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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 September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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