1st Kabocha Success!

Hello hello. I feel like a loser blogging on a Saturday night but my plans fell through so why not? I will do a little Friday night recap and then get to my exciting dinner tonight!

Friday after work I went to Core Fusion! It was HARD. I say that every time but it gets soo much harder after not going for a week or two. My legs were shaking so much! I really need to go once or twice a week. I feel so much stronger and happier after every class!

I came home and had leftover Mexican! I made it over a salad with avocado, salsa, and blue tortilla chips.

I love avocado!! Oh and I had a beer since I was at home doing nothing on a Friday!

I had some Cookie Dough Turtle Mountain ice cream for dessert. I am happy I finished off the container so I do not have to worry about it tonight! So sad.


I woke up at 7 am for reasons I won’t mention on here. I never fell back asleep, yuck. I had plans to go to Long Island with Dori to get our dress measurements for Melanie’s wedding. I had a bowl of Kashi Honey Sunshine before leaving my apartment.

We took an hour train up and back with some drunk Irish men. Fun fun. Dress measurements are depressing. I will leave it at that.

I was starving when I got home so I made a mushroom and mozzarella cheese omelet with Nature’s Pride bread.

I took a nice long nap after that! I woke up and headed to the gym. I promised myself I would get back into exercise mode this weekend! I did 45 minutes on the elliptical. I did intervals of 2 minutes at level 6 and 2 minutes at level 11. I could tell I hadn’t worked out much lately because my heart rate went up to 188 during level 11! It felt good to be back at the gym.

I stopped at the health food store after and got lots of fruits and vegetables!

I was most excited about the kabocha squash! I’ve been dying to try it for months now since every blogger is obsessed! It always looks so good but I never had a clue how to make it!

That is until tonight when I tweeted asking how to make it! Kimberly from Gluten-Free Is Life
sent me her blog post with step by step instructions. It was very helpful!

First I cut it into long pieces. This was very hard! My huge knife barely did the job. It was very nerve wracking too because I am the type of person who would cut my fingers off since I never cook.

Next I sprayed my baking pans with Pam. I washed the kabocha with water and sprinkled salt and pepper over each piece.

I cooked them in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Apparently Gladware baking pans are not meant to be in the oven for that long or something! They melted all over the oven racks!

I used them once before for brownies and they were fine. I think it is probably time to buy some real baking pans!

The kabocha came out great! It tasted very similar to sweet potatoes but even better ! I topped them over a salad with Sabra Spinach Artichoke hummus and avocado.

Delicious new hummus!!

Amazing salad for a cool fall night.

I have lots of kabocha leftovers too. Can’t wait to eat them again tomorrow!

Not sure what my plans are for tomorrow! Probably just another day of relaxing and hopefully working out! Have a good one!

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22 Responses to 1st Kabocha Success!

  1. eatingRD says:

    I just got one at the farmer's market too and am trying to decide what to do with it. At first I didn't know how to spell it and mixed it up with kombucha tea, oops! Yours look yummy 🙂

  2. Missy says:

    I did the same thing!! I asked on Twitter if anyone knows how to make Kombucha! Oops!

  3. Emily says:

    I've never heard of Kabocha squash! Yours looks great though!!

    I love love love Sabra hummus!! I've gotten my family hooked on it!

  4. balancejoyanddelicias says:

    you finally tried… isn't it amazing??? that's my love!!! 😀

  5. Diana says:

    Hmmmm, hummus! And that squash looks really good!

  6. VeggieGirl says:

    I STILL can't find kabocha at the markets or Whole Foods 🙁 Hopefully soon. Glad you liked it!!

  7. MelissaNibbles says:

    I've been looking for kombucha, but I don't really know what it looks like.
    Spinach and artichoke hummus is my absolute favorite. I could eat the entire container in one sitting!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  8. The Candid RD says:

    Glad you discovered the goodness of kabocha! I have yet to try it, but I have many people telling me I need to get on it!
    Everyone has mistakes in the kitchen..live and learn! 🙂 I once put foil in the micro. Oops.

  9. just me says:

    ohhh…you finally jumped on that kabocha bandwagon..i have yet to do so since i'm not a fan of sweet squashes/gourds.

    and i'm jealous of that sabra hummus! i bet i would love it!

  10. Dori says:

    I need to find and make kabocha! Dying for it. And that flavor hummus sounds awesome, I want@

  11. K from ksgoodeats says:

    First of all, LOVE the Halloween decor! Oops to the melting pans!!

    I just noticed your plate says Missy Maintains – how cute! Hope you have a great Sunday 🙂

  12. newyorknoms says:

    you found kabocha!!!!! where!! I cannot find it! haha

  13. Missy says:

    Dori: I will bring you one next time I see you if you still can't find it!

    NewYorkNoms: I found it at a health food store by my apartment! I will bring you one too!

  14. Mari says:

    I never had Kabocha, I will keep a look out for it =)

    It sounds like you had a great workout

  15. Lizzy says:

    I've never had Kabocha but it sure does look awesome! glad you enjoyed! 🙂

  16. Kim says:

    Your meal looks great! So glad you liked the kabocha!

    For those who can't find it….you may want to look for "buttercup" squash. It is basically the same thing, just a different name. See this link:


  17. *Naomi* says:

    squash looks soo good! never tried it before, i just picked up a big speghetti squash today! i cant wait to try it!

    that avo salad looks yum! oh and sabra=THE BEST!

  18. Jenny says:

    I don't know anything about Kobacha — but I do know that yours looks mighty fine!

  19. Special K says:

    Okay, I know this sounds weird, but try avocado mashed into some pureed squash and a tablespoon of yogurt…VERY YUMMY! Can you do me a favor and announce my Unbake yourself giveaway? I need fun ideas? I don't have a toaster oven yet, but will look for one today! http://thespecialktreatment.wordpress.com/ks-cooks/unbake-off/

  20. Ang says:

    I haven't seen the spinach artichoke hummus. Sabra is my favorite…I'll definately be looking out for it!

    I have used those Gladware things before and they don't do well over 350!

  21. RunToTheFinish says:

    I don't knwo why I only kind of enjoyed kabocha, I am happier with sweet potatoes

  22. Holly says:

    I keep getting Kaboucha and Kombucha confused! At first I thought you were making the drink, LOL.

    I'll have to look for it! I just got my first acorn squash of the season….SO EXCITED.

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