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Filtering by Tag: healthy

Lemon Sage Spaghetti Squash

Lisa Eberly


So this recipe may not be as festive as the other ones this month, but here's why I love it for December: 

1. You can snatch up that last squash at the grocery store before they go out of season. 

2. You can enjoy a light tasting meal while still feeling the fullness of other December temptations (read: super unhealthy huge meals!).

Also, it’s super easy to make while coming off as fancy, so it’s a great recipe to make for friends of family and really show off your cooking skills! 

My family (most notably my dad) loves pastas and Italian food, so whenever I am in town I try to encourage healthy alternatives that can be just as satisfying as a big bowl of pasta, so this one is a great go-to. 


Lemon Sage Spaghetti Squash

(serves 2) 


1 spaghetti squash, sliced long ways

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 tablespoons of grass-fed butter (I recommend Kerrygold)

1/4 cup chopped yellow onion or scallion

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese

1-2 tablespoons minced or sliced fresh sage leaves

1-2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1-2 teaspoons salt, divided

1/2-1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided


1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Brush the inside of each half of spaghetti squash with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place cut sides down on a rimmed baking sheet and put sheet into the oven. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until you can easily pierce the squash with a fork.

2. While squash cools, melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 3 or so minutes or until onions begin to brown tender.

3. Using a fork, remove spaghetti-like strands from squash. Add strands (about 3 cups) to pan and fold into itself. Add in the lemon juice and sage leaves. 

4. Spoon into a bowl, add Parmesan and some salt and pepper, and enjoy!

As always, this recipes leave a great deal of room for creativity. If you want a moe refreshing and light taste, add more lemon juice, if you want more flavor, add more sage, garlic, or pepper, and so on. 

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Photos by Tania Arceo

Ginger: the superfood you're forgetting about

Lisa Eberly

Remember when everyone was obsessing over kale? Well, I think ginger is the next kale. 

I put ginger in everything I can. It is a superfood that is super good for you and has amazing benefits I bet ya didn't know about! 

Ginger root has been used as a spice and herbal medicine for thousands of years in Asian, Indian, and Arabic traditions. Ginger root contains a ton of bioactive compounds, including gingerol, shogaol, and terpene volatile oils, with a variety of beneficial pharmacologic effects. 

A lot of people aren't into ginger because it has a super strong flavor, but the flavor is actually thanks to the volatile oils and phenol compounds that researchers think are what gives ginger its amazing medicinal properties.

Ginger has proven time and time again to be an anti-inflammatory food. Inflammation is one of the root causes of several chronic diseases and many day-to-day ailments, such as sore muscles, bloating, skin problems, and fatigue. Basically, preventing or reducing systemic inflammation is what we want. Eating ginger, an anti-inflammatory food, helps us do this. 

Ginger is also known to have strong antioxidant properties, which may also contribute to its health benefits. Many diseases and general aging is in part caused by oxidation within our body. That's why consuming antioxidants (and helping our body produce its own antioxidants!), like ginger, is so important: to prevent aging and disease. 

Preliminary research even suggests that ginger may also have hypoglycemic effects. This could help keep your blood sugar in check, particularly if you have or are at risk for diabetes.* 

So, ginger is pretty much a triple threat to aging and disease: it's an anti-inflammatory antioxidant that also lowers blood sugar! 

It's really easy to add some ginger to your favorite recipes. Just mince up some fresh peeled ginger and toss it into your favorite stir fry, rice/pasta dish, or entree! I'll be sharing some recipes with ginger soon, including a 15-minute homemade butternut squash risotto! 

*MINOR Interaction with Diabetes Medications: Be watchful with this combination. Ginger might increase insulin levels and/or decrease blood glucose levels, and could theoretically have an additive effect with diabetes medications and cause hypoglycemia. 

Photos by Tania Arceo