Oodles of Zoodles

We made it, we are half way through the week! Hopefully its going well for you, so far so good over here! I have been trying to stick with my meal planning program and keeping healthy choices all around. #thestruggleisreal
I love pasta, and in my opinion, not much can replace it. Right?! Doughy, addictive, saucy, and cheesy pasta! I mean, I LOVE spaghetti squash and other alternatives, but lets be real…nothing can necessarily totally replace pasta. However, we can have a lot of fun trying!
For awhile now, I have been wanting to try ZOODLES! “Noodles” made from zucchini! A pretty cool alternative and significantly lower in calories. I have been seeing it all over blogs, websites, and magazines. I finally caved in and ordered a SPIRALIFE from Amazon.

Well last night, I finally made the zoodles! and ladies and gentlemen….they were a total hit!!!!

zoodlesIt took two zucchini and about 68 seconds to do this. I had loads of zoodles. I then sauteed them in a little olive oil, salt, and garlic….top with some grilled chicken sausage and pasta sauce! Voila! Healthy, low carb meal that was surprisingly very satisfying! Very low in Weight Watcher points too! I loved it and it was very tasty, more so than the other squash! I already can’t wait to try it again, a few different variations! I’m thinking sweet potatoes…stay tuned!

So are you ready for the Super Bowl!?! I love all the talk about the commercials.  I have seen lots of appetizer recipes floating around.  Lots of dips, spreads, and finger foods! Allllllllll my favorites! I love a good app spread, again #thestruggleisreal . And lets be honest, enjoy yourself, everything in moderation!   Here is one of my favorite appetizer recipes, super easy, and everyone always wants the recipe! I have never made the recipe exact, I always make it into my own, but here is the original! Its Easy Feta dip from The Girl Who Ate Everything

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Have you ever tried Zoodles?

Whats your favorite super bowl snack? 

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash!

Hellllllllo there! Today I am at a day long conference called…Women’s Health Conversations! I can’t wait to hear some of the speakers, I will let you know what I learn!

I am not even sure if I should call this post a “recipe”.  That’s how easy this is.  And…I am such a bad impatient blogger, I forgot to take pictures!! Whoops! This week, I was determined to turn my house into a healthy one once again.  So Tuesday night, I made spaghetti squash with delicious veggie marinara sauce.  It was so simple and so incredibly good.

Spaghetti squash is not a replacement for pasta, don’t be fooled.  BUT it is delicious in its own way. I promise! However, it is pasta like in the way it looks, but much better for us. With only about 42 calories and 10 total carbohydrates per cup, I think its a winner! And, its packed with vitamin C and vitamin B-6.

How did I cook mine:

  1. Preheat oven–400 Degrees
  2. Cut (I used medium sized) squash in half length wise
  3. Sprinkle squash with salt and pepper to taste
  4. Place flesh side down in glass baking dish
  5. Fill up baking dish with 1 inch water
  6. Cook for about 40-45 minutes
  7. Once done, carefully hold squash and with a fork, scrape out the squash.  (This is the fun part)

I served ours with my homemade veggie marinara I had in the freezer (recipe coming soon).  My mom will often stir-fry hers with shrimp and other veggies….its so versatile!

There ya have it, how I cook my squash! It can also be done in the microwave, but I think this way it better if you have the time! How do you prepare your spaghetti squash? 

Congratulations to Jamie for winning a sample of Citrus bliss and a wellness consult! Please email me at MyHealthyPassion1@gmail.com

Teriyaki Salmon & Vegetable Kabobs

Hi there! Hope all is well! How is your summer going?! There is a heat wave going through Pittsburgh/east coast right now…ya its hot! Too hot for me! 
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So right now, I don’t want to turn on the oven OR stand in front of the stove top.  So lots of salads and other options are going on right now.  I have a fantastic recipe for you guys, you’re going to love it! Nick got a grill for his birthday this year, so we have grilled up a storm. Grilling everything! So easy and so delish to just throw something on the grill, flip it once and your done! 
So lets jump right into this recipe.  

Teriyaki Salmon & Vegetable Kabobs

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  • 1 large salmon filet
  • Mixed veggies of your choice, I used red pepper, zucchini, mushrooms
  • Teriyaki sauce, your choice! I used a low sodium option
  • Skewers

Cut the salmon long ways, then into chunks big enough to withstand the grill/skewer.  Marinate the salmon in the teriyaki sauce, enough to cover the salmon. I marinated the salmon over night, but an hour will do! Then the fun begins, build your kabobs! Brush the grill with some olive oil.  Place kabobs on grill and let the magic happen.  Flip after about 8-10 minutes.  Grill for another 5 minutes.  The salmon will begin to flake, that’s your queue!

Serve over a spinach salad or a bed of brown rice/quinoa! So Yummy! I hope all enjoy!

What is your go to meal when it’s too hot to cook?!