I hope you all have had a killer week because it’s the freakin’ weekend baby I’m about to have me some funnnn. (R Kelly circa 2003 anyone?)
Anyways, I’m super excited because we are launching a new series on the blog called 5 Ingredients Or Less. Yup, that’s right, healthy breakfasts, lunch, dinner, snacks, and desserts with 5 ingredients or less.
We are all about keeping things simple & convenient. Nothing is more overwhelming than finding a super amazing recipe and then realizing it has 15 ingredients that you don’t even have in your kitchen. Fail. Most of the foods we use should be staples in your kitchen because they will be powerful foods that bring you energy! We don’t want to have anything that will weigh you down or make you feel groggy. 5 Ingredients Or Less will be REAL FOOD, none of that fake processed crap. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a complicated process. So you won’t see meals taking 2 hours to make…what Suzy homemaker has time for that? Ain’t nobody got time like that.
I wanted to kick our 5 Ingredients Or Less series off with one of my favs! Spaghetti Squash mmmmm so good! Spaghetti Squash gets a bad rap sometimes…maybe because it became one of those fads? Like omg so obsessed with spaghetti squash said every basic white girl ever. I don’t know. But what I do know is how freaking good it is! Side note: Spaghetti Squash has been a favorite for as long as I can remember. My step mom used to grow it in her garden and cook with it all the time, so it’s always been a family fav. Also, I was watching Friends the other day and Monica was talking about it! So its a thing. It’s always been a thing. Get over your fear of spaghetti squash and just give in.
Here Are Some Benefits Of Spaghetti Squash
- 1 cup is only 42 calories! Wohoo! Compared to regular pasta coming in at over 200 (eww)
- Fiber: helps regulate blood sugar, removes bad cholesterol, and keeps you fuller for longer
- Vitamin A: keeps your skin healthy by repelling bacteria and boosts your immune system
- Vitamin B: essential to convert our food into energy allowing us to stay energized. It’s basically the powerhouse vitamins that keeps our body a well oiled machine
- Manganese: assists in bone and tissue health, metabolism, nerve function & calcium absorption
- Antioxidants: prevent free radical damage to cells aka what can lead to cancer and diseases
- Beta-carotene: helps improve eye health & lower cholesterol levels
- Folate: aids in preventing birth defects by supporting the formation and development of new cells
- Omega 3 & Omega 6 Fatty Acids: helps prevent heart disease, inflammation, and different types of cancer, and promote healthy brain function
BOMB right?? Real food…not synthetic vitamins, these are actually going straight into your body. Eat your squash kids.
I typically make spaghetti squash once a week in a variety of ways. I like to change it up. This one is definitely one of my favorite ways. It’s super light, but filling. This recipe is good for both winter time and summer. So eat up!
Pesto, Pomegranate Spaghetti Squash
1 large spaghetti squash
1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds (<<Find them deseeded at Trader Joe’s, Safeway Stores, and Whole Foods!)
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. To cook your spaghetti squash cut it in half vertically, scrape out the seeds, and place the squash facing downward in a rectangular baking dish with about 1/4 inch of water at the bottom. Bake for about 30 mins.
At this time you can also spread the pine nuts on a baking sheet, place in the oven for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take those out when finished and set to the side.
When the spaghetti squash is finished, take it out of the oven and use an oven mitt to hold the squash and scrape out the insides with a fork into a large bowl. The insides will fall out and look like spaghetti.
Portion the spaghetti squash into bowls and add a heaping spoonful of pesto to the top of each.
Sprinkle pomegranate seeds and toasted pine nuts on top, and enjoy! (pomegranate seeds contain fiber, protein, vitamin C & K, folate, and potassium)
//The Lokahi Sisters//