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Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Grilled Chicken

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We have finally found our new house! I know it’s going to take time to do the actual move and make the house “ours”, but it is such a relief to know where we’re landing. Yes, I’m smiling — big time. Life has been chaotic lately. I am ready for regular meal times. Regular laundry and cleaning days. Regular work time! I am not usually a fan of doing life by lists, but some routines do make life easier.

How to Make Spaghetti Squash

One family routine that I don’t budge on is seeing our dentist every six months. Like most things in life, teeth are easier to treat (and cost less time, pain, money) when issues are detected early. It’s impossible to see every nook and cranny in your own mouth. Having a dental professional check things out just makes sense. They can detect problems you might not know you have so you can take care of them before they become a big deal. There’s a real connection between a healthy mouth and overall good health.

Healthy Grilled Chicken Recipe

Besides regular brushing and dental check-ups, another way to take care of your teeth is to eat healthily. Good nutrition matters. Yup, I said that. Even though we’re big on parties and great desserts here, we do pay attention to what we regularly eat. Something like this pesto spaghetti squash and grilled chicken makes the grade.

Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Grilled Chicken

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Pesto Spaghetti Squash with Grilled Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. 1 medium sized spaghetti squash
  2. 1/3 c pesto (reserve some of the oil)
  3. 1.5 pounds of chicken tenders (or breasts)
  4. 2 t Greek seasoning
  5. salt and pepper
  6. toasted pine nuts* (garnish)
  7. shaved parmesan (garnish)
Instructions
  1. 1. Cut spaghetti squash in half, length-wise. Scoop out seeds and season with salt and pepper. Using a pastry brush, brush with oil from pesto. Place on a foil covered baking sheet face down for 25 minutes at 400 degrees.
  2. 2. While squash is baking, prepare chicken and season with Greek seasoning.
  3. 3. Cook on preheated grill for 3-4 minutes on each side or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  4. 4. When the squash is finished, allow to cool slightly and then use a fork to pull the “spaghetti” from the skin of the squash. Put in a separate bowl and stir pesto into the squash.
  5. 5. Serve chicken over top of spaghetti squash garnished with pine nuts and parmesan.
  6. 6. To toast pine nuts, place 2 tablespoons of pine nuts in a skillet and cook over medium heat until slightly brown.
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No one wants to be that person who looks great—until they smile. Oral infections, pain, and missing teeth impact how someone speaks, eats, and socializes. April is considered Oral Health Month so it’s a perfect time to remember to schedule a dental visit. Don’t have a dentist? Canadians can find one here

Make your teeth a big deal and remember to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once. And keep smiling!

Although this post has been generously sponsored by The Ontario Dental Association, the opinions and language are my own.

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.