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Monday, January 7, 2013

Kabocha Squash...it's new to me!: Healthy Eating

Kabocha Bagel with black-eyed peas and green beans
Kabocha Bagel with black-eyed peas and green beans

It seems like far too many weeks ago I had lunch with a friend at ABC Kitchen in Manhattan. This restaurant is around the block from a very large green market that is held in Union Square. As most restaurants are trying to do these day... their menu is seasonal with many of their ingredients from the local farmer's market. An appetizer of Roasted Kabocha Toast really stood out to me because I had never eaten kabocha squash before. There are not many vegetables I haven't eaten... so I was intrigued by this Japanese pumpkin that is sweeter than butternut squash with the texture of a sweet potato.


kabocha squash: Simple Living & Eating

I finally got around to buying a kabocha. They are grown locally and are available all winter. I wanted to share my kabocha toast experience with my family. I didn't have any bread for toast, but we had a lot of bagels leftover from a brunch, so I improvised the ABC recipe and replaced ricotta cheese and toast with cream cheese and bagels. It worked out fine. It was delicious as a side dish with black-eyed peas and green beans.

I highly recommend experimenting with kabocha, beside it being a different and tasty squash; it is a mega source of beta carotene along with iron, vitamin C and potassium. Check out some these interesting recipes:


ABC Kitchen's Roasted Kabocha Toast
ABC Kitchen's Roasted Kabocha Toast
Baked Winter Squash with Greens & Bacon
Baked Winter Squash with Greens & Bacon
Kabocha Squash Curry
Kabocha Squash Curry
Kabocha Squash Pie
Kabocha Squash Pie

Weekly Menu Plan:



Meatless Monday: Cannoli Beans in Butter and Sage, Millet Carrots & Peas 

Tuesday: Pasta Fazool Soup (recipe this Friday)


Thursday: Potato Leek Soup with Whole Wheat Rolls

Friday: Spaghetti and Meatballs with Green Salad

Saturday: Trader Joe's Canned Beef Chili, Mexican Blend Cheese, and Trader Joe's Cornbread Mix

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17 comments:

  1. I love Kabocha! my kids call it chewbacca :)

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    1. Love it. I'ts a Star Wars Squash.

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  2. Ohhh, you have a trader joes near you. We used to and I miss it so much! TJ's is my favorite! :) Thanks for linking up! Erin

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    1. So sorry to hear you don't have a TJ, best quick healthy food around.

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  3. Thanks for the link, Diane! I fell pretty hard for kabocha this year. The roasted kabocha toast sounds excellent!

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    1. I hear what you are talking about. There is something really intriguing about it's taste.

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  4. Fantastic way to cook with kabocha. Thanks for the inspiration dear!

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    1. Good,,,check out the comment below's soup. It looks fantastic.

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  5. Mmm...I love kabocha (just posted a soup using it today). Those greens and kabocha look wonderful! Actually, everything does...

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    1. I just pinned your soup. I am very excited to make it. I actually have truffle oil and would love to use it. Thanks.

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  6. Great menu. I love Trader Joe's. We go there every Saturday. We're lucky enough to have one a few towns over.

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    1. TJ is definitely the most reasonably priced health and gourmet food store I've ever been too.

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  7. Thanks for the post. I love to hear about different vegetables and have seen these before. I was wondering if anyone could share more about the taste of the squash? I can't buy them around here, but I could grow them for sure and was wondering what everyone thought of them?

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  8. I found them to be sweeter than butternut squash but with the texture of a sweet potato.

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  9. I have seen them in the seed cats, but haven't tried them yet. They sounds delish!
    I would love to have you join The HomeAcre Hop at:
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/01/1213.html

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    1. Thanks so much for linking up to The HomeAcre Hop! I'm looking for seeds to try growing this year :) BTW, my sis works in Manhatten!

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  10. Hi Diane, what a fabulous recipe, it looks so tasty and healthy-I've just got to try it! Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Seasonal Celebration! Have a good week:-)Rebecca@ Natural Mothers Network x

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