Earlier this week Seth Godin wrote a thought provoking blog post about hygiene that really got me thinking.
The message was that good hygiene is what prevents us from disaster.
Now this doesn’t simply refer to personal hygiene – like showering regularly (although that is clearly important!) – it was in reference to all of the aspects of our lives. Relationship hygiene (how you maintain and nurture your relationships). Emotional hygiene (how you handle and process your emotions). Mental hygiene (how you seek out knowledge and challenges). Physical hygiene (how you maintain your physical body). Time hygiene (how you manage and spend your time). Stress hygiene (how you cope).
And of course….Nutritional hygiene: how you eat and what you put into your body as fuel.
This is an interesting way of looking at the different aspects of our life that require on-going discipline and maintenance since hygiene is mostly a given. Of course we are going to shower and brush our teeth and comb our hair. We want to be presentable to the world. Why then do we lack hygiene in so many other areas? It’s probably because we don’t look at these other disciplines as a given. We offer ourselves oodles of wiggle room.
As a society we collectively have awful nutritional hygiene :-( And so it’s no wonder that we are smacking our heads up against disaster in the form of childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and record high obesity rates.
The solution is found in individually upping our nutritional hygiene.
What does good Nutritional Hygiene look like?
Good hygiene in any category is simple when broken down to its precepts. What’s less simple is finding the gumption and the discipline to practice a lifetime of good hygiene.
This recipe was designed to really satisfy your craving for a filling and flavorful dinner, without including any grains or other naughties. The ground beef chili is just spicy enough – with fire roasted green chiles and paprika – and is perfectly balanced with the refreshing squash noodles.
Feel free to sub in zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice if you prefer. I wrote this recipe for 4 servings – however if you have big eaters then double the chili portion to be on the safe side. Enjoy!
2 spaghetti squash
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Cajun seasoning blend
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon Garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
3 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons chili powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
pinch of black pepper
1 can (4 oz) green chiles (fire roasted)
1 cup broth (chicken, beef or veggie)
2 tablespoons coconut sour cream
1 tablespoon fresh chives, minced
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Cut the spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.
Rub the inside of each spaghetti squash half with coconut oil and sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper and Cajun seasoning. Place, cut side down, on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, or until tender.
In a medium, heavy bottomed pot heat the olive oil over medium. Add the garlic, onion and celery and stir often until tender. Add the ground beef and stir often until browned.
Add the remaining chili ingredients and reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
Fill each roasted spaghetti squash with ¼ of the ground beef chili, top with a dollop of coconut sour cream and a sprinkle of chives. Enjoy!