Tuesday, October 12, 2010


My blog has moved to a new URL that is all my own! I am very excited and hope that you will continue to follow along as I get healthy and have some fun along the way.

I am now blogging and sharing recipes at http://www.perfectlyimperfectrd.com/.

My new site is a work-in-progress. I am slowly learning my way around wordpress and web design. Any suggestions or tips are welcomed and encouraged!

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

I am not sure who deserves the credit for inspiring this creation, but I have seen variations here,  here , here and here. Of course I had to try it. I just wasn't expecting it to be so gooood!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • few shakes of cinnamon (optional - I like extra cinnamon!)
  • 1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Naturally Preferred Whey)
Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Topped with some maple granola!

Drink up! If you have not tried a pumpkin smoothie, do it now. It's a great way to use the rest of that can of pumpkin that is in your fridge. 

Friday, October 1, 2010

Spicy Spaghetti Squash with Black Beans

I don't have a lot of experience cooking with spaghetti squash. I attempted it once during my restrictive dieting years as a low calorie substitute for pasta. Lets just say it didn't fool me.

Have you ever taken a bite or drink of something thinking it was something else?  No? Okay, maybe that is just me...but somehow perfectly delicious food, when you are expecting something else, tastes completely wrong.

Over the years I have stopped attempting to pretend foods are something other than what they are. I enjoy tofu and veggie burgers, not because they fool me into thinking I am eating meat, but because I like their unique flavors and textures. The same can be said for soy or almond milk. Does it taste like cow's milk? No. Does it taste good? Absolutely!

Spaghetti squash contains many nutrients, including folic acid, potassium, vitamin A and beta carotene. It is low in calories averaging 42 calories per 1-cup serving. Plus, it is currently in season. I decided to give the spaghetti squash another chance, but I didn't want to make spaghetti. I searched for ideas to fit with the ingredients I had on hand and came up with this recipe.

Spicy Spaghetti Squash with Black Beans
 (adapted from Whole Foods Market)
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash  
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped (I used yellow onion because that is what I had on hand)
  • 1 jalapeño chili, seeded, minced
  • 1/2 cup red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn, frozen or fresh
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin (I added this to the original recipe because, well, I like cumin)
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (I used the juice from 1/2 a lime)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
Start by roasting the spaghetti squash. First, cut it in half.

I suggest using a large, sharp knife.

Then scoop out the seeds.

I rubbed mine with a little bit of olive oil and sprinked it with salt, pepper and Garlic Garlic.

Place squash face down in a baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees F for 35-40 minutes.

For the filling, heat oil in a large pan and sauté onion, jalapeño and red pepper for 2 minutes.

Add beans, corn, cumin and chili powder; sauté 1 minute longer.

When the squash is finished roasting, scoop the flesh from the shell.

Add cooked squash, cilantro, lime juice and salt to pan; cook 1 minute until heated through. Fill squash halves with filling, mounding mixture in the center. I topped mine with a dollop of greek yogurt.

I fell in love with this dish. It has just the right amount of spice and flavor for me. I really enjoyed the taste of the spaghetti squash as well. This winter vegetable will definitely appear in more of my meals from now on.

Do you like spaghetti squash? What is your favorite way to prepare it?