Monday, October 13, 2008

Full Afternoon and Full Stomach!

To kill two birds with one stone (gym and nails) I just decided to run to the nail place then run back! (its about a 3mile round trip). Done and done. I then went to the grocery store, came back and started on the pumpkin bread!

First I'll give you the original is delicious in case you want a great item to take to a party or family gathering.

Keep in mind this makes 3 LOAVES (in case the amounts seem high).

3 1/3 Cups Sifted Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
1 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
3 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Oil
4 Eggs
2/3 Cup Water
2 Cups Pumpkin ( I Just Add 1 Can Of Pumpkin)
12 Oz. Chocolate Chips
Sift All Dry Ingredients Together
Make A Hole (Well) In The Center
Add All Remaining Ingredients
Mix Until Smooth
Stir In 12 Oz Bag Of Chocolate Chips
Grease And Flour 3 Bread Pans
Bake For 1 Hour At 350

I wanted to make a healthier version for myself, and I also didn't want to make 3 loaves.
I had a bigger bread pan than normal so I kind of halved/thirded the recipe...basically just winged it. Here is what I came up with:

Sift together:
1 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1/2 Cup All purpose flour

1/4 Cup Ground Flax
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/4 Cup Sugar

In another bowl

1/8 Cup Pumpkin Butter (the one I use is fruit juice sweetened, no sugar)
2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
1/4 Cup Water
A little over 1/2 Can Pumpkin

Add wet to dry, then add in:
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips

Stir until blended, being careful not to over mix!!
Bake For 50 Minutes At 350
My thoughts are:
- I think I could of added a little less chocolate chips (can't believe I just said that). I guess the added choc. chips just makes it into more of a treat than say a breakfast...not that it's really going to stop me.
- Also this is not a very "spiced" bread so if you want more spice, add it!
- It didn't rise much, but I'm not sure if that's from an ingredient issue or just the amount of batter related to the larger pan size. It wasn't too dense or anything though.
- Other than that I think its REALLY good!! Just sweet enough for me, but the yummy pumpkin chocolate factor.

I bought an Acorn Squash this weekend and wanted to cook it! A lot of the recipes I saw involved stuffing the squash, and I had apples (obviously), and I remembered I had some Trader Joe's Mango Chicken Sausage in the freezer, so I took two of those out to thaw.

After reading a few recipes, here's what I came up with...

Cut the acorn squash lengthwise and bake at 350 degrees, cut side down with a little water in the pan, for 30min.

Meanwhile I got to work on the stuffing. I used:
1/2 of a yellow onion, chopped
2 Chicken Sausages, cut into small pieces
1 Apple, Chopped

I heated about 1 tsp grape seed oil (could use any oil), and added the onion for a few minutes. Then added the sausage for a minute, then the apple for another couple minutes.

I transferred this mixture to a bowl and added 1/2 cup quick oats (used like breadcrumbs), about 1 tsp. poultry seasoning (would of just used sage, but didn't have any), salt and pepper.

After it cooled more, I added 1 egg white before scooping it into each squash half! I put the filled squashes into a bread pan to keep them more upright and back into the oven for 20 more minutes.

I also cut up a head of broccoli, tossed it with 1 tsp of olive oil, sprinkled with S&P, and put in the oven with the squash.

I served Jocy and I each a half of a squash half, and some broccoli!

The stuffing had great flavor, but I think there was too much onion/sausage/apple mixture for the amount of oats that were added. I think it would of been better with more grains in the mixture. I also think I would of covered the filled squashes with foil...I think the squash got a tad dry but still delish! This was great for a change!


  1. BEAUTIFUL eats!
    thanks so much for posting that pumpkin bread recipe! i'll have to make some and donate the rest to friends as i don't think i could be trusted with it :D
    the stuffed acorn squash looks amazing as well!
    have a wonderful night!

  2. I love acorn squash :) It's so awesome stuffed - great recipe idea!

  3. Pumpkin bread + acorn squash = worth getting stuffed for :0)

  4. I like your pumpkin bread recipe. Did you find the Pumpkin Butter in the regular grocery store or at a specialty shop?

    I keep seeing all of these great Stuffed Acorn recipes. I will have to try one of my own some day.

  5. HAHA - nice comment Veggie Girl... too cute.... The pictures look amazing as I sit here in my office hungry.... would love to try the stuffing. Great Post!

    Love your blog

  6. Yum! I love your acorn squash idea! I have been looking to try one of those out- and your recipe has looked the best so far!

  7. I've been looking for a pumpkin recipe and I like that this one uses oil and applesauce!