Now that Autumn has finally rolled in, it is time to utilize the vibrant squashes, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins that are spilling from our grocery store doors. Not only are these amazing foods healthy for you but most of them are incredibly simple to make. A serving of spaghetti squash has on average 40 calories and 10% of your daily fiber, one medium sweet potato has a tiny 100 calories and 15% of your fiber needs, and last but not least one cup of mashed pumpkin has 50 calories and 11% of your dietary fiber! They are low in cost, calories, and hassle. Now for the good part- the recipes!
Some people are intimidated by this squash because of its tough skin that seems impossible to cut through for baking, tip of the century- bake is whole. Make sure all of the stickers are off, place it on a cooking sheet and bake for 45 minutes at 375 degrees. Let it cool on the counter for about ten minutes then take a knife and cut it in half length ways. You will be shocked with how much easier it is to cut once cooked. Hollow out every last strand from the shell and place the cooked spaghetti in a bowl. Personally, I like to eat this plain but you can season it with whatever you want.
- sauteed onions, garlic, basil, tomatoes, and zuccini
- butter and salt
-salt and pepper
- mozzerella, goat cheese, and craisins
-any kind of pasta sauce
This yummy veggie is a really amazing substitute for pasta if you have any allergies or are just wanting something lighter and healthier!
These are perfect because you don’t need to do anything to them to make them taste good. when I am getting ready in the morning, I chop one up sprinkle it with olive oil and lather the pieces in cinnamon. Once the oven is preheated to 350 degrees, bake for 25 minutes and your lunch is made. It is a sweet treat for a cold day at work that will get you excited for lunch:)
I just like to add pumpkin to everything, and although I don’t have a specific recipe I do have an crucial tip for anyone that loves pumpkin flavor. Pumpkin Froyo. Yes, this is real, so real that I get it at least 3 times a week. If you are in Boulder, Spooners on 29th street has some and it is deliciously addicting so be careful!
Enjoy this beautiful season with a full belly and happy body:)