There was a few days between my last update and this one. Things haven been a bit hectic with sick family members, doctors appointments, hospital visits etc. So now things have started to wind down I can take a moment to update this blog. I know I have something similar to this one on my Bolognese post but I just wanted to make a post dedicated to this squash.
Spaghetti squash can be used for so many things but most people use it just as a spaghetti substitute. Here are some alternatives you can use it for.
Spaghetti Squash Pizza
Spaghetti Squash Salad
Base for meatballs
Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti Squash
Those are just some sample things you can do with Spaghetti Squash, hopefully it just gives you some thing to think about. It is really easy to actually cook this squash. You just need to cut it length wise, scoop out all the seeds, salt and pepper to taste and lastly bake it at 375 and cook it for 30-45 mins based off how large your squash is.
Pretty simple right? If you have alternatives that I should try please let me know!
Yep today is Thursday in my household which means one thing. My wife has taken over the TV with Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. I actually don’t mind this though because both shows are actually pretty well written. Ok ok ok that and she tolerates my Game of Thrones infatuation lol, she actually really likes GoT as well.
So after the regular daily grind I hit the gym as planned and when I got home I made the kids some new ice cream. Its the same ice cream that I made here , the only exception is that I added some mini chocolate chips to it. My son has been begging me for sprinkles but I didn’t have any so this was the way I improvised.
Today I am going to talk more about this recipe because this is a staple in my diet. I will make one of these 1-2 times a month atleast and it feeds me breakfast all week long. To me this is a perfect blend of spicy and savory. My wife made this for me the first time and I was just simply addicted. This dish is absolutely incredible. I really hope you do try it and enjoy it as much as I do. I am not sure if the name is accurate or not but where we live its heavily hispanic and they call it a Spanish Tortilla, I added the word chorizo to signify that its sausage based.
Here is the recipe!
- 6 eggs, whisked
- 2 chorizo links take out of the case and crumbled
- 1 sweet potato, diced
- ½ white onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic minces
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce (whatever you want I use Franks Red Hot)
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- Preheat your oven to 375
- Add sausage to a pan and cook (Crumble it down as it cooks)
- Once sausage is cooked remove it from the pan and place in the glass baking sheet
- Clean out the pan but leave a little bit of sausage grease in it
- Add sweet potato to the pan as the sweet potato cooks add the onion to the pan
- Add seasonings to the pan and mix with potatoes and onion
- While the potato and onion cook, Whisk eggs in a bowl and add hot sauce
- After the potatoes and onion are cooked down add them to the glass baking sheet
- Add the whisked eggs on top of the items in baking sheet make sure everything is covered
- Place baking dish in oven
- Cook for about 20 mins until the eggs are firm
- When you are ready to store let it cool to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap and store in fridge
Yesterday I posted about my workout regiment that I have been doing or well that I started back up. Yesterday however was not leg day, nope it was my first day of cardio. The cardio routine surprisingly is very quick, yet effective. If you have done HIIT then you know what I am referring to. Essentially you can do the entire routine in under 25 minutes. Yep thats it. You can do this on any piece of cardio equipment that you feel comfortable with. For me I prefer the elliptical. So here is the routine in a nut shell.
- 2 Minute Warm Up
- 1.5 Minute at a good pace
- 30 Seconds full out
- Repeat Steps Two and Three 8 times
- 4 Minute Cool Down
Thats it, pretty simple.
Outside of that routine I have been working on some pretty interesting wordpress plugins that I will be publishing soon. I will make sure that when I do publish them they will be put in to the wordpress plugin area. I won’t release details about it right now just because its still brand new and in planning phase but specs are just about done and prototype will be in progress. Pretty much that sums up anything new that has been going on, on to the recipe!
This recipe is one of my favorites that I take with me to lunch and if you can’t tell that is my lunch dish in the picture lol. So this is inspired with some Lebanese spice (Sumac) that I enjoy on my food but can be omitted if you do not have access to it. My wife makes this dish for me about once a week for lunch, it fills the stomach and tastes great going down!
Sauteed Chicken with Cabbage and Onion
- 1 Chicken Breast (Skin on) Cubed or 1 Leg Quarter Cubed
- 1/2 White Onion
- 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
- 1 tsp Rosemary
- 1 Cup Shredded Cabbage
- Coconut Oil for the pan (You can use grass fed butter if you prefer)
- A good dash or two of Sumac (if you do not have access to this you can substitute Lemon Juice)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Put the Oil/Butter in the pan and let it heat up a bit
- While the pan is heating up add chicken, Salt and Pepper, Sumac, Rosemary to a bowl and mix
- Add chicken to the pan and cook
- Just as the chicken is about to finish add the cabbage, onion and garlic to pan
- Mix all ingredients together until the chicken is cooked
- Server, Eat and Enjoy
These were crazy good, the wife out did her self. As for the name of this I couldn’t come up with anything crazy creative lol so there it is Maggie is my wife and these are her crazy good all spice seasoned pork chops. Creative right? lol.
So lately I have been watching this new TV show which I hate to do since the chance of these shows getting cancelled is very high and I do not want to get in to a show and then have it cancelled if I like it. So the show I am referring to is Crisis. Its actually really good and is damn engaging. The character build up and development is great, the story behind it is creative and its highly entertaining and wants you wanting more. What else could you ask for in a TV show? So for those of you that don’t know what Crisis is, I do highly recommend that you watch it but in simple terms its a series of events that put the country in a “Crisis” and the question you have to answer is what would you do if it were your child or family member in trouble. I kind of treat this like a TV show based off the movie SAW but in this case it its taken to a higher national audience. So there you have it that is my brief write up on this TV show, I will continue to watch it as I enjoy it but if you all have any other recommendations please let me know.
So back to the recipe for today, I do not eat pork all that often as I prefer chicken or beef over it. However when I do eat it, I love the way my wife makes it. So technically she created this recipe but I like to think I helped her tweak it and make it perfect by eating it :). Great meal! Tasty Meal! Paleo Meal! my 3 checks.
On to the recipe now for Maggie’s Paleo Allspice Pork Chops
Maggie’s Paleo Allspice Pork Chops
- Pack of pork chops rinsed and patted dry
- 1/4 Teaspoon Allspice
- 2 Tablespoon Aminos (Soy Sauce alternative)
- 1 Clove Garlic minced
- 1/2 White Onion (Sliced)
- Drizzle of raw honey
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Put pork chops in a mixing bowl
- Add Allspice, Salt and Pepper, Aminos, Garlic
- Mix all spices together with the pork chops
- Heat pan and add a little bit of coconut oil to grease the pan
- Add pork chops to heated pan
- Cook on each side for about 5 mins
- After cooking on the second side add the onions to the pan
- Cook until Onions are translucent and the pork is cooked
- The later of those 2 is most important the pork needs to be cooked
- Remove pork and place it on a dish and drizzle a little bit of raw honey on top
So today I had my first realization, a true realization that I can do this. You when I first started with this paleo change I kept craving breads etc, I love bread anything bread with butter yummmm! So I would crave it alot and more than just bread would be Italian food. Pasta, pizza anything that had red tomato sauce on it I wanted. My wife got a bit creative today atleast for me, some of you that have done this for a while probably would laugh at this but she made a spaghetti squash. To be honest before this week I had no idea such a thing existed.
On a funny side note after realizing that I needed to cut the squash because it was pretty much a pain to cut and she couldn’t she started scraping the seeds out. I turned to her and asked wait isn’t that the spaghetti stuff we are supposed to each, her response ::rolls eyes:: no that is the seed and the stem filling. I should have just listed at that point I mean she does pretty much cook all day and anything that does not involve making sweets or BBQing I know crap about. As I said I should have stopped but not me, not today I pressed forward convinced she was wrong. When they came out the over I was like you see there is nothing in it. One fork swipe by her later I was like ahhhh yea never mind, and it was at that moment she laughed at me. Nothing says I love you like a good old fashion poke fun at the husband game.
So outside of that story this recipe was actually amazing. I really like the taste and texture of the Squash it really tasted amazing. This recipe did not take to long to make, yes I can say that because outside of the questioning of the squash I actually helped cook dinner tonight.
Spaghetti Squash with Bolognese Sauce
For the Spaghetti Squash
- 1 Spaghetti Squash
- Salt and Pepper to taste
For the Bolognese Sauce
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- 1/2 White Onion (diced)
- 1 Tomato(diced)
- 1 Can Diced Tomato
- 3 Cloves Garlic (Minced)
- 1/3 cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 Zucchini (Diced)
- 2 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Coconut Oil
For the Spaghetti Squash
- Preheat the over to 400
- Cut the squash in half length wise
- Clean out the seeds and pit area
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Bake for 45 mins
For the Bolognese Sauce
- In a pan heat to medium high
- Add coconut oil
- Add the tomato, onion, garlic, zucchini and salt and pepper to the pan and cook until the flavors mix (~3-5 min)
- Add the ground beef and cook it through
- Add vinegar and mix all ingredients together
- Add the can of diced tomato and let all the flavors mix again while stirring, cook for about 3-5 mins so the sauce can thicken a bit
- After taking the squash out rake out the squash using a fork this will give the spaghetti like structure. Scoop out a batch of the squash that you just pulled off and put it in a plate. Top with the Bolognese sauce and enjoy