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Pasta, Spiralled Squash & Purple Broccoli

Pasta, Spiralled Squash & Purple Broccoli

Pasta was a food that I used to adore

But went off of it many years ago as it’s usually considered the root of all evil for dieters. Over time I actually sort of lost the taste for it. But now, as a high carb, low fat, plant based food lover, pasta is starting to make a small comeback in my food repertoire.

In this particular dish, I used 100 percent semolina durum wheat spaghetti pasta because it’s denser and thus releases slower in the digestive tract than other forms of wheat. Yes, it has gluten (fortunately only about 1 percent of the population is actually gluten intolerant) but its strong gluten bind is also the reason why it digests slowly in our system. Gluten, in other words, is your friend in pasta.

If gluten does bother you, you can always exchange the pasta for more, or all spiralled butternut squash, which is also absolutely lovely and lower calories.

The next main ingredient is of course the spiralled butternut squash. I bought this squash pre-spiralled at my local market, but you can also easily make your own. Well, maybe not so easily, because prepping your own butternut squash does take a little bit of work, but it can be done.

Full disclosure:

I only recently learned to peel a whole butternut squash and I had to look it up on the Internet. Now that I know how however, there is still a small debate as to whether it’s worth it or not? I recently asked several friends on Instagram what they thought, and surprisingly very few people actually have peeled their own. Many like me, didn’t even know how.

So I’ll leave it up to you whether you purchase pre-spiralled squash or create your own for this dish. Be aware however, if you opt to produce your own, you’ll need a spiralizer, or other spiralling tool, of which many different price ranges are available and can be purchased on Amazon with next day delivery.

This could actually be a good thing as its a great investment into your plant based kitchen appliance base – I use mine all the time!

Finally the amazing purple sprouting broccoli

This is actually a seasonal vegetable that comes around during the spring months. I personally find it fascinating and when I steam it, the water comes out purple. I read somewhere that you should save this nutrient rich water and use it in soups or stews, etc. I just pour it into a cup and drink it right down. It makes a yummy little purple high nutrient shot!

Ultimately you can use any type of broccoli or vegetable really. Although broccoli goes particularly well with the butternut squash and balsamic, as opposed to carrots or celery or another vegetable with a distinctive flavor. I find that most vegetables are extremely versatile, but some do go better together than others.

In my opinion… this dish was hearty, satisfying and very tasty.

I made it on a night when I was feeling exceptionally hungry and wanted something yummy & substantial. More full disclosure: I actually added a little cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, but normally this would have been a fat-free dish.

I’ll let you be the judge of your own dietary requirements!

 

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Pasta, Spiralled Squash & Purple Broccoli

This is a SUPER delicious dish and great for when you're feeling really hungry.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 100 grams spaghetti pasta 100% durham wheat
  • 300 grams spiralled butternut squash prepackaged is fine
  • 200 grams purple sprouted broccoli prepackaged is fine
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vingear
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped thyme
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • pinch ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil Optional

Instructions

  1. 1. In a large pot, bring about 5 cups of lightly salted water to a boil and add spaghetti noodles. Stir them regularly to keep them from sticking together.

    2. While waiting for your water to boil, peel and spiral your butternut squash (or open and prep your package).

    3. Prep your purple sprouting broccoli (wash & strip off excess leaves - these leaves also go great in green smoothies, so you might wish to save them). Or open and prep your package.

    4. Check your spaghetti noodles periodically until they are just al dente (still slightly hard & chewy in the middle).

    5. About 2-3 minutes before your noodles are done, toss in the squash and broccoli and allow them to come to a boil, but not get overcooked or wilted.

    6. When your veggies are just gently tender and bright, dump your entire pot into a colander and drain.

    7. Once everything is drained well, dump it all into a large bowl and toss together with balsamic vinegar, fresh thyme and dried herbs (olive oil, optional).

    8. Spoon the noodle mixture onto your plate or bowl and top with more fresh herbs, salt and pepper to taste - Enjoy!

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Stop Resisting and Start Living

Stop Resisting and Start Living

There is an interesting quote in the book A Course in Miracles that says, “Have you really considered how many opportunities you have had to gladden yourself and how many of them you have refused?” If you think about it, why do we sometimes actively resist the chance to be happy and how can we stop resisting and finally start living?

What is Resistance?

The word “resistance” has various meanings and Wikipedia alone offers five definitions that include everything from resistance to medication, to an underground movement that resists authority in an occupied country. However the type of resistance I’m referring to here is the “refusal to accept or comply with something,” or more specifically, “the opposition to flow, or movement.”
In essence, this form of resistance is all about restriction and from a spiritual standpoint it only serves to hold us back from the people, places and things that could potentially bring us personal happiness and fulfillment. The fact is, this type of resistance is based on fear and it represents an insecure inner-voice that simply says, “No” to life.

Why Do We Resist?

Perhaps we convince ourselves that we are only “honoring” our busy schedules, or acknowledging our personal limitations when we resist opportunities that arise in our lives. But what about when we find ourselves feeling strong resistance to the things that we actually WANT to do, like speaking in public, writing a book, connecting with a love-interest, or making a big life change?
In these cases we have to step back and examine the real reasons why we are saying “No.” The fact is, no matter how you slice it the hidden agenda behind resistance is fear. Although we try to disguise our fear in various forms that we desperately attempt to justify, we can’t hide the fact that we are simply afraid, because deep down inside we are filled insecurity, self-doubt and a sense of worthlessness.

Stop Resisting and Start Living.

The key behind moving through any form of resistance is by replacing fearful limiting beliefs about ourselves with loving, unlimited beliefs that shine away lower ego self-perceptions and release our true Inner Strength into everything we think, say and do. Although this may sound challenging, it’s possible once you understand some basic skills:
Forgiving the Past – Bad experiences from the past often come back to haunt us and we worry we will repeat the same mistakes. However when we forgive the past and let go of any residual fear, we are free to make decisions in the present moment.
Releasing the Future – Ultimately, anxiety is the result of projecting onto a future that does not exist. However, when we step back from trying to figure out the future, or imagining all of the things that “could” possibly happen, we release anxiety of the future and allow each moment to be fresh and new.
Positive Affirmations –  We are always running conditioned programming in our heads. However when we replace the old tapes of “I’m not good enough” or “I’m not worthy,” with fresh new tapes that say, “I AM worthy” and “I AM good enough” we start to create new neuro-pathways that that can seriously change our perspective.
Getting out of your Way – So often we can end up being our own worst enemies and stop our self from doing the very things we want to accomplish. However getting out of our own way simply means to just plan our work and work our plan without over-thinking or developing analysis paralysis. In the immortal words of Nike, “Just do it!”
Trust in a Higher Power: The most important thing to remember is we are never alone. There is a quote in A Course in Miracles that says, “Fear is a sure sign you are trusting in your own strength.” When we remember that we are always being carried by the Universe Itself, we can always relax and KNOW that all things are moving forward for our good.