Delicious Spaghetti Squash
I have always seen people on health blogs talk about spaghetti squash, but it has not been something I ventured into often. I wanted to experiment with this and invented a pretty awesome recipe.
Here is what you need:
- 1 spaghetti squash, cut in half and seeds removed
- Fresh rosemary
- Fresh cilantro (1 bunch)
- Fresh garlic (2-3 cloves)
- 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
- Baja gold sea salt
- Vegetable broth
- Cut the spaghetti squash in half and remove the seeds
- Fill a baking dish with some vegetable broth about 1/4 inch thick and place the squash face down.
- Cover and cook in your oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the squash is soft but not mushy
- Remove from oven and allow it to partially cook
- In a small sauce pain, heat up the oil and add in chopped garlic, cilantro and rosemary. Add 1 tsp of sea salt. I like to chop them in my bullet.
- Once the squash is cooled a bit, gently run the fork down the middle and sides to remove the “spaghetti-like” strands….careful so you do not make it too mushy.
- Once you have your bowl of “spaghetti”, you can blend in the oil herb mixture. Blend well to get the flavors throughout.
Garlic-the benefits are most when eaten raw after they have been chopped. Or left out for 10 minutes before cooked. The key is to chop them! Garlic is high in manganese, B6, Vit C, selenium and fiber. Garlic also has potent antimicrobial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. The active compounds can also reduce blood pressure, lowers LDL cholesterol, and help enhance liver detox pathways.
Sea salt-rich in trace minerals, can regulate fluid balance, and provides the body with essential electrolytes for regulating cellular function. Contains magnesium, calcium and potassium…cooking with Sea salt is the wise thing to do! IT can also help increase HCL production in your stomach for proper digestion
Spaghetti squash– rich in B vitamins (riboflavin, niacin and thiamin), folate and potassium, and calcium- this is a true superfood. Surprisingly, spaghetti squash also has omega-3 and omega-6 fat, which are important for the integrity of your cell membranes. Omega-3 especially is important for quenching inflammation. Omega-6 is needed for proper brain function. It is also high in vitamin C, which is needed for collagen production and wound repair. As a result, spaghetti squash can help with aging, supports bone health, reduces inflammation and may fight off free radicals.
Rosemary– This is a legendary and holy spice. Rosemary is a carcinogen killer due to its blend of antioxidants- rosmarinic acid and carnosic acid. Studies show that rosemary contains more antioxidants than BHA and BHT-enough that it can prevent fat and lard from going rancid. One study fund that breathing rosemary can reduce stress hormones which can have profound downstream effects on immunity. Rosemary can prevent/treat conditions such as anxiety, depression, diabetes, UTI’s, ulcers, and heart disease among many other things. Rosemary can act as a diuretic and can increase urine flow, which can help prevent UTI’s.
Cilantro- This is definitely my favorite herb. Cilantro not only has an amazing aroma, it is a superfood. Packed with vitamin A, K, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium, this herb can help build strong bone, teeth and hair.
Cilantro is considered the “anti-diabetic” plant in some parts of Europe, and research shows that it helps to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, supports healthy cardiovascular function, and much more. Cilantro is able to bind heavy metals and facilitate their elimination out of the body. This is important since chronic antibiotic use is associated with heavy metal toxicity, and that can actually cause infections to relapse. Therefore, a strong detoxification protocol is key, and it should involve removing the stubborn heavy metals. Results of the study showed that by supplementing antibiotic drugs with cilantro, cilantro is able to rid the body of the heavy metal toxins, and keep the infections from arising again. Cilantro has other benefits such as protecting from oxidative stress/free radicals, lowering anxiety and improving sleep, controlling blood sugar, and can even prevent UTI’s! So double wammy here for UTI prevention. The coriander seeds within cilantro is where most of the UTI armor comes from.
UTI’s may be caused by E. coli, staphylococcus bacteria, sexual activity, genetics, or diabetes. Cilantro’s antibacterial compounds help to keep the urinary tract healthy, and free from unhealthy bacteria in a healthy alkaline environment. In addition to cilantro, coriander seeds are helpful in relieving symptoms, if a UTI does occur. Finally, cilantro can also support neurological function, prevent neuroinflammation, and also protects against colon cancer.