Pantry Meal Round II

May 15, 2008

Pumpkin Chickpea Pasta

with Brussels Sprouts + Parmesan


When out of fresh foods, there’s always pasta, canned goods and frozen veggies!

I made this recipe a while ago and had it in the back of my mind to make again. You guys know how much I love pumpkin! This time I swapped the mushrooms for frozen brussels sprouts (which I thawed in the microwave and cooked in a skillet with some olive oil) and added a cup of leftover chickpeas to the mix.


Pasta was 2 oz each of a mix of penne and the last of a bag of rigatoni. With grated Parmesan


This pasta is “stick to your ribs” filling. I thought halfway through it would be interesting with nutritional yeast too! The husband said it was like “a strange version of mac ‘n cheese.” (He doesn’t really like pumpkin so that was a good response!)


Chocolate craving alert! I decided to have a little Stonyfield After Dark Chocolate Frozen Yogurt with a crushed Trader Joe’s meringue.Β  (Wasn’t craving any chocolately ice cream after lunch, but after dinner I was.) This glass was a wedding present to my grandmother, and she’s been married over 60 years!


Afternoon Tea

Because of our late lunch, I didn’t really need a snack (and knew we were having an earlier dinner). I did have a cup of tea with milk around 4:00 –


Caught In The Act

He really does eat nut butters almost every night for dessert. Naughty for eating straight from the jar! (Although he was finishing it off).



KERF was recently added as a featured “wellsite” on the healthy community Wellsphere! I’m honored :) The Wellsphere: Healthy Recipes page that I’m on has some really cool info – videos, community, tips, etc. I found the list of diet and health books interesting and the Q&A has some good info.

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1 Suzanne May 15, 2008 at 7:05 pm

Congrats on KERF’s feature on Wellsphere! It’s well-deserved!

oops – sorry, I forgot to ask a question in my last post:

I have a question about working out. I just started kickboxing on Monday. It’s an hour of high intensity kicking and punching with a partner on a boxing bag alternated with weight lifting. I’m drenched in sweat by the end.

The next day (Tues) I was very sore (I lifted with 12 lb weights for the first time). So I didn’t work out.

Yesterday (Wednesday) I went back to kickboxing, and this time our weight lifting concentrated on the back. And today I have new muscles in my arms and legs that are really sore.

Is it ok that I took a day off of working out completely on Tuesday and today? I always feel like I have to work out everyday, or I feel gross and down on myself – like I am losing out on the progress I have made.

Thanks, Kath!


2 Julie May 15, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Hi Kath, I like what you said in one of your earlier posts today about “Fit From Within”…I’m dying to go to the bookstore and buy something…just not sure what. If you were to recommend ONE book, which one would you recommend? Thanks :)


3 Sidi May 15, 2008 at 7:31 pm

No cravings lately. I am getting better. Off for the abs. Good evening everyone.


4 Megan May 15, 2008 at 7:48 pm

Don’t you just hate it that boys can eat nut butters right out of the container and still not gain weight?! Its not fair I tell you! πŸ˜‰


5 ChocolateCoveredVegan May 15, 2008 at 7:54 pm

Yum! Your husband has great taste– nut butter from the jar is one of my favorite snacks :o).


6 Romina May 15, 2008 at 7:59 pm

Pumpkin, chickpeas and pasta?! I must be in heaven.


7 Ally May 15, 2008 at 8:09 pm

I love Wellsphere, they added my site to the ‘high protein foods’ page a couple of weeks ago!

I had pasta tonight but it didn’t look half as good as yours! I’ll have to remember that combo


8 val May 15, 2008 at 8:15 pm

kath-you eating out of that beautiful glass makes me regret not buying “fancy dessert glasses” that i wanted this past weekend! i’m going to have to go back to the store:D

also, your dinner kind of looks like indian food…have you ever tried to make anything indian? i may have missed it!

(i’m glad my computer no longer has me logged in as brownies…:)


9 Kristie May 15, 2008 at 8:17 pm

Mmm pumpkiny pasta?! You’re so creative. I have a nice big container of pumpkin sitting in my fridge just waiting to now be made into this recipe!


10 VeggieGirl May 15, 2008 at 8:20 pm

Oooh, Pumpkin-Chickpea pasta with Brussels Sprouts?? Fabulous pantry-ingredients dinner! And your dessert looks like a super-sweet way to call it a night :0)

Hooray for Wellsphere!


11 Allyson May 15, 2008 at 8:24 pm


Man, how do you come up with these recipes?? They’re amazing! :)


12 Kelly L. May 15, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Now that’s a much more flattering picture of the husband. Cutie patootie! He doesn’t look too skinny in this pic. Amazing what a funny angle will do. Makes you glad you aren’t a celebrtiy where paparazzi take shots from bad angles and call you fat.


13 Kelly L. May 15, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Oh yea, I meant to ask- When is your next video going to be up? We are far past due for something good. Perhaps baking or grilling or something?


14 hk May 15, 2008 at 9:25 pm

I like Wellsphere a lot, congrats!

Dinner looks delish, I love the combo…and the brussels sound like another great swap, yum!!


15 linds May 15, 2008 at 11:43 pm

Hi Kath! You probably weigh your pasta serving, (or maybe just really good at guessing now) but I’m just wondering if you know how much 2 ounces is when measured out into cups? I’m sooo bad at measuring pasta! I love the pumpkin with pasta too, it really is so good :)


16 MizFit May 16, 2008 at 4:58 am

delurking again and HUGE congrats on KERF’s feature on Wellsphere!


17 PS May 16, 2008 at 7:27 am

Husband did a good job at the ‘anti-turtle neck’ photo! πŸ˜‰


18 oatmeal May 16, 2008 at 7:37 am

Haha~canned and frozen foods save me every time as well! Love what you did with them though–would never have thought of having pumpkin with pasta!

Congrats on the feature–well-deserved indeed πŸ˜€


19 Korin May 16, 2008 at 7:43 am

Love how the husband made sure to “tuck in” for this photo. Be honest kath, this was set up. :)

That pasta looks killer, I am gonna try pumpkin with pasta, but I am scared. I get so worn out of pumpkin so easily if I have it even like, once a month.


20 Kath May 16, 2008 at 7:50 am

Suzanne ,
It’s always OK to take a day off if you need one. If I’m up for it, I try to get in some walking on days when I’m not getting a formal workout just to get up and moving a little. Or yoga if you do it. But every workout can’t be high intensity kickboxing or your muscles would never have time to recover. You might want to ask Kelly at Every Gym’s Nightmare her perspective too!

Julie ,
I can’t decide!! Both SuperFoods and FFW are great. Why don’t you get both used on Amazon? I thin FFW is pretty inexpensive.

val ,
I don’t know if I’ve made anything authentic Indian. Do you have any recipe recommendations?

Allyson ,
I just put together ingredients that I like! It’s easier than you think :)

linds ,
I think I read in a Cooking Light recipe that 2 oz of dry pasta is about 2/3 of a cup. I do use my scale to measure it because it’s tricky with all the different pasta shapes.

Kelly L.,
I know, I know – I’m WAY overdue for a video!!! I’m putting it in my calendar to do this week. The problem is the husband and I won’t see each other Mon-Thurs starting on Monday so I don’t have a videographer and then we’re going to the beach next weekend for our anniversary, but I promise I’m putting it on my to-do list right now. What would you like me to make?!

I swear it wasn’t set up!! He was eating it and I said “Oh my gosh you’re eating PB – I need to document that for the blog!” So yes, the photo was posed, but the act of eating wasn’t at all!



21 Suzanne May 16, 2008 at 8:08 am

Thanks, Kath! Thanks for your reply.

That’s a good idea – I’ll ask Kelly! :)


22 val May 16, 2008 at 9:54 am

i’ve never made anything indian, unless you count heating up frozen naan bread! i always resort to fatty vegetarian indian buffets…worth it once in awhile:D


23 Betsy May 16, 2008 at 11:12 am

i’m going to bookmark this one–it looks so tasty!


24 christy May 16, 2008 at 7:50 pm

My husband eats peanut butter every night for dessert too! Only he will mix in Craisins and eat it from the jar. I like to add cinnamon to the mix. πŸ˜‰


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