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I Bought the Whole Store

by Meghann on November 17, 2008

I did something very bad today… I went to the grocery store STARVING.

I did not mean too, but I went straight from work and the hunger just kind of creeped onto me. I debated opening packages as I was pushing my cart through the aisles, but managed to survive the trip by nibbling on some of my grapes. Of course, I also managed to dump the entire store in my cart. Ooppss… at least I have a well stocked fridge right now πŸ™‚

The whole time I was shopping I was envisioning what I was going to make for dinner.  I get pretty imaginative when I am hungry, so every odd combination works well in my head. I knew I wanted pasta and it kind of just grew from there.

I also knew I wanted my dinner to involve this little baby.


I found this can of Pureed Butternut Squash at Whole Foods a couple of weeks ago and have been meaning to make something with it ever since. I thought it would make a nice addition to my pasta.


I started by boiling up the last of a box of Whole Wheat Rotitoni I had in the pantry. While that was cooking I raided my fridge and for foods that sounded good and required little to no prep work.


Once I removed the pasta from the pan I heated up some leftover Ham Steak, Canned Pears, Frozen Veggie Mix, a few spoonfuls of the Butternut Squash Puree, a couple of spoonfuls of Ricotta Cheese, and some Fat Free Milk to thin the sauce out.


Once that was heated I added the pasta back to the pan. I had Butternut Squash Pasta in less then 15 minutes! I sprinkled some Green Onion on top, since I was craving it at the grocery store for some reason. I was actually surprised that the flavors blended so well together. In case you are wondering Butternut Squash, Pear and Ham really are a perfect match. Like I said when I’m hungry those odd combinations just form and start to sound amazing.

For dessert I had two homemade Peanut Butter Cookies that my Dad had baked fresh yesterday.


I love my Daddy’s cookies! Too bad he puts like a pound of butter in the batch. Oh well, they’re still good πŸ™‚

I think my doomed grocery trip can be linked back to my afternoon snack.


I should have known that little Kashi Cereal Bar was not going to hold me over through a trip surrounded by endless amounts of food.

Now its time for me to curl into bed for the night. I already made sure my window was shut nice and tight as to not have another cold front enter my room. It’s suppose to get in the upper 30s tonight…brrr…. I am going to try to attempt to run in the cold anyway. Wish me luck!

1 VeggieGirl November 17, 2008 at 9:41 pm

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES!!! My favorite cookie variety πŸ™‚

Good night!!

Good luck with that run in the morning!!

2 nolephan06 November 17, 2008 at 9:45 pm

I get to post first! guess who..?! Anyway…pasta looks great, site looks great, everything is awesome meghann. We know what all this is better than right?? haha =) Hope you sleep well!

3 nolephan06 November 17, 2008 at 9:46 pm

veggiegirl!! oh well, second.

4 bobbi November 17, 2008 at 9:46 pm

yummy dinner I have never seen butternut squash in a can!!! I will have to check for that next time!!!

5 Erica November 17, 2008 at 9:52 pm

owww your dinner looks fabulous. I always buy the whole store! I find it neary impossible to cut back!

6 Amy November 17, 2008 at 9:52 pm

aw, i know how that is! so hungry you could buy the store. i was like that today except i managed to sneak out in 10 minutes. it was a struggle but i was super focused!
lovely pasta meal—very creative flavors!

7 Melissa November 17, 2008 at 9:58 pm

I also ate dinner over gossip girl…can’t wait for the “can’t miss” episode in two weeks. Although, who would miss any episode of gossip girl? xoxo

8 jenngirl November 17, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Ah I hate it when I get to the store starving..I get confused and crave weird things and then I get home later and don’t know what I was thinking…

Oh well, your dinner looks great!! And glad you enjoyed those pb cookies, homeade things are the best!

Good luck on your run in the morning, wear your beanie!! πŸ˜‰

9 Hangry Pants November 17, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Good luck running in the cold!

Oh and I have definitely opened packages in the market!!!

10 Melissa S. November 17, 2008 at 10:07 pm

oh, grocery shopping and starving…bad combo! but i hope you got some good stuff!

g’luck running in the cold tomorrow!

11 sweetandnatural November 17, 2008 at 11:33 pm

Oh that pasta looks so great! I have some pumpkin that I bet would work well with that idea. Thanks!

12 Sharon November 17, 2008 at 11:56 pm

Good luck!

And mmm. peanut butter cookies~!

13 eatingbender November 18, 2008 at 1:01 am

Peanut butter cookies are my FAVORITE!!

Good luck – you are braver than I with running in the cold!

14 jess November 18, 2008 at 1:58 am

hope your running went well!

I grocery shopped hungry once… 3x more than i had planned on spending later….Never again! haha

15 ksgoodeats November 18, 2008 at 7:55 am

Delicious eats all around! PB cookies are the best!

16 caitlin November 18, 2008 at 9:52 am

are you ok? im concerned there is no Bfast post and you havent writen back to my normal rambling email!!! email me soon or im calling you πŸ™‚

17 caitlin November 18, 2008 at 10:19 am

annnnd i just called your work. im starting to freak out! call me!

18 caitlin November 18, 2008 at 10:28 am

yay youre alive! thank god.

19 AlliJag November 18, 2008 at 10:58 am

I hate when I go grocery shopping feeling like that! I do the EXACT same thing!

That dinner combo looks AMAZING! I like the idea of the canned butternut squash – I usually use frozen, and sometimes don’t have the patience

20 Bridget November 18, 2008 at 11:26 am

Hate it when that happens…hungry at the grocery store that is. However, coming up with creations is always fun too…everything is appealing when your starving!

21 Megan November 18, 2008 at 11:29 am

Wonderful dinner creation. YUM!

22 Melissa November 18, 2008 at 11:51 am

πŸ™‚ That sounds just like me! I will mix and match anything when I’m hungry and don’t have a plan!!! Yesterday I put lasagna on top of couscous πŸ™‚

23 Erin November 18, 2008 at 12:56 pm

That’s so creative!

24 lauren November 18, 2008 at 1:13 pm

I have never seen the butternut squash puree, but it looks interesting – i bet it was wonderful in the pasta!

25 Andrea [bellaeats] November 18, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Your pasta looks great! Although I’m not completely sold on the pear, I will definitely be looking for the squash puree.

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