Archive | February, 2012

Add Variety While Eating More Vegetables: Try Spaghetti Squash

by Donna Quirk, MBA RD LD
Clinical Nutrition Manager

Sometimes it is easy to get in a rut when it comes to eating vegetables. So, why not try something different and in season? How about Spaghetti Squash?

Spaghetti Squash is a very versatile and easy vegetable to prepare. It can be baked, boiled, or microwaved. Once cooked, throw out the seeds and run a fork through to scrape out the spaghetti-like strands.

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is a good source of Vitamin C, low in sodium, and contains a modest amount of carotenoids. Its best feature? It is relatively low in calories and carbohydrate making it an excellent substitute for pasta, rice, or potatoes at any meal. 1 cup of cooked spaghetti squash has 42 calories, 10g carbohydrate, 1g protein, and 2.2 g fiber.

Spaghetti Squash can be served with pasta sauce, tossed with diced plum tomatoes and garlic or a small amount of feta cheese and basil. Anything you toss with spaghetti noodles you can toss with spaghetti squash! Give it a try!

Spaghetti Squash w/Herbs
Preparation Time: 30 minutes

To shorten the preparation time, pierce the spaghetti squash several times with a fork and microwave for 8 – 10 minutes. Slice in half, remove seeds and scrape strands into serving dish.

• 1 (3 lb) spaghetti squash
• 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced
• 2 tsp margarine
• ½ tsp dried whole basil
• ¼ tsp salt
• ⅛ tsp pepper
• Dash of dried whole sage
• Fresh basil sprig

Wash squash and cut in half lengthwise. Remove and discard seeds. Place squash, cut sides down, in a Dutch oven. Add water to pan to depth of 2 inches. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 20-25 minutes, or until squash is tender. Drain squash and let cool. Using fork, remove spaghetti-like strands from squash. Discard shells. Place strands in a serving bowl and add parsley, margarine, and other seasonings. Gently toss and serve.
Serves: 8
Nutrition Information per Serving:
Calories: 50
Total Fat: 1.5g
Saturated Fat: 0g
% of Calories from Fat: 27%
% Calories from Sat Fat: 0% Protein: 1g
Carbohydrates: 9g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sodium: 105mg
Each serving provides: A good source of vitamins C and K.

Recipe courtesy of University of Illinois Extension Family Nutrition Program.

LMC Welcomes Radiation Oncologist Dr. Joshua Lawson

Dr. Joshua Lawson, LMC Radiation Oncologist

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Joshua Lawson, MD to Lexington Radiation Oncology, a physician practice that’s part of the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Lawson will join Quillin Davis, MD in providing the latest technology in radiation medicine to cancer patients.

“Radiation oncologists make people with cancer better and give them a chance of a cure for their disease,” he said, adding that he’s happy to be at Lexington Medical Center. “It’s a well run hospital with caring and competent people who deliver good care.”

Dr. Lawson comes to Lexington Medical Center from Moores Cancer Center in La Jolla, California, where he was an assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Lawson earned an undergraduate degree in Biology and an MD at Emory University in Atlanta. He also completed an internship in Internal Medicine and residency in Radiation Oncology at Emory. He is board certified in Radiation Oncology by the American Board of Radiology.

Dr. Lawson and his wife Erin are originally from Atlanta. They have 4-year-old twin daughters and are expecting a third child later this year. “It’s nice to be back in the Southeast close to family,” he said.

Lexington Medical Center offers state-of-the-art medical technology, IGRT, IMRT, brachytherapy, seed implants and access to Gamma Knife technology. The hospital is proud to be on the leading edge of technology, treatment and innovative research to give the finest possible care to cancer patients.

Lexington Radiation Oncology is located inside Lexington Medical Center at 2720 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia. You can contact the office at 803-791-2575.

The Doctor Is In: What Happens During a Heart Attack

Dr. Jeffrey Travis, heart surgeon at Lexington Medical Center, was a guest on WIS-TV this week to talk about heart health, including what happens during a heart attack. It was an insightful interview.