Transitioning Stress Free Into The Holiday Season


I cannot believe all of the support I felt last night. It was truly an amazing entrance into the world of public speaking about a topic that I am passionate. It was great to see so many familiar faces in the crowd and meet some amazing new people!

The weekend and week leading up to last night has been completely devoted to the event. It is because of this that I wanted to keep dinners light and easy. The kind you can carry around and eat both hot and cold while doing ten other things. With the temperature plummeting outside this included a lot of pasta dishes. So today, I wanted to create a riff on pasta with the same great tastes but not so many carbs.

I guess I should also address the fact that I have this incredible garlic spread from TJ’s in my fridge. I stare at it lovingly whenever I open the fridge door and I try to add it to anything I can. The recipe would come from low carb garlicky roots and man oh man it did not disappoint. I used spaghetti squash lightly coated in the spread and topped with roasted red pepper bruschetta, capers, and fresh basil. The tangy, earthy, flavors worked so well together. This and the incredible brownie sundae I had after the event last night may be my best celebratory food to date.

Garlicky Mediterranean Inspired Spaghetti Squash

tangy, comforting goodness perfect for a low carb chilly evening

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 40m
  • Total Time: 45m
  • Serves: 2


  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic Spread from Trader Joe's
  • 2 tablespoons Roasted Red Pepper (or red pepper bruschetta)
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1 handful fresh basil lightly shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cut Spaghetti Squash in half lengthwise. Drizzle with olive oil and add a bit of salt and pepper
  3. Place squash cut side down on a sprayed baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes, until a fork goes through the back of the squash easily.
  4. Let the squash cool until you can handle it with your hands. Shred the inside of the squash with a fork to make the spaghetti and throw into medium size bowl.
  5. Combine with all other ingredients and mix well. Optional: add a bit of lemon juice and/or your favorite cheese to give it that extra something.
  6. Enjoy!

What is your favorite comforting dish when the weather starts to get colder?



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