Spaghetti Squash ‘Bolognaise’

August 5, 2007 at 12:43 am Leave a comment

Hi Readers,

I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long. I’ve had no internet connection. Aarrgh! I’ve been going crazy. What did we ever do before we had the web?

We’ve only just sorted out our technical problems today. So this is the post that I wrote on Wednesday but couldn’t upload. From tomorrow, all will be back to normal. I hope.

Did an hour of standing pilates today, in preparation for my class tonight. Need to be able to do the moves if I’m gonna teach them, right? My abs were already crying out from the 30 minutes I did yesterday. Not a proper workout, my a***! Pardon my french. Anyway, hubby is under strict instructions not to make me laugh. I’ll write more about standing pilates in a later post.

Also ate clean today:

Meal 1: Omelette made with one omega-3 egg plus 2 whites, chopped mushroom, handful of spinach. Cooked with olive oil spray. On the side, 3 chopped cherry tomatoes and 1/4 diced avocado. Water, 1000mg fish oil, omega 3-6-9 pill, 500mg vitamin C, 400mg calcium + vitamin D.

Meal 2: Grilled trout with peppers, onions, mushroom, spinach and garlic, cooked with a little olive oil. Water, fish oil.

1 hour standing pilates practice.

Meal 3: Half a peanut butter fudge bar from Gourmet Nutrition. Water, fish oil.

Taught a Standing Pilates class.

Meal 4: Spaghetti squash ‘bolognaise’. See recipe below. Water, fish oil, 500mg vitamin C, 400mg calcium + vitamin D.

Am about to hop on the treadmill and do some steady state cardio. Phew, done. 32 minutes, including 2 mins cooldown, no incline. Did 2.242km in that time.

Meal 5: 2/3 cup low-fat cottage cheese, handful raspberries and blueberries, teaspoon of flax seeds. Cup of tea, fish oil.

And now for that recipe:

Spaghetti Squash ‘Bolognaise’

Spaghetti squashThis was originally a nice vegetarian recipe from a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, but a bit lacking in protein. But it’s a great way to get lots of varied veg into a tasty meal and is easily adapted to add more protein. It takes a little while to cook because you have to bake the squash, but it is ridiculously easy to make. Spaghetti squash has a pulpy flesh which, when cooked, can be separated into thin, spaghetti-like strands. See this link for more information about spaghetti squash. Hint: toast pine nuts in a dry frying pan (skillet) over a medium heat until they start to show brown spots and smell nice.

Ingredients
1 small spaghetti squash (around 1 1/4 to 1 1/5 lbs)
200g protein source, eg. lean beef mince, TVP for vegetarians, etc.
2 oz. lite mozzarella cheese, cubed or grated
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped (around 3/4 cup)
1 Tbsp tomato puree
3 green or spring onions, finely sliced (around 1/4 cup)
1/4 cups pine nuts, toasted
Small handful of snipped fresh basil, to your taste
1 tsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil
1–2 cloves garlic, minced, as per your taste
2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Method
Halve the squash lengthwise and remove the seeds with a spoon. Prick the skin all over and place the halves, cut side down, in a rectangular baking dish. Cover and bake in a 350°F oven (180°C) for 60 to 70 minutes until tender.

Use a couple of forks to separate out the squash pulp into strands, leaving the strands in the shell. Mix half of the mozzarella into each shell and press the pulp-cheese mixture up the sides of the shell to leave a hollow in the centre.

Meanwhile, brown the meat in a frying pan using 1 tsp oil. Alternatively, prepare vegetarian protein source as directed on packet.

In a bowl combine tomatoes, onions, pine nuts, tomato puree, basil, oregano, 1T olive oil, garlic, and meat/soy protein. When the squash is ready, split the filling between the two shells, and return to the baking dish. Sprinkle over the parmesan cheese, and return to the oven uncovered for about 20 minutes, until the filling is heated through.

Serves 1 big strong man or 2 smaller women. Double or triple the recipe as necessary to feed more. Enjoy.

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  • Body fat lost: 0.9%
  • Exercise this week (Sat–Fri):
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  • 1. Crack 15 stone (210 lbs) for the fourth and final (I hope) time.
  • 2. Lose 10% of my body fat (14 stone 4).
  • 3. Fit into a size 18 (US 16).
  • 4. Get my body fat below 40%
  • 5. Lose another 10% of my body fat (12 stone 12/180 lbs).
  • 6. Get my BMI under 30 (12 stone 9/177 lbs) - no longer obese, just overweight now.
  • 7. Weigh less than my husband.
  • 8. Fit into a size 16 (US 14).
  • 9. Lose my third 10% (11 stone 8/162 lbs).
  • 10. Fit into a size 14 (US 12).
  • 11. Get my BMI under 25 (10 stone 8/148 lbs).
  • 12. Lose my fourth 10% (10 stone 6/ 146 lbs).
  • 13. Fit into a size 12 (US 10).
  • 14. Reach my goal weight (10 stone) and decide if I need to lose any more based on my muscularity and shape.
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  • 1. Increase my cruising walking speed from around 5.0kph to 6.4kph.
  • 2. Increase continuous jogging time to 30 mins.
  • 3. Run a 5K for charity.
  • 4. Work on my crawl stroke and build up to 30 mins continuous swimming.
  • 5. Build up to 1 hour continuous and comfortable cycling.
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  • Xmas 2008 = 223.6 lbs (15 stone 13.6), 48.2% BF, lean body mass 116.0 lbs (8 stone 4)
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