Butternut Squash Spaghetti

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If you don’t already, buy yourself a spiralizer!  You can purchase them on Amazon.com or Bed Bath and Beyond stores.  It will change your life, I promise you that! I’m currently taking a Food Science class (which I love!)  I was watching a lecture on grains and flour, the importance and nutrients behind each and instantly got a craving for some ‘pasta’.  Luckily, I had a butternut squash in house, took my spiralizer out and TA DA!  Not only did this take 25 minutes to prep and cook, it satisfied any type of Italian and/or pasta craving I had. Additionally, it has a lot more flavor and is more tasteful than pasta! Win/Win situation all around.  Pictured, I mixed this with chopped kale, shredded brussel sprouts and sauteed onion but you can really mix this with whatever veggies you desire – asparagus, eggplant, peppers, etc.  For protein, I mixed this with shrimp but a runny egg does the trick too!  Enjoy guys!! :p

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Cashew Pineapple Rice

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As we enter the cold months of the New Year, here’s a great recipe to keep the warm weather spirit alive.   When I’m craving summer yumminess this is my go-to.   This bowl is filled with a variety of nutrients from complex carbs, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.  You can pair this with any protein of your choice – fish, chicken, steak!  The beauty of this beyond the taste is that it goes with everything.  Enjoy!

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Apple Crisp

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Can you believe that it’s already November!  Where does time go?  Fall is in full effect which in result makes me crave all the holiday festive sweets.  I was left with a bunch of apples from apple picking but how many apples can you eat before you don’t want to eat a raw apple anymore?  At times cooking is therapy to me.  After completing a 2 hour exam, I wanted to zone out and create something seasonally delicious that is also conducive to my eating.   So, what better than an apple crisp?   As Thanksgiving is approaching, here is a healthy dessert alternative to help you stay on track during your holiday.  Enjoy!

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Protein Packed Avocado “Boat”

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I’ve had some digestive issues lately so I’ve been veering away from meat and switching my diet up, a tad!  I’ve been eating a “paleo-like” diet for almost 4 years straight now so I wanted to try to incorporate other natural whole foods back into my diet – time to switch it up!  Change is good!!   This was a very impulsive creation I put together in one of my moments of getting home late and needing something delicious but quick to eat!  As most of you know, I love avocado, cilantro and lime so this was a no-brainer for me as it’s a good “go-to”.  However, I’ve added some quinoa on top of this for some complex carbs, extra protein and of course flavor!

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Summer Sliders

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As everyone knows, Summer is hands down my favorite season of the year.  If only Connecticut could be 85 and sunny every day, all year round!  With a lot of parties and bbq’s going on this summer I had to get creative on a finger food that would feed a group of people – in which I developed these!  These sliders are great for parties, bbq’s or even snacks on the go!  Very simple to make, full of all your essential nutrients; protein, healthy fat, vitamins & minerals and best of all, they’re delicious!

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Cod with Grilled Zucchini Noodles & Avocado Sauce

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Did you know:  Cod is one of the best things you can eat – it’s loaded with protein, high in healthy fatty acids (good for heart health), niacin (helps lower cholesterol) and Vitamin B12 (energy levels).  When people view food they normally only look at the macronutrients behind it (protein, fat and carbohydrates) but what people don’t know is how important the micronutrients are, as well!  Yes, cod is loaded with protein but it’s also full of tons of other amazingness that keeps our body healthy and prevention of chronic diseases (such as high blood pressure, heart conditions, diabetes, etc.).  It’s important to know what you’re eating and even better, enjoying it!!   I grilled the cod and paired this with grilled zucchini (you can saute this if you don’t have a grill) and blended it with a basil/avocado sauce.  Total meal time: 15 mins.  Delicious!!!

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Sesame Tuna and Mint Pea Mash

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Summer is here, finally!!  Right now, fresh fish is on sale all over the place.  Because fish can get expensive I tend to shop around and buy whatever is on sale and figure out different ways of pairing the fish with fruits and veggies. As you know, I love my fruit salsa’s with fish but I wanted to try something different.  I remember hating peas as a kid but in my adult-life I’ve grown to actually love them.   Normally, I eat peas just plain as is but I’m on this mint kick and was curious to know what would happen if I blended mint and peas together.  Don’t knock it til you try it!   Made great flavoring to go with the tuna.  Going to be my new summer favorite!  This meal was very easy, quick and of course delicious!  If you’re looking for a perfect summer dish that is loaded with protein and tons of micronutrients  – here’s your meal!  Enjoy!

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