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Creamy Spaghetti Squash Soup: When You Over-Cook Spaghetti Squash

11 Dec

Life is full of opportunities. Sometimes we don’t recognize opportunities are everywhere because many of them look like challenges.

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So last night I was doing some meal planning and decided to get ahead of the week and throw a spaghetti squash in the oven while I was working on dinner. If you’d like to know how to properly cook a spaghetti squash, click here. This post is for those of us who have experienced a spaghetti squash “fail”. When cooked properly, spaghetti squash should look like spaghetti – like this:

This is what we had for dinner and example of spaghetti squash cooked correctly. We had spicy sausage, tomato sauce and spaghetti (for him) / spaghetti squash with butter and sauted onions (my leftovers from last week).

This is what we had for dinner and example of spaghetti squash cooked correctly. We had spicy sausage, tomato sauce and spaghetti (for him) / spaghetti squash with butter and sauted onions (my leftovers from last week).

The trouble is, every oven is different and sometimes you cook your squash too long resulting in a mushy, non-spaghetti like consistency … basically it turns into mush. Such was the experience I had last night. Daniel and I were in the middle of making dinner when I decided to get multiple things done and be super (I thought) efficient by baking a spaghetti squash at the same time. I put the squash in the oven just as dinner was getting done and it was supposed to cook for 40 minutes on 375.

We decided to finish watching Vertigo over dinner (Hitchcock + dinner = a-maze-ing) and we were over an hour and a half in before I realized … I had completely forgotten about the spaghetti squash!! Daniel went into the kitchen and mentioned he was going to turn the oven off when I leaped from my chair (which is extremely dangerous for us clumsy types) and raced into the kitchen. I pulled the squash out and put it on top of the oven. The skin looked like it had bubbled up from the heat and I was sure the whole thing was ruined.

After examining them and realizing that the stringy, spaghetti-like texture was just not going to happen. I started thinking … What if I could turn this into some sort of mash or soup? Butternut Squash is used for soup. Why not? And I am happy to report that a new recipe is born!

Spaghetti Squash Mash

KateUpdates Spaghetti SquashIngredients:
1 Over-cooked Spaghetti Squash, scraped from its skin 
2 T Butter (or ghee)
1 T Chives
1 t Garlic Salt
1/2 t Onion powder
1/2 t Salt
1/4 Pepper
Salt to taste

Take your spaghetti squash (while it’s hot) and mash it up with a spoon. Then place the squash in a blender or food processor. Add butter and spices. Blend until everything is pureed together and you have a mashed potato-like consistency. Add more salt or butter to taste. That’s it! Super easy :)

Spaghetti Squash Soup

Follow the directions for the mash except add chicken or vegetable broth and continue pureeing until a soup-like consistency is achieved. Yum!

So the next time you have a spaghetti squash fail, it’s really just an opportunity to try this recipe. So, enjoy!

~ Kate

5 Healthy (#Paleo) Meals Perfect for Fall!

24 Oct

Happy Wednesday!
Since it’s fall, I’ve been really diving into the whole “comfort food” thing trying to find soups, slow cooker recipes and dishes that just make me say mmmm. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far! These recipes are Paleo/Whole30 approved, delicious, simple and only use 8 ingredients or less. Enjoy!

  1. Easy Pulled Beef
    I baked a sweet potato and steamed some broccoli to accompany the beef. I also added mushrooms. YUM!

    Click the pic to get the recipe. Recipe credit: PaleoOMG.

  2. Slow Cooker Carnitas

    Click the pic to get the recipe. Recipe/Photo credit: Whole9Life

  3. “Creamy” Tomato Chicken Soup
    This was delicious! Notes: 1) Apparently it has a very “strong” smell (I didn’t notice but my coworkers did.) 2) I would add onions! I think the soup would be even better with more texture. 3) I’m not sure what the conversion would be if you used unfrozen chicken breasts, so if you know, please comment below.

    Click the pic to get the recipe. Recipe credit: EveryDayPaleo

  4. Spaghetti Squash with Homemade Sauce

    Click the pic to get the recipe. Recipe and photo credit: KateUpdates :)

  5. Almond Meal Breakfast Porridge
    This is one I haven’t tried yet, but I’m dying to! I’ve been wanting to experiment with Chai seeds. My mom also has a recipe for porridge that’s supposed to be a-m-a-z-i-n-g so I’ll have to nab that from her and post later!Let me know when you try these recipes or if you have others that are fab for fall!

    Click the pic for the recipe. Photo/Recipe credit: PreppyPaleo

     

    Yum!!

    ~ Kate

5 Tips to Defeat the Cravings Monster … PLUS Flourless Mocha Bacon Brownies~!

15 Oct

Since it’s “Musical Monday,” I thought we could take a lesson from Weird Al on what NOT to do:

“Eat It” by Weird Al Yankovic

If the above image doesn’t refresh your memory enough, watch the crazy video here.

SO it’s Monday afternoon … it’s been a crazy day; maybe even a tough day. You’re feeling a little sleepy and you notice some junk food sitting on the counter …

We’ve all been there. Trying to eat healthy, whether it’s Paleo, Whole30 or clean eating in general, we’ve all been tempted to dive in and devour unhealthy junk when nobody’s watching. This is the work of a beast I call: the Cravings Monster. If you’ve ever given into this evil villain, you well know what quickly ensues: a massive case of give-in remorse where you find yourself feeling guilty, discouraged and maybe like your inner fat-kid is showing.

Sound all too familiar?

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve seen how the Cravings Monster can creep in, unannounced AND uninvited, to put your health in an awkward situation. You’ve got to choose between immediate craving gratification and the more satisfying (although not as immediate) repercussions of making healthy choices.

The good news is, with a little introspection and creativity, you can avoid and defeat the Cravings Monster. Here are 5 Steps that I use to stop my cravings dead in their tracks!

  1. Stop, Reflect and LISTEN to your body. Take a quick self inventory. Is the Cravings Monster telling you that you deserve this little reward? That you’ve worked hard,  had a rough day and deserve to treat yourself? The truth is that you are actually hurting yourself by giving in and not rewarding or treating yourself at all. You have worked hard to be healthier and you owe it to yourself to be strong and kick those cravings to the curb. All that monster wants is immediate gratification. The fact is, you’ll be stronger and more satisfied by NOT giving in. You won’t have any guilt either. What’s your body actually saying? Your body knows that those cravings aren’t what it actually needs. Whew. You just made it past the toughest step. Proceed to Step 2.
  2. Take a food inventory. Are you eating enough? How much protein/vegetables did you have today? If you’re filling up on carbs, dairy and fruit, chances are you need more meat and veggies. So instead of junk, grab some almonds or another nut variety, which will actually help to satiate you because of the protein content. I focus my eating on protein like chicken, beef and nuts (not protein shakes) and vegetables and often go several hours between meals without snacking because of it. On to Step 3 …
  3. H2-O-My-Goodness. How much water have you had today? If you’re craving junk, chances are you haven’t had enough. According to the Mayo Clinic, ladies, you’re supposed to get 9 glasses and guys it’s 13 for you. If you’re eating the right amount of protein, your body needs that water more than ever! So drink up and watch those cravings wash away. Once you drink a glass of water, read more about how water can even make you smarter here. Cravings Monster still taunting you? On to step 4 for support!
  4. Call/text a friend or go online for help. This step can be your saving grace. I’ve had a couple people reach out to me over the past weeks for support and encouragement and I know that I can do the same as needed. This step is simple but packs a powerful punch. The key is to have a friend who is making healthy choices that you can call or text. Friends are happy to help and can really be a great encouragement. Looking for online support? Fan Facebook pages with active communities that are focused on healthy eating and lifestyle are great resources (my Facebook page is a good start!) Pass go, save 200+ calories and move to Step 5.
  5. Treat yourself to something healthier. There are plenty of healthy ways to really treat yourself. If you’re at home, make a healthier version of a treat like the below pictured Flourless Mocha Bacon Brownies from Practical Paleo. Or for a faster and even healthier option, try some fruit! If you’re out and about or at work, drink a Passion Fruit tea from Starbucks (with no sweetener) or treat yourself to a snack you wouldn’t normal splurge on. My favorite thing to do it to visit my local grocery store and get the expensive pre-cut fruit or berries when I’m feeling like splurging.

So the next time the Cravings Monster begins to toy with your emotions, don’t eat it, BEAT IT with these 5 Steps.

Let me know which step is your favorite :)

~ Kate