Perfect Spaghetti Squash – College Style

When you don’t have a lot of time, waiting for a spaghetti squash to bake for 45-60 minutes in the oven isn’t feasible.

This microwave technique is fast, easy, and delicious! In less than 15 minutes, you have a meal ready to eat! 

Cut spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds. 

Lay halves face-down on a microwaveable dinner plate and add a few tablespoons of water. Place in the microwave and cook on high for about 8-9 minutes, until the squash is “soft.”

Using a fork, remove the inner section of the squash from the skin. (Or just eat straight from the squash as a whole.)

Add desired toppings and dig in!

Perfect Spaghetti Squash – College Style

  • 1 small spaghetti squash
  • 3-4 tablespoons of water
  • desired toppings

Cut spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds. Lay halves face-down on a microwaveable dinner plate and add a few tablespoons of water. Place in the microwave and cook on high for about 8-9 minutes, until the squash is “soft.” Using a fork, remove the inner section of the squash from the skin. (Or just eat straight from the squash as a whole.) Add desired toppings and dig in!

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What is your favorite way to eat spaghetti squash?

Epigenetics: Begin Before Birth

In my Nutritional Biochemistry class, we are studying the effects of Epigenetics on health; epigenetics is the process of our diet and environment placing little chemical “flags” and “markers” on our the DNA that then impacts the gene’s expression and therefore our risk for developing certain diseases.

Preparing for class on Monday, I just watched this video this morning, and it motivated me to continue making healthful choices now and in the future. My greatest desire is to be a mother, and I want the best for my future children. My mother has changed me for the better, and I want to take care of myself so as to help them be healthy throughout their lives.

How amazing our bodies are! 🙂

Protein Kale Marina Sauce with Pasta

Being a college student, I love quick meals. But I also know how important it is to nourish my body so it can heal and thrive. This is one of my favorite throw-it-together meals.

Here’s one of my favorite simple sauces for pasta!

Prepare pasta ahead of time. (I cook a whole box of 100% whole wheat pasta at once (saving me time later on), and put the pasta in serving size Ziploc Snack Bags for easy prep throughout the week. Then, when I get home from classes, I can throw it all together.)

Add marinara sauce, frozen kale, and meatless ground beef granules to a saucepan. 

Cook until all combined and hot. Top pasta with sauce and dig in! 

Protein Kale Marinara Sauce with Pasta 

  • 1 1/3 cup chopped frozen kale or spinach 
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 3/4 cup meatless ground beef granules
  • 1 cup cooked whole grain pasta

Prepare pasta ahead of time. (I cook a whole box of 100% whole wheat pasta at once, which saves me time later on, and put the pasta in serving size Ziploc Snack Bags for easy prep throughout the week. When I get home from classes, I can throw it all together.)

Add marinara sauce, frozen kale, and meatless ground beef granules to a saucepan. Cook until all steaming hot. Top pasta with sauce and dig in!

Makes 1 serving

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Adding sliced mushrooms would be fabulous as well!

What’s your favorite sauce for pasta?