I love Spaghetti Squash, and here’s why:
It tastes delicious, it’s (super duper) easy to make, it only has 42 calories and 10 carbs/cup, and is high in fibre, vitamins and minerals.
So yup, spaghetti squash is a win-win-win all around, and it’s a *great* alternative to high-carb, high-calorie, and buttocks-expanding pasta.
Alrighty then, so as you may, or may not know, I have a serious girl-crush on Julie over at PALEOMG.com, which means I used her recipe to bake my beloved (they’re so hard to find in Australia!) squash. And then, because I am awesomely lazy in the kitchen, I simply made a mince topping and voila! I got myself TWO dinners, and TWO lunches from one squash (note: it freezes really well) all in the name of paleo (no processed food) eating.
*High freaking five*
So, my lovelies, this is how it went down in my kitchen:
- 1 Spaghetti Squash
- 1 pound of mince
- 1 jar of tomato sauce (check the ingredients for non-processed ones)
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Cut the spaghetti squash length wise in half. By far, this is the hardest part about making spaghetti squash - it’s HARD to cut. So hard, in fact, I had to ask Matt (of text message fame) to help me out. Hushh you, we’re actually on okay terms… now.
- Scoop out and discard the seeds.
- Turn the two sides *upside down* on a backing sheet and get a sharp knife and stab the squash all over. Yes, stab holes into the thing - otherwise he’ll whistle and explode when in the oven!
- Bake for 30 - 45 minutes, or until tender and soft.
- While baking, make your topping!
- Let cool for 3 or 4 minutes, and then scrape the flesh from the squash into beautiful, stringy “pasta” with a fork
- Add the “pasta” to a plate, and add the topping, and then NOM-NOM-NOM it into your belly.
Really, and truly, it’s so easy, but more importantly sooooo delicious and fulfilling, even non-paleo-diet-crazy people would love it!
To the untrained eye the above looks, umm, well, not that good, but to the trained Paleo-(Newbie)-Eater (m.e.) it looks delicious. (What is Paleo?)
I find making Paleo-Curry is hit or miss; coconut milks vary in taste (don’t buy the cheap one!), and it’s easy to over/under do the spice… so the taste is often unpredictable.
But tonight? Tonight I hit the Paleo-Curry-Jackpot!
1 chicken breast (which was from a rotisserie chicken - so easy!)
A big handful of broccoli & cauliflower steamed in the microwave
And a mix of random nuts I had (cashews, almonds, pecans)
Place all the goods in a saucepan
Add coconut milk & Cajun spice (a lot it)
You’ve got yourself a 10-minute paleo-approved curry dinner (and lunch!).
Paleo Eating; So easy, a caveman could do it.
Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it’s back to work I go. Ahhhhhh yes, Monday morning. The time of week I usually dread, but for some bizarre reason I welcomed with a bear-hug this morning. I suppose work’s air-con had great appeal, but also getting back into the routine of being healthy & on top of things. Which yes, my friends, means (as you may, or may not have already guessed), I was not a cave-woman this weekend. Actually, I was anything but; I ate ice-cream THREE (3) times, and had a slushy from 7-11, and ate fries, and a chicken burger, and glorious-glorious cheese. Hmmmmm brie cheese, you tasty devil you. But-but-but, in a nice turn of events, I didn’t feel guilty about my carb-sugar-dairy consumption, nope, I actually just enjoyed, ate, and didn’t dwell; a welcomed changed from my constant evil, “you are so fat, and useless and why are you doing this?” thoughts. PRO-GRESS.
The weekend kicked off with a 42 degree (108F) day, and a moment I won’t soon forget; waking up in a SAUNA and looking at the temperature outside to see that it was still 32 degrees (90F) at 2am in the morning. Australia, you hot beast, you. I was unimpressed, but then lucky for me, and a big thank you to Amy, Matt & I were in the car before 7am to head to Phillip Island (about a 2h drive down the coast) to stay at Amy’s family’s beach house. And? And it was glorious, and wonderful, and cool. Great company, delicious food, playing cards, drinking wine, reading on the beach, night markets, ice-cream & fish ‘n chips. It was kinda, sorta, maybe perfect (besides the whole Australian-sun-piercing-my-bones thing).
And then Sunday evening a bunch of us headed to the cricket game. I gotta admit I didn’t have high hopes, but was rather surprised by my genuine interest in what was going on. Although, come to think of it, the crowd & people watching may have been why I liked it so much, but minor details people, minor details.
Anywho, the problem with such a busy-busy weekend is my lack of getting things done; paleo-shopping (and prepping), room organizing, laundry, etc. was not a priority, which means tonight after work will be a busy one: CrossFit / Shopping / Prepping / DOWNTON ABBEY - it’s back baby!, and snoozing.
I’m going 110% paleo-perfect this working week, and I’m kinda, sorta, REALLY, excited for it. A nice change from the Old-Liz, who would still be dwelling on those sugar-donuts we ate at the cricket last night. Onwards, and Paleo-wards!
Pret-ty excited I found a place that has a paleo-lunch option today! Wa-hoo! Still on track for a good week despite not prepping last night.
Paleo Shopping this week:
- Easier (I think I knew what I wanted and didn’t umm & awww over things like I usually do)
- Cheaper ($54! Me thinks I’m starting to understand shopping for one and what food goes bad quickly, and what doesn’t)
- Quicker (shopping at 1pm on Sunday is good. Shopping at 5pm on Sunday is bad)
- Prettier (at least I hope, for whatever reason I decided to wear a pretty dress and do my hair before I went shopping)
This Week’s Paleo agenda
- Spaghetti squash pasta and meatballs. Made it before? Have a fav recipe? I’m looking for one!
- Paleo portobello burgers
- Paleo pancakes
- Paleo curries
This Week’s Paleo thoughts
- I am so ready for this. I’ve felt so blah this past week from eating crap (even though I still stuck to paleo at least 80/20).
- This morning’s weight was 77.4 (170 pounds), so I am up, but part of me feels it’s water weight as I’ve been drinking all the water lately. (Wait, was that just an excuse?)
- CrossFit 5 times this week (2 mornings!)
- Limited fruit
- I actually enjoyed prepping this week (cutting everything up, de-grossing the chicken)