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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…

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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 ;) 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 :)

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2 erica September 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm

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

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3 Heather September 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm

you make the most delicious looking meals! yum!

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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. :)

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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.

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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! :)

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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 :)

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

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

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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!

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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!

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11 Megan September 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm

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

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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.

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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 :)

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14 Eileen September 2, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Genius idea!

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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 :)

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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!

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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?

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18 Kath September 2, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Put it in a real smoothie – I love the taste

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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! :)

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20 kate September 2, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Genius idea!

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21 Dee September 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm

oh my goodness! this looks so good!

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

Love the butternut squash taco idea!!

Have a great nite :)

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

wow. amazing.

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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!!

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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!

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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.

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27 Logan September 2, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I had a “Kath 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!

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28 Kath September 3, 2010 at 8:57 am

Oh wow – SO FUN! I love connections like that

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29 Chelsey September 2, 2010 at 9:25 pm

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

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30 Janelle September 2, 2010 at 9:35 pm

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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!

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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!

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36 Mimi September 2, 2010 at 10:10 pm

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

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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 ;)

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38 Kath September 3, 2010 at 8:59 am

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

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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. :D

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 ;)

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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! :)

Jenn

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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.

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

YUM that squash sounds so good!

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49 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ September 3, 2010 at 12:23 am

So creative, what a great idea.

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50 Marina September 3, 2010 at 1:48 am

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

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

That’s a genius dinner! Love it!

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52 Sava September 3, 2010 at 2:07 am

Sweet Squash and a spicy taco?
Intriguing.

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

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53 notyet100 September 3, 2010 at 4:57 am

platter looks yum..

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

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

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

that looks totally awesome!! great idea!

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56 Lindsey September 3, 2010 at 6:52 am

Your pictures always look so beautiful! :)

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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! :)

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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?!)

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59 belinda September 3, 2010 at 7:48 am

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

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60 Kath September 3, 2010 at 9:01 am

Absolutely not necessary at all. Just eat real food!

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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!

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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!

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63 Sarah September 3, 2010 at 8:26 am

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

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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.

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

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

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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 ;)

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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!

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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!

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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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