Adventures in eating healthy

30 Jul

Alex and I have decided to try healthier recipes for dinner. We have had an awesome summer of eating tapas, German sausages and boardwalk food but it’s probably time for us to have more waist-friendly options.

This week, I made two new dishes that take classic comfort food recipes and gives them a healthier twist.

First we made spaghetti squash with pesto sauce. The spaghetti squash was very easy to prepare and I was thoroughly impressed by how much this squash really did look like spaghetti!

To make the spaghetti squash you must first preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil and lightly coat it with olive oil. Then cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out all of the seeds. Place the squash cut side down on the baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes.

Allow the squash to cool for about 10 minutes before handling it. Then take a fork and pull the “spaghetti” strands from the core of the squash.
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Once you get all your spaghetti, you can toss the “noodles” in any kind of sauce.  I used my pesto!

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Tonight I made cauliflower mashed “potatoes”.  Alex loved this dish and asked for it to be included in more of our weekly dinner menus.  This is definitely a must try.

First you prep the cauliflower by cutting the florets from the core and giving it a good rinse.  Then fill up a steamer pot with a couple of inches of water and a pinch of salt.  Bring the water up to a boil and place the cauliflower florets in the steamer insert with 2 cloves of garlic.   Allow the veggies to steam for 12-15 minutes or until the florets are fork tender.

Once the veggies are tender, drain and immediately transfer the florets and garlic to the food processor (it should still be hot).  Add two tablespoons of butter, a tablespoon of whole milk  and blend until it smooth.  Salt and pepper to taste.  You can also add some rosemary or chives for a little extra flavor.  You don’t have to worry about over blending the mash, it will not turn into a sticky glue like potatoes do.  The longer you blend the mash, the smoother it gets.

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I served the mash with grilled chicken breast and sautéed leeks.

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2 Responses to “Adventures in eating healthy”

  1. Katy September 6, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    Try cauliflower “rice” sauteed with garlic and spices. A great healthy alternative!

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