Randomness and The Sweet Spaghetti Squash

 

Hey hey! How are you?

Well shucks. I didn’t blog all day. I’m sure you missed it, yes? Yeah, me either. Maybe I should try that more often. You know, staying away from the blog and all. Things might be better for everyone. Ha.

I did make it on time to my 8:15 spin class this morning though which is not an easy task with the boys. After class I threw on my Mizuno Inspires and hopped on the treadmill for a quick 6.86 miles.

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Let me just say that there are days when running isn’t easy, but the feeling I get after I run (even if it’s not a long run) is so great. I did a really short run last night and it started out as the slowest run of my life, but after a few tunes and a lot of talking myself through it in my head, I had this sense of joy on the last little half mile stretch home. I just love that. It’s such a freeing feeling.

 

I had a whole list of things to write about, but I’m exhausted so instead I’m just going to show you some random pictures, including some around the house (to make you thankful you don’t live with us), give you a couple recommendations and then talk spaghetti squash.

It sounds so fun I can hardly contain myself.

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Let’s see. Around the house.

I went back to my old tricks the other day of making green eggs by blending spinach with the eggs before scrambling.

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I used to do this every day for the boys, but I’ve gotten lazy in my old age. Yep, I can burn scrambled eggs also. My issue is not limited to only burning roasted vegetables.

I also went back to the pumpkin protein dough the other day. I made it with GNC vanilla whey protein powder (since I have a huge jug it and all) and plopped it in a Flatout cinnamon crisp bowl.  I topped it with an apple, cinnamon, PB2 and coconut cookie dough crumble.

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Instead of trying to fix this lamp shade for the umpteenth time, I decided to get out an old fall scented candle and burn it to distract me.

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Yankee candles are the BEST by the way! So are fall scented hand soaps and wall flowers from bath and Body Works. Oh and hey, if you look closely at the picture you can see that Grandma D tried to fix that lamp shade with some scotch tape. Obviously it worked well.

We took a family trip to Trader Joe’s last night. STUFT Daddy even came along to witness each boy pushing a baby cart and causing a ruckus. I had a bit of a panic attack earlier yesterday (as stated on Facebook) because we didn’t have any green vegetables in the house, so we made sure to stock up. Then I made sure to roast up a bunch when we got home.

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Roasted broccoli slaw sprayed with with Braggs liquid aminos (like I did here) and then topped with sriracha and other hot sauces with a Morningstar Farms veggie burger. It was awesome.

Even more awesome because I was wearing my pajamas and nerdy glasses and eating it with chopsticks.

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Lovely.

 

Last night I took what was left in this peanut butter jar and froze it.

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Then used that spatula to make sure I got every last bit of the frozen peanut butter out of the jar and into my huge dessert.

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Ha ha. My other “layers” included Vitatops, low calorie peanut butter frosting, Artisana cocoa bliss, dark chocolate frozen frosting and creamy dreamy ice cream.

Um, yeah, just thought you should know I’m still going strong on my tapering, overeating and carbing up early before the marathon this weekend. I’m just making sure I’m in tip top shape. Ha ha.

 

I found this in one of our bags from Trader Joe’s when we got home. I couldn’t figure out how it got in there.

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Judah finally fessed up and told me he bought it. He must have added it to his cart at some point. I really need to be paying better attention when we’re shopping I guess. Oops.

 

The boys and I did a little bit of decorating around the house today.

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How cool are these sock monkeys? Pretty funny and I just found this old post from when we decorated last year with these same sock monkeys. It’s so weird to read old posts.

 

I snuck some broccoli slaw in the raviolis tonight for dinner for the boys and STUT Daddy. No one even complained (to my face at least).

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I got this cool box in the mail earlier today for the marathon this weekend.

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Have you heard of Yurbuds? I’ve seen them at race expos a lot, but have never had them. I can’t wait to try them out.

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Oh, and yesterday the boys and I had breakfast at Subway for the first time ever. It was awesome.

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Who knew a 6 inch egg white sub could be so good?

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Yeah, you can pile all the same veggies, just on egg whites instead of meat. Just fabulous.

Speaking of egg whites, I’m already through the first one of my huge jugs I just ordered less than a month ago. Yep. Done. I just may turn into that scary muscle chicken after all. Ha ha.

 

Okay, enough randomness.

Let’s talk spaghetti squash really quick before my nighttime “office hours” are over.

Last week it was a kabocha experiment, this week I’ve been doing all sorts of things with spaghetti squash.

 

I have a couple spaghetti squash recipes on the blog already.

Spaghetti Squash Marinara

BBQ Chicken Spaghetti Squash Bake 

 

My favorite way to prepare it is just to roast it. After scraping out all the seeds, I put it flat side down on sprayed cookie sheet, poke holes and roast at 375 convection for about 35-45 minutes.

I usually have the help of my personal seed scraping assistants.

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Before

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After

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My first bright idea was last Friday when I made this taco pie for STUFT Daddy.

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I made the same for myself, but subbed in spaghetti squash for the pie crust, omitted the sour cream and cheese and added some non dairy “cheesy” sauce.

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It came out marvelously.

 

Then the other day when it was ultimate pear breakfast salad time I had the bright idea to add some spaghetti squash to the mix.

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I went the sweet route with a little cinnamon, coconut oil and almond butter. It was better than I thought it would be.

So much better that naturally I had to have it again, but added chia and vanilla protein frosting.

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And again, even when I was out of my spinach.

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In the bowl- spaghetti squash roasted with a little cinnamon, egg whites with cinnamon, a bosc pear, coconut oil and almond butter.

Today I took it to a whole new level without any egg whites since I had already had a breakfast STUFTwich for breakfast.

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There’s a better picture on instagram, but this bowl of sweet spaghetti squash heaven just takes the cake. Yep, that’s what I’m going to call it.

Sweet Spaghetti Squash Heaven

In the bowl: roasted sweet potatoes (roasted with cinnamon and stevia), roasted spaghetti squash, low calorie peanut butter frosting made with PB2, Naturally More (which if I’m not mistaken has been recalled- oops), ice cream dream protein frosting, coconut oil, Barney’s Almond Butter and The Chia Co chia seeds.

I also think you should know that I ate the whole spaghetti squash by my lonesome.

Thank you. I’m impressed too.

 

Thanks for all the no sugar challenge responses on my previous post. We’ll have to get on that after the racing madness has calmed down a bit. Right now I’m just trying to get through the next couple weeks, and if a little sugar free syrup here and there is going to help, well, then I’m not going to mess with it just yet.

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Not all of the Find Your Mezamashii winners have claimed their invites to the Mezamashii Run Project. You better check here to make sure it’s not you.

One more day to claim it or it’s going to someone else!

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Okay, I’m off.

Time for bed.

 

Have you tried spaghetti squash?

Have you ever tried it sweet? If not, I think you should. You’ll thank me.

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Comments

  1. 1

    Dang you hit the nail on the head explaining running and honestly, you make it seem so easy so I’m glad to hear you have those moments too! I LOVE that freeing feeling! It’s so incredibly euphoric and healing for me in so many ways. I can’t believe it’s almost time for your race! I can’t wait to hear about it!

    Oh and spaghetti squash…YUM! One of mine and Max’s favorites! I need to get one for this weekend since I’m flying solo here. Have a great day my friend!

    • 1.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      I was totally thinking about you Sarena cause I felt like I was flying and you were the one who said that the other day. It’s totally the shoes. :) Oh….. good luck this wekeend friend flying solo.

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    Miz says:

    I giggled when I saw yer FB update about the squash.
    wait
    or twitter?
    I cant recall.
    just come over.
    and bring the squash.

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    Kathy says:

    You open my eyes to so many new things…I have never tried spaghetti squash. I think foods just seem so intimidating but once I see it done and read how to do it (and see the finished product) I am sucked in and I want to try it. (I have loved everything else I have tried from your recommendations so can’t wait to try this too)

    Yea…I did miss your post but every other day is good too.. ha! ;-) And I think you already kind of do look like that muscle chicken…have you seen your arms lately? You would be winning Ultimate Supreme in competitions….unless, that is just for Honey Boo Boo and the toddlers…ha!?

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    Becky Przy says:

    I love the picture of using the butter knife for the spaghetti squash! I think spaghetti squash is the only type of squash I have not tried. But I will have to get on that and try it sweet (although i should probably get 2 because I know I can easily eat 1 in a day;-) )

    good idea to not try the no sugar challenge until after your races–by then maybe I will have thought it over enough to give it a whirl too–I was doing great for about 5 months, but I have gotten lazy and have fell back into the habit a bit–but I figure 1-2x/day isn’t the worst thing (heaven knows I have way worse habits than that!)

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Ha ha- the knife. I figure the same thing about artificial sweeteners. I’m sure there’s much worse we could be doing and a little here and there isn’t a big deal. Just my opinion though. :)

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    Ingrid says:

    In case you were wondering, I DID miss your post! Your blog is my sweet indulgence when I’m laying in bed trying to relax my mind but also be motivated to get up early the next morning to workout. I’m only 23 and you inspire me! (not that anyone over 23 is old or anything!! Haha) keep up the hard work!!

    Also, as soon as I get out of class, I am going to buy a spaghetti squash! Let’s hope I don’t mess that one up!

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    I thought I was the only one who froze PB! We had vanilla ice cream at the beach when I was 10 years old that had massive frozen chunks of PB in it and I’ve been hooked ever since.

    Great idea with the sweet spaghetti! I’ve been experimenting the with unexpectedly sweet lately and can’t wait to try this!

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    i never thought of having it sweet! hmm.. the possibilities…

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    You are going to love the Yurbuds!!! Love the sweet spaghetti squash idea. I like making butternut squash and kabocha sweet, but never thought about spaghetti!

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    Linda says:

    Love, love, love spaghetti squash! Your recipe looks delicious. Check this one out, I make it all the time. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/spaghetti-squash-i/ Also, love acorn squash. We cooked it in the microwave the other night, added cinnamon and a little feta cheese. So good!!!!

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Cinnamon and feta? Together? That sounds interesting. Thanks for the recipe!

      • Linda says:

        I thought the same thing. We got the idea from Whole Foods. They had roasted pumpkin with cinnamon, feta, pine nuts and I think some maple syrup. It was so good together. So good that it’s on the menu tonight! :)

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    Alex says:

    That Spaghetti Squash looks delicious!!! I will absolutely try that!
    Also, I was one of the Mezamashii winners (yay!) – i emailed you and didnt hear back so I just wanted to make sure that you got it and that I wasnt one of the people you were waiting to hear from :)

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    I’m so loving all of your spaghetti squash creations! I just recently got on board and I need to branch out and try serving some different ways. By the way, pumpkin cupcake candle from bath and body works smells like heaven!

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    I love spaghetti squash! I make pad thai with it and eat it with meatballs :) I have a pair of Yurbuds. They are quality. I’ll probably stick with them from now on.

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    I have GOT to try some of these! I never ever would have thought to make a sweeter dish with spaghetti squash. I just started using it with a great marinara sauce, but the husband LOVES anything taco…might use it to get him to eat his veggies! Thanks for sharing…I’m off to pin!

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    Amanda N says:

    Spaghetti Squash is pretty delicious! I’ve never tried it sweet usually just mix it up with some olive oil and veggies after I roast it. Taco-ing it is a good idea :)

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    Lisa says:

    Spaghetti squash is the jam. I think I just have an obsession with every type of squash. Do you think there is such thing as a squash addiction, because I think I have that. And also an orange food addiction. Oh and egg whites. I have issues;)
    I also never thought of having it sweet, need to do that asap!
    Love the sock halloween monkeys! Those are adorable. I just went halloween shopping and it was embarrassing because everyone was their with kids and I was just picking up stuff for myself. Ha, I’m too classy for words.

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    Kerri says:

    I have been loving the spaghetti squash since going gluten free 10 months ago! The standby is topping it with sauteed spinach or kale and good ol marinara, but it is also yummy sauteed with onions and garlic then topped with some feta cheese and capers or kalamata olives. Just baked one tonight and plan on having it “hashbrown” style in the morning for bfast.

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    ashley says:

    OMG, you still have some naturally more?! i ran out more than a week ago, and then went HUNTING at every single grocery store in the area, fiending for it like an addict. when i came up empty handed and quite upset, i checked the website and found that it was recalled and will be back on store shelves BY NOVEMBER 15TH!!! i wish i had known this so i couldve rationed my naturally more…. SAVOR EVERY DROP!

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    Tracy says:

    I’m definitely going to try spaghetti squash for breakfast! I’ve had it with spicy peanut sauce for dinner, but love the idea for sweet PB instead.

    You should make that TJ’s crumb cake for the boys. My 4 kids loooove it!! It’s a favorite around here.

  19. 19

    I love spaghetti squash but have never tried it sweet… interesting… Also- love those sock monkeys!!

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    Shelby Snyder says:

    So I am completely in LOVE with sweet spaghetti squash! I tried it with some PB crave cookie nookie and then a little of your coconut cookie dough….to die for! :)

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