Fall Fare

October 3, 2008

We kept dinner on the simple side tonight since I didn’t really have anything planned but a big acorn squash. But it was a great sampling of autumn tastes!

This afternoon’s trip to Costco was a success.

In my cart:

  • Kashi H2H
  • A huge thing of bananas
  • One-A-Day vitamins
  • A 12 pack of vanilla soy milk that doesn’t have to be refrigerated (and I think it’s 90% as yummy as hemp milk and a fraction of the cost!)
  • Organic spinach
  • Bell peppers
  • A 4-pack of Laughing Cow cheese
  • and Sabra Hummus!!

I’ve seen it before in regular grocery stores but haven’t ever tried it. But I remember a few blogs raving about it, so I got some for a party tomorrow night. It’s awesome!! SO creamy. And I’m sure that’s from extra tahini and olive oil, so it comes with a caloric price. Just something to keep in mind… I had 2-3 tbsp with a few crackers when I got home to try it out:


Followed by an official snack an hour later of H2H, granola plank, vanilla soy milk, wheatberries and PB on a spoon (already eaten!).


So for dinner we each had half a acorn squash, complete with a little butter, walnuts and brown sugar. We just cut him in half, scooped out the seeds and baked it cut-side-down in a pan with a quarter inch of water for about 40 minutes at 400*. Then we flipped them over and added the toppings for another 5 miles. This squash was a 2-pounder, so I guess I ate a pound’s worth!! (We eat the skin too. It’s a little odd at first, but just like eating the skin of an apple or sweet potato).


Plus a slice of toasy homemade bread with some Sabra hummus


And a fabulous Honey Crisp apple (half each) with cinnamon


We’re in the middle of movie night and watching The Painted Veil, so we set up the candlelight movie atmosphere.


I am busy chugging water to hydrate for the morning. And I think I probably had about 2,000 calories today, so I should be well fueled. Tomorrow’s afternoon wine festival and pizza night is bound to lead to another day of overeating, but I’ll be back on the moderation wagon on Sunday.

We’re waiting for Sarah and Josh to arrive. They are making the trek from Durham to spend the night at our house and run the race with us. It’s going to be an early morning:

  • 5:00 – Rise
  • 5:30 – Snack (Toast, Banana, PB for me)
  • 6:00 – Run to lightrail
  • 6:30 – Lightrail
  • 7:00 – Arrive uptown, meet Melisa and her husband
  • 7:30 – GO!
  • 9:00 – Home for a massive pot of oats
  • 2:00 – Head to Great Grapes Wine Festival and meet more friends
  • 6:30ish – Stumble…errrr…bike home!
  • 7:00 – Snacks, Pizza, etc.
  • Sunday: 6 mile run with Sarah!

My only two other 5K times were 27-something when I ran Race for the Cure in high school and 24:48 in the spring of 2007 at Run for the Roses in Raleigh. I was SMOKIN’ at Run for the Roses, and it was a 2pm race on a gorgeous sunny warm spring day. My goal was 26:00, and I had no idea where my time would be. My goal for tomorrow is to beat 24:48, but I don’t think it’s likely I’ll ever run that fast again because it was really my perfect race. I never run my best at 7:30 in the morning! But we shall see :)

Back to the movie.

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1 Megan October 3, 2008 at 8:05 pm

That acorn squash looks so good! Good luck at the run tomorrow! Sure looks like a busy day ahead!


2 Rachel October 3, 2008 at 8:18 pm

The squash looks great! The Painted Veil is so good, one of my favorite movies!


3 smilesara October 3, 2008 at 8:29 pm

just wanted to say that sabra hummus is the way to go – my israeli friends and i (i’ve lived there but i’m american-born) all think is the best available hummus in teh u.s. —


4 SmA033 October 3, 2008 at 8:30 pm

omg kath!! i bought the exact same hummus today myself!! Great minds think alike…i haven’t tried it yet, but out of the sabra hummus’– jalepeno is my favorite!


5 magpie October 3, 2008 at 8:32 pm

Sabra is delicious – I get it at Costco too. Good luck on the race, and dinner looks delicious!


6 Lee October 3, 2008 at 8:40 pm

The Sabra hummus is great. As is the other kind that Costco sells, Hannah.


7 Kelly L. October 3, 2008 at 8:43 pm

Hey Kath- Does acorn squash taste similar to butternut squash. I love butternut because it tastes just like a sweet potato when roasted. I have been wanting to try acorn but I’m not sure what it tastes like. Thanks! Good luck tomorrow.


8 K October 3, 2008 at 8:44 pm

2,000 calories – ha! That’s a light day for me. :-) Good luck tomorrow!


9 Amanda October 3, 2008 at 8:49 pm

Oh I love Sabra hummus SO much! and they have a variety of good flavors… glad to see you decided to try it and like it too!


10 Caroline F. October 3, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Yum! I eat the squash skin too, everyone thinks im so weird! Glad im not the only one who likes it :) Its the best part of everything!


11 VeggieGirl October 3, 2008 at 9:13 pm

That squash is BEEEEEEAUTIFUL!!! Love it.

Have fun tomorrow!!


12 Justy2003 October 3, 2008 at 9:36 pm

That’s a huge thing of hummus! Guess that’s what ya get at Costco though 😉 I think I’ve tried Sabra and I didn’t really like it (if it really was Sabra that I’m thinking of…). Maybe I’ll try it again. Although I’m kinda hooked on the Athenos brand.

Good luck with the race tomorrow! Sounds like a fun weekend ahead!


13 Gina October 3, 2008 at 9:41 pm

Hi there!

Been reading and loving your blog for a few days now and I have a few questions…what is granola plank? And do you have your breakfast with a special candle each morning? It looks so cozy.


14 Jen (Running with Food) October 3, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Mmm … your squash looks really yummy! Have a great time at your race tomorrow! You will do great!!


15 Leng October 3, 2008 at 10:05 pm

congrats on your time!!


16 working October 3, 2008 at 10:13 pm

I love that hummous – it’s a staple in our costco routine. I find that I don’t need as much of it because it’s so good, and it helps in getting veggies in :)


17 emmy October 3, 2008 at 11:08 pm

good luck on the race tomorrow!!!

I have acorn squash on the menu this week as well, but I will probably not be eating the skin.


18 Cupcake81 October 3, 2008 at 11:21 pm

OMG! I would LOVE to see the two of you stumble home :)


19 madison (follow my weigh) October 3, 2008 at 11:58 pm

ooh i should look for that hummus. looks really yummy!


20 NT (College Student Diary) October 4, 2008 at 12:23 am

Honey Crisp Apples are soo sweet and delicious! Nice choice!


21 Brittany October 4, 2008 at 1:31 am

I love sabra hummus…. it so much smoother than other brands, but also the most expensive.

I had my first experience with acorn squash last night and then had the other half for dinner tonight… I cooked mine the same way. Pretty tasty!

Good luck on the run tomorrow!!!


22 Janet October 4, 2008 at 2:52 am

I love that you said you cooked the squash for 5 more “miles” – I know what’s on your mind! 😉

I actually just got an acorn squash from my CSA and didn’t know what to do with it. Now I do!

Good luck on the race!


23 Jessica October 4, 2008 at 5:43 am

Hey Kath (and Sarah)! Have a great run this morning – looking forward to hearing how it goes! I wish I was there on the side lines to support you too (aka I’m no runner :o) Next time!


24 MizFit October 4, 2008 at 6:12 am

happy racing!

so? did you love the movie? must I add it to my netflix??


25 mom October 4, 2008 at 6:45 am

Yes I liked that typo too!


26 Kristie October 4, 2008 at 7:15 am

I’ve never tried Sabra hummus. But after seeing the consistency of that, I’m now going on a hunt.

Good luck with the run!


27 shawna October 4, 2008 at 7:40 am

YUM!!! Sabra hummus rocks!! I had some for dinner tonight as well. We don’t have costco around here, but I wonder if they sell the big tubs at BJ’s?

Good luck running today!


28 CourtneyS October 4, 2008 at 8:21 am

I did a roasted squash the other day, too. This is definitely the time of year for it! I roasted in cut down at 400 for 20 minutes, then flipped it and topped with a little butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, salt + pepper, then roasted it for about 30 more minutes. When it was soft, I scooped it out and reheated it on the stove with some milk to make it creamy. Perfect side dish (we had it with Cornish hens). I love fall cooking!

Good luck on your race, Kath, Matt and friends! I have a 5 mile race tomorrow that I’m really looking forward to.


29 Sami October 4, 2008 at 8:32 am

I’m on fall break. . . now I get to read this blog everyday! 😀


30 zestycook October 4, 2008 at 8:47 am

Dinner looks delicious Kath – Good luck on the race!


31 WendyF October 4, 2008 at 9:09 am

Sabra is my favorite hummus. The spicy pepper one reminds me of the Tunisian pepper spread. I think I need a trip to our Cosco to see if they are carrying it.

The squash looked amazing. I have just harvested the last of my pumpkins and will be roatsting them today.

Good luck on your run today! I am happy I was able to contribute to the cause.


32 Jo October 4, 2008 at 10:15 am

Good luck with your race!


33 caitlin (seebriderun) October 4, 2008 at 11:25 am

good luck on your run!!! i was rooting for you this AM!


34 amy a October 4, 2008 at 11:30 am

Just have to tell you—I finally tried wheatberries after seeing that you eat them so often. So good!! I’m thinking about planning a week of KERF meals because the few recipes I’ve actually tried are SO good!!! I think you and I could have identical sets of taste buds — seriously, your taste preferences sound exactly like mine!


35 lexi October 4, 2008 at 11:58 am

hi kath!

i had a question for you. do you ever get a feeling thats like food will fill a void? if you do do you listen to it and if not, how do you deal with it?

thanks so much, and have a great weekend!


36 Kath October 5, 2008 at 8:25 am

Kelly L.,
Acorn is a lot like butternut but not quite as orangey sweet. It’s kind of a cross between butternut and spaghetti squash. Definitely give it a try!

Gina ,
Check out http://www.honest-foods.com for granola plank info. And yes, I usually light a candle :)

Janet ,
LOL – guess I did have miles on the brain!!

MizFit ,
I did like the movie, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. It was pretty sad/serious but worth watching, for sure.

lexi ,
I think many of us have that emotion at times, but if it becomes a problem it would be a good idea to see a counselor.



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