What’s in Our Kitchen

Spaghetti Squash

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Spaghetti squash is a staple in my kitchen as you can use it as a pasta replacement in any dish you please! When cooked, it comes out in strands that resemble spaghetti noodles. It is a great source of fiber and vitamin A, and also contains vitamin C and other antioxidants; therefore it has much more nutritional value then regular pasta.

There are many different ways to cook spaghetti squash, but I now have my favourite as it consistently comes out with the perfect texture, not too hard or too mushy!

Directions

  1. Cut squash in half lengthwise
  2. De-seed
  3. Put squash cut side down in a baking dish
  4. Add up to a cup of water to the dish so that it’s base is fully covered
  5. Bake at 375 F for about 40 minutes, or until tender
  6. When ready, use a fork to rake the squash into “pasta”

Once cooked, you can top it with anything that would would put on regular spaghetti noodles!

It is harvested early in the fall season, so you’ll be seeing them in your grocery stores soon!

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Medjool Dates

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WHAT ARE MEDJOOL DATES?

Dates are a fruit from the date palm. Medjool Dates, AKA the “King of Dates” are a soft, large variation of date that are sweet with a caramel-like flavour. They’ve traditionally been grown in North Africa and the Middle East, but are now grown in North America, specifically California.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Most people enjoy Medjool dates because they satisfy your sweet tooth while also being good for you. In moderation of course, because these sweet little morsels do have a high natural sugar content. Here are some of the nutrients and health benefits linked to Medjool dates:

  • Easy to digest – which means its nutrients are easier for your body to absorb
  • High in fibre – Specifically soluble fibre, which helps to maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels, also softens stool 🙂
  • Source of copper – An essential trace metal in your body. Aids in the absorption and use of iron, maintains normal brain and red blood cell function
  • Selenium – Helps immune functioning, linked to cancer prevention and contains 23 types of amino acids
  • Vitamin B6– 6% of the suggested daily intake with just 2 dates
  • High in Potassium – Potassium helps to maintain heart rate and blood pressure. Bite for bite you’re getting 3X the amount of potassium with a date vs. a banana!

Medjool dates have been linked to several other health benefits, Google away and you can find additional sources and information.

If you’re interested in purchasing Medjool dates, you can find them at most supermarkets. Our local Whole Foods sells small containers of organic dates in their prepackaged section. That’s where I bought the dates I used in this Rawnola Recipe.  If you don’t have a Whole Foods near you, we’ve also purchased Natural Delights dates from other supermarkets. They have a store locator on their website that shows where you can pick up these little bites of heaven!

Medjool Date

Careful, there’s a seed in there!