There are some foods that just baffle my mind.  Not the foods themselves, but the fact that someone, somewhere figured out how to eat them.

Things like beans.  Beans in their natural form pretty much resemble pretty, multi-colored rocks.  Beans take soaking, and then boiling before they become the little delicious nutritional powerhouses that we’ve all come to know and love.  Who thought of that?

And chocolate, chocolate comes from the cocoa bean.  Who figured that out?

What about milk?  Who passed by a cow and thought, “I think I’d like to suckle that animal”?  It’s really a little perverted.

Another food that baffles me is squash.  I didn’t really eat much squash growing up because  it takes a wee bit of effort to prepare.  While my mom is an excellent cook, she worked full-time and was pretty into quick and easy meal preparation.  So basically I’m in my squash preparing (and eating) infancy, but man, if you want to build up some bicep muscles, cutting up an un-cooked squash is the way to go.

Seriously now, who looked at this for the first time and said, “Gee, I bet that’s delicious.”

Tonight I prepared, for the very first time in the history of my life, a Kabocha squash.  I see them all over the blogosphere, and not wanting to be an uncool food blogger I figured it was time to get the chefs knife out and start chopping.

Verdict:  This stuff is good!  I don’t think I need to eat any other type of food ever again, it’s that good.

I also discovered tonight that quinoa can be prepared in a rice cooker!  Now that I know this expect to see way more quinoa ’round here.

What’s your favorite variety of squash?
Are there any foods you’re a newbie at?

Breakfast

I know they say you “shouldn’t drink your calories,” but I really like juice.  So there.

Egg white omelet with spinach, portobello mushroom, and goat cheese
Whole grain toast with apricot preserves

Lunch

Man, this soup is lasting FOREVER.
Chicken noodle soup with brown rice noodles

Snack

Multi-grain tortilla chips and salsa

Dinner

A quasi-weird amalgam of foods, but surprisingly delicious together
Roasted Kabocha squash
Quinoa, veggie burger, tomato, egg, hot sauce

I also did the most fun exercise DVD every today!  I’ll post a review of it on Saturday.