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Spaghetti Squash

4 Jun

Sugar Detox:Day 16

This no sugar diet is truly becoming a lifestyle for me. I’m barely missing it anymore! Yes, of course there are a couple things I would love to sweeten up a little bit with some agave, but the benefits of using fresh fruit or even dried fruit instead outweigh the desire for sweetener! I really don’t know if I’ll be adding any sugars back into my diet again after day 21, I may keep this up..I guess we will see! To the recipe now..

This is a new favorite for me.

For so long, my squash history has been made up of almost nothing but pumpkin. I don’t have to tell you how much I love the stuff, you already know from all my other posts. But every once in awhile I sneak a different kind of squash into my shopping cart and experiment with it. Somehow I always forget just how good spaghetti squash is.

Do you crave big bowls of spaghetti often, yet can’t afford it nutritionally? Well this is the solution for you! This squash is so healthy, and versatile! It is much lower in calories than true pasta, yet satisfies you with a nearly same taste as the real stuff, and is a fiber-filled veggie.

You can make it as a side to your meal, simply just adding in seasonings and a touch of olive oil. Or you can make it THE meal, eating a huge bowl of spaghetti tossed with clean tomato sauce, cream sauce and chicken, or delicious pesto! The sky is the limit. Sometimes I go with it as a side, and other nights, like last night, I make a huge spaghetti boat drizzled with pesto, and call it a meal! Add some chicken to it or lean beef, and you really have yourself a healthy, clean, and satisfying dinner!

Here are just two or the times I’ve made it. Once with a homemade “cream” sauce made of Greek yogurt/seasonings and tossed with cooked spinach and chicken, and then last night, when I just simply topped it with pesto! Both were very delicious and satisfying meals.

Don’t know how to cook one? Check down below for instructions!

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Spaghetti Squash
-1 spaghetti squash
-olive oil
-seasonings of choice (garlic salt, sea salt, pepper, season salt, onion powder)
-sauce of choice (marinara, meat sauce, Alfredo, pesto, homemade sauce, simple olive oil)

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 F. Cut squash in half long wise. Take out “guts” and seeds from middle. Either wash seeds for cooking separately, or throw away. Lightly coat flesh of both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings. Put flesh side down on baking tray. Bake in oven for about 45 minutes to an hour (depending on size). When slightly soft on top flesh side, it is ready. Take out of oven. With fork, begin to scrape out insides, going length-wise down the entire half of the squash. It will begin to come off as string-like “spaghetti noodles”. Continue to do do until all squash is out of hard outside skin. Toss skin. Prepare “noodles” with one of the following additions: 1)with a tablespoon or two of olive oil, and lots of delicious seasonings of choice for a light side 2) toss with marinara or meat sauce for a real taste of spaghetti, 3) with any other sauce of choice, like Alfredo, pesto, or a homemade sauce. Top with any additional veggies or protein as desired. Enjoy!!

Curried Cauliflower Bites

12 Apr

Ever just crave something that’s just crunchy? Don’t you wish you had a recipe you could make to satisfy that craving without it being fried.

Well I got one for you! Not only is this not fried, but made with a veggie. How much greater can it get?

The other night I was really wanting something with a crunch to it to go alongside of my chicken for dinner. I looked in my fridge. What did I see? A bag of cauliflower that needed to be used up. So what did I do? Created something that would both, use this bag of veggies up, and satisfy my craving.

Usually curry is made with lots of cream. But not this one! This one has protein-packed greek yogurt in it! And gives it that same, lovely curry taste.

Make it alongside of other things for a meal, or make for a simple snack when getting those afternoon cravings! Either way, this is a healthy, yummy food that you don’t want to pass up:)

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Curried Cauliflower
1/2 head of cauliflower
-1 container of chobani plain greek yogurt (about 1/2 cup)
-1T soy sauce
-2 tsp apple cider vinegar
-1T curry powder
-Seasonings: garlic salt, pepper, sea salt, onion powder, anything else you want!(about 1/2 tsp of each)
Directions: Combine all but cauliflower in a bowl until mixed. Add in cauliflower and toss until thoroughly coated. Let sit for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place cauliflower on oil-sprayed(else they WILL stick!) baking tray. Bake until browned, about 15-20 minutes. Turn oven on broil for last couple minutes for further browning.

Chicken and Veggie Stir-fry

9 Apr

After a long week of classes, I love looking forward to date nights with my boyfriend :)

Lots of times we go out to make it easier on ourselves when we’re tired, but since he knows I love to cook, last night we made dinner together. I love nights like these!

His parents came up for Easter this past week and we had SO many leftover fresh vegetables from the big meal we all prepared (that us college kids don’t normally have on us) :) So we decided to use them up!

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What a better way to enjoy a lot of fresh, colorful veggies, than making a stir-fry?! The healthy way of course without all the added heaps of oil:) Added some teriyaki cooked chicken to the mix once the veggies were all cooked, and bam! A good dinner we certainly had. A healthy one too loaded with lots of vegetables and protein packed chicken!

Cooking with coconut oil has so many added benefits, and gives it a great taste. If you haven’t tried it yet, please do! I even put it on toast with a touch of sugar for a yummy, sweet snack:)

Then to finish off the meal we had some mashed regular potatoes and sweet potato casserole on the side of this delicious stir-fry :) Mmm, it was a yummy night to say the least! Here’s the recipe for the stir-fry, so easy!

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Chicken and Veggie Stir-fry
-2 chicken breasts, cooked in teriyaki sauce
-1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
-1 red bell pepper, sliced thinly lengthwise
-4 cups of broccoli
-2 cups baby carrots
-2 T coconut oil
-1/2 cup water
-1 T cornstarch
-2 T soy sauce
-Seasonings: Italian seasonings, garlic salt, season salt, pepper, red pepper powder(if you like it a bit spicy!)
Directions: Put all veggies in a pan on stove with coconut oil, and sauté until soft. Mix water, cornstarch, and soy sauce in bowl together. Add to pan of veggies. Season with all above to taste. Add cooked chicken in and cook for one more minute. Enjoy!