Saturday, September 29, 2012

Christina's Stir Crazy Spaghetti Squash

I certainly wouldn't consider myself a health-freak, nut, and whatever other noun you want to add to the end of that. However, I love learning about all the health benefits from certain foods. I'm convinced I should have studied dietetics in college, the only downside was the science classes. No. Thank. You.

Unfortunately, it isn't uncommon to find people who don't know the nutritional difference between fruity cereal bars and natural fr,uit and oatmeal. Let me just tell you my friends, a difference exists. I'm not here to rave about how you need to change your lifestyle to zero carbs and fats. Trust me, I would not be able to survive without pasta or cheese. I am however, opening your eyes to healthy substitutes for your vices.

I just watched Parks and Recreation (a show that never ceases to make me laugh and be even more in like with Ron Swanson). This episode was about Leslie Knope attempting to tax these MASSIVE soda drinks that are considered "small" in the vain of Michael Bloomberg. Ironically enough, the realistic perspective is what made it so funny. Isn't that always the case?

Ever heard of the Paleo diet, I mean lifestyle? One of the many advocates,  Mark Sisson, has a blog titled Marks Daily Apple. If you're anything like me, you'll get hooked (hypothetically) and start to think about attempting this lifestyle.  I tend to do that. You know- read something, think incredibly ambitiously about the end result, and finally realize I'm sitting in the same position ten minutes later saying "I could really go for some ice cream at 10pm".  This all to say that I've seriously thought about attempting a Primal Living Lifestyle for a month straight. Unfortunately, such a LIFESTYLE means going to the gym as well. Ugh.

I'd like to think this recipe leads to a good start.  It's a very healthy meal that is nothing short of fun, easy and positively delicious.  It is filled with fiber, protein, and vitamins so you'll be satisfied for quite a while.


Ingredients
2 miniature Hungarian peppers, chopped and sans seeds
6 vine ripened tomatoes, chopped
3 zucchini's, sliced
1 large spaghetti squash
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 15oz can plain tomato sauce
10oz mushrooms, chopped
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tbs dry oregano 
4 pieces chicken breast
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

Steps
1. In a deep sautee pan, cook onions, garlic, peppers, and olive oil over medium heat until onions are translucent 


2. In another pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, cook the zucchini for only a couple minutes then transfer to the pan for the sauce
3. Add tomatoes, sauce, zucchini, mushrooms and seasoning into pan and stir sporadically (careful, this is a messy process with so many ingredients in pan)
4. In the pan you cooked zucchini in, drizzle a bit more olive oil and cook the chicken until the surface turns white

5. Place the almost fully cooked chicken into the sauce pan and cook for another 5 minutes (make sure it's immersed into the sauce so it absorbs all the delicious flavors)

6. Stab the spaghetti squash everywhere and cook it in the microwave for 10 minutes then let sit for a few minutes 
7.Cut squash in half and scoop out the seeds like you would for a cantaloupe. Then use a fork to shred apart the spaghetti squash and place it into serving dishes

8. Cover spaghetti squash with sauce and chicken and serve hot

Bon Appetite!





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