maple infused butternut squash and apples

November 8, 2011

I think I’m going to rename my blog “Everything I Make Looks Like Baby Food but Tastes Delicious”.

That has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

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When I was younger, I constantly heard the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover”, which is really hard to do when you are a nerdy dork of a reader and don’t have enough time to be frivolously wasting time reading books if you don’t like the cover. I had very high standards for the books I read when I was younger — if they didn’t have the words “Babysitter’s Club” on them, I wasn’t reading them. Or “Babysitter’s Little Sister” had to be on the title. I think the saddest day of my life was when I realized I donated all of my books (read: at least 500) to the public library because who woulda thunk I would become a teacher? Not me with grammar like that.

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As I got older, I realized the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” could be applied to many other things besides books. Funny how analytical I got when I got older. I realized it could be applied to things such as oh, I don’t know — boys. Because just because boys were good looking didn’t mean they would be a) smart, b) funny, c) caring, or d) all of the above. It’s a good thing I married a guy who is good looking and all of the above. I just saved my butt there. Or, just because a $3 bottle of wine is, well, $3, doesn’t mean it won’t be a fun night. $3 bottles of wine always make for fun.

Not with a boy. Those two were supposed to be separate examples.

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So anyways, don’t judge my squash. Or the fact that I make nothing but squash. Or the fact that I eat food that looks like its meant for children with no teeth. Or elderly with no teeth. Even though you have teeth, you can still enjoy it to the fullest. I swear.

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Just beware — you will most likely burn your tongue trying to eat every. last. morsel. that comes out of your slow cooker.

Consider yourself warned.

{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

Khushboo November 8, 2011 at 6:04 am

It’s a good thing I love me some mushy food! This recipe is pretty genius, my friend: you’ve combined 2 of my favorite kinds of produce!

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles November 8, 2011 at 6:05 am

I did the EXACT same thing with my Babysitter’s Club, Encyclopedia Brown, and other misc books. :( Silly us!!!! Hey- at least we lucked out on boys! That gives us something to smile about!
…..Even if it looks like baby food, I’m game- looks yummy to me!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 11:27 am

We should have kept those books!

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Aine @ Something to Chew Over November 8, 2011 at 6:08 am

I have the same problem! I just love squidgy food :)

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Katie November 8, 2011 at 6:12 am

This looks sooo yummy! Cutting up the squash once my breakfast is finished!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 11:27 am

Hope you like it!

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Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 8, 2011 at 6:13 am

haha we were very similar as children. I think I owned every Babysitters Club book known to man. My mother also forced me to donate several brown paper grocery bags worth of books when she got me to clean out my room. I like to think they went to nice homes…

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 11:27 am

Me too, Katie. Me too.

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Alex @ Happicakes November 8, 2011 at 6:18 am

Somehow you made me laugh at 7 in the morning. haha That boy vs. wine joke…lord. This recipe looks absolutely delicious! I must give you props for making me want to buy 1,000 butternut squashes just so I can eat your baby food :)

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 11:27 am

Glad I’m here to make you smile. :)

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Kristina @ Foodnook November 8, 2011 at 6:19 am

mmm looks delicious!!!

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Faith @ For the Health of It November 8, 2011 at 6:21 am

$3 bottle of wine + boy = ohhhhhh lawdy. I would know. Ooops. At least it didn’t lead to any need for actual baby food…so your baby-food-lookin-grown-up-food is all good!!!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 11:28 am

hahaha – I’m glad you could take some actual context out those lines.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 8, 2011 at 6:21 am

I love this line. Thanks for making me smile on this chilly morning! I needed that :)
“Everything I Make Looks Like Baby Food but Tastes Delicious”.

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 11:28 am

If it tastes good, I don’t care if it looks like baby food! :)

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nicole marie November 8, 2011 at 6:40 am

babysitter’s club? ha. never! sweet valley high was more like it. :)

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 11:28 am

I was into Sweet Valley High a few years later!

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit November 8, 2011 at 6:41 am

I’m a big fan of our slowcooker right now. Every meal we’ve been having for the last week has been made from a slowcooker, including breakfast! Love the thing. This looks just great!

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 11:28 am

I love it too – makes my life easier!

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Val November 8, 2011 at 7:02 am

Looks good! I’m loving all the butternut squash lately!!

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katie @KatieDid November 8, 2011 at 7:05 am

ohh i love slow cooker recipes- they are too good to be true. At least your food is pretty colors- I eat big brown stir fry messes that I wouldn’t dream of sharing on the internet.

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 11:29 am

haha – most of my food is NOT pretty!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 8, 2011 at 7:20 am

Now this just looks and sounds fantastic!! Haha I gotta get me some squash…. :)

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! November 8, 2011 at 7:34 am

Three best flavors all together?! I am in love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers November 8, 2011 at 7:38 am

Yes!!! That looks wonderful. I can’t wait to try it.

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List November 8, 2011 at 7:41 am

slow cooker recipe? I’m in.
P.S. Babysitter’s club was second to Laura Ingalls Wilder books for me. I just bought them all for Clara to read someday.

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 11:29 am

I did love Laura Ingalls Wilder as well!

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Jenny November 8, 2011 at 7:58 am

I really like the way this recipe sounds because (ta-da) I have all the ingredients! this is a very rare feat so I can see it on the dinner agenda very soon :) Perhaps desesrt, considering vanilla icecream with this sounds unreal…

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katie November 8, 2011 at 8:18 am

Loving this! Would be great for a side dish / dessert yum for thanksgiving!

Hope the baptism was beautiful! Im sure it was! How awesome you must feel to be a godmother!

xoxo <3

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 11:29 am

The baptism was great!

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Felicia @ Natural + Balanced November 8, 2011 at 8:43 am

i am kitchenless right now (remodeling!) and need to break out the slow cooker. i also have 2 butternuts waiting to be used up… so thank you!!

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 8, 2011 at 8:57 am

I am loving all of your squash recipes lately. And thank you for always making me smile as I’m reading your posts. :)

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 11:29 am

:) You’re welcome!

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Rebecca November 8, 2011 at 9:05 am

I love the bnut and apple combination. That’s like a bnut apple butter! Swoon. I don’t care what it looks like, just git it in mah belly! (< grammar to make you cringe!)

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 11:30 am

It did a little bit (the grammar), but I forgive you.

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kathleen @ the daily crumb November 8, 2011 at 9:15 am

i love anything containing butternut squash and i REALLY love anything that utilizes my slow cooker as i’m pretty lazy when it comes to dishes. can’t wait to try this… looks like a great thanksgiving side dish!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life November 8, 2011 at 9:56 am

I loved the Babysitters Club too! Oh and Sweet Valley. Such a sucker for those. I write teenage fiction now and whenever an agent asks me what they are like I say “kind of an older, modern Babysitters Club or Sweet Valley Twins” and always feel as though I’m reaching a bit far with that, but a girl can dream!

And I LOVE things that look like baby food. I’m weird that way (I’ve mentioned before my predisposition to crumbling things up into milk and eating it that way)…

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 11:30 am

You are a writer? What are your books? I would love to check them out!!

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Amber K November 8, 2011 at 11:09 am

It’s funny how some foods just don’t look pretty, but taste so good. I had my mother-in-law looking at pictures on my camera and she came across one of a green smoothie and she said “ewww!” And I laughed. It might have been bright green, but it had pumpkin in it and tasted just like a pumpkin pie pudding. My taste buds are often confused… lol

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cleaneatingchelsey November 8, 2011 at 11:31 am

That is why when foods are weird colors I have to put them in containers in which the Husband won’t see what color they are.

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Brittany @Little b November 8, 2011 at 11:15 am

I’ve definitely realized since eating clean that oftentimes the most delicious foods are the ugliest!

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Lauren November 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm

The first line of this post is hilarious. I burn my tongue at least twice a week. It’s SO annoying, yet I continue to do it. I guess you don’t live and learn if you’re me.

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Emily November 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Don’t worry, my favorite foods look like baby food too! I’ll have to try out this combo, sounds delicious!
I loved the Babysitter’s Club, I remember having a sleepover like the day the movie came out. It was glorious. I was also a big fan of Judy Blume, Amelia Bedelia, and Sweet Valley High!

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Andrea (Run. Learn. Repeat.) November 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I can’t wait to make this. Looks so good!

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Heather November 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm

We must have ESP! See my last post. <3 :-)

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Sarah November 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm

haha i feel like i inspired this post due to my comment on how your soup looked on your last post! This recipe however, looks fantastic!

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn November 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Ahahaahha it so does. Don’t worry I love baby food, and so does my first grade teacher. She ate banana baby food with lunch every day, not kidding.

Oh and Chels juuuuust so you know I’ll probably show up on your doorstep one day and move in, hope you don’t mind.

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Haha I loved the Babysitters Club books as a kid! And I was obsessed with the movie too – I’m pretty sure I spent an entire year trying to be exactly like Christie. :P

I’m loving all your recipes with squash lately!

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Kristin @ STUFT Mama November 8, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Ha ha ha! Definitely has a good ring to it! :) I”m going to name mine- everything looks green and weird, but tastes delicious! ha ha ha!
Thansk for the butternut squash recipes the past week! I needed something to do with my humungo squashes! :)
This looks DEVINE!

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Ruth November 8, 2011 at 9:08 pm

So thankful for your humor and great attitude. Have just been mourning some sad things with a friend, and this was great to remind me of the happy things of life. And…yum!

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Miranda (Living One Bite at a Time) November 9, 2011 at 12:12 am

Love this post!

It’s so weird… I literally posted a post about this exact same topic (do the looks of the food really matter when it tastes so delicious?) when I made BUTTERNUT SQUASH soup a couple months ago! hahaha weird right?!

Read the post here: http://livingonebiteatatime.com/?p=921

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles November 9, 2011 at 9:34 am

Oh my gosh, pretty sure I woned every Babysitter’s Club book when I was a kid. Every. One.

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