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Quick And Easy Way To Make Spaghetti Squash

Quick And Easy Way To Make Spaghetti Squash

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    It’s time to give spaghetti squash the attention it deserves.  Healthy eaters walk right past squash bins in search of more colorful, and more common vegetables.  A second look at the winter gourd- more aptly named spaghetti squash, can make your life better, really better.  Spaghetti squash is sturdy, and easy to store, just tuck them into a cool, dry place until you’re ready to give them your attention.  You can pop the squash in the microwave for about 15 minutes, which helps cut down on preparation time.  No oven time, or steaming kettles because the microwave does all the heavy lifting here.  Dani Spies does a quick demonstration on how spaghetti squash is easy to cook and is a great alternative to pastas.

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    Why Spaghetti Squash Rocks

    Spaghetti squash brings its Vitamin A game, and is rich in potassium, beta carotene and folic acid.  Whole 30 dieters love this squash and commonly regard the spaghetti imitating texture a perfect substitute for carb heavy pastas.  Spaghetti squash works brilliantly as a bed to top with proteins or other veggie medleys.

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    Kitchen Utensils

    • 1 1/2-quart casserole or glass baking dish
    • large knife
    • fork
    • cutting board
    • oven mitts

    Spaghetti Squash Quick Time Preparation

    Dani lays out the keys to the quick preparation and you will appreciate her no nonsense approach to the versatility of spaghetti squash.  Here are the preparation steps Dani covers in the short video:

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    1. Place squash on cutting board and pierce the squash 8-10 times with fairly deep cuts to allow steam to escape
    2. Place squash in microwave safe dish and set  timer 4-5 minutes per pound. Rotate squash at half-way point
    3. Remove from microwave when squash is soft. Add cook time if not soft
    4. Remove from dish and place on cooking board and let stand a few minutes to handle safely
    5. Cut spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds and use fork to scrape squash onto serving dish
    6. Season to taste, optionally sprinkle parmesan cheese onto squash

    Spaghetti squash is versatile, easy to store, and simple to prepare.  Give the gourd its due- and make your kitchen time a lot less hectic with the healthy choice of squash.

    Featured photo credit: Brent Hofacker via shutterstock.com

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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