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I love spaghetti squash. It’s so easy to deal with it – just cook it in the oven, and then, if you don’t want to pretend that spaghetti squash is just like pasta, I have links to 4 good recipes with spaghetti squash right at the end of this post.

Roasting spaghetti squash could not be easier, but if it is your first time, just follow the instructions. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Cut the squash in 2 halves, scrape out the seeds and the fiber out of each half. Spray oil over the cut sides and inside of the squash. Place the squash on the foil-lined and lightly greased baking sheet cut side down.

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Bake for about 40 minutes. Remove the baking sheet with squash from the oven when it’s cooked through and soft. Allow it to cool right on the baking sheet. [click to continue…]


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Black Bean and Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole – a delicious, super easy to make casserole dinner recipe! The vegetables are roasted in spices (cumin and chili powder) before we add them to the dish, which adds lots of Southwestern flavor! Other ingredients include green and red bell peppers, corn, salsa, enchilada sauce, sour cream, Mozzarella cheese, and corn tortillas. If you love Mexican food or Southwestern recipes, you’ll love this!

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This casserole is amazing when hot right out of the oven, but it tastes even better the next day, or 3-4 days later! I just finished the last slice of this casserole (5 days later), and I can tell you that it was better than the 1st day! I guess all the flavors really blend while sitting in the refrigerator for days. :) [click to continue…]


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Garlic Mushroom Fettuccine Pasta smothered in butter and shredded Parmesan. Sometimes, the simplest of recipes are truly the best!

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This recipe takes only 30 minutes to make, but the resulting dish tastes like something you would order in a high-end Italian restaurant. [click to continue…]


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This Butternut Squash and Spinach Three Cheese Lasagna recipe is healthy, vegetarian, perfect for the Fall and Winter season, and popular with kids! The lasagna combines Ricotta, Parmesan, and Mozzarella cheeses with spinach and pureed butternut squash to create the ultimate Fall & Winter comfort food.

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This recipe uses butternut squash puree, which you can easily make by following this easy step-by-step tutorial: how to make butternut squash puree. Or, you can always buy pureed butternut squash at the store. [click to continue…]


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Spicy Shrimp Pasta in Garlic Tomato Cream Sauce – this pasta has everything you crave for in an Italian pasta: easy creamy tomato sauce made from scratch, seafood, spices (garlic, paprika, basil, oregano, crushed red pepper) – all of that over the perfectly shaped penne pasta.

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Penne is perfect for this dish as it holds the sauce very well, and with every bite you will get not only pasta and shrimp but a generous scoop of sauce too! I’ve used gluten free pasta (Tinkyada brown rice penne) for this dish as well, and it was marvelous! Whichever pasta you use, make sure to cook it al dente, then rinse it with cold water, drain it, and only then add it to the sauce. This will preserve the pasta structure and prevent it from getting mushy in a creamy sauce. [click to continue…]


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Healthy Quinoa Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Pine Nuts, Caramelized Onions and Feta cheese, with French Vinaigrette salad dressing (I used Brianna’s French Vinaigrette salad dressing – it’s excellent! and it’s gluten free!). This delicious salad is perfect for the Fall, and it’s a great way to use butternut squash a little bit differently than usual. All ingredients match one another really well, and the salad dressing is so good! I’ve been eating this for lunch for days now, and this salad keeps you full and satisfied for a long time. It’s healthy, vegetarian, gluten free, full of anti-oxidants (squash) and protein (quinoa). [click to continue…]


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Shrimp, fresh tomato, and spinach with fettuccine pasta in garlic butter sauce – a delicious Italian pasta dish and a great way to use up a bunch of fresh tomatoes you might have sitting around in your kitchen. [click to continue…]


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Peach and Blueberry Greek Yogurt Cake made in a springform pan – you couldn’t find an easier recipe for such a colorful, beautiful cake!

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I love baking with Greek yogurt and avoiding using as much butter as I can get away with. In this recipe, you’ll be using 1/2 stick of softened butter and 1/2 cup Greek yogurt to produce a full size 9 inch diameter cake. Not too much butter, yet the texture does not suffer. In fact, I prefer the texture that Greek yogurt creates in a cake than if I just use butter. [click to continue…]


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Spaghetti Squash, Quinoa and Parmesan Fritters – delicious, healthy snack that everybody in your family will love!

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Quinoa tastes AMAZING in this recipe! If you like quinoa you will like it even more after making these savory mini cakes. [click to continue…]


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If you’re looking for an easy-to-make, healthy (and gluten free!) soup, let me introduce this Chicken, Bean, and Spinach Soup. It’s filled with other veggies, too: green bell pepper, carrots, and tomatoes. Spiced up with oregano, basil and paprika! So good – and a perfect lunch food. I’ve been packing this soup for my lunches at work, and the soup keeps me well satiated for hours, enough for me to have my work-out around 5:00 pm.

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Here are step-by-step photos that show every simple step in making this recipe. [click to continue…]


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Delicious Butternut Squash, Bean, and Beef Chili – perfect combination of flavors! Other ingredients include red kidney beans, green bell pepper, corn, garlic, tomatoes – there is really nothing NOT to like in this chili. [click to continue…]