“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Couscous-Stuffed Squash

October 28, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Diabetes Self Management, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Couscous-Stuffed Squash. To make this week’s recipe you’ll need the following; Acorn Squash, Poblano Pepper, Onion, Vegetable Broth, Shiitke Mushrooms, Couscous, Plum Tomatoes, and Pine Nuts. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes Management tips, Diabetes News, and more so be sure to check it out soon! Enjoy and Make 2019 Healthy One! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Couscous-Stuffed Squash
Ingredients
2 small acorn squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
1 medium poblano pepper, sliced
1 small onion, sliced
1 1/4 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, chopped
3/4 cup uncooked couscous
1 medium plum tomato, diced
2 tablespoons pine nuts

Directions
1 – Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray; place squash, cut side down, on baking sheet. Spread pepper and onion on baking sheet. Cover with foil; bake 35 to 40 minutes or until squash is tender.

2 – Bring broth and mushrooms to a boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in couscous, tomato, and pine nuts; cover and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Meanwhile, dice roasted pepper and onion; add to couscous mixture, fluffing couscous lightly with fork.

3 – Turn squash cut side up. Fill about 3/4 cup couscous mixture into each squash half.

Tip: Acorn squash have thick, hard skins that can be difficult to cut. To make cutting easier, soften them in the microwave. Pierce the skin with a fork; microwave on HIGH 1 to 2 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then slice lengthwise and remove the seeds.

Yield: 4 servings.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 290 calories, Carbohydrates: 57 g, Protein: 9 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 187 mg, Fiber: 6 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/sides/couscous-stuffed-squash/

Kitchen Hint of the Week!

October 28, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Acorn Squash is healthy……………

Acorn squash is rich in nutrients, such as fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. It also packs many beneficial plant compounds, including carotenoid antioxidants. As a result, acorn squash may promote overall health and protect against certain chronic conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Healthy Winter Squash Recipes

October 15, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Winter Squash Recipes. Find Delicious and Healthy Winter Squash Recipes with recipes like; Pizza-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash, Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, and Baked Spiralized Butternut Squash Fries. Find these recipes and so much more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Winter Squash Recipes
Find healthy, delicious winter squash recipes including butternut, acorn and spaghetti. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Pizza-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Skip the dough and stuff all of your favorite pizza toppings into spaghetti squash boats for a fun and healthy dinner that’ll please the whole family. We love the combination of mushrooms, bell peppers, pepperoni and mozzarella, but feel free to mix it up with your favorite pizza ingredients. You could throw in a bit of chopped cooked broccoli, for example, or add some olives or chopped artichoke hearts. And of course feel free to omit the pepperoni to make the dish vegetarian. Round out the meal with a simple salad……………..

Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
This butternut squash and apple soup recipe is brimming with warm and cozy flavors of fall (thanks to a delightful kick from the curry). It also delivers 25 percent of your daily fiber and is chock-full of potassium, a nutrient that many of us fall short on regularly. Streamline the prep for this recipe and pick up pre-cut butternut squash: you’ll need 7 to 8 cups. Round out your meal by serving this easy soup alongside a salad or sandwich………….

Baked Spiralized Butternut Squash Fries
Sweet spiralized butternut squash is encased in a salty, extra-crunchy exterior for a serving of slightly sweet curly fries. You can pair these baked butternut squash shoestring fries with any protein of your choice, but we’re partial to grilled fish or chicken. Look for pre-spiralized squash in the refrigerated produce section……………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Winter Squash Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/21679/ingredients/vegetables/squash/winter/

Healthy Pasta Imposter Spaghetti Squash Recipes

January 27, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Pasta Imposter Spaghetti Squash Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Pasta Imposter Spaghetti Squash Recipes like; Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Lasagna, Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Scampi, and Lemongrass Pork and Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl with Peanut Sauce. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Pasta Imposter Spaghetti Squash Recipes
Swap out carb-heavy noodles in your favorite pasta dish for low-carb spaghetti squash noodles. When cooked, spaghetti squash can be shredded into long strands that have the texture of angel hair pasta, but with way less carbs and more nutrition! Get in your veggie servings with these satisfying vegetable noodle recipes with the great pasta imposter.

Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Lasagna
This low-carb riff on classic lasagna layers mushrooms and tomato sauce with spaghetti squash “noodles” instead of lasagna pasta. Make the layers right in the shell of the spaghetti squash and top with mozzarella cheese for a melty top and fun presentation. Serve with a green salad and a glass of Chianti for an easy, healthy dinner…………

Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Scampi
Give buttery shrimp scampi a healthy update with delicately sweet spaghetti squash. The parsley-flecked squash “noodles” slash calories, add fiber and leave this classic dish still plenty decadent………

Lemongrass Pork and Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl with Peanut Sauce
In this Asian-flavored spaghetti squash recipe, thin slices of lean pork tenderloin are marinated with lemongrass, ginger, brown sugar and soy sauce. The flavorful marinade is then cooked with peanut butter and coconut milk to make a delicious sauce for this low-carb noodle bowl………

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Pasta Imposter Spaghetti Squash Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/23155/ingredients/vegetables/squash/winter/spaghetti/pasta-imposter/slideshow/healthy-pasta-imposter-spaghetti-squash-recipes/

Soup Special of the Day…Acorn Squash Soup with Chicken and Red Pepper Meatballs

December 16, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Diabetes Self Management, Soup Special of the Day | Leave a comment
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This week’s Soup Special of the Day is a recipe for Acorn Squash Soup with Chicken and Red Pepper Meatballs. You’ll need Acorn Squash, Ground Lean Chicken or Turkey, Red Bell Pepper, Egg Substitute, Spices, and Reduced Sodium Vegetable Broth. There are several sites that have this recipe and I went with the one from one my favorite sites, the Diabetes Self Management. At the site you’ll find a fantastic selection of Diabetes Friendly Recipes along with Diabetes Management Tips so check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Acorn Squash Soup with Chicken and Red Pepper Meatballs

Ingredients
1 small to medium acorn squash (about 3/4 pound)
1/2 pound ground lean chicken or turkey
1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
3 tablespoons cholesterol-free egg substitute
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
2 tablespoons fat-free sour cream (optional)
Ground red pepper (optional)

Directions
1 – Pierce squash skin with fork. Place in microwaveable dish; microwave on HIGH 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. Cool 10 minutes.

2 – Meanwhile, combine chicken, bell pepper, egg substitute, parsley, coriander, cinnamon, and black pepper in large bowl, mix lightly. Shape mixture into eight meatballs. Place meatballs in microwavable dish; microwave on HIGH 5 minutes or until cooked through. Set aside to cool.

3 – Remove and discard seeds from cooled squash. Scrape squash flesh from shell into large saucepan; mash squash with potato masher. Add broth and meatballs to saucepan; cook over medium-high heat 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add additional liquid if necessary.

4 – Garnish each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream and ground red pepper.

Yield: 2 servings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 309 calories, Carbohydrates: 23 g, Protein: 31 g, Fat: 12 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 208 mg, Fiber: 4 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/soups-stews/acorn-squash-soup-with-chicken-and-red-pepper-meatballs/

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Wild Rice Arugula Salad with Maple Glazed Acorn Squash

July 2, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Meatless Monday, PBS | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Wild Rice Arugula Salad with Maple Glazed Acorn Squash. I found this one on many web sites and I’m going with the one from the PBS Recipe web site. The Maple Glazed Acorn Squash and Rice had me sold on the dish! You can find this recipe at the PBS/Recipe website. At the PBS site they have an incredible selection of recipes from all cuisines. So check it out today and don’t forget to Support your local PBS Network! So enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018! http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/

Wild Rice Arugula Salad with Maple Glazed Acorn Squash
Combine wild rice, maple glazed acorn squash, pomegranate and goat cheese.

Ingredients
For the Acorn Squash:
1 small acorn squash, halved, cut into 1/4-inch slices and seeds discarded
1 teaspoon maple syrup
Salt
For the Rice:
1/2 cup wild rice
1 1/4 cup water
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon olive oil
For the Dressing:
1 tablespoon olive oil
Juice from 1 lemon
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
For the Assembly:
3 ounces baby or regular arugula
2 tablespoons minced fresh Italian parsley
Seeds from 1/4 pomegranate
1 ounce goat cheese, crumbled

Directions
1 – Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, spread out the slices of acorn squash. Brush both sides of the slices with maple syrup and sprinkle with a few pinches of salt. Transfer to the oven to roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until the squash is tender with a fork. The cook time may depend on the size of your squash so just be sure to check on it.
2 – Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, set over medium heat, combine the rice, water, salt and olive oil. Bring the mixture to an aggressive simmer and then immediately lower to a gentle simmer and cover. Cook the rice until water is evaporated and until the texture is tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Wild rice depends on the type you end up buying; I’d recommend following the instructions on the back of the bag (it most likely will be similar to these instructions but may vary slightly).
3 – In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together, along with a few pinches of salt and a few turns of freshly ground pepper.
4 – At this point, you can store all of the components separately and toss everything together before serving. If you want to assemble now, toss the arugula and Italian parsley with the dressing, being sure the leaves are thoroughly coated with the dressing. Add the rice and toss once more. Arrange the slices of acorn squash and top with the pomegranate seeds and goat cheese crumbles.
http://www.pbs.org/food/recipes/wild-rice-arugula-salad-maple-glazed-acorn-squash/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 2, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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The healthy Acorn Squash……………..

In terms of vitamins and minerals, acorn squash has significant levels of vitamin C, vitamin A, thiamin, pantothenic acid, and other B-family vitamins, and its range of minerals is truly impressive, including potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, phosphorous, and calcium.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

February 7, 2016 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Thank you to JT for passing this healthy snack hint along……

 

Save the acorn squash seeds to toast for snacking just as you would pumpkin seeds.

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