Recipe of the week: Spaghetti Squash #Whole30Edition

spa5Two weeks ago on October 26th, I started the Whole 30 challenge for myself. I was at the point where I wanted to do something for my body where I can  feel healthier and feel better about my body! A good friend of mine, Ruhama did it and I saw how great it was. So I finally decided to take up the challenge.

 

What is Whole 30?

According to Whole30.com “It is nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system. Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. ” So you go through a 30 day detox cutting carbs and most dairy. Just making sure you are focusing 0n having natural sugars such as fruits and not added or processed foods or Sugars.

 

Update 1 #Day7 ( November 1st, 2015)- Lost 3.5 Lbs

Update 2 #Day14 ( November 8th, 2015)- Lost 2.5 Lbs

Total: 6lbs in 2 weeks.

 

I feel so good about my choices in food! I feel so much healthier and that I have so much energy!

 

If your considering Whole 30, Here is a GREAT Recipe to try out!

Spaghetti Squash

 

 Ingredients
-1 whole spaghetti squash
-1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
-Gray salt and freshly ground black pepper
-4 cups prepared (jarred) marinara sauce ( trader joes, Sprouts, whole foods, have some that are compliant)
-Shredded Chicken,Ground Turkey or Beef

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Directions

1.)Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

2.)Cut the squashes in half and scrape out seeds. Line an oven tray with aluminum foil.

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3.)Season the spaghetti squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

4.) Place flesh side down and roast for 30 to 40 minutes until fully cooked. Remove from the oven and let rest until cool enough to handle.

6.) Cook the meat till brown and done. Add taco seasoning and picante( for flavoring to the meat if you please)

7.)Meanwhile heat the marinara sauce in a large saute pan & combine the ground meat into the sauce. ( You can add salt, italian seasoning, basil, pepper, if you like)

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8.)When squash is cool enough to handle, using a large kitchen spoon scrape the strands of squash from the inside of the skin. Toss the spaghetti squash in the pan with the hot marinara for just long enough to get hot.

9.)Serve and enjoy.

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Recipe of the Week: Pizza Muffins

 

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Have you ever had a lazy day, where you were just too tired to really make anything at all? I have had PLENTY of those! This is probably one of the first pinterest recipes that I have ever tried! It is funny, easy and definitely a great finger food dish to try! It is great for the football or basketball season when you have company over and you want to make a dish for the masses. I sometimes make it  this when I am wiped out by all the things  I had done that day, I will throw this in the oven for a quick bite.  All you need is 3 ingredients for the basic pizza muffins and any additional ingredients, is if you want to have additional toppings. Any guy, girl or kid ( with supervision and help of course) could make this easily! I always feel better about eating these because it is mini portions 😉

 

What You Need:
-Pillsbury Refrigerated Pizza Dough, (but sometimes I use Pillsbury Biscuit Dough as well)
-Pizza Sauce or Marinara Sauce
-Shredded Cheese
– Toppings -( i.e.- Pepperoni, sausage, etc… – whatever topping you choose)
-Cupcake Tin (I happen to use  muffin tin so the pizzas became bigger)

  • Non Stick Cooking Oil Spray

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Directions:
1.)Preheat oven to 375 degrees  and spray the tin with non stick cooking oil spray the cupcake pan.
I separated the dough into 4 equal parts; there wasn’t enough to do more but maybe you could get 6 in cupcake pan. Push the dough into the molds; try to make the dough cover the sides.

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2.)Within dough spoon  pizza sauce,  then top it off with cheese and pepperoni.

3.)Bake for 15 minutes and you can see  around the outside edge of the crust , the dough should have turned light to medium brown when you take it out of the tins .

 

4.) Now get ready to have SOME AMAZING TREATS!

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Recipe of the Week: Crockpot Smothered Chicken

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 One of the best feelings is when you can come home and dinner is done already! Crock pots are truly a woman’s best  friend. This recipe is the perfect recipe for the working person because it doesn’t require much prep and it when you come home and the sweet seasoned aroma fills your home… It is just perfect! This is one recipe to try!
Ingredients
  • 1 – 28 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 2 packets McCormick  Steak Seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 6-8 chicken legs
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Instructions
  1. Set the slow cooker to low heat.
  2. In the bottom layer the tomatoes (with juice), then the onions and carrots.image (18)
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the seasoning from both packets, olive oil and minced garlic.image (19)
  4. Use your hands to rub the chicken legs with the seasoning mixture and add them to the slow cooker.
  5. You can also toss in couple few quartered potatoes if you like.
  6. Cook on low for 6 hours.

Voila, then it is time to eat!

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Recipe of the Week: Make Tilapia in 5 easy steps. #TilapiaInABag

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Happy Friday! TGIF!

 

 

So as some of you may know, I am a pescetarian. So I am always exploring new dishes that I can incorporate  fish in different ways. I do have a busy schedule, so some nights I am wiped out and come home late from work. At that point, I am just trying to have a meal without putting too much effort. One of my favorite type of fish to eat is tilapia. There is a terrific method of making Tilapia named “Tilapia in a bag”. It is created in 5 easy steps! You can also use this method for Salmon for “Salmon in a bag”.

 

Ingredients

-Tilapia Fillets

-1.5 tablespoons of butter

-Salt

-Black Pepper

-1 Lemon( Cut into Slices)

-Aluminum Foil

 

1.) Preheat your oven to 350°.

2.) On a sheet of aluminum foil, lay your slices of lemon.

3.) Then lay your tilapia over the sliced lemons. Next, add butter, salt and pepper on top then wrap up the sides of the foil together and enclose it all tightly like a pouch.

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4.)Place on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 30 minutes at 350°.

5.) Voila! Its all done and ready to be served! It is delicious, quick and effortlessly easy.

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Recipe of the Week: Strawberry & Mango Smoothies

Its one of my favorite on the go drinks! I love strawberries and I love mangos! This drink is the perfect light and sweet summer drink to have when you are running out of the house.

Ingredients

  • 1- 1 1/2 cup of  unsweetened frozen or fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of  mango juice
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 2 or 3 medium ice  cubes

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender; blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes. Should make about 1 cup of serving.

Notes

  • If your blender isn’t strong enough to process the fully frozen strawberries, let them thaw/defrost slightly before using.