Roasted Acorn Squash & Dehydrated Seeds


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How’s Thursday going for you?  I am doing good, just got home from freezing my butt off outside trick or treating, suburbs style.  Our neighborhood put on a Trunk-n-Treat last night which I mentioned at the end of the Raw Vegan Pumpkin Spice Donut Hole post.  Ironically, there has been a 25 degree temperature drop in the past 24 hours and needless to say, my body is in cold shock right now.  Brrrr!


About 50 cars all handed out candy so all the kids had to do was walk from trunk to trunk and collect their candy.  Tons of parent presence so everyone was safe from strangers.  Just not safe from all the HFCS.  But once a year, my attitude is whatever, let her enjoy being a Fairy Princess, while eating HFCS-laden candy and all.

Here’s a couple cute I took of my Fairy Princess.  For new readers, she’s 2.75 years, the perfect age to really savor the Magic of Halloween!   Here she is waving her light-up magic wand wildly!

Young girl in fairy princess costume

Young girl in fairy princess costume holding wand

Note the Princess Candy Collection Bag.  I envision this being filled with Barbie clothes by the weekend. 

Pink Princess candy collection bag


Woman and young girl posing in her fairy princess costume

Moving along…I am really glad you enjoyed the Raw Vegan Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes – 5 Minute Recipe from yesterday.  They are soooo easy, and so good, you’ve just gotta try them.  Let me know what you think.  I have a feeling you won’t be disappointed, at all.

Raw Vegan Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes on white plate

So in the spirit of keeping things a light today I thought I’d show you a few surprises.

Good Surprise = 2 pints of Raspberries for $3 at the mainstream grocer.  Not at all seasonal or local, but they looked so good, and I bought them anyway.

Raspberries in clear container
Close up of raspberries in container

They looked even better after I got home, and flipped the carton over and saw they were organic.  Love that.

Barcode on raspberries showing 6 oz size and Organic Raspberry

Bad Surprise = Taking a shower and coming out to find that Skylar the Fairy Princess had taken apart the contents of Scott’s desk and put them on the guest bed.  Those business cards that were organized neatly and in file folders, heck, that’ll only take a couple months to get back together.  No biggie.

Contents of desk placed on bed

Good Surprise = Scott finding 11 packages of my favorite gum.  Chemicals and fake sweeteners and all, I love this stuff.  Sangria Fresca and it’s been discontinued.  A couple weeks ago I went to try and buy it and it had vanished from every grocer’s shelf, from Target’s shelves, you name it, I have looked.  But appparently not good enough, because Scott found a random low budget gas station that had a case left.  Good thing it’s all wrapped in celophane cuz it’s all for my chomping pleasure now!  Love gum when I run or drive. 

Box full of individual packages or Orbit Gum

Bad Surprise = Blogging for a half hour and stepping away from my computer to find this is what the Fairy Princess did to her room.   And this is after I kinda pre-cleaned it.  She has about 200 books…most of them were dumped out of the book bins.

Childs room showing a mess of items on floor

As a sidebar, I love my child to death, but it takes every ounce of my maturity, wisdom, patience of a yogi saint, and then some, to day in, day out parent gently, with a smile, and with love and an open heart when your house is getting destroyed.  Young sistas, please know that motherhood is the most amazing gift ever, but please wait til you’re ready for this.  That’s my only deep comment in this post, promise.

Childs bedroom showing messy items across floor

Good Surprise = Finding Blender Bottle hooking me up with a new cup!  

Blender bottle plastic packaging

I am no stranger to these cups and as you can tell from my stash, I love them!

Shelf full of blender bottles

But it’s always nice to have an extra.  These cups get a Two Thumbs Up from me!  If you’re not familiar with them, there’s a wire whisk ball that does an excellent job of blending even the most stubborn of protein powders, cough cough Sunny W or Jay R coming to mind, even with scant amounts of liquid and a quick shake-shake.

Hand holding blender bottle showing inside

I even made a pumpkin pie protein shake in it recently.   1/2 c lowfat vanilla almond milk + 2 Tbsp Pumpkin Puree + Cinnamon + Stevia + 1 Scoop Sunny W

Ingredients to make Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

….And the Blender Bottle cut thru that pumpkin puree like nobody’s business.  There are times when you just don’t want to take out and clean the VitaBeast and are looking for something quick and easy but cannot handle a crappily mixed smoothie?  Well, the Blender Bottle is gonna be your new BFF.

Check their site for other great uses like these, too.

Label on blender bottle showing what it is great for

And cool colors.

Card showing different sizes and colors of blender bottles

A couple yummy eats included roasting an acorn squash a la Heather Happiness style.

Slice that sucker in half, don’t lose any fingers in the process.

Acorn squash split in half in foil lined baking dish

Then as Heather suggests, lightly spray with cooking spray.  I used my Organic Pam Canola, which is a fairly new find for me.  I like it in order to prevent an oil slick from accidentally pouring outta my TJ’s EVOO bottle.

Squash sprayed with Organic Pam Canola Oil spray

Then I placed the squash face down and added about 1/8th c of water.

Squash face down in baking pan after being roasted

Baked for 45 Mins at 400F and here ya go!  Squash It Up, Baby!

Squash turned face up after roasting
Close up photo of inside of roasted squash

After allowing it to cool, there was a little shrinkage factor (TWSS) and then I peeled the skin off.

Split squash face up on foil lined pan after roasting

Chopped into my best effort at Squash Fries and containerized for 2 dinners….

Skinned and sliced roasted squash in two clear containers

…that will be ready in 30 seconds when the little Fairy Princess does not want to wait for her grub.

Little girl smiling with hands on countertop

Acorn Squash Fries are a winner with the Princess!

Close up of acorn squash fries
Close up of acorn squash fries in clear container

And in an effort to not waste anything, I cleaned off the squash seeds, tossed them with 1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice + 1 Tsp Salt and got ready to dehydrate them.  

Squash seeds with pumpkin pie spice and salt in bowl

Going into the Magic Box….

Spread out squash seeds on dehydrator tray


Close up of squash seeds on tray

The verdict?  Good, but even better if you’re into seeds.  They are a little bit of a mouthful for me, a smidge toughBut I am not hugely into seeds.

Dehydrated squash seeds on dehydrator tray
Dehydrated squash seeds showing the pumpkin pie spice coating

Good Surpise = Good thing Scott is.  They make a perfect lunch snack for him.

Ziptop bag filled with squash seeds

Bad Surprise = My Little Princess took a horrible fall while chasing a ball with her dad (he fell too in order to break her fall a bit) and she has a goose-egg and some scrapes on her forehead.  My heart fell to my stomach when my family came inside from a little “game of ball” while I was fixing dinner and both were bloody, Skylar was screaming, and it was pandemonium for awhile Tuesday night.  Good thing that they’re both fine now and trunk-or-treating went off without a hitch in the Princess Action.  Whew. 

Little girl in pink holding fairy wand

Good Surprise = For dessert as if all the Halloween Candy isn’t enough, I had to get in on a handful of Vegan Chex Mix, aka Puppy Chow

Vegan Chex Mix close up

…and a couple Raw Vegan Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes.

Raw Vegan Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

VeganMofo in the house today.
Veganmofo III logo     
Yoga Today is Marichyasana A

Woman doing Marichyasana A yoga pose

Tip of the Day: My Dozen ProBars Give Away!  I highly recommend entering yourself to win 12 of these delish bars!

Blueberry and Cran-Raspberry

Katharina’s also got some loot she’s giving away, check it out!

Have you ever roasted pumpkin or squash seeds before?  What did you think of them?  In the past I have always just scrapped them but thought I would try to salvage them and it was a good effort, for sure.  But then I was in TJ’s yesterday and was reminded of all their ridiculously awesome nuts and mixes like wasabi & chili spiced almonds or cajun trail mix and dark chocolate covered apricots and stuff like that.  Do you have any favorite nuts or snacky mixes like that?  Do you make them yourself or purchase, and if so, where?

Stay Tuned For a few Flashback Friday Pics…

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  1. that pie looks soooo so good!! I am making it right now, and by making I mean it's already in the freezer!!
    I modified the crust to make it lower cal and had to modify the insides too because all that wasn't sold out was pie filling… but I think it's goin to be amazing!

  2. I have a can of pumpkin that I bought way back when I first read this post to make to pumpkin pie! Now that I'm moving I need to make it so I don't have to move the can!

  3. Oh I NEVER EVER had pumpkin pie in my life!

    What's a better way to break this sin than to make Averie's pumpkin pie??? :p

    Thank you!

  4. so i made this pumpkin pie last night and the blending the crust overloaded my vita!! do you have a special trick? what speed to you put it on?

  5. Ok, I feel silly to ask, but…what is almond meal? I'm new to all this and really want to try your pie!

    Thanks SO much!

  6. I actually love the finger-printed pie crust.. it adds a very homemade feel :) speaking of the pie — how did you know pumpkin was my favorite?! ;) looks wonderful, doll!

    oh butterfingers — my brother and I used to fight over them like crazy during our trick or treating days — mean words were exchanged and I think one year he ever bit me for one. Those puppies are precious!

  7. Whoa – that pie crust looks great and the blow by blow makes me feel like it's something I could definitely get next to.

    Butterfinger oats! That's as good as reeces in the mini prep!

    Firefly pose makes my mouth drop open. Not while I'm doing it (hahaha yeah right) but just watching you do it! Love it!

    Tomorrow I want to see a very simple Downward Dog. Do your heels touch the floor? Stupid question. I'm already jealous.

  8. I actually was not up late last night! Crazy, I know, but I'm hoping that not being up will happen more often.

    Thanks for the pose :)

  9. ahhhhh your pie is doggone looking delicious. seriously, i may have to try that and see how it goes. plus, i can make it without a blender (which i don't have!).

    ahhhh firefly pose…i don't think i have ever seen that before. one day, one day…

    hope you had a fabulous weekend dear averie harmony with the best name ever :)

  10. pumpkin pie? YES PLEASE.

    that looks so good and GENIUS :)

    this post reminds me of how much I can't wait for the holidays and some realll feel good food!

  11. I missed a few posts, but you got me all caught up thanks!!! The commenting and staying up to date with everyone is really hard and really gratifing, so it's a strange balance.

    really stuffing I only have during the holidays and LOVE IT

  12. Girl you are the sugar queen. I am going to start calling you suga momma!! haha

    All your recipes look yummy as usual. I posted a few Halloween pics. Hope things are good with you :)


  13. Another great post avery!

    i just whipped up a brekkie cookie as you call it i think – and have it hibernating in the fridge till tomorrow morning, or late tonight maybe…

    what i like to eat and make this time of year? i LOVE anything pumpkin! pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin roll, can you tell i adore pumpkin lol… so obviously i'm psyched to try your pumpkin pie now!! yippee!

  14. I swear you keep posting those cookie balls just to torture me! Tick, tock, tick, tock, where is my RFW order!!!!?

    I love pumpkin so I may be trying one of the pie versions ASAP. As for the oatmeal, I bet Scott thought it was the best ever : )

    When the holidays come all things pumpkin are top of my list followed closely by anything made with butter and cream. Of course, I don't eat those things anymore so we'll see what my faves are come November 26th!

    Pumpkin Pie!
    We are doing desserts for Thanksgiving this year so I am definately "trying" some new recipes!

    this looks yummy!!!!

  16. LOVE the princess costume- too cute :) I hear ya blogging can be a very full time job and its easy to get caught up spending 6 hours a day on the computer posting and commenting! The pumpkin pie looks amazing- I so want some. Favorite thing to make/eat around the holidays- cranberry sauce :)

  17. omg that pie looks fabulous! thanks for keeping us updated on all these great giveaways! and congrats to devan for winning your bar givevaway!!

    I love eating pumpkin and gingerbread spices areound the holidays. I just got a gingerbread tea that is phenomenal!!

    that oatmeal look DANGEROUS!! I would swap out the butterfingers for heath bar and that would be one mouthgasm!!

  18. I've never made Cashew Cream, but I'm totally going to do it! I also keep TruWhip in the freezer for 9 pm whipped topping emergencies.( – all natural with organic ingredients).

  19. Wow. Are you continuing with the daily posting pace? I am so impressed.

    Now that Vegan Mofo is over, I'm only posting 2 to 3 times per week in November (that's my goal). I decided to do a month of Vegan Mofo memories in cupcake form (you are included). I posted one today, and I'll be doing another one later in the week.

    Actually, I cheated again, as I've made about 8 cupcakes in advance. I just need to find the time to post about them. I also opted to spread them evenly throughout the month, so I don't spread myself too thin.

    I like your pumpkin pie recipe. I tried your pumpkin donut holes in a cupcake form. They are dry enough to skip the "baking" process, especially with my modification.

    For the boys (Jacob and my hubby), I made them the baked muffin version from "Vegan With A Vengeance," swapping out the soy milk for coconut milk. They didn't even notice. They still think they don't like coconut milk.

  20. Your little princess is way too cute. I kind of want to steal her costume to wear next year!

    That pie looks delicious! Yet another reason I should buck up and buy a Vitamix (I know you don't HAVE to use a Vitamix but in my mind you do)!

    Butterfinger oats?! NO WAY! That sounds incredible! Might top the Reese's oats ;)

    I hope you have a wonderful Monday!!

  21. The Vegan SAvory Giveaway is tempting me!!! NICE.. cant wait.

    As for your hummus questions on my bloggy.. I made it.. just used cannelini beans instead of garbanzo and added some fresh basil at the end! TJ's pre packages mixes should come with tic tacs.. YUCK. lol

    Also thanks for posting all the give aways.. how fun! :)

  22. Great yoga pose! Love it! I didn't do any on-line yoga yet, I did my own freestyle actually to some music. I need to get to a studio soon (required before next weekend for training) but I actually prefer practicing at home really?! I find I can just do my own pace and stuff. I do have some DVD's I like too – I like Rodney Yee's Power Yoga for flexibility and strength – he does a lot of sun salutations in b/w postures so it keeps me moving…I need some new ones though – any recommendations are appreciated! What about Bryan Kest?

  23. Aw – she is so cute!

    No bake, vegan pumpkin pie? Averie, everyday I come here I am amazed more and more by your baking. This is incredible!!!

  24. You look awesome in firefly!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I am really looking forward to reading!

    And awesome recipe, too. I am trying to think of something gluten free that I can take to thanksgiving this year.

  25. Oh Averie my friend this pie is going to be in my freezer this week! It looks very VERY yummy :)

    Also, I feel your pain with the holidays coming and I feel everywhere we go is crackers, cheese and sausage on a plate! I do eat a lot before I go out and bring a vegan dish :)

    Enjoy the rest of your night!

  26. My goodness Averie, that pumpkin pie sounds AMAZING! I just love the filling of pumpkin pie, not the crust, and your filling sounds perfect for a pudding-like treat as well!

    I've actually never heard of that yoga pose before! Definitely looks like it require major core and shoulder stength.


  27. My plan for this holiday season is to make a vegan and healthy peppermint hot chocolate.
    I also am going to make vegan pumpkin brownies and vegan pumpkin blondies.
    My first vegan holiday season! Can't wait!

  28. Your princess is lovely!

    Also, that pie. YUM!!!

    And I'm with Scott… that looks like one of the tastiest batches of oatmeal ever!