Thursday, March 7, 2013

Healthy Eating Can Be Dangerous To Your Health!

I've just joined the Face Book group "Blog Bulge Babes" and am participating in the Blog Bulge Link Party. This is going to be a great way to start and keep healthy eating and lifestyle habits in check, while sharing stories, recipes and experiences with other bloggers and Face Bookers. My next post will concentrate on my personal experience but I thought I'd start out with this chilling tale of healthy eating gone horribly wrong!

A couple of years ago, I embarked upon an eating healthy campaigne. Having no family members who were brave enough to join me, I often figured out ways to use part of what I was cooking for them and modify it to a healthier meal for myself, thus cutting down on my time in the kitchen. One night, I was making spaghetti for my husband and daughter and spaghetti squash for myself. I could use a little of the sauce I was making and still have a healthy meal that "sort of" resembled pasta. Sure, well, at least that's what I was telling myself.

My microwave is above the stove. On the stove at the time was a pot of pasta boiling and a pot of spaghetti sauce simmering. In the microwave, the spaghetti squash was cooking. I had cooked this type of squash many times before, always making sure to pierce the skin before placing it in the microwave and yes, I had done the same this time. I had just walked away from checking the items on the stove, when there was a huge BOOM!

My husband and infant grandson both sat in the family room with expressions of shock and horror on their faces, while I did the old duck and cover. I had no idea what had just exploded behind me and did not want to find out the hard way. For some unknown reason which, to this day, still defies science, the blasted squash had blown up! The microwave door flew open, spewing forth the oozing vegetation onto every surface - the floor, the stove, the pots on the stove, the food in the pots, the ceiling, the walls, EVERYTHING! I just wish that in my "I can't believe that just happened" state of mind, I had taken some pictures before cleaning it all up.
Mine looked MUCH worse than this image from Google, but you get the general idea
The turn table in the microwave only turns when it wants to now and makes this horrible grinding noise while it does, and there is a big, BIG dent in the side of the machine. I was just happy that I had walked away and wasn't standing there when that door flew open - concussion anyone? Maybe I'm not such a fan of pasta, or faux pasta, as I thought I was! At the very least, I think I need to find a less dangerous way of cooking spaghetti squash!

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13 comments:

  1. Leena,
    Oh my gosh this story!!! I did not know weather to laugh at your since of humor about all of it or have my mouth hanging open thinking wow I did not know squash would do that in the microwave!!!!! Just happy to hear you stepped away so you did not get hit with flying squash or burned. Good luck with your healthy eating. I have been trying to get to the gym on a regular basis and watching what I eat too.
    Kris

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    1. Thanks hon! I was glad I came away in one piece! Unlike the squash LOL! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Leena

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  2. OMG!!!!! I was laughing, then scared, then laughing, now I think I'm in shock! Thank goodness you are okay! That is horrible!! Sounds like something out of a movie. It's funny, but I know it must have been a horrific experience Leena! Cleaning all of that up? That must have taken hours. I am so sorry this happened. Thank you for sharing. Now we know to do it in the oven, but this could happen to anyone.

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    1. I actually laughed at it too! It was worse than when my cats knocked my jack-o-lantern off the top of the frig where I had put it thinking they wouldn't get to it! squash product all over the kitchen it not pretty! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs!

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  3. Thank God you'd just walked away! It sounds awful. I can just see the string, squashy mess everywhere. What a chore to clean that up. I guess that's better than if you'd been thumped in the melon with a flying micro door and a bunch of string, hot squash!!! Thanks for sharing your story with us. I always cut my squash in half and lay the cut side down in a shallow dish of water to cook. I guess there's a reason to cook it like this! It is hard to cut though. Wow! How freaky!

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    1. Thanks so much Sherry! I have used that method to cook acorn squash so so give it a try with spaghetti squash. Overall, I had to laugh at it and just cleaned it up. What a mess! Thanks for reading! Hugs, Leena

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  4. My gosh- Thank goodness you weren't standing in front of it stirring your sauce, or something! THAT was scary- xo Diana

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    1. That was what I was doing like 2 secodnds before squash-a-geddon! LOL! Since I wasn't hurt, I just laughed, after I caught my breath. The looks on Jim's and Jamison's faces were hysterical! xoxo

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  5. Holy Hannah ... that is scary stuff. Got it - Cook spaghetti in the oven!

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  6. Hello, I stopped by to say thank you for voting for my entry in the Mind Wide Open Challenge. I read your story, it's a miracle that no one was near the microwave, how scary. I will always cut my squash in half. I'm one of your new followers. I love your header design. Joyous Wishes, Linda

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  7. Hello Lenna, I stopped by to say thank you for voting for my entry in the Mind Wide Open challenge. I read your story and it's a miracle no one was burned with flying squash pieces. I will always cut my squash in half. I love your header design. I'm one of your new followers. Joyous Wishes, Linda

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  8. What a story! I too am glad you walkef awsy befwthe explosion!... I've never tried spaghetti squash... am alittle hesitant to now!... thanks for the warninf!! ;-)

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  9. What a story! I too am glad you walkef awsy befwthe explosion!... I've never tried spaghetti squash... am alittle hesitant to now!... thanks for the warninf!! ;-)

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