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September 2, 2010

Afternoooooon eats

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I was hungrier and thirstier after my unusual lunch so I whipped up a smoothie.

The Mix
  • 1/3 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/3 frozen banana
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • Lots of ice
  • 1/4 cup Vega Vanilla Almond
  • About 3/4 a cup of water

Seemed like enough for breakfast! I had to add the water to thin it out because all of the frozen goods were making it like a sorbet. I feared the water would dilute it too much, but it ended up making it really voluminous and filled my ENTIRE Ramen bowl to my surprise! Totally delicious snack.

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Still testing the waters of the Cville yoga scene, I went to a class within walking distance of my house as part of the…


Classes are taught around town on an honor system donation basis by various types of instructors throughout the week.

Tonight’s class was a vinyasa class, but I think my nostrils and bondas got more of a workout than my body did πŸ˜‰ It wasn’t my favorite class, but I felt like it was a good stretch. Definitely open to trying some more other classes + instructors as part of the project (but sad that one so close to home is probably not my end-all-be-all class)

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I wasn’t terribly hungry when I got home thanks to the groovie smoothie, but when we started discussing what to make for dinner, my appetite kicked in.

Enter the…

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Butternut Squash Taco!

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A whole roasted b-nut squash (face down in a little water at 400* for 40 minutes until knife tender)

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Leftover grass-fed beef (perhaps the best tasting beef I’ve ever had!?) seasoned taco-style with cumin, chili powder, garlic, salt and pepper – PLUS a dash of CINNAMON to marry the taco with the b-nut squash that rocked my world!!

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Mixed with sauteed green pepper, smashed avocado and yogurt cheese sour cream

Hubba hubba

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corn chips on the side…to complete the taco theme

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Biscoff + books for dessert!

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1 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 2, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I would have never thought to mix Mexican and squash together. What a great blend of a summer and fall meal :)


2 erica September 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm

ooh. butternut squash tacos! very clever. looks delicious!


3 Heather September 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm

you make the most delicious looking meals! yum!


4 Lauren September 2, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I have made Butternut Squash Tacos before, but never like this! This is like the deconstructed taco. How clever. :)


5 Nicole - yuppie yogini September 2, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Yoga classes can be so hit or miss….frustrates me when I’m dissappointed.


6 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 2, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I was thinking last weekend that it was too early for butternut squash, but I guess not! :)


7 holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 2, 2010 at 7:55 pm

What a beautiful meal! I love the addition of cinnamon to blend the flavors together. Genius :)


8 Kaci Higgins September 2, 2010 at 8:01 pm

That’s incredible! My sis and I MUST try this very soon!


9 Leianna September 2, 2010 at 8:14 pm

such a creative dinner, perfect for fall season. definitely adding this to my meal planning rotation for this fall!


10 Gree September 2, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I love the look of that squash, it makes me feel as if fall is just around the corner!


11 Megan September 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Love the idea of the stuffed butternut squash– so creative!


12 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I saw one of those bowls at an antique store today labeled as a flower pot. I thought that was pretty funny! Dinner looks tasty! Enjoy your evening.


13 Hannah September 2, 2010 at 8:19 pm

That mug of yours always scares me – it looks like it’s about to fall over! Your eats don’t scare me though :)


14 Eileen September 2, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Genius idea!


15 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 2, 2010 at 8:29 pm

That’s an awesome yoga project- you get to try out so many different instructors and styles! That’ll be fun :)

And those butternut squash tacos looks delicious! Creative :)


16 Heather September 2, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Love this idea – I have an acorn squash on my counter from my CSA this week – I may try this!

Thanks for the recipe!


17 Noelle September 2, 2010 at 8:29 pm

I was *just* about to search your site for tips using Vega Vanilla Almondilla. I made it straight-up as directed. Ugh. Tried blending it with almond milk instead of water, and through in half a frozen banana. Still has this cuh-razy aftertaste. Is this normal?! Don’t want to wast $23 worth of veggie goodness, but not sure what do to. Have you ever baked with it?


18 Kath September 2, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Put it in a real smoothie – I love the taste


19 Liza @ Health Nutting September 2, 2010 at 8:43 pm

How creative and scrummmmptious! YUM! Looks sooo good and I love anything and everything with butternut squash! :)


20 kate September 2, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Genius idea!


21 Dee September 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm

oh my goodness! this looks so good!


22 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 2, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Love the butternut squash taco idea!!

Have a great nite :)


23 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef September 2, 2010 at 9:01 pm

wow. amazing.


24 Lauren September 2, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Kath…I love your website times 1000. I have a question for you. Do you take any vitamins or extra supplements (like fish oil,etc?) Thanks!!


25 Kath September 3, 2010 at 8:57 am

I don’t. I probably should take a multi but just hate taking pills! I don’t take fish oil because I try to eat sardines at least once a week and that gives such a good dose and is much cheaper and tastier!


26 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 2, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Such a clever idea! Love it.

I’m always looking for new ways to use squash, so this is definitely on my list to make soon. I love butternut squash sauteed, add some peas and some feta! Eat with a bit of rice. It’s delicious.


27 Logan September 2, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I had a β€œKath moment” tonight I wanted to share. I live in Charlotte and work for an arts organization. Tonight at a dinner for the organization I sat next to the wife of the Great Harvest CEO. I immediately told her how much I love your blog and how I feel like I know so much about Great Harvest because of you.

I’ve been a longtime lurker on your blog, but I felt compelled to comment because it seemed like such a coincidence that I would be seated next to her. Anyway, I appreciate your blog and look forward to reading it every day!


28 Kath September 3, 2010 at 8:57 am

Oh wow – SO FUN! I love connections like that


29 Chelsey September 2, 2010 at 9:25 pm

That looks really good – I would have NEVER thought of making something like that!!


30 Janelle September 2, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I’m getting excited for squash season – looks tasty!


31 Maren September 2, 2010 at 9:40 pm

such a cool idea kath, I cant wait to try making it some day! I never would have thought of it.


32 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 2, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Berkeley has a similar yoga system! I’m too scared to go to a class.


33 Cara Craves... September 2, 2010 at 9:55 pm

That is a delectable idea!
I love using veggies as a “taco boat”


34 stephanie@Avocado Nation September 2, 2010 at 9:58 pm

My friend has butternut squash quesadillas at her wedding and they were so good! B-nut squash and mexican flavors are delicious!


35 Jessica@tastyandtrim September 2, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Such a creative, tasty looking meal! I absolutely adore butternut squash,I need to make this!


36 Mimi September 2, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Cool idea… I’m super excited about the return of butternut squash season (aka, fall)!


37 Stacey September 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Oohhh, books are my fav dessert :) And you don’t have to worry about the calorie content! Haha.
I went to a hot vinyasa class at YogaOne tonight, and it was a lot different from Y2yoga..not as intimate, and wayyy hotter. The instructor was kind of ‘drill sargeant’-ish and there was no soothing background music :( After an hour, I was ready to get out of there! I hope you find one that suits you! The look can be frustrating, but a good learning experience as well πŸ˜‰


38 Kath September 3, 2010 at 8:59 am

I liked both, but I liked Y2 a lot more!


39 Wei-Wei September 2, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Awesome idea! We recently got three huge bags of seasoning mix (garlic salt, Lawry’s seasoning salt, and taco seasoning) and I was wondering how we would use them up. Sauteing meat with taco seasoning is obvious, but I didn’t have any tacos or tortillas to put them in… Squash is awesome. πŸ˜€


40 Chelsea September 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Oh my gosh, that dinner is so creative, never woulda thought of that one. But it seems like such a simple concept at the same time. Thanks, Kath.

Also, your smoothie is making me thirsty! Looks like the perfect consistency for slurpin down!


41 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I love love love butternut squash with mexican themed dinners – one of my favorite dishes is freshly roasted butternut squash mixed with black beans and guacamole topped with lime juice and chopped scallions. Yum!


42 Steph September 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Kath, what kind of camera do you use? You’re pictures are always so vibrant. Mine sometime come out really dull. Did you ever take a photgraphy class? I want to start taking better pictures but am not sure how to learn more about cameras and picture quality.


43 Kath September 3, 2010 at 8:59 am

Thanks. I have a Canon XSI DSLR with a 50mm lens. I also touch up most of my photos in Windows Live Gallery


44 Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly September 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Your smoothie bowl looks delightful. I love that they’re perfect for any meal. Your cherries & banana combo is making me want a midnight snack! Hahaha.


45 jaclyn@todays lady September 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Now those are my kind of taco! I love the butternut squash shell!!

Smoothies make a great snack. Super filling and satisfying….. they taste pretty good too πŸ˜‰


46 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 2, 2010 at 11:08 pm

That’s such a cute idea! I have 2 butternut squash looking for a recipe, that’s a great one! :)



47 Annie@stronghealthyfit September 2, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Wow, that looks amazing, especially since I’m going to try eating beef about once a month on PURPOSE. Haven’t eaten it much in the past seven years.


48 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 2, 2010 at 11:32 pm

YUM that squash sounds so good!


49 Stacey@ September 3, 2010 at 12:23 am

So creative, what a great idea.


50 Marina September 3, 2010 at 1:48 am

Squashes and mexican food go great together, I should try this combo with beef!


51 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 3, 2010 at 1:49 am

That’s a genius dinner! Love it!


52 Sava September 3, 2010 at 2:07 am

Sweet Squash and a spicy taco?

That is the cutest ramen bowl / smoothie cup I’ve ever seen!
It makes me want to go out and buy cute dishes :)


53 notyet100 September 3, 2010 at 4:57 am

platter looks yum..


54 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 3, 2010 at 5:31 am

interesting idea, i wouldn’t have thought to do that combination!


55 Neen@Broad Bean to Runner Bean September 3, 2010 at 5:48 am

that looks totally awesome!! great idea!


56 Lindsey September 3, 2010 at 6:52 am

Your pictures always look so beautiful! :)


57 Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up September 3, 2010 at 7:30 am

never would have thought about a butternut squash taco but it’s a such a good idea! Very well done! :)


58 Jillian September 3, 2010 at 7:41 am

what an interesting idea! I would have NEVER thought of that! This is now on my list of recipes to try… (how am I ever going to try them all?!)


59 belinda September 3, 2010 at 7:48 am

Kath: What is your opinion of all the cleanses out there? Are they necessary?


60 Kath September 3, 2010 at 9:01 am

Absolutely not necessary at all. Just eat real food!


61 Bree September 3, 2010 at 8:12 am

I almost bought a b-nut the other day but wanted to wait until it cooled off a little outside. Something about gourds screams fall to me. I like the taco idea!


62 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) September 3, 2010 at 8:18 am

Ok, that buternut squash taco is genious. Just, sheer and utter brilliance. This recipe has me so excited for all of fall’s root vegetables!


63 Sarah September 3, 2010 at 8:26 am

Love butternut squash and mexican! I will definitely be using this recipe soon!


64 Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 3, 2010 at 8:29 am

That taco sounds delicious. I actually put avocados on my sweet potato the other day and that was pretty good, so I can imagine this being a hit dish too.


65 Lauren @ 40Apples September 3, 2010 at 9:23 am

What a great idea!! Seriously…. I may be replicating this very soon…….. :)


66 barefootgirl (our first CSA) September 3, 2010 at 9:43 am

Butternut tacos.. GENUIS!!!!

I’mm off to the Whole Foods grass- fed ground beef sale.. I foresee these tacos on my table soon πŸ˜‰


67 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 3, 2010 at 10:36 am

looks yummers! just flew delta and got my first biscoff sample – can’t wait to try it!


68 Bri September 3, 2010 at 11:36 am

Kath, I love this idea. I’ve also done it with sweet potatoes and it’s been super yummy! Have a great Labor Day weekend!


69 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 3, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Bummer about the yoga class. Hopefully you’ll find one you like eventually! :)


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