What I Ate This Week | Butternut Squash Tacos (with Corn!)

Early September is a pretty good time for fresh produce. Most summer fruits and veggies are still in season. But! Fall produce is also starting to be in season. It’s like when The Real Housewives of Atlanta is wrapping up and the new season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey is just starting and they overlap for a few glorious weeks. So enjoy it!

Here’s what I ate this week:

Roasted Butternut Squash Tacos Achiote-Roasted Butternut Squash Tacos // Corn! Butternut squash! Together! I tweaked this one a little bit by omitting the sugar and replacing the black bean salsa with fresh corn thrown in with the caramelized onions.

Pasta with Olives & Walnuts Pasta with Olives and Pistachios Walnuts // So I used pimento-stuffed olives in this because they were on sale for super cheap. And I replaced the pistachios with walnuts because I had them on hand. I also used lemon-infused olive oil instead of regular. But this was still delicious!

Tribeca Tavern Veggie Burger Veggie Burger with Enoki, Portabella & Shiitake Mushrooms and Morel & Leek Jack Cheese // Sorry, iPhone picture. I got this at Tribeca Tavern in Raleigh. So many restaurants serve awful frozen veggie burgers topped with some sad cheese and iceberg lettuce, so I wanted to give them a shout out for having this delicious burger (made with local ingredients!) on their menu.

Quick Personal Pizza with Rose Romano's Italian Pepper Marinara Individual Pizza made with Rose Romano’s Italian Gourmet Topping // I received samples from Rose Romano’s to write about here and I’ve been using them to make quick (but tasty!) meals for the past few weeks. They’re authentic Italian-style marinara sauces made with green or red peppers. Although we’ve enjoyed them on pasta and spaghetti squash, these mini pizzas are my favorite thing to do with them: I spread two tablespoons of the green pepper marinara onto whole wheat tortillas, top them each with 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, and bake them for 8 minutes at 425 degrees. When they’re done, I sprinkle them with a little coarsely chopped basil. While the pizzas are cooking, you can throw together a quick salad. Dinner in under 10 minutes!

Mexican Chocolate Banana Soft Serve Mexican Chocolate Banana Soft Serve // (Please excuse my chipped nail polish.) I’ve been having this for dessert lately to stave off ice cream cravings. I puree a frozen banana with 2-3 tablespoons of almond milk, a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, about half a teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne. And then I eat it straight out of the food processor because I’m classy like that.


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  1. says

    Heavenly! I just bought some winter squash so I need to get on this!

  2. says

    I want that winter squash taco! Looks fabulous!

    • Kiersten says

      The banana soft serve is a crucial part of my new diet plan. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been leaving calories for it every night because I need something sweet for dessert and I like something that’s kind of filling too, but not necessarily heavy.

      I love New York! My new favorite phrase is “coma toast,” joining “turtle time” and “making a mountain out of a holemill.” Which reminds me, I need to look for Ramona pinot next time I go to Target…

    • Kiersten says

      There are so many variations of that banana soft serve–you should try it! Whenever I get a craving for ice cream, I make that. I keep bananas in the freezer for that and my breakfast shakes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. says

    I hope you’re serious about eating it directly out of the food processor – cause I do it too! I take out the blade and then just eat what’s in there. It saves me from dirtying up any more dishes. And yum! Your nondairy ice cream options are going to be the end of me…heading to the freezer now for the last of the peach ice cream!

  4. says

    Mexican Chocolate Banana Soft Serve… Sounds and looks good! The ingredients are all good for you so you can enjoy it guilt-free. Gonna try it!

    • Kiersten says

      We used to buy it all the time when we lived in Wisconsin, since it’s made by a cheese company there. I think it’s one of the best cheeses I’ve ever had…

  5. says

    That veggie burger looks amazing! I love when restaurants put as much effort into veggie burgers as other burgers! Banana soft serve is amazing, I need to remember to get bananas in the freezer more often so I can make it more!

    • Kiersten says

      I have a whole bag full of bananas in the freezer! Whenever we have bananas, I eat half of them fresh and then freeze the other half. Because I’m totally addicted to banana soft serve. ๐Ÿ™‚

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