Dessert/ Dinner

All About The Pumpkin

Hey guys! Blown away once again by your amazing enthusiasm and support as I prepare to tackle the Echelon Gran Fondo this May!! A couple of you asked about donations (thank you!!!) and that site where you can make a donation will be up shortly…it would be the world to me…if I can rustle up $25 from 200 people that’s all it will take. Please, please!

This afternoon I followed Caitlin’s lead with some pumpkin yogurt!


There was a little less than a half cup left of this Oikos, so I mixed that with 1/3 c canned pumpkin, cinnamon, a drizzle of agave and 1/2 c kashi go lean. What an awesome snack, especially with green tea on the side! Thanks, Caitlin!! 🙂

Cranked out about 1500 words today + worked on some poems to decompress. I’m feeling productive! 🙂 An email from my mom inspired my dinner tonight.

I made homemade white bean soup and it rocked. Can’t give you out the recipe (yet!) because it’s going in the bookie book, but let’s just say it was a pureed mix of onion, carrots, celery, cannellini beans, bacon (!) and just overall deliciousness. On the side, I had a high fiber tortilla filled with hummus and lettuce.
And then dessert was more pumpkin yogurt! (this is definitely a keeper)

This time, sans cereal and plus a few dried cherries. I think it expanded in my tummy or something because now I’m SO FULL!
I keep procrastinating, but I really need to finish this chapter before I start reading and go to bed. I’ve never been one of those writers that can just stop mid-sentence and pick back up in the morning…if I lose my train of thought it all goes downhill. I have to finish things through or else.
On that note, goodnight!

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  • Ameena
    January 11, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I can’t wait to hear more about your soup recipe because it looks great. Good luck with finishing your chapter!

  • GirlonRaw
    January 11, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Pumpkin yoghurt? Well that definitely is a bit different. Not that i eat yoghurt but i am still yet to get onto the pumpkin rage! Hmmm will have to see what I can rustle up!

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat.
    January 11, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Okay, okay I’m going to have to try the pumpkin yogurt thing. Next time I puree one I’ll set some aside for yogurt.

  • Katie T
    January 11, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    I feel your Lululemon love/pain, Jenna! I’m from Vancouver (where it all started!!), and I’ve easily spent THOUSANDS of dollars at that store over the years. Easily. And that’s on a student’s budget…I just can’t resist!! But I can absolutely tell you that I have NEVER regretted a purchase from there, ever. All the clothes last forever (I have a pair of pants from 9th grade) and I literally live in them! Trust me, you won’t regret it…totally worth the hefty price tag!!

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen
    January 11, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    pumpkin yogurt is seriously the best…and Greek yogurt is the tastiest one to use for it too! the soup looks delish, can’t wait for the book 🙂

  • Leo @ cupcakes in Paris
    January 11, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I’ve got to try that pumpkin yogurt too… And your soup sounds really yummy!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    January 11, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I forgot to mention, if interested, prayer vigil tomorrow for a FB artist friend who is having brain surgery in the AM.

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    January 11, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    love eating greek right outta the container. so anxious for your bookie book. sweet dreams!

  • Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat)
    January 11, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    I seriously need to try the pumpkin yogurt!

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete
    January 11, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    You are going to love riding!!! You might fall a bit, but that is to be expected when you first start. Don’t get discouraged! If you need any motivation:

    Good luck!!

  • Haleigh
    January 12, 2010 at 12:56 am

    The soup recipe sounds fantastic!

  • Andee (LAEasyMeals)
    January 12, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Soup looks delicious! Great idea about the pumpkin yogurt, hope the book is going well!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    January 12, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Greek yogurt concoctions for dessert always leave me stuffed. I attribute it to all the insane amounts of protein in the stuff!

    Good luck with you writing! Lookin forward to reading that recipe come April!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 12, 2010 at 3:31 am

    I always have to finish writing my train of thought, or its gone!

  • Lizzie
    January 12, 2010 at 3:37 am

    We had cannellini beans last night – mashed with garlic, rosemary, olive oil, and sea salt . . . heaps better than mashed potato! Your soup sounds awesome though! 🙂 Glad the book writing is going so well . . bye bye writers block! 🙂

  • mel
    January 12, 2010 at 3:45 am

    it was the wraps that expanded your tummy and made you so full! i had two sunday when I made quesidillas, and the added fiber made me uncomfortable, even though I comsume at least 40 grams of natural fiber a day! Ahh!

  • Erin
    January 12, 2010 at 4:33 am

    I think I’m the only person who didn’t like pumpkin yogurt — pumpkin everything else, yes; yogurt, no. 🙁

  • Katharine
    January 12, 2010 at 4:49 am

    I’m the same way when I write – I have to feel like I’m at a good stopping point before I can do something else. I tried Stonyfield’s pumpkin yogurt and was less than impressed – is this similar? Maybe I’m just not a pumpkin yogurt lover 🙁

  • Jenna
    January 12, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Glad you are loving pumpkin yogurt! I haven’t tried it yet but I kinda have to now!! Looks great!!

  • Katie
    January 12, 2010 at 5:04 am

    I totally know what you mean about not being able to stop writing in the middle of a sentence/paragraph//train of thought. When the juices are flowing you just have to keep writing until all of those great ideas are on the page. So excited for your book!

  • amanda
    January 12, 2010 at 5:06 am

    I love pumpkin!!!

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind
    January 12, 2010 at 5:11 am

    LOVE pumpkin yogurt. I hear there’s a pumpkin shortage?! Lot of people (including myself) are having trouble finding it. Waaah!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    January 12, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Mmm love pumpkin yogurt! Great job with the book progress! Sounds like you’re chugging along.
    Have a great day!

  • Katherine
    January 12, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Glad you found a bit of a groove with your writing – sounds like you really made some progress today.

    I’m sure the soup is delicious and I look forward to reading the recipe in your fabulous book. Keep up the good work!

  • Danielle (Coffee Run)
    January 12, 2010 at 5:24 am

    I’m like you…I can’t just stop mid-sentence. It messes up my “mojo”
    Good luck writing the next chapter!

  • theemptynutjar
    January 12, 2010 at 5:44 am

    My “writing accomplishment” each day is just a blog post. I worry cause I could and should try and do more. But I spend so much time worrying on it, that it is silly….I need to be okay with just reading and writing. I like it , so big deal. No pressure. Its only a silly little life 🙂
    So, right now whatever short silly post I can make for my blog I am pleased with…I think that if ever I get the “writing flow” it will just happen….I hate seeing people on blogs everywhere saying ” i want to write…i need to make fortune and fame from it…a blog and writing and reading blogs is a waste of time”…drives me nuts! If a person likes it, then why not? It shouldn’t all be so complicated. People need to breathe sometimes…myself included 🙂
    Great cooking skills and vigor!

  • Kasey
    January 12, 2010 at 5:57 am

    I need to try this pumpkin yogurt that everyone is raving about!

  • Niki
    January 12, 2010 at 6:16 am

    I’m going to have to try that pumpkin yogurt once I can find some pumpkin again! They were out of it at the grocery store the other day 🙁 Sounds like your book is coming along good!! Keep up the good work girl!

  • Casey @ Spicy&Sweet)
    January 12, 2010 at 6:19 am

    WAH I miss pumpkin! I can’t find any!

    Your soup looks amazing. 🙂 Can’t WAIT for the book!

  • Heather @ (The Single Dish)
    January 12, 2010 at 6:29 am

    White bean soup sounds delicious! White bean dip does too…

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    January 12, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Mmmm…soup looks delicious! Good luck with the writing! Sounds like you’re really making progress!

  • Gillian
    January 12, 2010 at 6:36 am

    I just read about your doing the Echelon Ride!! I did something very similar here in Toronto called “The Ride to Conquer Cancer” which was a two day ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls and was just over 200km which is around 125 miles. I am not a big bike rider but was pretty confident in my fitness levels as I am pretty active. I did the whole thing on a MOUNTAIN BIKE – and somehow I managed to keep up with my group who were all on road bikes (they weren’t the fastest riders). Needless to say – don’t think of how fast you get it done, its all about raising money for an INCREDIBLE cause! And your butt will HURT HURT HURT – that was my biggest beef with being on a bike for that long!!

    January 12, 2010 at 6:38 am

    I love pumpkin in my yogurt! Such a great way to make yogurt even more nutritious! I’m a big fan of coconut milk yogurt and pumpkin in vanilla flavor with a little cinnamon and nutmeg is like a bite of heaven!

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    January 12, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Good luck!

    I LOVE pumpkin + oikos. Such a good combo!

  • diana(mymarble rye)
    January 12, 2010 at 6:38 am

    see i tried the pumpkin yogurt once and it didn’t “hit the spot”…maybe I should try it again with agave nectar!

  • Jil
    January 12, 2010 at 6:40 am

    The soup sounds fantastic, and yay for productive days!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    January 12, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Canned pumpkin makes everything better! And good luck with the writing!

  • eatmovelove
    January 12, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Must try pumpkin.
    Yeah, I tend to lose my train of thought…or even worse, wake up and want to totally erase everything I wrote and start over…isn’t it funny how we feel so differently at different times of the day and on different days???

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    January 12, 2010 at 7:06 am

    mmm, i love pumpkin yogurt too – more so than pumpkin oats! i kind of gave up on pumpkin post fall but i think i’ll purchase some more next shop!

  • Laura Georgina
    January 12, 2010 at 7:23 am

    I’m holding up the Lulemon pants as a incentive to train and run a 10K later this year, so I totally understand your love for them! I tried a pair on over Christmas and had to be put in time-out by a good friend to stop me from buying them and overspending…

  • ellen eats beets
    January 12, 2010 at 7:26 am

    I need to try this pumpkin yogurt thing! I love them both, and I bet it would seriously help out my pathetic college student budget!

  • Mae @ OhhMay
    January 12, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Words can not express how excited I am for the book. Ahh! So exciting!!!
    If you don’t mind me asking, is it like an autobiography/ cookbook? Or just one or the other? 🙂 have an awesome day!

  • MMiller
    January 12, 2010 at 7:41 am

    So proud of you Jenna! I can’t wait for your cookbook!

    And I never thought of putting pumpkin in my yogurt! Must try that! I am addicted to the pumpkin butter in my oatmeal now though! And to think I used to only have pumpkin as pie! Can’t wait to have my family try it!

    And that soup really does sound great! And I am not a bean lover! The only time I eat beans is in Pasta Fagioli soup and maybe a few in Chili!

    I eat healthier because of you! Thank you so much for your inspiration and ideas! Need to make hummus and get high fiber wraps now!

    Thanks Jenna…you rock!

  • Kelly B.
    January 12, 2010 at 7:55 am

    dried cherries + pumpkin = total love!

  • The Paris Food Blague
    January 12, 2010 at 7:55 am

    god, i love pumpkin mixed with anything.

    this may not be the right place to ask, but i live in a big city, and get most of my exercise from walking around….however, i’m in the countryside for a month (in january no less) and am feeling itchy to move. do you have any tips for someone who wants to run, and is used to regular exercise, but hasn’t actually *run* for five or six years? i don’t want to injure myself!

    January 12, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Hi ..I noticed you eat oatmeal in the morning.. and wanted to let you know that you can make oatmeal in a “crock pot” or “slow cooker.. 1 cup of steel cut oats & 4 cups of water, cinnamon,
    add what you want raisins, dried fruit, nuts etc and put it on low overnite.. and in the morning its great.. if its too thick add milk and stir…Yum.. and it smells good too Deb

  • Nicole (dishin')
    January 12, 2010 at 8:29 am

    That ride is going to be beautiful!!!

  • Megan (BitesoftheApple)
    January 12, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Tried and LOVED that pumpkin yogurt recently. I sometimes add in a nice dollop of TJ’s pumpkin butter too. mmmmm.

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
    January 12, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Pureed bean soups are awesome! Sometimes I add a dollop of plain yogurt on top for extra creaminess 🙂

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    January 12, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I’m such a maj-ah fan of the pumpkin yo! It’s such a great low-cal, highly nutrish way to get some extra volume and veggies in. Mixed with yogurt? To die for…

  • Julie @ Pickley Pear
    January 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I’m totally going to play around with the soup ingredients. Good and healthy and filling I’m sure!!

  • Jenny
    January 13, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Congrats on getting so much writing done yesterday. There are definitely times when my mind is “clearest” and if I don’t take advantage of those times, the moment has passed.