Born out of desperation for something – anything – out of our ordinary meal routine, this was a HOME RUN.
It”s pretty much the perfect balance of:
- Antioxidant-rich vegetables: Spinach & onion
- Anti-inflammatory Mediterranean fats: Avocado & extra virgin olive oil in the pesto
- Nutrient-dense starch: Spaghetti squash (MUCH more nutritious than pasta!)
- Muscle-building protein: Chicken!
In fact, it just so happens that we ate this the night before hubby’s game. Perfect, blood sugar-balancing athlete fuel (much better than blood sugar-spiking pasta!).
Another awesome benefit to this meal? For those that struggle with eating vegetables or feeding them to spouses and/or children, this is pretty much a no-fail way to disguise them.
Spinach, Avocado, & Pesto Chicken “Pasta”
1 large spaghetti squash
1 large onion
2 cups of spinach
3 large chicken breasts
1 small jar of pesto (make sure it has extra virgin olive oil like this one!)
Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
2 tbsp (grass-fed) butter
- Bake the spaghetti squash at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, or until a fork can easily slice through the outer shell. To do so, slice the spaghetti squash length-wise, and scoop out the seeds. Place both halves face-down in a glass pan, fill with about 1/4 inch of water, and bake.
- Once the spaghetti squash is finished, scoop out the flesh and place in a large bowl.
- Meanwhile, in a large pan, chop and sauté onions on medium.
- Chop up chicken into small pieces, and cook in the large pan with the onions.
- Right before the chicken is fully cooked, add in spinach and cook for about 3 – 5 minutes.
- Add the onion, spinach, and chicken mixture to the large bowl with spaghetti squash.
- In a separate small bowl, blend the flesh of both avocados. Then, evenly mix the mashed avocado into the large bowl with chicken, spinach, onions, and spaghetti squash.
- Add the small jar of pesto and mix evenly into the large bowl as well.
- Finally, add in sea salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
Enjoy this scrumptious Mediterranean dish!
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