Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Champion Nutrition Recipe of the Week - Chicken & Spaghetti Squash

Chicken is a staple food... we bulk cook it, we eat it cold out of baggies, we eat it until we feel we could grow feathers and cluck. Here's a new way to use an old protein source and make it tasty. I crockpot chicken each week - just toss several whole breasts in with some low-sodium chicken broth and Mrs Dash. When it's done, I shred some of it for use in recipes like this one...

Chelle's Chicken & Spaghetti Squash 

● 1 Spaghetti Squash
● 1 Crown of Broccoli - about 2 cups chopped
● 1 Crown of Cauliflower (colored cauliflower makes a great addition if you can find it!) - about 2 cups chopped
● 2 Cups Shredded Chicken Breast (increase for more protein)
● 1 Cup Serrano Cilantro Salsa (or any green salsa)
● 1/8 to 1/4 Cup shredded 2% Cheddar Cheese

Cut spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise, place in a microwave safe bowl open side down and cover with plastic wrap. 
●  Microwave for 7-10 minutes (the longer you cook it the softer - more pasta-like - the "strands" become). 
●  Allow to cool slightly (so you don't burn yourself when you touch it). 
●  Chop Broccoli and Cauliflower. 
●  Place in Large Ziploc Steamer Bag
●  Add some Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb (or whichever flavor you prefer). 
●  Microwave for the time specified on bag. 
●  Reheat shredded chicken. 
●  Shred the squash with a fork (forming spaghetti-like strands). 
●  Scoop into a bowl. 
●  Add the broccoli and cauliflower. 
●  Add Chicken. 
●  Add salsa and mix it up. 
●  Top with a sprinkling of cheese. 

Makes 4 standard size servings: 205 calories, 25g protein, 16g carbs, 5g fat. 


  1. Hey Chelle...love the recipe. I make spaghetti squash all the time for the kids and they eat it up...actually ask for it. who knew.

    Quick question..I am interested in the ISSA Fitness nutrition certificate...did you do this/ What was your experience...Would love to hear your thoughts.


  2. Hi Rachel!
    ISSA is a great organization with a solid reputation. Which organization (and certification) you choose to pursue should match your needs... what are you wanting to do with it, does the course address your purpose and goals, does the organization provide customer service and continuing ed? In addition, you should factor in the time involved, as well as the money. There's a lot of due-diligence in choosing the correct path for your education.

    1. Thanks Chelle, I am thinking the Fitness Nutrition route, though when I spoke with them over the phone, I was less than impressed. Felt like they were reading a script and not really listening to my questions/concerns. I am currently seeking info. from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition...Congrats on the writing gig for World Physique Women! I too create recipes (though mostly for the allergy challenged) and write about it...would love to get a magazine gig...good for you!

      Love the blog...and I did Tabitha's Ab workout the other day...needless to say I was very sore (and I didn't even do the planks)!

      Thanks again for your keen insights.

      PS Did you see they featured my blog post on the ECD homepage! Woot Woot!


  3. This looks tasty but might I suggest that you swap cage-free organic for pastured organic. From what I know, it seems like a kinder option!

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