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Acorn Squash and Mushroom Gravy Quesadilla

by Meghann on October 9, 2009

I had the BEST lunch today! It was proof positive that left overs still rock the next day and don’t have to be boring. ;)

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Case in point: the wonderful Acorn Squash and Mushroom Gravy Quesadilla that took up the majority of my plate.

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I filled a whole wheat tortilla with left over roasted acorn squash and mushroom gravy that had thickened beautifully over night. I folded the quesadilla and grilled it panini style on the george foreman.

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The two flavors combined into a very fall like quesadilla. I even think the gravy tasted better today then yesterday. The leftover gravy that didn’t make it into the quesadilla I ate cold straight from the container with a spoon. Yum!

On the side I enjoyed Okra Fries dipped in Ketchup.

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I didn’t have time to bake the fries, so I quickly grilled them on the george foreman. It was just enough to heat them up and leave a nice crunch.

Mid-morning I nibbled on a 1/4 cup of Mixed Nuts.

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Plan B…

Turns out meeting up with the Orlando Runner’s Club for my long run on Sunday was really a blessing in disguise!

I had a mini panic attack when I realized I would have to be completing some of my longer marathon training runs on my own. I always find any double digit or higher training runs to be mentally challenging when I am on my own. I could already hear the mental excuses building up in my mind.

Thankfully Jack, who organizes the weekly run, heard that I would be training for the Disney Marathon and mentioned a few others in the group were in training for marathons in the near future as well.

He e-mailed a spreadsheet containing what weeks and how many miles people are planning to run so that I can hopefully pair up with someone running a similar distance each Sunday.

I feel this big rush of relief now knowing I will never be running a long run on my own.

My advice if you are training for a marathon yourself – check out the local runner’s club. They offer a great foundation of support and running with them makes the miles fly by.

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Emily @ My Chubby Confessions October 9, 2009 at 2:27 pm

I love quesadillas and yours looks pretty scrumptious! I always think leftovers are better the next day. Especially casseroles or anything with a soupy base!

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2 Melissa October 9, 2009 at 2:44 pm

looks amazing!

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3 peaceloverunning October 9, 2009 at 2:45 pm

your quesadilla looks delicious!

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4 Diana October 9, 2009 at 2:57 pm

That lunch looks awesome. And good for you, finding other people so you can run with them. I bet it makes it a bit easier. :)

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5 Leianna October 9, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Great leftover wrap!
I need to find a runners club for support on long runs, sounds like fun runnning with people on the same path as you are!

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6 Jessica October 9, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Quesadilla and gravy in the same sentence? I’m hooked.

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7 Lizzy October 9, 2009 at 3:01 pm

yumm lunch!!!!

i should check out some runners clubs, i think that would be so much fun, plus real motivating at the same time! :)

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8 brandi October 9, 2009 at 3:02 pm

great wrap! I love having leftovers, too. They make the best lunches.

That’s awesome you’ll have some running buddies!

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9 Simone @ P:T October 9, 2009 at 3:20 pm

I actually had a leftovers quesadilla for lunch today too…nom nom nom!

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10 Morgan @ Life After Bagels October 9, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Meghann that’s a good idea, a great way to make new friends too!

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11 sue October 9, 2009 at 3:52 pm

tortillas were made for leftovers!

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12 Julie October 9, 2009 at 4:04 pm

I love those little green nuts…they come in my tj’s trail mix. What are they exactly?? I have no idea.

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13 hogeruns October 9, 2009 at 4:41 pm

That is awesome you’ll have some training buddies, the double digit runs can be very hard mentally! I really enjoy running on paths I know there will be a lot of activity on – cyclists, runners, walkers, etc…something to look over the miles! I even did my 20 miler this past weekend going past a little lake and skateboarding park, watching all the activities going on made the miles fly by!

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14 on the rocks October 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm

I wish I could find some friends that want to go to the gym with me. Running on the treadmill is much easier on my knees!

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15 Chloe (Naturally Frugal) October 9, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Acorn squash is definitely my favorite fall squash. It’s so naturally sweet I feel like I’m eating dessert, plus it’s a great color so I know I’m getting some great vitamins from it as well.

I’ll have to try the quesadilla idea!

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16 Jenna October 9, 2009 at 5:30 pm

who says leftovers aren’t good? i love them, they are most of the time actually better!
jenna

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17 mayapamela October 9, 2009 at 6:27 pm

YES YES YES YES AND YES TO RUNNING CLUBS!

I’m training for the Honolulu Marathon, and I run with a running store in a town nearby on Sundays. At least half the group is training for the marathon, too, and it makes my weekly long runs so fun. I did 13 miles last weekend, a distance hard to do on my own, but I found someone at my pace, a really sweet married guy in his 30s who always has a smile on his face, and the time flew by. Great suggestions!

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18 Apple Bottom Genes October 9, 2009 at 7:14 pm

That lunch looks so great. I love the combos you come up with because they’re quick, easy and healthy. And that is awesome that you found some potential running partners! Good luck as you train.

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19 Emily October 9, 2009 at 7:19 pm

That looks delish – I think I have to put acorn squash on my next grocery list .
When you find people to run with, do you specify what speed you like to run?

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20 Trish (GirlatGym) October 9, 2009 at 8:15 pm

How cool! Glad you found some great support. It always helps to have somebody there right beside you.

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21 MegaNerd October 9, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Yay for Runner’s Club!! How did you get on that email list?

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22 Abby October 9, 2009 at 8:33 pm

What a great idea, I wish my area had a Runner’s Club. The quesadillas look delish!

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23 Easy Losing Weight October 9, 2009 at 9:41 pm

It looks awesome!! Very healthy too.

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24 Susan October 10, 2009 at 7:30 am

I’ve been meaning to meet up with my local runner’s club for-EVER! To be honest though, I’m too scared! I’m familiar with a lot of them from doing races. It’s mostly middle-aged men who’ve been running for decades, and call a 10-miler a “maintenance run.”

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25 angieinatlanta October 10, 2009 at 8:39 am

What an awesome lunch idea! Looks great!

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