20
Feb
09

randomness: spaghetti squash + bikinis

so i have no rhyme or reason today so i’ll just jump right in!  today was a great day – which for me means productive…kicked butt all day long and then proceeded to kick my own butt (literally) at the gym.  leg day today at the gym which means 30m of heavy-lifting, circuited with squats/lunges/cardio to keep my heart rate up…followed by 10m of abs and 30m incline walking!  needless to say, my little booty is tired and glad to be home.  

i have so many things i want to write about i literally had to just jot down all my thoughts so i have something for those days when i draw a blank!  i know i said i’d give an update on the tweaks my trainer has in store for me come 8 weeks out from the competition, but that’s not until NEXT monday (whew – one more week of eating bananas)…so you’ll just have to stay tuned.  at the end of this week i’ll have finished my 3rd week and to be honest it’s just been pretty great.  i think everyone has this idea that i’m starving, but i can honestly tell you i’m full all the time!  now – ask me that in 2 weeks and i’ll probably have a different answer for you.  i have figured out how to be completely and utterly full on 1500-1700 calories a day [read: tons of vegetables, egg whites, protein shakes].  but anyone that knows me – knows how much i love my food and love cooking, so what’s been fun has learning to create really good meals with limited ingredients…i’m getting good!  here’s a favorite one for dinner that i also posted on facebook today…my “spaghetti” with meat sauce.  i can’t do starchy carbs after 3pm, which means protein and vegetables only…sounds boring right?  not this – super yummy and it packs 2-3 servings of vegetables and seriously tastes like spaghetti – without the starchy pasta…just try it!

“spaghetti” with meat sauce
1 large spaghetti squash (it’s the big yellow one!)
1 lb. extra lean ground turkey (jennie-o)
2 cups marina sauce (any kind from a jar – just watch calories + sodium)
2 cups grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion

  1. heat the spaghetti squash (whole) in the microwave for 1m to soften the outside. remove and cut in 2 length wise, clean out the seeds and stuff in the center with a spoon, then lay each side face down in a micro-wave safe dish in about 1″ of water. 
  2.  microwave on high for 10-12m
  3. while that’s cooking, saute the ground turkey in a skillet with a little pam until it’s browned (about 8m)
  4. add the tomatoes, onion, and mushrooms and saute another 2m
  5. then add the tomato sauce and reduce heat to medium low to simmer
  6. remove the spaghetti squash and use a fork to shred the squash out of each side….it looks like spaghetti strings!
  7. spritz spaghetti squash with ‘i can’t believe it’s not butter’ spray, add a dash of salt and pepper, and then top with turkey meat sauce!
  8. enjoy your super yummy spaghetti with meat sauce! [wine optional]

makes 4 servings, 1 cup squash + 1 cup sauce per serving
calories per serving: 225
protein per serving: 28g

love love love spaghetti squash – it’s only 30 calories per cup versus 175 for even whole wheat pasta…and if you’re eating this at night it’s better to eat your veggies than starchy carbs right before bed anyway. our bodies don’t NEED any starchy carbs at night anyway because they provide energy and if you don’t burn that energy it’s stored as fat.   still need something sweet after?  (i do.)  i just have a little bowl of blueberries and 1/2c greek yogurt with splenda to sweeten it…really good and curbs the craving!

so i’m SUPER excited because i met with my trainer yesterday and she loaded me up with some bikinis.  she was making fun of my ‘grandma bottom’ bikini in my photos and said she can’t tell anything if i don’t have the right cut of bottoms on [which means little!].  she gets to see the back view – ha ha!  so she sent me home with a ton to try on…i’m so excited!  nothing calls for a glass of wine more than trying on 25 bikinis, but since that is not an option i will defer to my 1.5l smartwater water bottle that is staring at me still half full.  i’m off to have a little fashion show by myself in hopes that i find at least one that i like.  oh…and we did the posing practice thing so i’ll officially look really funny in my next pics because now i can’t say i don’t know how to do it!

so how was this for a random blog tonight?  what can i say – i’m all over the place.  all i know is this: i’m loving this whole process believe it or not, probably because i’m eating the way i should, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water – all the things we’re supposed to do!  another bonus: tons of energy.  i’m probably the last person that needs more, but i’ve got it!!!  watch out world!

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2 Responses to “randomness: spaghetti squash + bikinis”


  1. 02.20.09 at 4:41 pm

    “…because i’m eating the way i should, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water..”

    That is the best feeling in the world, right!? I’ll be there soon..
    Thanks for the great recipie!


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