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Sunday Dinner

October 24, 2011

In my mind, Sundays inherently kind of suck.  You’re inevitably thinking about all of the work that you have to get done in the upcoming week…you might be hungover (or pregnant, the ultimate hangover)…you might be depressed about the end of another weekend…Sundays are just kind of the Debbie Downer of the days-of-the-week world.

BUT.

I do think there are ways to get around SAD (Sunday Affect Disorder).  We try to get outside on most Sundays, especially if it’s nice out—we love to go for hikes, or just eat our lunch al fresco—whatever you have to do to get a little Vitamin D in your life.  Sundays are also great for “tasks”—closet cleaning, kitchen organizing, office organizing.  And finally, nothing cheers me up faster on a Sunday afternoon than the prospect of planning an involved, delicious meal—which is just how we got around the Sunday blues yesterday.

People ask me what I’ve been craving as a pregnant lady, and the answer is pretty simple: meat.  Red meat…chicken…Arby’s sandwiches (not even kidding, though I haven’t given in to that one yet).  My meat cravings aren’t as strong now as they were in the first trimester, but I still get a really strong hankering for meat about two or three times a week.  Last night was one of those times, and so…steak was on the menu.  Filet Mignon from Fresh Market, to be specific—go big or go home, right?

Ryan fired up the grill while I worked on dessert—pumpkin-based, of course!

We picked up this beauty:

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…at the pumpkin patch yesterday.  Apparently it’s a Georgia Candy Roaster.  Anything with “candy” in its name can’t be half bad, right?   Believe it or not, this was the smallest one in the pile—some of them were HUGE!!

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I split it down the middle with my knife:

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Then de-seeded it and roasted it, cut side down, for 45 minutes at 350.  Pulled it out of the oven, let it cool, and then:

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Voila! A big pile of squash! This gourd cost us 3 bucks, and provided at least twice as much squash as you’d get in canned pumpkin.  People complain that fresh pumpkin/squash isn’t nearly as smooth as canned, but I found that after I pureed it in the food processor, it was just as smooth as the canned stuff:

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Plus it seemed to have a brighter, sweeter flavor. Score!

I used it to make our easy dessert for the night: pumpkin pie pudding.  This is basically like pumpkin pie, without the crust.  I changed the Cooking Light recipe a bit, upping the pumpkin and reducing the milk.  The recipe really couldn’t be simpler:

Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Ingredients

6 tbsp. sugar

2 tbsp. corn starch

1 cup milk (I used 2%)

1 egg

1 cup pumpkin

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/8 tsp. salt

Directions:

Combine pumpkin,  vanilla and spices, then set aside.

Over medium heat, heat sugar and cornstarch.  Whisk together egg and milk, then add egg mixture slowly to sugar and cornstarch, constantly whisking to prevent lumps.  Cook over medium heat until boiling, then continue to cook for about 30 seconds, until mixture thickens.  Remove from heat, and add pumpkin spice mixture, whisking to combine.  Place back on heat and cook for another 2-3 minutes, whisking constantly to prevent lumps.

Distribute pudding evenly among 4 dessert bowls, cover with plastic wrap and allow to cool in the refrigerator.

Enjoy!

We had ours plain:

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But it would have been delicious, topped with some whipped cream or nuts.  Yum!

But before dessert….there was meat to be had:

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Mmmmm….SO.  GOOD.  Just what this pregnant lady wanted. 

Hope you had a fun Sunday too—and a great Monday morning!

18 Comments leave one →
  1. October 24, 2011 2:09 pm

    I totally agree about Sunday. If I’m not out occupying my mind, I get depressed about the upcoming week. Not surprisingly, being in the kitchen helps too 🙂 I’ve never seen that squash but it looks fun and I like the name!

  2. October 24, 2011 2:16 pm

    bahahaha this gives a whole new meaning to SAD eh? =) what happens when its seasonal AND sunday!? ahhh!!!! must… find… fun… things!!!!

    the pumpkin pie pudding looks GOOD! i hate pumpkin pie but THIS i can get on board with! the texture looks juuuuuust right! ❤

  3. October 24, 2011 2:27 pm

    I typically am ok on Sundays until about 4 or 5 then it hits me – the weekend is pretty much over.

  4. October 24, 2011 4:57 pm

    That looks so.good. You are giving me major inspiration to get back to cooking!

  5. October 24, 2011 5:22 pm

    That looks delicious! I must try that pumpkin pudding!

  6. October 24, 2011 5:57 pm

    your pumpkin pie pudding looks great…and hey, when it comes time for the little one to start eating baby food…you can make tons of it…for 3 bucks with one of those puppies! I love how much quantity you got out of it! And I love the recipe. I want to devour it!

    • October 24, 2011 7:59 pm

      Yep, I was thinking about that as well– CHEAP baby food!!!

  7. October 24, 2011 6:21 pm

    I’ve never gone vegetarian but I’ve been craving meat like crazy in this pregnancy too! I’ve been eating red meat (lean) about twice a week…an that’s because I’m scaling back on what I want to eat!

    • October 24, 2011 7:56 pm

      Guess it takes a lot of protein to build a baby 😉

  8. October 24, 2011 7:09 pm

    Early in my pregnancy I craved meat, too. Specifically, I wanted a salami and cheese sandwich on white bread with lots of mustard. This sounded good to me even when I was in the midst of nearly-debilitating “morning” sickness. I also found myself ordering steak at restaurants, a rarity for me. What else was strange was that I wanted meat, but I didn’t want chocolate, a total twist for me and my non-red meat eating, sweet-tooth self.

    • October 24, 2011 7:13 pm

      Yes! My sweet tooth has dialed down considerably too!

  9. October 24, 2011 8:25 pm

    I totally get the Sunday dread. Cooking and just getting stuff done around the house helps… but nothing quite prepares you for Monday 😦

  10. October 24, 2011 8:42 pm

    That pudding sounds awesome! Totally bookmarking and making with almond milk

  11. October 25, 2011 2:13 am

    So creative! Pumpkin pie pudding, I like it! It looks delicious. And that’s the craziest looking pumpkin I’ve ever seen.
    I know when I’m pregnant I am going to crave pickles, pickled beets, and sourkraut. Seriously, I know.

  12. October 25, 2011 2:42 am

    I’ve never heard of the Georgia Candy Roaster. Sounds amazing to me! Dinner looks delicious! I hope you had a great Monday. I get the same way with Sundays, but I’m trying to get better about it, relax and enjoy the day.

  13. October 25, 2011 11:27 am

    omg! yum, never heard of candy roaster but sounds wonderful

  14. October 27, 2011 12:36 pm

    Sunday isn’t great, I’m feeling you on the Monday dread, but it’s still the weekend!!!! I get to sleep in and lounge on the couch and have plenty of time to cook or take a hike. I’d take Sunday over a week day (except maybe Friday) any day!

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