Squash and Arugula and Curry...oh my!

As much as I love browsing recipes and looking at meal ideas, I never ever plan out my meals. I enjoy being a spontaneous grocery shopper. I just go to the store, without a plan or a list, and just buy whatever looks good! I tend to crave healthy foods, so I never come home with a bunch of junk...just a really random assortment of wonderful foods. But sometimes when my fridge is seemingly stocked, I feel like I have nothing to eat! It can be hard to find foods that work together as a meal. 

Breakfast is easy...usually cereal, toast, oatmeal, yogurt, or maybe even eggs. Lunch tends to be between classes, so I often pack a sandwich (my favorite= turkey and pesto). But dinner is more of a challenge...I try not to just repeat lunch and get creative with what I have. It always turns out interesting. Sometimes weird, sometimes surprisingly delicious. Tonight was definitely one of my best random creations: curry butternut squash and arugula salad!

One reason why I chose butternut squash and arugula tonight is because they are both good sources of vitamin C. I had a terrible sore throat waking up this morning, and I can't stand getting sick! I'm not really convinced that extra vitamin C in your diet helps your immune system (although deficiency would certainly impair it), but some people swear it does. I'm not into supplements but getting some extra vitamin C from some really healthy veggies definitely can't hurt! 

I really wish I could post a pic, but still no camera cord, so use your imagination!!
I steamed some butternut squash then mixed it with a big handful of arugula, drizzled it with extra virgin olive oil, a sprinkle of kosher salt, some curry, and a bit of dried fruit (cranberries and golden raisins). This was sooo good, and it took about 3 minutes to make! Ate some crackers and hummus with it. Yum!

Since there is no visual, here is some verbal food porn: Big chucks of succulent squash surrounded by delicate arugula leaves with bursts of red from the cranberries and golden raisins subtly lingering in the crevices....mmmm....oh yes!! 

Hope that was almost as good as a picture :)

Also, I have lots of arugula left, and I need to eat it before it goes bad. Any suggestions?


Hayley said...

Sounds good even without a picture. Arugula is so nice in salads. I love it with warm pears, a little cinnamon, pasta, and parmesan curls. The hot pasta wilts it a little...so tasty.

followmyweigh said...

that does sound super yummy even without a visual!! =P
i'm definitely not much of a planner either, in terms of meals. i have somewhat of an idea when i go to the grocery store but i don't make a list or anything~

Anonymous said...

I love arugula!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh...your dinner sounds amazing. I love butternut squash so much. Even without a picture, I found myself almost drooling over the description. I love arugula in salads with nuts and bleu cheese crumbles...maybe some dried cranberries and a light dressing. Yum!

Hope your throat is feeling better. Keep getting plenty of Vitamin C!

Erica said...

Hey girl! This sounds really good!

Thank you so much for the oat bran suggestion- you are the best :)

As for the Argula- fun ideas here: http://www.mariquita.com/recipes/arugula.html

Love it in pasta!

Anonymous said...

I cannot wait to see you tomorrow!!! AND go to a tasty restaurant :)

P.S. your blog puts mine to shame - I'm going to totally reorganize it in the coming week, I think. I love reading all your posts here. You have given me so many new ideas for meals!

- Claire