Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Beginning of A Dandy New Year

The Dandy likes to keep his figure fit and trim both for himself and his public. However, after all the wonderful sweets and treats he enjoyed this holiday season he wasn’t feeling…optimal.

Enter Timothy Ferriss’ book, The 4-Hour Body. Chock full of advice and an easy to follow slow-carb diet the new year is off to a dandy start!

Eating three meals a day, consisting of a protein, legumes and vegetables, one steers clear of carbs for 6 days a week. Thankfully…because the Dandy loves his cookies, brownies, chocolate, peanut butter…yum, ice cream, whoopee pies….oh, how I LOVE whoopee pies……oh…uh…sorry, I digress…one can eat to their heart’s content on the 7th day…..cheat day! So far it’s been a great way to eat and I’m feeling better already (It helps that one can have 2 glasses of red wine each evening. Smile)

However, a recipe that has become a favorite of mine is one given to me by a friend. I was lamenting the loss of a good pasta dish in the evening and so she introduced me to spaghetti squash.

Cut in half and baked in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 – 45 minutes (don’t forget to oil your pan), just scrape the inside of the squash with a big spoon and the meat of the squash comes out like spaghetti.

I didn’t believe how easy it was until I tried it, and now I’m a faithful follower. Once all the meat is removed one can add anything to the spaghetti squash including olive oil (or a fun light dressing of your choice), fresh vegetables, tuna, chicken or salmon; or take the easy route and add a jar of your favorite tomato based sauce. We used a jar of puttenesca sauce and loved it!

So the next time you’re craving a nice pasta dish, try spaghetti squash. It’s not only healthier, but it’s delicious as well!

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