Baking squash and adding grains

In a quest to try new things for this month’s Monthly Challenge I grabbed an acorn squash at the grocery recently.

I wasn’t sure what to do with it. So I went online to find some recipes. I would have made a soup. But I didn’t have the other right ingredients or enough squash.

First I baked the acorn squash for about 30 minutes in the oven.

This site had many options to choose from with recipes. I went with a variation of No. 2.

I had a little couscous. It wasn’t quite enough for a filling filling so I added a little brown rice.

The couscous was a frozen variety from Trader Joe’s, which included some squash and seasonings. I added seasonings to the brown rice and mixed the two grains together.

It was delicious, healthy, filling and different. I liked it.

I used the other half one day for lunch and just had it as a side vegetable along with my zucchini “pasta” and brown rice.

In my research I found an article, which talks about 10 other healthy grains beyond brown rice, such as barley, couscous and quinoa, just to name a few.

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New things in the new year

The nutrition and exercise challenges for Go Fit Girl!’s January Monthly Challenge are about trying something new. (Facebook event page here.)

In the past week I have tried a few things in yoga I wasn’t willing to dare before.

I have been trying out the Shake Weight. Yup, go ahead and laugh. I was able to snatch it from a co-worker who got it during our White Elephant work lunch. And I am trying it out for a future review for Go Fit Girl!’s Review Wednesday.

Sunday morning is my regular grocery store weekly shopping. On Sunday I bought ingredients for Weight Watchers Fresh Vegetable Soup. Everything that went into the recipe I have eaten before. Last year I did a green smoothie cleanse and tried many vegetables (especially green leafy ones), which I had never tried before.

After I picked up the produce I needed I wandered around looking for a new item to cook. I looked at endives, which looked like a weird yellowish cabbage or lettuce. Eh, maybe not.

Then I decided to go look at the squash. I grabbed an acorn squash. I think I have probably eaten acorn squash, but … Continue reading