Delicious Avocado Spaghetti

Delicious Avocado Spaghetti with fresh veggies and chicken

I came across this delicious recipe for avocado spaghetti and I decided to try it out with organic avocados from my in-laws humongous avocado tree.  The recipe is insanely delicious and so healthy.  I put my own spin on it because, you know, I’m crafty like that!  😉

First things first, I recruited some help because I think it’s uber important to include the kids with fun things like learning to cook.  🙂  Meet our son, Alex.  He’s 9 and he’s such a sweet gentleman, an awesome big brother and an amazing special helper.  Little Silar is in the background supervising as usual.

My special helper. <3
My special helper. <3

We got all the ingredients put together for this meal.  I’ll list what we used since we made this batch in a smaller portion size than the original post:

  • 2 ripe avocados (soft),
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice,
  • 2 cloves garlic,
  • 1/3 cup oil,
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil,
  • 1/2 TBSP Italian Seasoning
  • Salt to taste,
  • Grating of parmesan.
After we combined all the ingredients into the blender, I was starting to get real excited!  I got the water boiling for the pasta and Alex pureed the ingredients.
Ingredients in the blender
Ingredients in the blender
Ingredients in the blender
Ingredients in the blender
Pureed Yumminess
Pureed Yumminess

During this process, I chopped up about a 1/2 cup onion and some more garlic and sauteed them on the skillet with some olive oil.  We threw in some ground chicken and seasoned with adobo and let that cook.  (I didn’t turn my chicken as often after I got the adobo mixed in well.  I like my ground chicken chunky!)

Cooking the Ground Chicken
Cooking the Ground Chicken

Now here comes the fun part, SPIRALIZING the squash!  You can easily use another veggie like zuchinni.  I bought this veggie spiralizer from Amazon.  Totally worth the cost, I use it all the time when I want to substitute veggies for pasta.  You just stick the veggie onto the spikes and the blade and start spinning.  Alex especially loved spiralizing the veggies.

Spiralizing the Squash
Spiralizing the Squash

Next thing you know, you’ve got a plate full of amazing healthy veggie noodles!

Spiraled Squash
Spiraled Squash

So after all this was done, our noodles were started since they don’t take too long to cook.  Next, we threw some fresh spinach on top of the cooked ground chicken, then covered it and let it steam for a few minutes.

Spinach goes with everything in my book.
Spinach goes with everything in my book.

All we had left to do was to quickly sauté the veggie noodles, and combine the ingredients.  I plated the veggie noodles separately since I am the main person who likes veggie noodles here in the house, but everything else I just tossed together in a big bowl and added the pureed avocado to and sprinkled some grated parmesan cheese on top.

OMG, this was so good!
OMG, this was so good!

And then, we got down to business!

My boy enjoying the fruits of his labor.
My boy enjoying the fruits of his labor.

I’m telling you, this meal was insanely good.  Avocados are not only good for you but they are so yummy.  Try this out and let me know how you like it!

Cheers!

 

DIY Nursing Bra Tutorial

DIY Nursing Bra Tutorial
DIY Nursing Bra Tutorial

As if we don’t spend enough money on everything “baby” already, right?  Then here comes nursing bras, not cheap! Yes, I did cough up some money on them in the beginning because I was desperate for some ease and comfort but I refuse to continue to do so.  I have decided to turn a regular bra into a nursing bra and guess what?  At a fraction of the cost…

I’ve created this tutorial because the world wide web (and Pinterest) is in desperate need of a DIY tutorial on this.  Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies:

  • Regular Bra
  • Hook & Eye
  • Cloth (Cotton or Knit): (2)  6×6″ squares
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Seam Ripper
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Needle
  • Pins

Ok, so instead of converting one of my Victoria Secret bras I decided to go buy a generic bra (that and my boobs are bigger so I don’t fit into my VS bras anymore).  I found 2 bras for $7.99.  Super cheap and perfect for the tutorial. However, if you are going to buy a bra, I would recommend spending a few extra dollars because you truly do get what you pay for.  (I was not impressed with the quality of these bras as the stitching was not well done and I feel the bra looked a hot mess when I took the stitches out from the straps.)

DIY Nursing Bra: Regular Bras purchased for cheap! 2 for $7.99
DIY Nursing Bra: Regular Bras purchased for cheap! 2 for $7.99

I pulled out a nursing bra that I have on hand so that I could inspect and re-create it.

DIY Nursing Bra: Regular Bra vs Nursing Bra
DIY Nursing Bra: Regular Bra vs Nursing Bra

Carefully remove the stitches from the strap using a seam ripper.

DIY Nursing Bra: Remove Stitching
DIY Nursing Bra: Remove Stitching
DIY Nursing Bra: Strap Stitches Removed
DIY Nursing Bra: Strap Stitches Removed

After your stitches are removed, you want to get the material of your choice out.  I just repurposed a newborn shirt that we got for Silar.  He outgrew it and it was the perfect material and color for this tutorial.  You can use anything too, you may have pretty scraps laying around from past projects or even an old t-shirt that color coordinates with your bra.  (I used white for contrast during this tutorial.)

A safe bet is cutting (2) 6 inch squares of fabric.

DIY Nursing Bra: Find Material
DIY Nursing Bra: Find Material
DIY Nursing Bra: Cut Material
DIY Nursing Bra: Cut Material
DIY Nursing Bra: Fold Cloth Into Triangle
DIY Nursing Bra: Fold Cloth Into Triangle

Fold your square of fabric to form a triangle.  Folded edge is the longest side and facing towards the inside of the bra.  Place fabric on the edge of your bra and trace the side and bottom of the fabric.   The material does not need to cover the entire bra cup, see pic below.

DIY Nursing Bra: Trace Bra Outline
DIY Nursing Bra: Trace Bra Outline

Cut your outline, stitch leaving a small opening to turn your fabric inside out, then stitch that opening closed (I did an invisible stitch but you can just as easily top-stitch.  Not really a biggie.)  Then pin the fabric to the bra as shown below.

DIY Nursing Bra: Cut Cloth, Leave Small Opening, Flip Inside Out, Pin to Bra
DIY Nursing Bra: Cut Cloth, Leave Small Opening, Flip Inside Out, Pin to Bra

Top-stitch as close to the edge as you can.  I went over my stitch again to secure it because there will be a lot of tugging going on when you are getting ready to nurse.

DIY Nursing Bra: Top Stitch Cloth to Bra
DIY Nursing Bra: Top Stitch Cloth to Bra

Next pin the top of the cloth to your strap and stitch them together. I went over twice again, just to be sure.

DIY Nursing Bra: Pin Strap to Cloth
DIY Nursing Bra: Pin Strap to Cloth
DIY Nursing Bra: Top Stitch Strap
DIY Nursing Bra: Top Stitch Strap

Next up, the hook and eye.  I bought my hooks and eyes from Jo-Ann’s.  They were just a couple of bucks and came with quite a few!

DIY Nursing Bra: Hook & Eye
DIY Nursing Bra: Hook & Eye

Sew the hook onto the bra, with the hook facing down.  Test where the bra should hook on to the strap and mark where the eye should go.  Then sew the eye onto the strap. (I used the straight eye since I want to be able to unhook it easier.)

DIY Nursing Bra: Hook & Eye Attached
DIY Nursing Bra: Hook & Eye Attached
DIY Nursing Bra: Attached
DIY Nursing Bra: Attached

As I mentioned earlier, a better quality bra would’ve given me a cleaner seam when I seam-ripped the straps but alas you do get what you paid for and since no one will be seeing my bra I’m not too worried about it.

Please make sure you use thread that matches your bra, so you don’t see all the hand sewn stitches.  I used a light color for tutorial purposes.

DIY Nursing Bra: Wearing the Bra
DIY Nursing Bra: Wearing the Bra

Repeat this process for the other side and you’re done!  I spent less than $5 total on this, and that’s only because I wanted to buy a new bra and needed to purchase hooks and eyes.  You may have all these materials on hand!  If you try this tutorial, I’d love to see your project!  Feel free to email me or post a link in the comments.  🙂  And if you love this tutorial, please link back to me.

DIY Nursing Bra: Ready to Nurse
DIY Nursing Bra: Ready to Nurse