WIAW: Build Me Up, Butternut Baby

October 14, 2015

Hola foodies!

I have a new obsession… And it’s squash.

Seriously. I usually opt for sweet potatoes as my dinner carb-of-choice, but all of the fall squashes have got me going crazy! Butternut, delicata, acorn… They’re each unique and delicious in their own special way!

If you’re in a food rut and looking for a way to spice up your lunches or dinners, I suggest hightailing it to your local Trader Joes and picking up a 99 cent (ridiculously cheap) fall squash, firing up your oven, and giving it a good roast.

You won’t be disappointed.

But enough of my ranting – on to your regularly scheduled What I Ate Wednesday programming.

Breakfast

Post-Pure Barre Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain egg white oatmeal with pomegranate seeds, pistachios, and almond butter.

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The texture of these oats is similar to oat bran – so a lot less chewy than normal oats. I highly suggest picking some up if you like smoother textures!

Snack:

Hardboiled egg, carrots, and a few un-pictured almonds.

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I’m so predictable.

Lunch

Pure Barre must have kicked my metabolism into overdrive this morning, because I was starving for lunch! I could barely make it till 12 when I had time to eat. Luckily I had some deliciousness packed and waiting for me when I got back to my desk.

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A kale salad massaged in lemon olive oil with quinoa, mini sweet peppers, beets, avocado, and nutritional yeast! Plus an apple and Wild Friends Vanilla Espresso almond butter on the side.

image4-10Check out those vanilla beans! #swoon

Afternoon Snacks:

My obsession with Trader Joe’s Just Mango slices continues. Today I packed a “trail mix” of sorts with a slice of dried mango, a dried turkish apricot, and some raw pecan pieces.

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Plus a kind of funky lookin’ tiny pear.

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I got home from work a little later than normal, so I grabbed a handful of Whole Foods popcorn to tide me over while I cooked dinner! Popcorn was one of my favorite snacks growing up, so it always takes me back to sleepovers and watching movies at home in the pre-college days.

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Dinner:

Dinner was a random, delicious bowl of veggie goodness!

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I sautéed some kale, chickpeas, mushrooms, and turmeric cauliflower in liquid aminos and garlic, then paired it with roasted butternut squash & a dippy egg. All topped with siracha, obviously.

I would like to credit my post title to my witty and sassy friend Clara. She commented the pun on my photo and it was too good not to share!

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Plus a piece of frozen dark chocolate to round out the meal… 🙂

Night Snack

Another night, another classic – microwaved banana slices, frozen berries, and Wild Friends Honey Pretzel pb!

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PS I’m totally obsessed with these mini dish/bowls from Target! I use them for just about everything.

And that’s a wrap!

Before I go, I have to ask… Which fall squash is your favorite?!

I’m torn between delicate and butternut. 🙂

XO, Bailee

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16 Comments

  • Reply hanmag October 14, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Buttaaa nut for sure! Also – that salad is perfect inspo for my packed lunch today! Happy hump day!

    • Reply Beets Me October 14, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Ugh it’s just the best! With cinnamon or salt and peppa… Whoo 🙂 I hope you packed a good one!

  • Reply hanmag October 14, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Buttaaa nut for sure! Also – that salad is perfect inspo for my packed lunch today! Happy hump day!

    • Reply Beets Me October 14, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Ugh it’s just the best! With cinnamon or salt and peppa… Whoo 🙂 I hope you packed a good one!

  • Reply Kimberly Garwood October 14, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Butternut!! Love!

    • Reply Beets Me October 14, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Its too good! Especially when its pre-chopped from Trader Joes

  • Reply Kimberly Garwood October 14, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Butternut!! Love!

    • Reply Beets Me October 14, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Its too good! Especially when its pre-chopped from Trader Joes

  • Reply claranorfleet October 17, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    HAHAHA yes!!!! love love this! i think acorn squash is my fav at the moment, but gosh it’s honestly so hard to pick just one!

    • Reply Beets Me October 20, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      acorns are so adorable!! perfect for stuffing. which reminds me i need to try your recipe….

  • Reply claranorfleet October 17, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    HAHAHA yes!!!! love love this! i think acorn squash is my fav at the moment, but gosh it’s honestly so hard to pick just one!

    • Reply Beets Me October 20, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      acorns are so adorable!! perfect for stuffing. which reminds me i need to try your recipe….

  • Reply Lauren November 3, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    I’m already loving squash season this year! If I had to pick a favorite, it’d probably be butternut because it’s the workhorse of the squash family and works in so many things but cutting it is so not my favorite. That dinner looks right up my alley 🙂

    • Reply Beets Me November 6, 2015 at 12:39 am

      haha i love butternut too! Cutting it is a total pain.. I usually cheat and buy the pre-cut from trader joes 🙂

  • Reply Lauren November 3, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    I’m already loving squash season this year! If I had to pick a favorite, it’d probably be butternut because it’s the workhorse of the squash family and works in so many things but cutting it is so not my favorite. That dinner looks right up my alley 🙂

    • Reply Beets Me November 6, 2015 at 12:39 am

      haha i love butternut too! Cutting it is a total pain.. I usually cheat and buy the pre-cut from trader joes 🙂

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