Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Spaghetti {Squash} + Meatballs


I just finished a workout/dietician challenge at my local fitness studio! We did a low carb diet, so when I got a craving for pasta, I would turn to this spaghetti squash & meatballs dinner. My husband even loved it! If you want to be ambitious and make your own meatballs, go for it…however I love the Aidell’s brand of chicken meatballs so much that I don’t know if I will ever make meatballs again. You can really play around with seasoning and your favorite marinara sauce too. I love creamy vodka sauces, so that was my go-to choice. If you are trying to stay healthy with this meal (which I encourage) make sure you read your nutrition labels. Look for something with high protein, low sugar and low carb. Your spaghetti squash is of course not carby, your meatballs are good protein and if you choose a good marinara sauce with just a few ingredients then you have it made. This is a perfect light dinner that will leave you feeling full but not stuffed like a bowl of pasta would. Pair with a salad and no bread and you can enjoy dinner guilt free.

-Laurie 

Spaghetti Squash
Olive Oil
Seasoning of choice
Aidelle’s Italian meatballs
Marinara sauce (I like Vodka sauce)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut the spaghetti squash in half with a very sharp large knife. The skin is really tough so you have to be careful with it! Pour about an inch of water in the bottom of a casserole dish and place the halves of spaghetti squash face down, skin up. Cook for 45 minutes to an hour, until the squash is soft. Let cool, then scoop out the middle part of the spaghetti squash, getting rid of the seeds similar to how you would clean out a pumpkin at Halloween. Once the squash is clean, shred the insides with a fork to create the “spaghetti.” Season with olive oil and seasoning of choice. Top with meatballs and marinara.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

International Biscuit Festival


Guys, it's time! It's time for the International Biscuit Festival!! This weekend the streets of Downtown Knoxville will be packed. And I mean, packed. Last year you could hardly find where one line ended and one began as you eyed the little buttery morsels. So, I have no doubt that this year will be just as huge of a success. I'm so excited to attend this year. Just in case you can't make up your mind here are a few of my photos from last year's event.

Hope to see you there!
-Alison
 





Friday, May 1, 2015

May Calendar Download



Happy May Day, everyone! We hope you are ready for warmer weather and are enjoying the beautiful flowers in bloom. We look forward to enjoying the rest of spring and jumping right into summer with Memorial Day to end out this busy month ahead. I know I have a lot of graduations, birthdays and moms to celebrate this month. Enjoy spring time while it lasts...summer is just around the corner! Download your May calendar here.

Laurie & Alison
 

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