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How To Vlog: Preparing Butternut Squash

Good morning loves! :)

Can I get a “wahoo!” for tomorrow being Friday? Or better yet, a “wahoo!” for today being the day of my last final exam!? ;)
It’s been a long week of studying for this last exam and I am more than ready to just get it over with!

But enough about school…

I am currently enjoying one of my new favourite breakfasts!

roasted butternut squash + cinnamon + chia seeds + hemp seeds + raw buckwheat groats + vanilla almond milk

If you haven’t yet tried my squash breakfast bowl, I really hope you give it a try! I know that some of you have actually tried it already and loved it! I was even sent a picture over Twitter from one of my dear friends back home who was enjoying it for breakfast <3

I love hearing from you guys so keep the pictures coming or tell me if you try one of my recipes! Knowing that people try my recipes honestly makes my day! :)

I thought it would be fun to demonstrate through a vlog how I peel, cut, and prepare my squash before baking it because I did find it challenging at first! Squashes are hard, odd shaped, and can be frustrating, so I hope you enjoy the vlog and find it helpful :)

Have a great Thursday! We’ve almost reached the weekend! Keep going and don’t forget to smile along the way! :)

Love you!

Meg
xoxo

How do you peel your squash?

What is your favourite spice to pair with squash? I never imagined pairing squash with anything other than cinnamon, but when I roasted my acorn squash with curry my opinion changed! :) Squash is definitely tasty savoury or sweet! :)

Have you tried any of my recipes before? 


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  1. Reply

    Khushboo Thadani

    April 26, 2012

    Cute vlog! Peeling the skin of butternut squash is a nuisance (however rutabaga is even worse) but I never do anymore…I actually love the texture of BNS skin roasted- it adds a bit of chew! GOOD LUCK for your last exam Meg…vacay time is in sight :) :)!

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    Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile

    April 26, 2012

    I always microwave my spaghetti squash in the micro before baking it. It makes it SO much easier to cut it, it really is key! Can’t wait to try your breakfast bowl :D

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      Meg

      April 26, 2012

      PLEASE let me know when you do <3 it’s the best thing ever IMO ;)

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    Alexandra

    April 26, 2012

    Meg you’re adorable! Love the vlog girly! :)
    And BEST OF LUCK ON YOUR LAST EXAM TOMORROW!!!! I know you’ll do well :D

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    Linz @ Itz Linz

    April 26, 2012

    so THAT’S how you do it!! :) that looks totally doable and now i’ll surely give it a try!! thanks, love!!

  5. Reply

    You are too cute!! I literally just found a recipe yesterday for a vegetarian chili that uses butternut squash. And I’ve never prepared squash before. So I will definitely be using your tips very soon!! Do they have butternut squash at pretty much any grocery store?

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      Meg

      April 26, 2012

      Butternut squash chili!? Sounds amazing girlfriend :) <3

      I never have a problem finding butternut squash! So I think you are good to go! :)

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    Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    April 26, 2012

    Good luck on your exam! :)

    I LOVE veggie-fied breakfasts. I like putting roasted butternut or kabocha in my oatmeal in the winter. Glad to know I’m not the only crazy one who does that!

    I rarely peel my squash first. I am a fan of just eating the skin, which is why I prefer kabocha to butternut.

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      Meg

      April 26, 2012

      I have tried kabocha once but I don’t think it was of the proper ripeness :( ? I am not sure. I will have to give it another try

  7. Reply

    You = adorable. Love the vlog! You’re gonna CRUSH your last exam. :-)

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    Alex @ therunwithin

    April 26, 2012

    I actually don’t even peel my squash, I cook it (microwave or oven) with it on and just eat it. Is that weird? Hope not!

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      Meg

      April 26, 2012

      I don’t think that’s weird ;) Seems like that’s what everyone else does based on the comments!?

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    Jessica

    April 26, 2012

    I’ve tried quite a few of your recipes before :) The quinoa flax fruit bowl for breakfast, and the sweet potato/coconut/spinach chickpea dish for dinner. Oh, and also the balsamic eggplant/mushroom quinoa, and the summery dill quinoa salad. Loved them all.

    I peel my squash the same way as you do – using a veggie peeler nearly sliced my fingers off instead. Cutting a squash is a workout in itself ;)

    I don’t really use much aside from cinnamon on squash – curry spices aren’t my taste. Ginger works quite well :)

    xxx

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      Meg

      April 26, 2012

      Thanks for trying my recipes girl :D

  10. Reply

    I love squash so I am really excited to try your breakfast bowl. Thanks for the tip!

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      Meg

      April 26, 2012

      YAY LAURIE! :D Please let me know how you like the breakfast bowl <3 I am slightly addicted right now ;)

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    Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    April 26, 2012

    I can’t even imagine how painful and time consuming it would be to peel a squash!! I cut mine up the same way as yours :)

    PS. How do you reach the pots on top of your cupboards??!! Haha

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      Meg

      April 26, 2012

      Come on girl. You know I have incredible upper body strength ;) I heave myself up on those shelves and reach ;)

  12. Reply

    I love squash! But I typically don’t peel mine – if you roast it long enough, the peel become soft and drenched in sweet squashy goodness.

    Cinnamon is my favorite, but I do love anything Indian or Mexican spiced. I make a soup with butternut that has a kick of red pepper on the end – the sweet + spicy is awesome.

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      Meg

      April 26, 2012

      I will need to try this soup that you speak of ;)

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    Annette@ FitnessPerks

    April 26, 2012

    You are so cute!

    Squash is the BEST. I usually have my husband cut into them for me….hehe :) Also, I roast them for a bit to loosen the skin first, and then cut ‘em if he’s not around. LOVE me some butternut!

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      Meg

      April 26, 2012

      Mmmmm me too :) Definitely my favourite

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    Lisa

    April 26, 2012

    Good luck with your last exam beauty! You are going to kill it! Cute vlog as always! You need to try kabocha, it is the best. I am so obsessed with it. looove you

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      Meg

      April 26, 2012

      I tried kabocha earlier this year but I think it was dried out? :( I need to give it another try :D

  15. Reply

    Super cute! Good luck with your exam, girl.
    PS – love the hoodie :)

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      Meg

      April 26, 2012

      Thanks Paige :D I love ya girl!

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    Carrie @ Lift Eat Repeat

    April 26, 2012

    I actually only like things like squash and sweet potatoes savory!

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    Squash a breakfast?? I love it!

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      Meg

      April 26, 2012

      Try it girl :D I have been obsessing over my squash breakfast bowls lately!

  18. Reply

    Good luck on your last exam!! Do you stick around London for the summer or head home? xo

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      Meg

      April 26, 2012

      I head home love :( My parents would go CRAZY if I stayed here hehe

  19. Reply

    mmmk so i LOVE your nail polish. totally noticed that in like the first 5 seconds haha. great vlog though! cutting and preparing squash can be tough. my mom always thinks i’m gonna chop a finger off ha

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      Meg

      April 26, 2012

      HAHA! Mine too! My parents were probably stressed just watching this video ;)

      And thank you for the nail polish compliment :D It is revlon mint :)

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    StoriesAndSweetPotatoes

    April 26, 2012

    You know I’ve never actually chopped up a whole butternut squash, I’ve always bought the pre-chopped and peeled ones. Now I’m pretty confident I could do it but this season I’ve been not feeling the butternut much. Also, I am accident prone in the kitchen like you don’t even want to know so maybe it’s for the best ;)

  21. Reply

    Yay for being done with finals!!! I’m sure you rocked them :-)

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    Mary (A Merry Life)

    April 26, 2012

    Awesome video! I’ve had trouble with squash in the past… I find them awkward to prepare. But I love how they taste!

  23. Reply

    Butternut squash (any squash really) is amazing with Chinese 5 Spice!

  24. Reply

    I just LOVE your vlogs, hun! It’s so fun to hear your voice! Someday I KNOW we’ll get to chat in person, and maybe we can make butternut squash bowls and smoked salmon pizzas too. ;) (That pizza has become a mainstay in my diet!)

    Thanks for these great tips! I usually go the easy route and buy my butternut squash pre-sliced and diced at Whole Foods, but I could save so much money if I did it on my own.

    Quick question about your breakfast bowl: how do you prepare your buckwheat groats? I’ve never tried them!

    Love you! I’d love to hear an update about how training is going! xoxo <3

  25. Reply

    Omg girl you are adorablee!! I love this video, and that you call the slices coins, too cute! I totally just learned a new way to cut a squash, thank you!! <3


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