September 13, 2010

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Ohhhhhhhhhhh yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

Half a glazed donut?

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Nope! Welcome back coconuty roasted squash!!! Rock my world.

I actually found a KABOCHA squash at Integral Yoga here in town and I wasn’t even looking for them! They’re kind of a cross between acorn and butternut. They’re orange like butternut but have the texture and roastability of acorn. They are hard to find, so check your local bulk foods health nut store.

Yes I eat the skin!! We roasted this guy for about 30 minutes at 400*.

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Drizzled with none other than coconut butter – a genius combination that I think HEAB coined last year.

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Obviously the squash was the star of the show, but we also made Emily‘s Curried Millet and Chickpea Stuffed Peppers – except that we forgot the chickpeas!!

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We used millet (my fav grain/seed) with curry and carrot and APPLE and raisins with sunflowers on top [No onions. No onions!]. Followed Emily’s directions to a T. Except we forgot the beans! I’m glad we did because this meal was SO filling that I could not have fit them.

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These peppers actually started out as Sausage + Apple stuffed peppers. But while at the farmer’s market, I determined we could not afford both sausage and chicken, so we were forced to choose. I had to rethink the recipe, and beans + grains are always easy. You’ll see the chicken tomorrow night :)

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After dinner we went for a long walk and discussed our budget. And the fact that we’ve used up our allowance for this month just 13 days in. GAH. Guess that means more beans + grains meals and less beer festivals. *Sniff*

Going to catch up on Gossip Girl and will hopefully be ready to watch the new one tomorrow night – don’t spoil it for me!

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1 Annie@stronghealthyfit September 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Mm looks yummy! I love roasted veggies esp. in the fall.


2 Erin September 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Squash is back!!! So happy — and I eat the skins too, which everyone thinks is weird, but no worries. 😉


3 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Wow. That really does look amazing. I’ve never cooked with millet. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever had it. Your food looks so fall-ish. I’m jealous! :)


4 SentimentsbyDenise September 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Looks like a great Fall meal!


5 holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 13, 2010 at 7:48 pm

I hate when the budget runs out before the month is even half over! Happens to us all the time :(

I love the squash — and look at you Miss Coconut today :)


6 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 13, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Yes- squash!!! I can’t wait to get my hands on some acorn squash 😀


7 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Awesome Fall meal – I love kabocha with coconut butter :)


8 Jenifer September 13, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I can sympathize on the budget blow… I got a little carried away at a few different farmers markets this weekend. We are still relativly new to eating clean and I just want to try EVERYTHING!!!
Make sure you guys make it to Ellwood Thompsons in Richmond sometime soon. You will love it! It’s in the Carytown district of Richmond and there are tons of things to see and do.


9 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 13, 2010 at 7:50 pm

The squash looks amazing! Though I would eat anything that resembled a glazed donut.


10 Lauren September 13, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Ok, this is just weird. I buy kale today to make your kale chips and then I see you put up a video. Then tonight I made stuffed peppers and go on your blog and what do I see? :) They were good, but I definitely want to try yours/Emily’s! My husband and I loved the kale chips which were perfect with the stuffed peppers-thanks Kath!


11 Kristy @ September 13, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Is the skin on the squash not tough? I’m interested to try it. :)

One more reason I to break down and buy coconut butter…


12 Kath September 14, 2010 at 8:54 am

It’s a little tough…and a little tough on the stomach! But I still like it.


13 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 13, 2010 at 7:57 pm

The squash has returned!


14 BroccoliHut September 13, 2010 at 7:59 pm

What a perfect fall meal! Love the idea of acorn squash with coconut butter.


15 stacey-healthylife September 13, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Oh no too much fun at the farmers market and beer festivals. Dinner looks so good, love all the fall flavors.


16 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 13, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I hear ya on the budget! It just does not go that far any more! Dinner looks delicious and so seasonal! Have a great night Kath!


17 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) September 13, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Gossip Girl is on!!!!!


18 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 13, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I need to try that kabocha with coconut butter!


19 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Your dinner looks delicious! I hate allowances – don’t they always ruin the food party? I’ve gone through my food allowance in 13 days as well – actually, I have $12 left. What’s a girl to do with a hungry husband for the rest of the month?


20 Tina September 13, 2010 at 8:05 pm

We love making more bean and grain meals these days to keep costs down. Plus, its a healthy balance. :)


21 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 13, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Budget talks are always a bummer :( We all have to watch our pennies…

Enjoy Gossip Girl :)


22 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 13, 2010 at 8:07 pm

lucky! i’ve been looking for kabocha and haven’t found it yet! i love the idea of coconut butter on it though…i’ve only roasted them with savory spices!


23 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 13, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I forgot to mention that kabocha squashes are aplenty at our local international market. For 79 cents/lb. too!


24 Stacey September 13, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I’m fascinated by how many different types of squash there are! Before now, I had only heard of butternut and acorn squash, haha 😀 Looks like a yummy dinner! And don’t you hate how the allowance goes so fast? :(


25 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I love roasted bell peppers. I’m sorry to hear about using up your allowance. Sometimes we all can get carried away.


26 Wei-Wei September 13, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I had almost the same thing for dinner last night, except we roasted the squash with some butter – the buttery flavour goes SO well with kabocha! I love kabocha squash 😀


27 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 13, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Those stuffed peppers look great! The squash with the coconut looks yummy, too. I’ll have to try that.

Budgets go sooo quickly. :( Luckily beans + grains are delish. :)



28 Chelsea at Striking Balance September 13, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Yum that squash looks so good! I had kabocha once last year when I found it, and it was definitely my fave out of the squashes I’ve tried (other than pumpkin, of course). Perfect texture and sweetness!


29 Dee September 13, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Oh my goodness! This meal looks absolutely delicious! YUM!


30 Laura @ spokesnoats September 13, 2010 at 8:26 pm

September is a great time to evaluate your budget. It is especially important this time of year because the expensive holiday season is right around the corner. Cutting back in other areas earlier on is easier than getting in a pinch mid-holiday-season. Your stuffed peppers look amazing, by the way!


31 Ally @ Girl in Her Kitchen September 13, 2010 at 8:27 pm

I have a bunch a green peppers I picked up at the local market and now I know what I am going to do with them! Those look so good!



32 Kirsten @ Cooking in Japan September 13, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Should you find kabocha squash more often you can use it the same way a pumpkin. I live in Japan and pumpkin is not available and tried using kabocha one day instead. It actually tastes better. I had kabocha in my oats this morning. You can also cook it in orange juice and puree it for a nice jam (see my blog).


33 Kacie (Nonexistent Colors) September 13, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Looks delish!!!!


34 Lisa @bakebikeblog September 13, 2010 at 8:34 pm

curry, carrot, apple and raisins??? what a PERFECT combination :)


35 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 13, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Yum! Kobocha is King! 😀


36 Heather September 13, 2010 at 8:39 pm

I had a roasted delicata squash for dinner tonight! I love squash season!

We made stuffed peppers on Saturday night and I wasn’t the biggest fan. I have never tried millet though – something to look for in the store!


37 Nicole, RD September 13, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Those stuffed peppers look awesome! Good for you in keeping with a budget..I know I couldn’t stick to one when it comes to groceries :-/


38 notyet100 September 13, 2010 at 8:51 pm

yummy spread


39 Camille September 13, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I love squash season! It was so missed!


40 A@ Please Don't Eat Me! September 13, 2010 at 9:05 pm

ahhhh budgeting stinks! i hate it.. i wish money grew on trees!!! it would make it all so much easier right??

you’ll find a way to make it all work out!!


41 Cara Craves... September 13, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Looks divine!
I had no idea that Gossip Girl was premiering!
Good thing you mentioned it…I am way out of the loop I guess.


42 Laura (Starloz) September 13, 2010 at 9:36 pm

oh budgeting is sadface but needs to be done

i love roasted capsicums, hello dinner idea!


43 Steph September 13, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Good thing I hooked you up with that White Chili recipe! To bad is still to blazin’t hot to make…

What about stuffed peppers with black beans?


44 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 13, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Oh i looove KABOCHA! I just had it for the first time the other day!


45 Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 13, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Kabocha is definitely my favorite squash! It’s so flavorful and versatile.


46 Hannah September 13, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Oh, yum! I’ve been trying to work out what to do with the packet of millet in my cupboard. Emily and Kath to the rescue! Now, if only I could afford coconut butter with regularity…


47 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 13, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Your meal does look delicious! I’ve never had that type of squash before; I’ll have to search it out.

Don’t be too sad about the allowance; the month is almost half over!


48 Faith @ lovelyascharged September 13, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I am All. About. those stuffed peppers!


49 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 13, 2010 at 10:10 pm

That stinks that your allowance is all used up. :( Sorry about that!
I have to say that you make some of the most creative meals. So colorful and delicious looking. :)


50 Emily September 13, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Food looks soo fallish and wonderful. Must seek out Kabocha sqaush, I love butternut and acorn so this must be amaazing :)


51 Katie September 13, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Budget schmudget. 😉


52 [email protected] September 13, 2010 at 11:08 pm

kabocha glazed donut…. mmm pretty much right!! YUM <3


53 Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 13, 2010 at 11:10 pm

I LOVE kabocha!! It is really delicious. I actually found mine at a chain grocery store. I was pleasantly surprised.


54 Dynamics September 14, 2010 at 1:29 am

I am living out of my freezer/cupboards to save some money. It is amazing what you can put together. A few beans and grains and you have a great start to an amazing meal.


55 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 14, 2010 at 2:35 am

YAY for kabocha!! It’s without a doubt my favourite all time food ever, I just can’t get enough. I bet it tastes fantastical with coconut butter!


56 Debby September 14, 2010 at 3:25 am

This looks YUMMY, I love Kabocha , I could eat them every single day :)


57 Olivia R. September 14, 2010 at 5:44 am

I made potato edamame samosas a few weeks ago. I forgot the edamame beans! What a coincedence.


58 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun September 14, 2010 at 6:20 am

At first glance I actually thought the squash was a glazed donut! Was I wrong or what?! :-)
Those stuffed peppers look great!


59 Jordan September 14, 2010 at 7:00 am

Ohh man, kabocha squash is my FAVORITE! I went into my local health food store the other day and discovered that they have kabochas now!!! So excited. :) Your dinner looks great. Nothing beats roasted veggies.


60 Bee Goes Bananas September 14, 2010 at 7:23 am

Mmm the squash looks so delicious!


61 Jonna September 14, 2010 at 7:46 am

Hi Kath,

Dinner looks fabulous! I was wondering if you could tell me your
flatware pattern? Looks like maybe a Crate and Barrel one but
I wasn’t sure.



62 Kath September 14, 2010 at 8:54 am

It’s the Luna pattern from Pottery Barn :) Our wedding registry!


63 Eve (Nutrition by Eve) September 14, 2010 at 7:50 am

Kabocha squash is so delicious!!! We got it in our CSA a few weeks ago and I absolutely loved it. I can’t believe as a dietitian I have never used millet…that has to be on my grocery list next time.


64 Jess September 14, 2010 at 8:12 am

A friend introduced me to kabocha last year and it became an instant favorite! Fortunately, there’s a market near me that almost always has them whenever I happen to be craving some. I’ve never tried preparing it that way—looks amazing! I also never tried stuffing peppers with millet, even though I use it all the time for other things. Will definitely have to try that.


65 Heidi - apples under my bed September 14, 2010 at 8:21 am

This dinner looks out of this world yum and so different and inventive! I love creative, inspiring meals like this :)
Heidi xo


66 Catherine September 14, 2010 at 8:37 am

I’ve never tried coconut butter before, but it looks delish on that squash!


67 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf September 14, 2010 at 8:50 am

Mmmmm. Coconut butter on winter squash. I need to try that!

I plan to soon make sausage/apple/red quinoa stuffed pumpkins. I’ve had the idea for close to a year! But the mini pumpkin haven’t been available until THIS WEEK. Yay!


68 Allison K September 14, 2010 at 9:47 am

I blew through my spending allowance this month already too! I did have a few big unexpected expenses, but the rest of the month the fun is going to have to be free!


69 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 14, 2010 at 9:53 am

I’m so happy I finally found kabocha squash! I still have one left, and I can’t wait to try it with coconut butter!


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