your meals & moves! holly w.

by Janetha on February 5, 2010

in meals

What up all my mealers + movers?


  • my name: My name is Holly
  • where i live: Madison, WI
  • my blog: I write the rambling yet (hopefully) informative blog called The Healthy Everythingtarian. Every day, I wake up, immediately chug down coffee and vow to eat a balanced diet filled with all of nature’s culinary goodies. This includes ample amounts of veggies + fruits, as well as my fair share of sugary treats + Diet Coke. I am not a perfect eater, but I’ve found a balance that works for ME.

Since our gal Janetha Bean is off gallivanting on the beaches of Jamaica lookin’ fab (as usual), here are some of my meals + moves to keep you going until she returns!

  • my move:
  • Last October, I ran my very first marathon. Ironically since then, I have run but maybe a total of five miles. However, running IS my fave cardio workout. The feeling I get after completing a run, no matter how long, is completely and 100% unlike anything I have felt with any other exercise. The term “runner’s high” ain’t no lie people.

    So, once the harsh Midwest winters stop terrorizing my soul, I am hoping to run two ½ marathons this year at a sub-1:50 pace. I thought I would share a photo with all you m+m readers of me running aforementioned marathon, in hopes it will give me the inspiration I need to get back in the running groove!


    Watch out you 13.1 miles…I am coming after YOU!


  • my meal:


    As many of my readers can attest to, I LOVE curry. My incessant, all-consuming love for this unique Indian spice can be traced back to my study abroad days in London. You see, London is an Indian foodie’s paradise. An abundance of curry houses, Indian restaurants and dishes can be found everywhere. In fact, London is where I first fell head over heels in love with baingain bharta (a curried eggplant dish), chana masala (a curried chickpea dish) and aloo gobi (curried cauliflower and potatoes). Do you see a pattern here?

    So today, in honor of my fellow Indian curry lover Janetha, my meal I choose to share with you all is a recipe I recently created: Curried Acorn Squash Soup with Cinnamon & Cumin-Roasted Chickpeas.

  • 1 (15-oz) can cooked chickpeas
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil (or any type of oil)
  • 2 roasted acorn squash, cooled
  • 1 to 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • a couple dashes of nutmeg
  • a couple dashes of ginger
  • S+P, to taste
  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees.  On a sheet pan, combine the chickpeas (or ahem, garbanzo beans), cumin, cinnamon and oil. Mix well, and cook for 35 to 45 minutes, or until crunchy.  Stir occasionally.

    Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender (or with a stick blender), combine the roasted squash and vegetable broth until it reaches your desired consistency (I go less broth – I like a thicker soup).  Then, add the spices to taste.

    When you are ready to serve, either heat the soup up in a saucepan or in the microwave.  Top with about 1/2 cup of the roasted chickpeas and devour!

    Serves 2 to 4 people

    This savory soup is bursting with contrasting and complementary flavors and textures. The addition of cinnamon to the soup adds a slight sweetness to the earthy, piquant flavors of turmeric (curry powder) and garam masala. The cinnamon & cumin-roasted chickpeas top the soup off with the perfect amount of protein and crunch!


There you have it – a meal and a move. If you have any questions or comments for me, please feel free to contact me at Be well my friends!


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Leah February 5, 2010 at 5:39 pm

I had no idea you’ve run a full marathon girl!! what an inspiration! i loveee curry as well, but i always feel like i make it totally unauthentic…i’ma have to try this recipe though, cause it looks delicious!!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 5, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Holly you rock, hope you’re having fun in NC!

Bekah February 5, 2010 at 7:43 pm

eeeek holly cracks me up. GAH. love her.

and she gets major points in my book for being a curry lover! for a while.. curry chicken (like the cold salad version) was something i ate EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
So i love when she posts her curry recipes!

Whit February 5, 2010 at 8:29 pm

HOLLY! I love you even MORE since I read this if it is possible.

you know you gonna rock those half marys. yep. ;)

[meanwhile thanks for being a fellow ‘run the marathon and stop’ runner. and for being]

Carbzilla February 5, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Yay Holly! I HAVE to roast chickpeas one day!

Katie February 6, 2010 at 9:49 am

Hooray for Holly! I love that picture of you eating a sandwich…it makes me want a sandwich.

Susan February 6, 2010 at 9:53 am

I had aloo gobi the other day and had no clue what it was called! Thank you Holly :D

Also, you just made my own half marathon scared :P

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) February 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE Indian food and that soup looks rockin; similar to one I make in the vitamix but yours looks bettah!

crunchygranolagal February 6, 2010 at 4:30 pm

love the recipe (must try soon) and the “i’m gonna get you” 1/2 marathon face. fantastic!

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