Iron Chef Challenge- Mexican Squash Spring Rolls

Okay, I have to first apologize for the last minute vlog. It was late and I was hungry. My eyes show it. ha-ha! Anyway, Tiannna asked a few bloggers to participate in an Iron Chef Blogger throw down and as soon as she told us the ingredients, I knew I had to give it a whirl. They were two of the hubs’ favorite ingredients: Spaghetti Squash and Jalapenos!

So here I am, bright eyed and bushy tailed explaining my recipe and the outcome. Let me know whatcha think!


Mexican Squash Spring Rolls



  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 2 cups cabbage or lettuce leafs
  • 1 can diced jalapenos
  • 6 rice paper sheets
  • 1 tbsp. grapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1-2 tbsp. coconut aminos (you can also use Braggs or GF soy sauce).
  • 1 cup plain gluten free tempeh (grounded)
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Mojito Salsa marinade
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • Cholula sauce to top
  • Greek yogurt or other plain yogurt of choice
  • Spicy Chicken sausage (optional)
  • cashew butter or brewers yeast (optional)


Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Slice spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise, scoop out seeds and pulp. Keep these, you will use them later for sauce. Place cut-side down on a casserole dish with a little grapeseed oil and water at the bottom of the dish. Bake for about 35-45 minute or until tender to touch with fork.

While that’s baking, you will need to make your stuffing. In a medium saucepan, heat coconut aminos and tempeh/chicken sausage, then add in your cabbage or slaw with the mojito marinade and other spices. Let it sauté or simmer for 10 minutes then set aside.

Now for the sauce. Blend your pulp and seeds together in blender with Greek yogurt, 1/2 the jalapeno can, and a 1 tbsp. grapeseed oil. Takes a while to get nice and smooth. Add a little paprika and garlic for an extra kick (optional)

When squash is done, scrape out the stringy flesh with a fork and place in large bowl. I like to add a little cashew butter or brewers yeast to the squash to make it taste a nuttier.

Once all that is done, get your rice paper ready (just soak each sheet in water for 5-10 minute). Scoop a handful of squash and filling into the center of your rice paper, add any extra lettuce leaves or vegetables, tuck then ends and roll up. Repeat for however many rolls you’d like. Place rolls on dish, spread sauce on top along with extra jalapenos and Cholula sauce.

Eat with hands to make it even more fun! I know it looks weird, but it is so good. Promise.


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  1. I loved your vlog! I really need to do one because you get such a feel for the person “behind the scenes”. What a creative way to combine spaghetti squash and jalapenos! Sounds tasty. I want you to come cook some for me! (because I am lazy too…)

  2. sounds great to me, I love cabbage rolls and you know I love my jalapenos. very creative – I’ve already seen a couple of these Iron Chef recipes and was thinking what would I DO?? yours is very creative!

  3. I love seeing you in the real : )! This is too complicated for me…like the comment above I’d just prefer you to come cook for me!

  4. Yummm!!! They look so good. I love how relaxed your approach to cooking is… perhaps because it’s similar to mine? I really enjoyed your vlogs- you should do them more often! Its nice to get to know you more :)

  5. yum. serious yum. This post made me feel guilty for eating granola for dinner ;). I think if i quit training I would eat a lot better…I’d have time to cook real meals!! haha

    • thats what james says. He is hasn’t made a meal for himself in ages. If he does, its cereal or toast. Training takes a lot out of you! Come down here, I will take care of you.

  6. Looks good! But, like I told Lori, I think all Iron Chef ingredients should be made into ice cream…

  7. Vlogs are fun! I liked hearing you! Its fun to see what a person sounds like! You are adorable and a serious Iron Chef! ha!

    Great job on the recipe, looks too complicated for me!

    Happy Sunday! xoxo <3

  8. Ahh I loved this vlog! You are great lady and it was fun to hear you :)
    Wonderful recipe, thank you for sharing!

  9. this is genius – the reason i don’t buy spring rolls is because i hate the noodles! i’m totally going to recreate this with spaghetti squash! and i LOVE the vlog – it’s so great to “see” you in real life! :)

  10. I wish this had been posted last week! Hubs and I were scratching our heads at what to do with leftover spaghetti squash! We ate it “traditional” spaghetti style, but I just didn’t have the brains or the energy to figure out something creative to do with the rest (besides add it to my morning oatmeal, weird?)

  11. Love the vlog! And love the recipe! So creative :)

  12. this is so creative and i LOVE your vlog. so sorry i called james jason the other day. heather’s hubs is jason! duh on me. hope you are both enjoying your weekend :)

  13. love the vlog! you are so cute! and those spring rolls look great! great job girl with the challenge!!!! you rocked it 😉

    • haha, thank you. I always feel weird in vlogs. And that sauce I made from the pulp is totally a Pure2Raw “move.” Guess you gals are rubbing off on me, good thing!

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  15. You’re so creative, Lindsay! I’m not sure what I would have made with spaghetti squash and jalepenos…That’s a real challenge! This recipe looks fantastic. I’m curious about the coconut aminos…I’ve seen the bottles at WF, and would love to know how they compare to Bragg’s. Do you prefer them?

    And of course I love the vlog too! It’s so wonderful to the *real* voice behind the compassion and wisdom. :-)

    Hope your weekend has been wonderful, and that Austin received the rain that it so desperately needs! xoxo

    • We did recieve rain today!! Did you do your rain dance? it worked. Oh and yes, coconut aminos are awesome! i like them a lot. Not as strong as Braggs, so its goes with more foods in my opinion.

  16. oh how wonderful! Great video too!

  17. Can I just say first that you are freakin’ adorable! Second, those sound amazing! I’m definitely trying a version of these! They sound fun too. I need a magic bullet. I’m really starting to wish I had one…

  18. You’re such a doll! And I think I would agree about the vlog vs trying to type it out. That’s how I typically feel about texting vs calling 😉

  19. So fun to hear other bloggers actually speak lol. Loved your videos

  20. Oh I just love vlogs. I feel like I’m hanging out with ya and it’s so cool to be able to be with you “in person”. I love this idea – I’m always looking for new ways to use spaghetti squash!

  21. Oh my gosh! I love them!!
    I just had spaghetti squash the other night- it’s one of my favorites. You are just so creative with this recipe & I want some of that mojito salsa- holy YUM!

  22. You are soooo cute 😉 I love hearing your voice!! Your dinner looks FAB! You are very creative and have a similar taste that I have, I will make your rice wraps, they sound so refreshing! Fun idea!


  23. your rolls look wonderful! mmmm, good stuff!

  24. Oh man oh man, I don’t know what it is about these, but they are absolutely singing to my soul and gettin’ my digestive juices a-flowin’! hahaha they look FABULOUS!
    Oh, and you’re such a cutie by the way. It’s borderline ridiculous 😉

  25. Love it! The recipe does look a bit intimidating for sure, but the end result looks SUPER YUMMY!

  26. Your Vlogs are always great! It’s still weird to hear a voice, after reading what you “say” for so long 😉

  27. Love this idea! Spring rolls are one of my favorite things to make and this is such a creative twist – nice work I wish I could try them :)

  28. 1. those look really, really good.
    2. you are too cute. :)

  29. Aww, this looks great and totally Iron-Chef-worthy, Lindsay! I’m sure I’d love the flavors! 😀

    Just a question: You blended the pumpkin seeds and everything? Well, okay, I actually know pumpkin seeds are edible 😀 but I thought you’d have to toast them before eating them. I’d have never come up with something like blending raw pumpkin seeds, so creative! 😀

    I was just happy to *finally* get my hands on a spaghetti squash! I need to do something with it soon! 😀

    Overall, wonderful recipe! And you look pretty as always in the vids, even in the hungry-and-tired state of (unwell-) being!

  30. Oh man, I loved watching you and listening to the way you talk. Felt like we were in the room together. And the recipe – might be a little too hard for me 😉

  31. so creative, i love it :) and seeing you–how fun!! i need to play with spring rolls more, especially since they are already in my pantry…

  32. Dude, you totally win.

  33. Ha – I love your facial expression when you talk about the thought of baking – you poor Texans!

  34. YUM!!! Those look so delicious! I think I see this in my near future. MMMMM.


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