I chose the host I did (because I’m hopeless with technology). But on a much brighter note, your recipe looks totally delicious 🙂

  9. Joanne

    YIKES. This really now makes me wonder whether my back-up company is actually backing things up. Or just 50% of things. I think I should have a word with them.

    Also, I never do tech things. Ever. I really just ignore them and keep hoping that my site won’t explode one day. Sigh.

  10. Kari Peters

    We just did an server update that crashed our whole site – as in ‘all files gone’! So of course we called the company and they wanted to charge us $80 to fix it – needless to say a whole day gone on their malfunctioning update – here’s to no tech, no high blood pressure Sundays! 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      Oh girl, so sorry to hear that! Tech issues are such a pain in the ass. And when issues come up, it seems as though it’s never a simple 5 minute fix…more like 5+ hours. Hopefully you got everything resolved! xoxo

  11. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    I relate to how you feel.. I have encountered some tech issues lately too and it is just the WORST feeling in the world having to rebuild! On a positive note, this spaghetti squash dish looks so delicious and definitely one I can see myself making…

    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks for the empathy, Thalia! We’ll keep our fingers crossed that both you and I don’t encounter tech issues in the future. EVER! Not ever. Hope you enjoy the sketti squarsh.

  12. Colleen

    Man this was so awesome! The boyfriend licked the plate when he thought I was looking….lol I would definately call this a 2 thumbs up! Thx!

    1. Julia Post author

      Yaaaay I’m so happy to hear it, Colleen! It’s definitely one of those meals I can eat over and over again 😉 So glad you and your boyfriend liked it! xo


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