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Archive for September, 2013


Spaghetti Squash and Pesto

I love this time of year as the varieties of squash are plentiful and colorful.  You can pick up squash at the grocery store, or visit one of your local farmers markets, or nurseries for fresh locally grown squash varieties.  This is my favorite recipe for spaghetti squash:

Wash Medium Spaghetti Squash, and pierce several times with a knife.  Cook 8-12 minutes in a microwave on a safe plate.  Check and turn every four to five minutes.   Should be soft to touch.  Let cool 15 minutes.  Cut length wise and scrap out seeds with a spoon.  I use a towel or pot holder to hold.    Use a fork to scrap the sides  to create your spaghetti.  If there are blemishes on the squash, just work around any areas that dont give.  Meanwhile make topping and pesto.

4-6 Roma or heirloom tomatoes.
1/2 yellow onion
Lots of garlic
Cut tomatoes in small chunks; dice onions and saute with garlic.
(I have also steamed green beans for a few minutes and then tossed in the pan for more color)  of course you can use canned tomatoes that are already seasoned.

2 cups Basil, fresh or dried (I usually 1/2 cup less if dried)
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan or regianno  cheese

Process to a rough paste in food processor.  Slowly add 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil.  Salt and pepper.  Toss with spaghetti squash, and top with sauteed vegetables.  I like to season my squash with a little extra oil and salt and pepper. Garish with fresh basil.  This makes 4 servings or 6-8 side dishes. Mange!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza Fiesta Style

My friend Becky shared this with me, and it was fantastic!  You can try the Fiesta Style, courtesy of my friend Ashly,  I have listed below or of course make your own style of pizza!  Molto bene!

This makes about a 12 inch pizza crust:Image
1/2 large cauliflower
1 egg
1 C shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 t garlic
1/2 t salt

Grate cauliflower with a cheese grater,  You will need 2 cups. Microwave for 8 min to soften.  Let cool for about 15 minutes.Add remaining crust ingredients.  Stir and place so its thin on baking sheet or pizza stone.   Bake at 450 for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Add toppings

2 – 4 ozs. of ground turkey or bison burger
1 Can of black beans
1/4 c fresh tomatoes
1/4 sweet corn
2 tbs peppers
2 tbs onions
dash red pepper flakes or red pepper
dash black pepper and salt

Bake additional 3-5 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

Additional options: Caprese Flair

Add pizza sauce  (8 oz can tomato sauce, add oregano, basil, garlic, black pepper)
Sliced tomatoes, basil leaves,dollops of feta, goat or soft mozzerella, and  green or black olives.  Sprinkle with balsamic vinaigrette before serving.


Nighttime Recovery

I love the Nighttime Recovery option that I added to my supplementation last year, and have shared my experience with others.     This is part of Advocare’s Performance Elite Line, and it helps me to rest and my muscles relax, and most importantly sleep more soundly after a long day of exercise or physical stress.  Here is a story from a personal trainer and friend of mine Joy Jones:

I am doing a 1/2 iron man Triathlon on 8/31 and one of my training races was at the end of July.  My body is often in a state of fatigue from other workouts and Kim told me about a Nighttime Recovery supplement with Advocareso I thought….hey I might as well give it a try.  And I was Amazed at the Result after only 2 days.

Every week teach 3 yoga classes a week, and in at least 2 of them (weekly) we perform Tree Pose as one of our balance poses.

For the last 2 years I haven’t been able to perform Tree on my left leg because it would hurt too badly when I pressed my foot into my inner thigh.  I try every time, regardless, always in hopes that “this time” I’ll be able to do it.  To my utter surprise one Tuesday I was able to perform Tree with no pain.   What??!!!  The only change to my routine was the addition of the Nighttime Recovery….that I had taken Sunday, Monday….and now Tuesday, I can do Tree!  Amazing!   I had not stretched differently, ate differently, or worked out differently, or hydrated more or less;  nothing about my habits had changed except I had taken the Recovery for 2 days.  I am SOLD!