Friday, November 8, 2013

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Hello Everyone!

It's squash season, and they seem to be everywhere! I only discovered spaghetti squash in the last year, and was immediately hooked. It is very easy to cook and versatile. I often mix it 50:50 with regular pasta to reduce the calories while still keeping my belly full :) The recipe here, however, is mostly squash and as you can see in the last picture I put it in a aluminum tray for freezing. Casseroles are amazing freezer meals you can make ahead and just keep in your freezer for quick dinners when you're too tired to cook or don't have much time. Give it a try!

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce, store-bought or homemade is fine
  • 1 cup cooked pasta of your choice, I used spelt spaghetti
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Slice the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place squash, cut side down, in a baking dish. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper; saute until onion is tender and transparent. Add tomato sauce and cook for 5 more minutes. Set aside.
  3. Scoop out the squash with a fork such that strands get separated. Combine the squash, tomato mixture, spelt spaghetti, ricotta cheese and half the Parmesan cheese in a medium bowl. 
  4. Transfer mixture to a greased baking dish. Sprinkle with rest of  Parmesan cheese. Bake 375° for 40 minutes or until heated through and top is golden brown.  
  5. Enjoy! (Serves 6)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Simple Granola

Hi everyone!

Time seems to fly lately, and I haven't had the chance to prepare a post in a while. I have so much new stuff to share and ideas to try out, though! Today I want to share my special and simple granola recipe. I'll start by saying that I love cereal! It is undoubtedly one of my favourite snacks, and I could have it at any time. The problem is that 99.9% of store-bought cereals are loaded with sugar and/or highly refined oils (if the ingredients list says 'vegetable oil', 'canola oil, 'soybean oil', etc. chances are this oil has been heavily processed and, therefore, structurally damaged; making it unhealthy and full of free radicals and other aging-promoting components). So what's the solution? --> making your own personalized cereal or granola, of course! The recipe here serves well as a base, you can add or remove whatever you want. 

Simple Granola

  • 5 drops concentrated stevia (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 2 cups kamut flakes
  • 1 cup old fashion rolled oats
  • 1 cup rice crispies
  • 1/3 cup quinoa puffs (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup dried currants

1.  Preheat oven to 250 degrees
2.  Combine all liquid ingredients in a small bowl, mix well. Make sure mixture can be poured out. If it’s too thick, try stirring it in a sauce pot under low heat.
3.  In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
4.  Pour syrup mixture over dry ingredient. Stir until dry ingredients are evenly coated.
5.  Spread granola over a cookie sheet (lined with parchment paper) and place in oven for about 1 hour, stirring every 15-20 minutes. Granola will burn if not stirred, so keep an eye on it!
6.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
7.  Store in air tight container.
8.  Enjoy!