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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

If you want to cook spaghetti squash but don’t know exactly how or cutting it is too difficult, check out this post and the helpful video right below.


I love substituting cooked spaghetti squash for traditional pasta to keep some of my meals lower carb. Kids love it too but cooked the right way.

Whether it’s in the microwave, baked, steamed or cooked in the slow-cooker, this veggie is rich in folic acid, potassium, and vitamin A! When cooked, the flesh comes out in strands that resemble angel hair pasta with a mild taste. Making it perfect for pairing with rich sauces like this Crockpot Tomato Sauce or Easy Alfredo Sauce.

With only 40 calories and 10 grams of carbs per cup cooked this vegetable is the perfect low-carb and gluten-free substitute to family-favorite recipes that typically use pasta, like shrimp scampi, spaghetti meatballs, or my personal favorite, Garlic Butter Chicken and Spaghetti Squash.

If you need a gluten-free substitute for pasta or a lower carb option, spaghetti squash is it! Many of our members use it to substitute pasta in our Classic Meal Plan, and it makes an appearance or two in the Grain-Free Meal Plan and in the Family Kickstart Program.

How to cook spaghetti squash the easy way? Check out these 3 methods and eating low-carb just got easier. Continue reading

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Healthy Eating Made Easy: Meal Planning Tips

This time of year a lot of families are focused on fresh and healthy eating. We all see and hear of the Whole30 and sugar detoxes, which help us refocus our eating habits to more wholesome and fresh foods. But the real question is, how can one save time in the kitchen when making all this fresh food? The answers and more are inside these meal planning tips.

If you are already doing one of these programs, keep up the great work! If you tried to but got worn out in the kitchen after week 3 because you found yourself making multiple meals for your family, check out the Family Kickstart Program. The recipes are kid approved, they cut out gluten, grains, dairy, processed foods, and sugar, and the program comes complete with shopping lists, meal prep tips, meal plans, and all the recipes needed.

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No matter program you are on, or you are just trying to eat healthier, we can all agree that one major challenge is getting all the fresh foods prepared so you can make the meals you planned.

Today, I want to share with you some of my meal prep tips that I use to feed my family of 5 fresh foods every day!

I like to start by mapping out the meals I plan to make for the week, yes this means breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Don’t be overwhelmed, just keep it as simple as possible, and choose recipes that you know your family will love.

Thankfully most programs come with the recipes, but every now you might need to swap a recipe. My go-to resources are grain-free cookbooks. In particular, my Grain Free Cookbook, which is filled with family-friendly meals, a few of which are included in our Family Kickstart Program’s Recipe Guide.

Another option is Pinterest, but that is dangerous since a simple ten-minute scroll can turn into 2 hours of browsing leaving you dazed and recipe-less.

Choosing the right recipes for your family is a key component in keeping everyone on board as well as sticking to the program. I usually look for meals that are kid-friendly and well balanced. Some recipes might need a little adjusting, but that’s perfectly fine since the overall goal is to make one meal that everyone can and will want to eat.

After completing your meal map, take a look at the recipes and see what things can be prepared ahead of time. Pre-chopping veggies, making marinades, boiling eggs, and bagging veggies and fruits for snacks, are all great ways to start ahead.

Once you have the plan, you will need to create a shopping list. Our Family Kickstart comes with both the Meal Map and Shopping List for each week, saving you even more time. However, if you are using a different program just write down all the items, you will need.

With meal map and shopping list in hand, its time to shop! Make sure to set aside time for grocery shopping; this is one step you don’t want to do in a rush. Since you want to avoid multiple shopping trips in the week, the majority of your items will be purchased at once.

You will be eating A LOT of fresh produce, and I have found that buying the pre-cut options saves a lot of time, especially on those weeks where I know my family will be extra busy. Many grocery stores offer spiralized veggies, such as squash and zucchini as well as riced cauliflower, allowing you to skip those steps and still be prepared for meal time!

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Buying frozen fruits and veggies is also an easy, cheap and great time-saver. They are often picked, washed, pre-cut, and frozen at peak ripeness, which means fresh produce all year around! I’ll use the veggies for a stir-fry, in soups, or fajitas while the fruit is tossed into smoothies or eaten as is, making a refreshing, healthy snack!

When it comes to protein, purchasing a cooked rotisserie chicken has been one of the biggest time savers! Use them to make lunches like my Southern Chicken Salad or Greek Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups!

As soon as you get home from the grocery store, I recommend you start prepping all items in your planner. Why? With all the planning and shopping you are in the mindset to “get things done”! From personal experience, I find that if I wait for later, not everything gets done. At first, this process will take a bit more time in the kitchen then what you are used to, but as you stay consistent you will get faster!

Staying prepared is the key to succeeding in any program! Make sure to check out the video above for more tips. And if you are interested eliminating gluten, dairy, processed foods, and sugars for your family for 30 days, check out the Family Kickstart Program.

Stay on track with your KickStart, Sugar Detox, Real Food, Paleo, or Whole30 with these meal planning tips.

Stay on track with your KickStart, Sugar Detox, Real Food, Paleo, or Whole30 with these meal planning tips.

Stay on track with your KickStart, Sugar Detox, Real Food, Paleo, or Whole30 with these meal planning tips.

Stay on track with your KickStart, Sugar Detox, Real Food, Paleo, or Whole30 with these meal planning tips.

Stay on track with your KickStart, Sugar Detox, Real Food, Paleo, or Whole30 with these meal planning tips.

Stay on track with your KickStart, Sugar Detox, Real Food, Paleo, or Whole30 with these meal planning tips.

2 5 easy lunches using egg salad for school or the office. High in protein, vegetarian, and easy to make lunch ideas.

5 Healthy School and Office Lunch Ideas with Egg Salad

What do you do when you have eggs about to go bad? You boil them and make egg salad! And make enough to enjoy it all week! Today I’m sharing five healthy school and office lunch ideas with egg salad!

5 easy lunches using egg salad for school or the office. High in protein, vegetarian, and easy to make lunch ideas.

5 easy lunches using egg salad for school or the office. High in protein, vegetarian, and easy to make lunch ideas.

What’s great about this post is that you can make perfect, easy to peel, hard boiled eggs and use them up to make egg salad for the week. Fresh eggs are not for boiling! Yep, that’s right. The best time to boil eggs is when you think they are going bad.

Making 5 different lunches with minimal ingredients that offer enough variety is quite simple. Check out this video for the inspiration.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

I don’t like eating the same thing day after day, and I know my kids don’t either. Nor do I want them getting bored with their food. So I have created a few videos for you on how to take some staple lunch items and create meals for the week.

For more meal ideas to help you add variety to your office and school lunches, head over to our meal plans page.

The 5 ideas to use Egg Salad include:

5 easy lunches using egg salad for school or the office. High in protein, vegetarian, and easy to make lunch ideas.

Classic Egg Salad Sandwich with Bacon

Use your favorite bread for this sandwich, add some lettuce on each side of the bread, this helps to keep your bread from getting soggy in the lunchbox, and top with two or three scoops of egg salad. If you love bacon like my kids do, adding two slices of bacon makes this sandwich the lunch version of bacon and eggs.

 

5 easy lunches using egg salad for school or the office. High in protein, vegetarian, and easy to make lunch ideas.

Celery Logs with Egg Salad & Olives

These celery logs are a fun crunchy way to eat egg salad. You can make these as a full lunch or even as a snack after school. Fill some celery sticks with egg salad and place a few sliced olives on top! It’s that simple. Add some fruit and extra veggies on the side and another lunch is complete.

 

 

5 easy lunches using egg salad for school or the office. High in protein, vegetarian, and easy to make lunch ideas.
Avocado Stuffed with Egg Salad

This Avocado Stuffed with Egg Salad is one of my husband’s favorite lunches to bring to the office. It is full of protein and healthy fats, which help hold him over through the day. The best part, you can change this one idea up as well, just change the toppings, a little creole seasoning, tomatoes, olives or even some crumbled bacon.

 

5 easy lunches using egg salad for school or the office. High in protein, vegetarian, and easy to make lunch ideas.

Tomatoes Stuffed with Egg Salad

A lighter version of the above avocado stuffed with egg salad. This is a delicious way to eat egg salad, and for those bigger appetites, you might want to make two.

 

 

 

 

5 easy lunches using egg salad for school or the office. High in protein, vegetarian, and easy to make lunch ideas.Egg Salad Wrap

My kids love hand-held foods in their lunchbox and this wrap is a simple way to get my kids to eat more veggies and protein in their school lunch. Use your favorite tortilla and chopped veggies, scoop in some egg salad and you have a delicious and filling meal for lunch.

 

 

Instead of trying to send turkey today, tuna tomorrow and ending the week with PB & J because we get lazy, try using one lunch staple a week and use these great tips!

Plus, if Egg Salad isn’t your thing, check out how to use turkey five ways and chicken salad five ways or even hummus five ways to keep lunch interesting all month long.

What would your kids love to eat every day for lunch?

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