Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Spaghetti Squash

So I made my first attempt at Spaghetti Squash. I love pasta but DO NOT love the calories and unnecessary late-in-the-day carbs that come along with that pasta. So this is a great alternative! I found an easy recipe that is all healthy and yummy... but of course I put my own twist to it.
Spaghetti Squash with tomatoes, onions, and feta! 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40-50 minutes
  • 1 Spaghetti Squash, halved lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Step 1
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
Step 2
Place spaghetti squash cut sides down on the prepared baking sheet, and bake 40-50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a sharp knife can be inserted with only a little resistance. Remove squash from oven, and set aside to cool enough to be easily handled.
Step 3
Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic, and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, and cook only until tomatoes are warm.
Step 4
Use a large spoon or fork to scoop the stringy pulp from the squash, and place in a medium bowl. Toss with the sauteed vegetables and basil. Top with feta cheese and serve warm.

***This makes for a great side dish or if you want to make this a main pasta dish, add some chicken, ground turkey, or fish over top! 

We added some Organic Ground Turkey and added some spice to it with cajun, chili pepper, and jalapenos! Also, to get that extra nutrients, we added some steamed broccoli. 

Tip: I love to eat my broccoli plain. I don't think broccoli needs any sort of added flavoring or unnecessary caloric additive most would think to add. My suggestion? Learn to love broccoli by itself. That is when it is at its most nutritional benefit to you! It is your Nutrient Superstar :)

Some of the many benefits of broccoli?

  1. Helps maintain a healthy nervous system
  2. Helps regulate blood pressure
  3. Promotes regular muscle growth
  4. High is vitamin C; which has its many benefits
  5. Bone health  

I could go on all night because its one of my favorite vegetables, and it's a Superstar!!  However, it's time to call it a night. 

Hope to see all the beautifully dedicated faces at boot camp! 

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