Chicken Veggie Plate over Spaghetti Squash

Today I have a meal for you that was created completely from leftovers! The chicken and broccoli/cauliflower were leftover from dinner the other night and I had roasted a spaghetti squash to have on hand last night. So all I had to do for lunch today was cut up a chicken breast, combine it on the plate with the veggies, and warm it in the microwave. So easy and so good!

For those of you who have never tried spaghetti squash…oh, you’re missing out! Spaghetti Squash is an amazing nutritional substitute for, you guessed it, spaghetti! Now, don’t get me wrong – it does NOT taste like true spaghetti. It’s important that you know that ahead of time or else you will probably be left disappointed. However, it does provide a somewhat similar texture and a much healthier “base” for many traditional recipes. Check out this comparison: a 1 cup serving of regular spaghetti typically yields ~221 calories and 43g of total carbs while a 1 cup serving of spaghetti squash yields a mere 42 calories and 10 total carbs!! It also contains many nutrients, including folic acid, potassium, Vitamin A, and beta carotene. I would say that’s worth the swap!

I typically roast the squash, split in half, face up in a 375 degree F oven for ~50min. I brush olive oil on top and sprinkle with salt, garlic powder, and pepper, to taste, before placing it in the oven. Once done, you just take a fork and scrape the insides out into strands.

I’ve given you one simple meal above to try; however, here are a few more recipes that are also delicious! So now I challenge you to use spaghetti squash at least once in a meal this week. I typically roast a big squash on Sun/Mon and use it throughout the week so expect to see it in several different recipes!

  • Spaghetti Squash, marinara sauce of choice (I like the sausage and pepper variation), with andouille sausage to top
  • Paleo Mediterranean Chicken “Pasta”
  • Greek Salad Spaghetti Squash Bowl
  • Italian Sausage Salad – I serve this on top of squash

 

build your own solar panel

In an effort to cut energy costs, more and more people are using solar energy. Some people may be thinking that the cost of installing solar panels will be too high, but the expense will be quickly offset by savings made on the electricity bill. If you build your own solar panels you could save up to half the cost. While this article can’t possibly provide a comprehensive guide to building your own solar panel, we will look at some of the most important aspects.

If you want to see how easy it is to build your own solar panels at home, read this article. You should know how to use a soldering iron and handle a saw, if you can do this your solar panels will be ready in no time. To build your own solar panels you will need just a few basic items. You’ll also need some caulk to attach the solar cells to the wooden container. For wiring made easy, try to find solar panels that already have the tabs on them. Before you glue your solar panels in place you will have to solder tab on, if you are unable to find panels that have the tabs on them. You need to be able to hook up your solar panel, once it is finished, to a 12 V battery to store the energy. Sealed lead acid batteries seem to be the most popular type because they are inexpensive, safe and robust. A large part of the cost of creating a solar solution for your electricity bill can be avoided by finding cheap or free batteries. This electricity needs to be converted, so you will need to have a power inverter to convert the energy to be used around your house. There are two types of power inverters available, namely true sine wave and modified sine wave. However, the best one is the one that creates the exact same type of electricity that comes out of the wall socket and that is the true sine wave. By spending a few extra dollars on the right inverter, you will be able to use your electricity in your home.

Many people don’t take any action because they’re worried about the cost of installing solar panels. They are worried that installing solar panels will cost more than they’ll save. There is some good news though, you can create your own solar panels at home. In fact, you’ll be able to reduce the costs by around 50%, and the internet is a good place to find most of the equipment needed, including solar cells which are available on eBay and other similar sites. It’s worth doing a bit of research to find whether or not where you live has any rebates or incentives for installing a solar panel system. This is simply because the government would like people to use energy sources that are clean, so they will give generous tax breaks to builders who create homes with solar panel systems. You will indeed need to have some do it yourself know how to complete this task but it’s not nearly as difficult as most people thought. All you really need is patience, materials and desire to tackle the task.

UPM Programmable Thermostat

Every year an average household in the United States of American spend between 2000 to 2500 USD on energy bills, most of which is for either heating their home or for cooling during hot summer spells. Now a fair portion of that cost can be saved by the correct and constant use of a UPM programmable thermostat.

There are two types of UPM programmable thermostats for you to choose from. The THM 701 or the 7 day touchscreen model is one. This particular UPM programmable thermostat model offers features that include central heating systems, air conditioning functions, better humidity control, automatic heat or cool changeover facilities, a clock display and low voltage (of about Millivolt/24 volt). This model also comes with a five year warranty period.

The other UPM programmable thermostat model is the HTM611 7 day Electric Heat programmable thermostat. It allows you to programme the thermostat up to one whole week and is for baseboard heaters and radiant ceilings. It is also for fan forced heating systems. The HTM 611 UPM programmable thermostat also features a quiet TRIAC system for power switching. Proportional heating, a clock display and high voltage are some of the other features of this particular model.

A UPM programmable thermostat will allow you to return to a cooler home after the day has been hot and dreary. A UPM programmable thermostat will allow you to stay warm and cozy despite it being freezing out there. All this while offering you significant cost savings, reducing your home’s drain on the electricity grid and enabling you to do your bit towards energy conservation.

In addition to the above there are significant reasons to consider a UMP programmable thermostat. For instance you can always be assured of a quality product that has been both tested and proven. You can also count a UPM programmable thermostat to be environmentally friendly with significant energy efficiency levels and resultant cost savings. The simplicity and ease of use of a UPM programmable thermostat also ensure higher levels of comfort and convenience.

Because UPM has been at the forefront when it comes to developing, designing, manufacturing and marketing a range of energy saving products targeting home automation for nearly two decades, you can expect the highest levels of pre and post sales services along with the promise of innovative products and designs. The UPM name has grown in trust and recognition throughout the world and operates with a philosophy based on commitment towards the people, customers and the community. Therefore you know you are being a part of a positive trend in energy conservative home automation products and getting the best products in this category out there.