Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Batch Cooking Ideas: Spaghetti Squash Pizza Casserole

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Is it really almost the middle of January?  What the hell is happening to time these days??  At least 2015 has been pretty good so far, for the most part, and this weekend was no exception...
  • Watched the Pats win an amazing playoffs game
  • Had an awesome time helping a good friend celebrate her birthday... no traffic cones this time though ;)
  • Booked a trip to Europe - See ya in April, Dublin and London!!
  • Incorporated weights into my workout- after a looong period of inactivity due to illness. (I was making myself do a few weeks of bodyweight-only training before hitting the weights.)
  • Branched out with my batch cooking
I've been having a lot of batch cooking conversations with people lately.  It seems like everyone is motivated to eat healthier in the New Year and looking for fun food pairings and quick, easy meals... myself included! 

Batch cooking is something I got into while prepping for my first bikini competition and have more or less stuck with it over the past 4 years, even when I'm not in training mode.  I feel much better when I'm in the habit of getting it done.  I think of it as being even more important than the time I spend in the gym... I firmly believe in the cliché that abs are made in the kitchen.


Hi, my name is Moe and I like to keep my Tupperware lid-to-bottom ratio at 100:1

I've definitely gone through batch cooking-free spurts where I buy my lunch every day at work, then stop at the grocery store on my way home from work while STARVING and proceed to buy (and eventually polish off) whatever I'm craving for dinner.  I try not to do that because it adds up really fast. Batch cooking allows me to know what I'm eating, eat the proper portions, save money and not make stupid choices because of being hungry.

This week's batch cooking included some of my old standby's - turkey, rice and mixed veggies; grass-fed burger, sweet potato and zucchini; overnight oats; etc.  I also decided to mix things up a little with zucchini protein pancakes, spaghetti squash pizza casserole, and PB vanilla maple protein bites.

I'm including the recipe for the spaghetti squash pizza casserole here because it is delicious, I love it and you need to try it.  It's a Paleo recipe, not that I follow the Paleo way of eating, but I've been finding a lot of great healthy, Paleo recipes lately.

This is a recipe that I made once or twice last year but forgot about until I spied spaghetti squash  in the produce aisle on Sunday.  Portion control may or may not fly out the window with this dish... you've been warned :)

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Casserole
(Based off PaleOMG's recipe, found here)


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Ingredients:
  • 1 large spaghetti squash
  • 1 pound turkey, chicken or sausage
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup pizza sauce, no sugar added
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 3 eggs or egg whites
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Any other topping you would normally put on pizza, incl cheese
Instructions:
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Bake spaghetti squash
  • I typically pierce it all around with a knife, then bake it for 30-60 minutes (Timing things isn't my strong suit; just make sure the skin gives when you press on it)
  • Let squash cool for 5 minutes then cut open, remove seeds and scrape out threads with a fork into 8x8 greased baking dish; reduce oven heat to 350 degrees.
  • In separate pan, over medium heat, sauté onions and meat, until meat is cooked
  • Add pizza sauce, basil, salt, pepper and any other add-on you want
  • Mix well and add to the 8x8 dish; mix with squash
  • Finally, add whisked eggs (or egg whites) to dish and mix well, until you can no longer see the egg
  • Bake for 1 hour (I like mine well done so I go slightly longer)
  • Cut it up and serve!



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