Sunday, October 9, 2011

I tried

I tried really, really hard this weekend to like butternut squash.  I really did try.  But I just don't  :(

Friday, October 7, 2011

Spaghetti Squash with Chili

Spaghetti Squash with Chili
Slightly adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

1 spaghetti squash
8 ounces lean ground turkey  (93/7 % or 99/1%)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
14 ounce can Rotel (or equivalent), drained
15 ounce can corn, drained
8 ounce can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste (if you don't have that's okay)
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano, crushed

If you have never cooke spaghetti squash before, it's really not bad I promise.  You can either bake or microwave it.  I choose to bake mine because it could bake as I was making the chili.
To bake: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cut the squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds and middle (as you would a pumpkin).  Place the squash halves with the cut sides down and the rind side up on a baking sheet or in a baking dish.  Cook for ~30-45 minutes.  I set my timer for 30min and they were done.  Just poke with a fork to check.  Be careful when you turn them over because the trapped steam is what helps them cook.  Use a fork to softly scrap out the flesh, which comes out in string like strands.
To microwave: cut and clean in the same manner.  Place one half in a baking dish with ~1/4 cup water.  Cover and microwave for ~8-10 minutes.  Do the same for the second half.

For the chili:  In a medium saucepan cook ground turkey, onion, and garlic until meat is fully cooked and onion is tender.  Season with a little salt and pepper while cooking.  Drain off any fat.
Stir in Rotel, corn, tomato sauce, tomato paste, chili powder, and oregeno.  Simmer, unconvered, for 10 minutes or desired consistency.

Top spaghetti squash with chili.  Yum!  I liked it!  And I love being able to use spaghetti squash more in the fall and skip the pasta!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Product Review

Del Monte Fruit Naturals - Mixed Berries


I don't really like fruit cups, I'd much rather eat the real fruit.  And I'm not a big juice fan, all the calories and sugar with decreased vitamins/minerals and fiber.  But I had a BOGO free coupon for these fruit cups.  They are found in the refrigerated fruit/juice section and are in 100% juice...hence "natural"

I thought the mixed berries looked awesome because it is rare to find blackberries and blueberries in a fruit cup.  Plus these berries are more expensive and I can eat an entire package in one sitting!  Please remember this review is my personal opinion, and I just feel like sharing from an RD and personal point of view.

What's in these natural berries?  Blueberries, blackberries, reconstituted white grape juice, calcium lactate, natural flavor, ascorbic acid (to protect color), citric acid, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate (to preserve quality).   Why do my natural berries need natural flavors? Or natural things to preserve quality?

6 ounce cup, 100 calories.  Did you know you can have about 1.3 cups of blueberries or 1.5 cups of blackberries for ~100 calories?

Now for taste...yuck!  Do you see the color of my blackberry?  The flavor of the berries was extra sweet and kinda fake flavored, which I'm not really a fan of.

I was gonna check the price on these to compare w/ the real fruit but forgot.

Bottom line I hated this and couldn't even finish either cup (I tried with both cups).  Can't wait to buy me some fresh blueberries & blackberries!!