Sunday, September 9, 2012

Arugula and Garlic Saute Over Spaghetti Squash

Arugula is a peppery green that is packed with healthy antioxidants and toxin cleansing chlorophyll. If you think of your body as a machine, you realize that you need to clean it out sometimes or it will become clogged  and then toxins get trapped inside your body. The bad news is that toxins are stored in fat and without cleansing, you store more fat.

Greens  ( kale, collard, arugula, romaine lettuce, spinach, etc) are powerful detoxifiers that encourage the body to eliminate extra fat. As long as you have toxins, you will probably have excess fat, especially around the belly. For more information on how greens reduce belly fat read " Reduce Belly Fat with Greens"

I love the peppery taste of raw arugula in salads, which is probably the most beneficial way to eat arugula.

 It is  a great source of vitamins A, C,  iron, potassium and fiber as well as other minerals and nutrients that are essential for proper body health. It also contains vitamins K and P which help maintain a healthy liver, which is the filter of the body and needs to be kept clean. 

So, don't forget to add a handful of arugula to your salads. The health giving benefits are worth it!

This is the first time I ever tried to cook arugula..
Lightly sauteed in garlic and oil, arugula has a wonderful flavor.
 I tossed the sauteed garlic and arugula with baked spaghetti squash, but you could use any grain or gluten free pasta..

Arugula is available in most supermarkets. I purchased a super size container at BJ's, and that is why I needed to find some innovative ways to use it up.

I liked it cooked. It made a nice and healthy side dish.

1 spaghetti squash ( pierced with a fork and baked at 350 for about 1 hour till soft)
3 cups arugula, washed well
4 cloves of garlic , sliced
2 TBSP olive oil or olive oil spray for sauteing

 Saute olive oil and garlic in a skillet for about 3 minutes. Add fresh arugula and sautee for about 3 more minutes until wilted. Toss with spaghetti squash .

Variations: Add feta cheese spread to mixture ( my favorite) or add spaghetti sauce
How to cook spaghetti squash

Assemble Baked spaghetti squash, arugula, and garlic

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  1. Oh I do love this recipe. I just came back from the produce market with arugula and kale and other greens. I am into the detoxify. Don't you just love that spaghetti squash?

    1. I really do love spaghetti squash especially because I can use it like pasta with a lot less calories and much more nutrition.

  2. Yum, I would like to pin a photo to my board at Pinterest if you don't mind.

    1. I would be delighted if you pinned this recipe at Pinterest. Thanks and I'll be over to check out your Pinterest boards..

  3. I just cooked with arugula for the first time. Your recipe looks yummy!

  4. Judee, I have just began researching Arugula and have a post in draft regarding it's health benefits on Celiac and food allergies. Now, I have gotten a chance to actually see it utilized in a recipe. Thank you for sharing. I would love for you to hop over to our recipe linky and share this week :) []

  5. delicious! just got some spaghetti squash from my csa...

  6. Spaghetti squash is still something I haven't tried. I guess it's because my mom made it a couple of times and it turned into mush! Yours looks perfect though. I've seen pasta dishes with arugula tossed in--like your twist with the spaghetti squash. Thank you for taking time this week to link with See Ya In the Gumbo.

  7. Thanks so much for joining in with this week's Say G'day Linky Party! This looks amazing! I have just shared this post on Google+ and am pinning it as well!

    Hope to see you again this Saturday.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  8. We would just love this dish, it looks delicious. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing on Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. delish and perfect comfort food for the season change. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Your participation helps make it a success.I'm sorry I am slow to visit this week as I am fighting a nasty head cold and my time on the computer has been limited.Wishing you a beautiful day .

  10. I so enjoy your site and your recipes. Would you please consider adding a print option so we can enjoy your recipes a little more easily. Thank you.

  11. I’m always wondering what to do with Spag squash. Thanks for the idea – looks too good not to try .
    Joseph Donahue

  12. I thrive in cold, gray, rainy weather. Spring and summer are miserable for me. I have terrible allergies and absolutely hate being hot and sweaty. I get heat rashes and sun poisoning if I’m outside for too long thanks to super-sensitive skin. I’m miserable once it heats up outside and can’t wait for all of the rain fall brings with it. My husband is the same way, so we love the mountains and big cities for vacations—loathe the beach. I can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend!Kelly Hubbard


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