A squash day of eats!

Hi friends and welcome to one of my favorite blog days, What I Ate Wednesday! It’s all about the squash today…. after scoring some delicata squash this weekend, I just couldn’t let you guys down and not eat one of my favorite foods! {Click on the button below to check out more delicious eats in Jenn’s linkup party.}

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My morning started off like any other typical Tuesday morning, with a cup of coffee. I actually tried a brand new variety, Starbucks caramel coffee. It’s a keeper!

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Breakfast was a green smoothie, enjoyed on the way to work, made with cucumber, baby kale, banana, unsweetened vanilla almond milk and two tablespoons of PB2. I’m thinking as I get closer to my long run this weekend, maybe starting Thursday or Friday; I’ll add some oats to my green smoothie to up the carb intake a bit.

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My midmorning snack was baby carrots. Gotta love these little guys!

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Lunch was an AWESOME bowl of my copy cat Panera Bread’s Autumn Squash Soup. I had a sandwich on the side made with Trader Joe’s Harvest Wheat Bread (which is really delicious) and two slices of Hormel’s all-natural sun-dried tomato turkey meat. I love dipping my sandwich in this soup and it was the perfect day to bring soup for lunch because it rained all day. —-> a rainy day also meant no horse lessons (please don’t tell Madelyn, if I happen to be slightly happy about this) ;) Excuse the recycled picture, but I forgot to bring my bowl and I had to pretty much eat this soup out of the horse trough of a container that it was in.

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As always, a Gala apple for the drive home from work!

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Since we didn’t have horse lessons, I was able to cook dinner at home. What I threw together was so good and simple, you have to recreate it! I pan-fried some Brussels sprouts in coconut oil for about 25 mins, then added in a sliced chicken sausage (Trader Joe’s apple chicken sausage) and spinach and cooked it all up for a couple more minutes. Meanwhile, I heated some leftover roasted delicate squash in the microwave. Once everything was hot, I combined the squash with the sprouts, spinach and sausage, added some salt and voila…dinner is served.

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And for dessert……of course, more cinnamon seasoned sweet delicata squash! I can’t get enough of this stuff, guys! Luckily, I stocked up at the farmer’s market this past weekend.

Something to think about….

Tell me about the deliciousness that you’ve been eating.

Do you drink coffee? What kind are you enjoying, lately?

Of possible interest: I’ll be participating in my 3rd round of the Conscious Cleanse starting November 2nd, a 14-day, whole foods based cleanse designed to help you clear out the old, make room for the new, identify possible food sensitivities and increase energy and vitality so you can feel and look your best! If you’d like to join me in detoxing before the holidays, go sign up here. And if you’re curious about how the cleanse works, my results and thoughts; I have a whole page dedicated to the Conscious Cleanse…. head on over.

 

Comments

  1. Your dinner sounds so good! Brussels sprouts, squash, and chicken sausage are 3 of my favourite foods!

    I’ve tried that Starbucks coffee and really enjoyed it as well. I can’t get it here in Canada though. :P I tend to drink President’s Choice organic fair trade decaf coffee. It’s really smooth, just how I like it!
    Chelsea @ Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen Thanksgiving x 2My Profile

  2. Yummy fall eats! Brussels and squash are my favorites!!!
    Laura@ Fit Running Mama WIAW: Home and Recovering!My Profile

  3. Love all the squash! I’ve actually never made delicata squash. I think you convinced me I need to try it!

  4. Soup and sandwich on a fall day is just the best! I need to get that combo in my belly soon ;)
    I really want to get some squash and just roast it soon also! And that dinner looks fabulous. I’ve been loving pan-fried brussels sprouts lately!
    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves WIAW: A Dinner of Small PlatesMy Profile

  5. I LOVE TJs chicken sausage! I contemplated trying to figure out a way to bring a cooler’s worth of it home with me from Minneapolis but thought the guys are security might think I was a total nutjob and not let me through. Eat a little extra for me!
    Davida @The Healthy Maven Gluten-Free Ginger Pear PancakesMy Profile

  6. Do I drink coffee? PFT! :P Not a day goes by without it! I actually really love the taste of coffee, so I’m not really loyal to a particular kind. Right now I’m trying to get through some older Kcups (Green Mountain, Donut House) so that I can buy some new ones, but I’ve got my eyes on the Cinnamon Roll and Chocolate Glazed Donut flavours. Holy.yum.
    Amanda @ .running with spoons. . WIAW … simple swaps .My Profile

  7. I have at least two coffees a day. I know I should really cut down but it is the only thing that gets me going when I get to work. I love Timothy’s Coconut coffee.. soso tasty!
    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green Chunky Curry Butternut Squash SoupMy Profile

  8. I never had delicata squash, I’d love to try it! I am totally obsessed with kabocha lately.
    I don’t drink coffee, like never. If so, then with a ton of milk or maybe that caramel flavor would help too :-)
    Lucie WIAW#39 – Spread the Kabocha Obsession!My Profile

  9. Oh yes, I of course drink coffee. I’m a huge coffee lover.
    Probably my favorite part of the day!
    I’m definitely loving the black coffee per usual, but I still loving mixing it up with pumpkin spice coffee creamer. It’s a problem how much I love it;)
    And I’ve never met a squash I didn’t like. I love them all. Pretty sure I eat at least one kind of squash each day!
    Lisa What I Ate Wednesday – Sleep DeprivedMy Profile

  10. The dinner you made looks delicious! I’m always on the lookout for something quick and easy to throw together since the husband and I usually try to do something active after work and home home STARVING!

    Does your family like to eat healthy too? I feel like my parents would have had a hard time getting me to eat spinach and brussels sprouts growing up.

    Also, I totally agree on the coffee. I had some at my sisters this weekend and fell in love.
    Jenni @ Fitzala WIAW – Workout + Mountain BikingMy Profile

    • My kiddos are pretty picky and no, they don’t eat Brussels. I usually try sneaking in veggies where I can. They both love green smoothies, though. so, that’s a plus.

  11. Noms! That dinner looks amazing. I need you to deliver that to me tonight, so I don’t have to cook after my midterm. I have been having a lot of squash in my life.
    Lindsay @ The Functional Foodie WIAW at SmorgasburgMy Profile

  12. Wondering, how do you use your own coffee with your Keurig maker? Is there an alternative to having to buy K-cups, which are expensive? What model do you have? maybe that matters. Thanks so much.

    • I have a B70 Keurig and it came with a reusable filter. I bet you could go online and order one. The k-cups are expensive… I only buy them for a special treat. ;)

  13. That brussel sprouts dinner sounds like it was so delicious!! I don’t drink coffee anymore I used to but then I was drinking way too much so gave it up. Now I am all about my tea drinking and chai lattes :)

  14. What kind of dessert or sweet dishes do you make with squash? I love your blog.

    • Thanks, Nikki! Here recently, I’ve just been roasting up delicata squash with salt and cinnamon. And you can substitute most squash for pumpkin in any recipe.

  15. of course you had your daily apple =) Hey, nothing is better in my book. Something good I’ve eaten lately – currently having a jelly, egg & apple sandwich on Ezekiel bread. It’s quite good.
    Jessie So much Apple & a Giveaway!My Profile

  16. That’s my kind of dinner! Well, all your meals look amazing and exactly what I enjoy eating! I’m loving squash lately especially Kabocha and my new find (thanks to you), delicata!
    Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome WIAW – Paleo Shepards PieMy Profile

  17. That dinner looks amazing! I only just tried Kale for the first time this week – do you have to cook it prior to putting it in your smoothie?
    Corinne I did it!My Profile

  18. You mention adding oats to your smoothies in the future, and I think you definitely should. I find that oats really add a unique texture and taste to these relatively natural and organic smoothie recipes. I’ve actually talked with some friends who are really into natural foods and smoothies, and they have actually incorporated freshly made and hot oatmeal into their smoothies. It makes the drink into something less of a drink and something more of a meal. Sort of like eating a protein shake, but not nearly as dense. Of course, you’d want to mix it all up into a puree of sorts so you don’t just have a cup of oatmeal (that would defeat the purpose), but when done right: it tastes great. Even add some fruits for some added sugary flavoring if you so dare! Hehe, I love your eats.
    Julie @ A Warrior and A Nurse Tips, Tricks, Tactics, Strategies, Tools, Resources, and Lessons Learned from New and Veteran InfoBarrel Writers…..and, How Can I Use Them to Make More Money on InfoBarrel in 2013-2014 and Beyond? – Part #2My Profile

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