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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