Spaghetti With A Difference

When I woke up today I felt full of energy and I have charged around at a hundred miles an hour all day, completing a ton of chores.  I am still full of beans and can’t believe it is 9:30pm!  I put this energy surge down to the improved diet I have eaten this week.  Raw food does give you a big nutrient boost and I think it helped me sleep because my body could rest properly, as it wasn’t busy digesting food.  I will make sure I add a lot more raw food to my diet, but I didn’t have much today.

Breakfast was banana porridge.  I had half a banana, 1/3 of a cup of oats and 140ml unsweetened almond milk plus some water as I don’t like it thick and gloopy.  I put it all in the pan, bring to the boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.

I served it with a spoonful of almond butter with dried berries.  So delicious.

First task of the day was to finish painting the hi-fi cabinet I started painting on Sunday.  I have had this cabinet for years and disliked it almost since the day I got it.  I am not sure why it has taken so long to get round to painting it but I am glad I have now.  This is the before shot.

Many coats of paint later it looked like this.

And in situ I was really pleased with it.

I had 2 clementines as a snack.

They are so sweet and juicy and full of flavour at this time of year.  Mmmmm.

While I washed my paint brush I decided the utility room was chaotic so I tidied and cleaned it.  I even sorted out the shelves in the scary spider infested cupboard (I didn’t see any).

Having moved the painted cupboard and large speakers out of the dining room, I was inspired to start re-arranging the dining room, which involved emptying the dresser so I could move it.  I do find it very therapeutic to have a complete sort out and I ended up spring cleaning the inside and outside of every piece of furniture and even washed the walls.  I have one corner left to do so feel rather pleased and I like the new furniture arrangement too.

Lunch turned out to be one of the most delicious meals I have had for ages.  To put that in context, I mean compared to the food I have cooked myself quickly, not some of the amazing meals friends have cooked me recently.

I bought a spaghetti squash recently, which I had never had before.

I cut it in half and scraped out the seeds.  I put one half in the fridge for another day (or so I thought at the time).

To cook the spaghetti squash, I put it cut side down on a baking tray with a small amount of water and cooked it at 180 ° C for 40 minutes.  It was cooked!  How easy was that?  When you drag a fork through it, the solid looking squash splits in to “spaghetti” ribbons.

I served the spaghetti squash with the last piece of corn pudding and the last of the roasted veg which I had cooked with quinoa.  I didn’t serve the quinoa because I didn’t need that many carbs in one meal.  I also had 4 rashers of lean back bacon and some curly kale I cooked in the bacon pan with some maple syrup.

This meal was fabulous.  I really enjoyed the corn pudding and roasted vegetables.  The spaghetti squash is not as dense and heavy as other squashes and has a more delicate flavour.  I had it with lots of freshly ground black pepper.  The maple syrup sweetened kale and salty bacon complemented the meal perfectly.  I absolutely LOVED this meal and could eat it every day.  But I won’t.  Sigh.

Supper was meant to be a spicy stir fried veg and noodles meal but Harvey begged me for spaghetti bolognese.  He is usually happy to eat what I cook but he was quite persistent tonight so we stopped off to buy some mince on the way home.  I fried a large onion with garlic, fried off the meat and added chopped mushrooms, canned tomatoes, and the left over half can of baked beans I had in the fridge.  While I was cooking the bolognese I decided to finish off the spaghetti squash so I had the other half for supper, instead of pasta spaghetti.

I served it with Gruyere.  Not a conventional cheese to serve with spaghetti squash and bolognese meal but it went really well with the flavours.

I feel as if I have eaten a massive amount of food today but I thought I had eaten healthily.  When I review my food diary (i.e. my blog photos), I can see it is full of vegetables which is good.  The only fat I added to my diet was 1 tsp of groundnut oil I used to fry the bacon and the same amount I used to fry the onion and garlic for the bolognese.  But I did have some food that naturally has a high fat content; the lean bacon, corn pudding,  lean steak mince and cheese all contain saturated fat.  I also some added sugar; 2 tbsp maple syrup for lunch and there was sugar in the corn pudding and in the less than ¼ can of beans in my portion of the bolognese.  I should calculate the points but it’s late and I am now feeling tired.  I did pack in a lot of nutrients as well and I enjoyed my first ever spaghetti squash.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to Spaghetti With A Difference

  1. veg grower up the road says:

    I love rearranging the furniture too! You have inspired me to do what I’ve been meaning to for a while – change the kids’ room around to move the sofa away from the radiator! Better heat circulation! I grew spagetti squash last year but not much came of it!!! X

    • I like a good bit of furniture shifting. I am sure it’s good feng shui to get the energy flowing round the room again. I might try spaghetti squash this year and some others. I have really enjoyed eating them this year but didn’t try to grow any so I need to add them to the list. Thanks for the thought.

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