Do you have adrenal fatigue, or are you in your ovulatory phase?
If so, don’t look at other squash recipes… this is the one for you.
We know you’re trying to stick with a healthy eating plan. To do this, you need dishes that are indulgently tasty.
However, your food needs to be super easy to prepare so you can be honest with your present mental state and to balance your hormones.
Stuffed squash recipes are the way to go. We’ve shown you a couple other one-pan meals like our breakfast casserole and simple supper. In addition to these, squash is essential to add to your quick meal repertoire.
When you’re meal planning: look for squash recipes that are:
- easy to clean up- this one-pan meal uses parchment on a baking pan and a skillet, so you’re not at the sink for long to clean up
- minimal chopping- look for veggies that need no slicing like peas, spinach or pre-sliced ingredients like mushrooms or olives
- covers all nutritional bases- you need a balance of protein, fats, carbs and greens. Make sure your meals have all that you need to balance blood sugar, which will keep you feeling full and craving-free
Squash recipes are in season!
It feels good to cook according to the seasons, using produce that’s fresh and available. Squash is especially good as a low-glycemic carbohydrate. Take a break from your usual rice, quinoa or sweet potato to incorporate squash recipes into your meal plan.
Lamb is great for the ovulatory phase for the high iron and zinc content. Zinc is supports the reproductive organs and sex hormones. Zinc from animal proteins is the most absorbable form so it’s good to include a couple servings of red meat in your diet weekly.
Pine nuts contain some natural testosterone. They are one of the only nuts that have more androgen ‘male hormones’ than female ‘hormones’. If you have low sex drive, eat food that naturally supports testosterone so you will have an optimal ovulation and energy and fertility.
Try our stuffed spaghetti squash and let us know if it helps satisfy your nutritional needs this fall!
- 1 Spaghetti squash, halved, seeds removed
- 1/2 cup Water
- 2 Tbsp Olive oil
- 1 Onion, diced
- 1/2 tsp Sea salt
- 1/2 tsp Black pepper
- 1 lb. Lamb, ground
- 4 cups Baby spinach
- 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, chopped
- 2 Tbsp Olive oil
- 1 Tbsp Oregano, dried
- 1/2 cup Mint, fresh and minced
- 1/2 cup Parsley, fresh and minced
- 1/2 cup Pine nuts
- Preheat the oven to 425
- Arrange the spaghetti squash on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, filling each cavity with water.
- Roast in the oven until very soft, about 1 hour.
- While the squash is roasting, add olive oil to a large skillet and saute the onion over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
- Add the salt, pepper and ground lamb and saute until the lamb has browned, about 15 minutes.
- Add the baby spinach and saute until wilted.
- Drain excess water from the skillet and toss the cooked lamb mixture with the additional olive oil, Kalamata olives, oregano, mint and parsley.
- Remove the squash from the oven and fill with the lamb mixture, sprinkling pine nuts on top.
- To serve, slice squash in half and serve between 4 plates.
Pin it for an easy weeknight meal idea!
Want more recipes for your ovulatory phase?
We’ve designed a smoothie recipe for you to enjoy as a meal for 4 days around ovulation. Make it for a light breakfast or lunch… or a tasty snack!
Whether you’re preparing your body for eventual conception or you’re actively trying to conceive, this smoothie will help you get the nutrients you need to support your goal of having an easeful, healthy pregnancy. Learn more about how the ingredients support you in the protocol. Download it here!
Photos and recipe by Sarah Steffens of Savor & Fancy
Sarah Steffens is a Personal Chef based in Los Angeles. She specializes in Paleo, Autoimmune, and Whole30 cooking and believes food is the starting ground for practicing kindness to one’s body, mind and spirit. She shares recipes and kitchen tips at Savor & Fancy.