Healthy & Easy: Spaghetti Squash & Zucchini Video Recipe
Your mom called…
She said to eat more vegetables and less pasta.
I really didn’t have to be the one to tell you, but when you start looking for healthier answers, you’ll hear it from more than just me. If we want to protect these bodies we are trapped in- we MUST look at the kind of fuel we are putting into it.
This is an easy recipe I threw together with whatever is around, or in the refrigerator. This day it was spaghetti squash and zucchini. As I mentioned in the video, had I only the squash, I would have just poured spaghetti sauce on top and called it a day.
Healthy & Easy Recipe
Here is the general recipe from the video…
- 2 spaghetti squashes
- 3 zucchinis (chopped)
- 4 cloves of FRESH garlic (crushed)
- 1 red onion (chopped)
- 1 can stewed tomatoes (chopped)
- Whatever other vegetables are in the fridge (mushrooms, carrots, spinach…)
Cut the spaghetti squash in halves and place flat-side down on own tray. Bake the spagetti squash at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until you can easily pierce with a fork or knife.
In a large pot, dump the zucchini, red onion, garlic and can of tomato with some coconut or olive oil. Stir in scooped out spaghetti squash. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes. Serve hot with some parmesan cheese on top.
And here’s some good news about the ingredients…
- Each cup of the cooked spaghetti squash only has 42 calories
- Good source of fiber helping remove cholesterol from your body and helps regulate blood sugar
- Good source of both vitamin C and vitamin A, which are also antioxidants
- Contains essential minerals calcium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium.
- Folate helps in strengthening the walls of blood vessels
- One cup of zucchini has 36 calories
- Dietary ﬁber helps lower cholesterol
- Vitamins C and A are antioxidants, and anti-inﬂammatory
- Potassium is a heart friendly electrolyte
- Lutein is also in the retinas of your eyes
- More benefits of zucchini listed here
- Rich in sulfur compounds and – “sulfur is required for taurine synthesis. Taurine is essential for proper functioning of the cardiovascular system, our muscles, and the central nervous system.“
- Can help increase bone density
- Shown to lower our risk of several cancers
- Quercetin has been found to possess cancer fighting, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties
- Low glycemic food
- Garlic is used for many conditions related to the heart and blood system. These conditions include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease,heart attack, and “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis). (via WebMD)
- Allicin, a sulfur compound has been proven to reduce hair loss
- Garlic clears acne
- Ajoene found in garlic may help treat fungal skin infections
So there you have it. An easy, healthy meal. Now, get in the kitchen!
PLUS – everyone who tried it- was pleasantly surprised at how tasty an all-vegetable meal could be.
Thanks for reading and watching. Let me know what you’re thinking in the comments below.