NorCal Homes Healthy Habits: February Edition
If you’re trying to revamp and improve your diet, but you are unsure where to begin, eating seasonally is a great place to get started. “…Produce picked and eaten at its peak generally has more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than foods harvested before they’re ripe and then shipped long distances.” Seasonal eating is not only good for your body, it’s also easier on your wallet. Foods that are harvested locally cost farmers less to ship to stores, passing those savings along to the consumer. So now onto the good part… the food! Happy & Healthy Living, friends! 🙂
Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls
- 2 medium spaghetti squash (about 2 pounds each), halved and seeds removed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups purple cabbage, thinly sliced and roughly chopped into 2-inch long pieces
- 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- ⅓ cup chopped green onions, both green and white parts
- ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, to taste
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup mild salsa verde, either homemade or store-bought
- 1 ripe avocado, diced
- ⅓ cup fresh cilantro (a few stems are ok)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 medium garlic clove, roughly chopped
- Optional garnishes: chopped fresh cilantro, crumbled feta and/or seasoned toasted pepitas (not shown)
- To roast the spaghetti squash: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the halved spaghetti squash on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Rub the olive oil all over each of the halves, adding more if necessary. Sprinkle the insides of the squash with freshly ground black pepper and salt. Turn them over so the insides are facing down and roast for 40 to 60 minutes, until the flesh is easily pierced through with a fork.
- Meanwhile, to assemble the slaw: In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cabbage, black beans, bell pepper, green onion, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil and salt. Toss to combine and set aside to marinate.
- To make the salsa verde: In the bowl of a blender or food processor, combine the avocado, salsa verde, cilantro, lime juice and garlic. Blend until smooth, pausing to scrape down the sides as necessary.
- To assemble, first use a fork to separate and fluff up the flesh of the spaghetti squash. Then divide the slaw into each of the spaghetti squash “bowls,” and add a big dollop of avocado salsa verde. Finish the bowls with another sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper and some extra chopped cilantro (as shown here) and optional crumbled feta or pepitas.
STORAGE SUGGESTIONS: Store burrito bowls, covered, for up to 3 days. There should be enough lime in the avocado salsa verde to keep it from oxidizing, but if you want to be sure, store it separately in a small bowl with plastic wrap pressed against the surface.
Sources: Cookie + Kate, Cleveland Wellness Clinic
In February, we’re taking January’s workout to the next level. The first month of the year is behind us, but we haven’t forgotten the health and fitness goals we set for 2016!!