Grilled Veggies – Part 2: Squash [Kousa, Zucchini, Summer] & Corn

grilling squash [kousa, zucchini, and summer], and corn on the cob

If you’re scratching your head at my title and saying “Kousa?” you’re not alone. I’d never heard of it either. It’s Lebanese squash, and is very similar to zucchini and summer squash. When I first saw it at the Gloucester Farmer’s Market last week I thought it was a hybrid of the two, because of the light green color and obvious similarities. But the Lebanese farmer set me straight and told me many local farms are starting to grow it, and it’s increasing in popularity.

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Grilled Veggies – Part 1: Eggplant, Onion, & Asparagus

grilled eggplant, onions, and asparagus after 6 minutes of cooking

I have never been much of a griller. For YEARS it was because I was scared I couldn’t do it. Abbie kept telling me “IT’S SO EASY!” but grilling for myself was never very motivating. After meeting Jim, I decided it was time to finally learn. I’m mostly in charge of dinner and DIY and he’s mostly in charge of laundry and dishes, so the grill falls squarely in my domain.

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My 2nd 5k!

me after walking the poker 5k in 2014, with blond hair

You may recall that in June I completed my first 5k race. I must point out that I speed-walk, I don’t run. Regardless, it’s still quite challenging & exhilarating! Hubby runs 5 or 6 5k races each summer and this year he suggested I join him for some. It’s way more fun to be part of the race than it is to be sitting on the sidelines reading a book! So this past Saturday we completed our 2nd 5k together – woohoo!

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Dark Chocolate

dark chocolate stock photo

I embarked on a “health kick” this past February [26 pounds of wedding weight gone, 16 to go – woohoo!], and have been trying to learn more about healthy food choices and smart nutrition choices in general. Hubby is vegetarian [he eats eggs and dairy but no animals], and I have slowly morphed from about 85% vegetarian when I met him to about 98% vegetarian.

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My First 5k!

me before walking the nate bibaud 5k in newburyport

Today I ran my first 5k! And by ran I mean walked 🙂 I am many things, but “runner” is not one of them! Hubby usually runs in a few 5k charity runs each summer, and this year he was like “why don’t we do it together? I’ll run, you can walk”. I had never even considered walking a 5k. I always assumed the people I’d see walking were people that were running/walking through it.

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Spaghetti Squash [Random, I know]

spaghetti squash

I’d never had spaghetti squash until last night. I’d heard of it, but never tried it. Something about putting spaghetti sauce over squash didn’t sound right. My brain was like “puhlease! I will totally know I’m being short-changed”. Then yesterday I came across another article mentioning how great spaghetti squash is, as a replacement for pasta, especially when you’re trying to watch your weight. So I decided to try it.

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