I’ve mentioned it before but growing up I was constantly on a diet. From high school on it was rare that I actually ate what everyone else was eating. I am so blessed to have a wonderful family that still sits down to dinner together during the week. I don’t always make it but when I do it is so awesome to actually be included in the meal and be able to eat what everyone else is eating. Now it is not such a concern whether or not my mom put exactly 1 tbs. of olive oil in our meal or if I am eating 3 or 4 oz of chicken in my meal. It seems like such a simple concept but when food is not your friend for so long, you learn to appreciate the little things. My mom is an amazing cook and I think I love to cook myself so much because I grew up around her in the kitchen. This is her recipe I’m sharing. We all sat down to dinner together and I ate it. My family is not gluten free so they had it with pasta and I put mine on spaghetti squash and didn’t notice a difference. The best part of my meal wasn’t the food though, it was the company. I challenge you to sit down to dinner with your family, significant other, roommate, or friends at least 3 times this week. Relax, unwind, and enjoy. You’ll actually enjoy your food more, be more satisfied, and become less stressed….sounds awesome doesn’t it?!
- 1 lb chicken breast
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- 1 zucchini
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 green bell pepper
- 4 cups fresh baby spinach
- fresh basil
- 1 small can peas
- 1 can crushed tomatoes
- 1/4-1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 tbs. olive oil
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Slice your spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and bake, open sides down for 1 hour at 400 degrees.
- Meanwhile chop your fresh veggies and chicken into small pieces.
- In a saucepan saute your olive oil and chicken over medium heat.
- Once the chicken is no longer pink add in your fresh veggies (zucchini and peppers).
- Add in your crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, and fresh baby spinach and continue to saute.
- Lastly add in your peas and fresh basil and let simmer over low heat.
- Once the spaghetti squash is cooked, scrape out the insides using a fork to make “spaghetti”.
- Serve your chicken and vegetable mixture over the spaghetti squash and enjoy!
Makes 4 servings
Does your family ever sit down to dinner together???