Ask any Dietetics major and I am pretty sure that 99% of them would say squash is the highlight of the leaves changing and the temperatures dropping. From butternut, buttercup, acorn, carnival and spaghetti, I most certainly do not discriminate.
Did you know that 1 cup of squash provides you with 1/2 the RDA for Vitamin C and 4.5x the RDA for Vitamin A!? My potential papercuts are shaking in their boots (Source)
To say I am addicted would be an understatement. Combine squash with my love of Thai/Chinese food and it is a recipe for greatness!
Thai Peanut Teryaki Pineapple Stuffed Squash
- 1 carnival squash (or any other squash of your choice!)
- 3 Aidell‘s Teryaki Pineapple Chicken Meatballs
- 2 oz Rice Noodles
- 3 TBSP Archer Farms Thai Peanut Sauce
- Brussel Sprouts
- Seasonings: garlic powder, garam masala
- Preheat the oven to 475
- Slice the squash in half and deseed
- Spray with non-stick cooking spray and season
- Place in over for 25-30 minutes
- After 30ish minutes have ellapsed, preheat a nonstick pan and boil pasta water
- Cut meatballs & brussels sprouts up and place on heated nonstick pan; sautee until browned
- Once the pasta water comes to a full boil, cook pasta for amount of time on the box
- After pasta has cooked and meat is browned, drain the pasta and add meatballs & brussels sprouts into the pasta pot
- Top with Thai Peanut Sauce and mix thoroughly
- Take squash out of the oven and stuff with pasta mixture
- Put back in the over for another 10ish minutes (I usually do the dishes!)
If you are not a huge squash lover, well then I hate to say it but friendship over Good thing my roommate loves the root vegetable just as much as I do or there would be serious problems.
What is your favorite squash? Any good recipes?
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….to buy copious amounts of seasonal foods
I’ll be the first to admit I hate pumpkin. I think the actual squash taste disgusting and I would rather enjoy acorn, buttercup or carnival squash. But if you turn that orange veggie into a highly sweet and refined bread product, well I am down with that!
Gingerbread on the other hand…well I have always loved my Aunts homemade gingersnap cookies, but other than that it wasn’t my go to flavor (Chocolate Peppermint – that is a whole other story)
However, food companies this year seem to be bringing Gingerbread back. During every other time of the year I just pass on by the fresh fruity flavors that debut because artificial fruit flavored products don’t give with me. Holiday spices…well I have no control. Now every time I go to Walmart or Target I somehow end up spending WAY more than I wanted to on holiday products but I’m 99% sure I am not the only one…
Pepperidge Farm Gingerbread Swirl Bread
Hidden gem in the bread department at Walmart. Ladies and Gentlemen I am happy to report this bread is a phenomenal treat. The perfect amount of sweet and spice without being overwhelming where you feel like you just ate a sugar. No, this was nicely balanced.
Even though I haven’t mentioned running in a while, I am still running high mileage and enjoying the freedom of not training for something. I’ve played around with different fuels before my runs and have found simple, quick carbs do the best at giving me energy (hello increased times) with minimal GI upset. Win Win.
[Pepperidge Farm Gingerbread Swirl Bread + Skippy Dark Chocolate PB]
Yum. Yeah – perfect combination. Happy belly, happy runner.
What is your favorite holiday flavor? Any products I should be on the look out for – healthy or not?
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Senior year. Half way through senior year I might add. Where did the time go?! I have a meeting this week to plan out where I am applying to Dietetic Internships. Wow. Can I please go back to freshman year?
Instead of boring you with the details about how busy I have been, I’ll just stick to the highlights.
I worked at my first Race Expo – The Hokie Half Marathon & 5k
Started Senior year…but not before having lunch with this fellow foodie. Yeah, she is pretty adorable.
Mandatory Red Velvet Pancakes for Girls Night
Studying my butt off for MNT. Surprisingly I really like this class. I find enjoyment in calculating all the calorie, protein & fluid needs then writing up an ADIME Note. #nutritionnerd(source)
Other than that I have been juggling work, classes, Nutrition Counseling (yes, I get to counselor people about nutrition aka my calling in life), multiple coffee & lunch dates and volunteering. Not so bad if you ask me.
…well I did have a pretty exciting Fall Break where I got to see my husband live. But that is a blog post for another day.
How is everyone’s semester/life going?
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That is one of the first lessons I was taught when my lovely little sister was born. Since then, I have done a pretty good job at this. Being the nice person that I am, I am willing to share my favorite overnight oatmeal recipe. I still blame you Megan for getting me addicted to this breakfast…okay not really
Peanut Butter Chocolate Raspberry Overnight Oats
- 1 Chobani Raspberry with Dark Chocolate Chips Container
- 1 Tbsp of Earth Balance Coconut Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1/3 cup dry oatmeal
- 1 Luna Bar Fiber – Chocolate Raspberry
- 1/2 Tbs Chia Seeds
- Combine oatmeal & yogurt in a bowl and let sit over night, or for a few hours
- In the morning, top with peanut butter & crumble the Luna Bar
- Serve with a side of fresh fruit for a quick and delicious breakfast
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I will forever be a California Girl. Born in L.A. and lived in the golden state for about 5 years before my Dad’s job relocated us to sunny Florida. I’m not complaining (okay, I did throw a huuuuuge fit when I found out we were moving to Connecticut after before my freshman year of high school, but that is a different story for a different day) because my Dad’s job has given me a pretty great life.
On Tuesday I boarded a plane to San Francisco to look at some Dietetic Internships. I’m not going to go into great detail because all you really need to know is that I want to move to California after graduation. Internship or not, I’ll probably head out west. I loved every second I spent in Northern California and will forever be a California girl at heart.
Day 1 started at 5 a.m. – we had to drive further south because I was meeting with a DI director about a program I am really really interested in. Can’t deny – this city is gorgeous.
Well, turns out Dad mis-calculated the time it would take so we made a little pit stop to the Madonna Inn. It is kind of over the top gorgeous. On my bucket list is to eat brunch at this cute little Inn.
After learning more about the program, I was even more in love with the internship than before, but also very very hungry. Dad and I headed to Pismo Beach to sit ocean side and refuel.
After lunch we walked around Pismo & spent a little time on the dock before heading to Morro Bay. Yes, I am wearing a sweat shirt because there is no humidity and in the mid 60′s. Did I mention I hate heat?
Morrow Bay Rock: The Landmark
Around 3 we headed back to San Francisco because we were meeting one of Dad’s best friends from his youth. It was going to be a long drive to dinner (we were meeting up in Palo Alto) but with a view like this, I really did not complain.
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Before the recent hype of all things coconut, I was already addicted. It’s true – ask my roommate. In fact, she even said that’s one thing she thought was “cool” about me (Yes, I took this as a high compliment considering we had a love/hate relationship at the time). Ever since the boom of coconut as a healthy saturated fat, everything now comes in coconut flavor. I can’t complain – it just allows me to get my coconut fix multiple times throughout the day. For instance, I can get it at breakfast…
or for snacks…
as a mix-in…
In a nutshell, I find a way to eat coconut every day. It is truly one of my favorite flavors.
Your turn: what is one flavor you can’t live without?
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