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Blogger Secret Ingredient: KABOCHA

Lara passed me the BSI (Blogger Secret Ingredient) torch!  I’m sure you all know what’s coming.  This week’s pick:


14 kabocha 300x225 Blogger Secret Ingredient: KABOCHA

Kabocha is a Japanese pumpkin. It’s rich in beta carotene, with iron, vitamin C, potassium, and smaller traces of calcium, folic acid, and minute amounts of B vitamins.  You can find it in the produce section of a market – probably with the other squash or root veggies like potatoes.  If you can’t find it in your normal grocery, try looking at an Asian market, or any other small market.  They’re really abundant here in California but I’m sure you can find them anywhere.  My mom and grandmother get them in New Jersey and I’ve seen bloggers across the country find them as well.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with.  The rules:

  1. Make a recipe that uses kabocha (it can be original but it doesn’t have to be) BEFORE SUNDAY NIGHT.
  2. Post about it and link back here, or if you don’t have a blog, email me ( your recipe – pictures are great but optional.
  3. Comment on this post letting me know that you entered.

Good luck!  If you want to know more about kabocha, check out this post.

Yogurt Winners!

My yogurt giveaway is officially closed.  Instead of holding another giveaway later this week, I decided to just pick two winners today.  Congrats to:

  • Miss Gliding Calm who says, “ahhh greek yogurt! my new budget has not allowed me to have it in months! i miss it so!! thanks for the giveaway maggie!”  I’m glad I could help icon smile Yogurt Winners!
  • Blueberry Hil, who says, “With granola and/or fresh strawberries!”

I’ll be getting in touch with you ladies momentarily.  Thank you to everyone who responded!

Here are some of my own favorite yogurt combinations… ::tear::  I will have to find some good soy yogurt.  Gary recommended Stoneyfield’s soy yogurt, and he says you can bake with it too!

Pear, orange, maple syrup, coconut, + Greek yogurt:

13 orange pear yogurt coconut dessert 300x225 Yogurt Winners!

With fresh crunchy fuji apples:

1 apples yogurt 300x224 Yogurt Winners!

Fresh chopped nectarine, mint chutney + Greek yogurt:

8 nectarine yogurt chutney 300x225 Yogurt Winners!

Shaved ice, berries & fruit, adzuki beans, mochi, condensed milk + frozen yogurt:

2 shaved ice 300x224 Yogurt Winners!

Some other awesome responses I had (favorite things to eat with Greek yogurt):

  • chocolate chips, pumpkin butter, and grapes!
  • PB puffins
  • PB2 and Kashi crunch
  • fresh strawberries and a touch of honey
  • pumpkin butter and peanut butter
  • in a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and peanut butter
  • pumpkin, granola, and chocolate chips
  • on top of heated weetabix with almond milk, vanilla, and hot (previously frozen) berries
  • fiber one, blueberries, and a sprinkle of cinnamon!
  • with other flavored yogurt and wheat berries
  • sliced plums and maple syrup
  • strawberries and splenda
  • a little bit of organic honey
  • wheat germ
  • crunchy cereal or granola
  • blueberries and banana
  • sliced fruit
  • raw oats and diced strawberries
  • as a substitute for sour cream, and in sauces and dips
  • mango!
  • as a topping for warm fruit cobbler
  • fiber 1, organic fuji apple, cinnamon, and farmers’ market buckwheat honey
  • with peanut butter and raisins to make a whole wheat sandwich!
  • on waffles
  • cereal/granola, peanut butter, cinnamon + pumpkin pie spice, and a sliced banana!
  • banana, berries, almond butter and granola
  • vodka smoothie recipe from NAOmni: 4+ oz vodka, 4-6 oz yogurt, 8 oz water, blender full of ice, 1 crystal light drink mix packet
  • blueberries and granola
  • by itself or with sliced banana! 
  • with protein powder mixed in and Kashi H2H on top!
  • granola and lots of fruit
  • maple syrup, granola, banana and PB!
  • lots of cinnamon and a sliced banana
  • weetabix, peanut butter, honey, and banana
  • carob powder, carob chips, stevia and a handful of goji berries
  • as a salad dressing base
  • fresh fruit, flax, and wheat germ
  • “marinating” with some kashi golean crunch
  • sweet – Nature Valley’’s Low Fat Fruit Granola mixed in; and savory - a little chili powder mixed in for dipping sauce (home-made quesadillas and cheesy potato skins)

I definitely have some yogurt combos to try out now… I’ll be trying them with soy/tofu-yogurt though.  Thanks again!

Free yogurt! (coupon giveaway)

I recently received some coupons for FREE organic Oikos Greek yogurt made by Stoneyfield.  Since I can’t eat dairy any longer (it makes me break out), I’m giving away half of them today and half later this week.

oikos Free yogurt!  (coupon giveaway)

To enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post with your favorite way to eat Greek yogurt for a chance to win.
  2. Link back for an extra chance!

Contest closes tomorrow at noon (PST)!  Good luck!

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