Easy Summer Bean Salad and Maple Butter Roasted Squash


Usually around mid-to-late August, I can’t help but think about Fall.

Don’t get me wrong, I love summer and cherish every second of it (and yes our summer in Canada can be counted by the second!), but my mind wanders to thoughts of Fall around this time.

Crisp, bright, crunchy, and cool fall.


Comfy sweaters.

The smell of fireplaces and those final uses of the BBQ.

Raking leaves until the blisters on my fingers hurt so bad, I must come inside.

Ok, so maybe fall isn’t all it is cracked up to be. I just can’t decide if I am on Team Summer or Team Fall right now.

Tonight’s recipes are a clear reflection of my indecisiveness toward the seasons.

First, I decided I would make a summer bean salad so delicious and easy, I’d feel like I was sitting on the beach at some posh women’s yoga retreat. My body was also in post-vacation shock, so anything longer than 10 minutes to prepare was simply out of the question.


Second, I decided I would honour my Fall cravings with a beautiful Maple Butter Baked Pepper Squash so warm and fuzzy I’d feel like I was cuddled up in front of a bonfire wearing a big hooded sweatshirt.


This meal is for those days when you are town between your love for summer and your yearnings for Fall.


Easy & Delicious Summer Bean Salad


  • 1.5 cups cooked black beans
  • 1.5 cups cooked kidney beans
  • 1/2 large green pepper, diced
  • 1 large patty pan squash, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 corn on the cob, corn removed
  • 2-3 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • Easy Bean Salad Vinaigrette (3 tbsp vinegar, 2 tbsp sunflower oil, 1 tbsp pure maple syrup, 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt, 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper)
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp Dried parsley
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste


Directions: Dice vegetables and throw all ingredients except the vinaigrette and sunflower seeds into a large bowl. Set aside. In a small bowl prepare the Easy Bean Salad Vinaigrette. Pour the vinaigrette over the diced vegetables and bean mixture and mix well until coated. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds and parsley and additional sea salt and pepper if necessary. Serves 4-5.


Summery: Check; Delicious: Check; Easy: Check, check, check.



This tastes incredible, not to mention it is healthy and filled with protein, healthy fats, and fibre.

Simple food is delicious food.


To satisfy my Fall cravings, I served it with a baked Courge Pepper Squash.


Maple Butter Roasted Courge Pepper Squash


  • 1 Courge Pepper Squash, split in half & seeds removed
  • 2 tbsp Earth Balance
  • 1-1.5 tbsp Pure maple syrup
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 tsp Sucanat (or brown sugar)


Directions: Place about 2-3 inches of water in a large & deep casserole dish. Take prepped squash (sliced in half and seeds removed) and place cut side down into the water. Bake at 425F for about 30 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven and cool for about 10 minutes. Flip squash and immediately place Earth Balance, Sucanat, maple Syrup, and sea salt over top of both halves. Serve immediately. Serves 2.


The squash tastes like a warm, sweet embrace on a chilly night.

Or maybe I am just weird like that.

Either way you have to try this. Quite possibly the best tasting squash I have ever had! Buttery, sweet, and slightly crunchy from the Sucanat. Ohhhhh me oh my.

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Ok, now it’s your turn: Team Summer or Team Fall? Also, what are your favourite Fall recipes or foods?

Oh I am getting all excited just thinking about it!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 19, 2010

That squash sounds fabulous and has me so excited for fall! I am team fall all the way. I love anything with pumpkin!


Bethany @ More Fruit Please August 19, 2010

I think I’m Team Summer, but lately there have been little hints of Fall and it has me really looking forward to the season now. I think I’m undecided like you! I love how in the fall, nothing seems better than a warm beverage… tea, cider, hot chocolate. It’s so yummy!


liane August 19, 2010

Can I choose Team Summall? As in the time of year where summer and fall meet, usually about mid September? yah, I just made up a 5th season. That’s how I roll ;)
It’s a little crisper, but still warm. The sun is shining and it’s not pitch black outside afterwork, so you can still get a run in until about 7:30PM. The leaves are just changing colour, but they are on still on the trees, and you can still head down to the beach and enjoy the sunsets or you can stay home and enjoy your patio and BBQ.


AdrienneCarolyn August 20, 2010

Team Summall! Count me in it’s the best time of year!!


Alysa Bajenaru, RD, CPT August 19, 2010

That looks amazing! I am so looking forward to fall, but living in Tucson means we won’t be breaking out the sweaters any time soon. Thanks for the recipe!


KatyRuns August 19, 2010

I’ve been meaning to tell you that I am in love with the carrot cake scuffins you posted about a few weeks ago. They are awesome for a pre run snack. I also made some last weekend subbing shredded zucchini for the carrot and choc. chips for the raisins and they were great. Thanks for the awesome recipe!


Kristina August 19, 2010

absolutely Team Fall ! :) not only is it my birthday, but I LOVE fall veggies (I make squash like this all the time…) and sweaters, boots and scarves ! :)


Freya (Brit Chick Runs) August 19, 2010

Oh that all looks so lovely!
I’m definetly a fall girl myself :) looking forward to christmas, no more sticky summer, warm jumpers in the winter, parsnips…yeah, it’s all about the fall!


Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) August 19, 2010

I can’t decide which team I am on! lol We’ve had the most mild summer I can remember… until now! It’s been 80+ degrees for the past few days. (A high of 76 up until now was HOT.) Fall = Summer this year ?

My favorite types of recipes for fall are stews, soups, chili, roasted vegetables, roasted squash, hot oatmeal. I’ve only been blogging since March and I can’t wait to see what kinds of things I come up with this Fall.


Kathi August 19, 2010

I am definately fall. Nothing like cuddling up on a cool fall night with a warm beverage and a good book. I am looking for a good read. Suggestions anyone?


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 19, 2010

I used to be all about summer but after this scorcher I’m on Team Fall for sure. Besides, I’m dying for some apples from the orchard.


Mallory @ Little Miss Locavore August 19, 2010

I’m definitely cheering for Team Summer, but I do get excited about fall and its sense of coziness. I’m really looking forward to the classics – pumpkins and apples. I have aspirations to make and can oodles of applesauce and apple butter.

Kathi – Oh how I love to read. Let’s see if you’re in the mood for non-fiction about our food system you can’t go wrong with “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.” Or if you need your fiction fix “The Help” was a great read. I also just finished “Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It,” which was interesting – each chapter was its own kind of open ended story. It’s the type of book that makes me wish I was in a book club so I could discuss it with someone. Or you could always go with a classic and re-read “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Really I could go on and on about this, but I’ll reign myself in.


Leah @ Why Deprive? August 19, 2010

I love summer, and I try and soak up every second of it that I can. But when the days start getting noticably shorter, Im ready for fall. I LOVE the orange leaves and the crisp air. Besides, its been so freaking hot outside I’ve only been able to run once or twice a week.


Camille August 19, 2010

I am dreaming of fall.
My favorite season is Winter. I love the nip in the air and the rain and the smell of the stores when they start carrying Christmas things. This year I will be moving out of Southern California in time for the real seasons to begin and I am so excited to see the colors on the trees change for the first time ever :)


Kristy @ KristyRuns.com August 19, 2010

TEAM FALL! :) And wow, this is such a beautiful post! I am yearning for fall now. I think I love fall because it’s the beginning of the holiday season. The pumpkin pie and apple cider don’t hurt either. ;)


Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 19, 2010

I’m starting to get the feeling’s of fall and wanting fall foods.


Danielle (Runs on Green) August 19, 2010

As delish as that squash looks, I have to say I’m on team summer! Or more like team spring…when it’s not humid & muggy out


Allison August 19, 2010

oh yum, that looks magnificent!!!!

what kind of camera do you have, and what lenses do you use for doing your food photography?


Lauren August 19, 2010

TEAM FALL!!!!!!!! Fall excites me sooo much!!! Not really sure why…I just love it!! I definitely want a Septmeber wedding. :)


Faith @ lovelyascharged August 19, 2010

I’m totally team summer. I’m all about the fresh, crisp, and juicy goodies.


Heather (Heather's Dish) August 19, 2010

i’ve been craving fall lately too…so much so that i keep getting excited if i even see a dead leaf on the ground! i can’t wait til the aspens start changing and i need a jacket to wear at night :)


Ellen @ Undercover Runner Eats August 19, 2010

I’m Team Fall!
I LOVE pumpkin and can’t wait for it to finally become available again because I’ve been craving it ALL SUMMER.
Being from the Midwest, there’s always the glorious changing of the leaves that is always looked forward to and is so photogenic.
The only downside is that Fall gives way too fast to Winter. Snow a month or so before the winter solstice is just not okay. Snow should be reserved for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve. Those are the ONLY acceptable days to have snow on the ground.


Alyson @ Nourished Fitness August 19, 2010

I live in Phoenix, so I’m am for sure Team Fall! The summers here start to wear on you after a while, but fall (our version is probably summer weather to many), is fantastic!


Daniel August 19, 2010

I love summer because the tomatoes don’t taste like soaked cardboard and because eggplant are amazing, but fall brings in squash and pumpkin and I’ve been known to roast a kabocha, slice it like a pie and snack on it all day long with some almond butter and cinnamon.

I guess I’d have to stick to fall because I just love my squash and tubers (parsnip fries anyone?).


alexa @ Sohdalex August 19, 2010

That squash looks like heaven! Ohhhhhh I can’t wait for the excuse to eat squash ALL the time! ;)


Kirsty_girl August 19, 2010

Team fall all the way. Fall here in Japan is like early September weather in Canada. I’d take Canadian fall too. I long to be cold. My fall food is kabocha squash. In oatmeal, pumpkin pie, roasted, simmered – any way really. Can’t forget apple cider too.


Amanda @ Vegacious August 19, 2010

Oh, you are really making my mouth water with that bean salad!!!!


Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker August 19, 2010

Angela! You are reading my mind — down where I live, leaves are already falling off the trees. There’s a slight crisp-ness in the air. I can SMELL autumn coming. It’s my favorite season . . . and I’m so happy we’re running our marathon in early October this year because — due to all our training for Philly last year, we missed October weekends, which are the best for pumpkin pie baking, apple picking, and jumping in leaves. Anyway, glad someone else is pining away for fall.



Kristina August 19, 2010

I love fall!!! I’m more of a cool-weather person (but not cold-weather!!). I like wearing sweaters and taking a walk when the air is crisp. Also, fall veggies are the best! :D


holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 19, 2010

I am Team Fall — I love the sweater/sweatshirt days, drinking hot tea or hot cocoa, crisp mornings, the leaves changing color, etc. I love everything about fall!

Here in MN we have such humid summers that I don’t care for summer much — I like the in between seasons: Fall and Spring.

I love bean salads, so this is right up my alley!


The Wife of a Dairyman August 19, 2010

I’m right with you on the feelings between late summer and fall. Here in northern CA, we’ve not had a very hot summer and I can definitely feel fall in the air big time and I just love that feeling. I love summer but fall is for sure my favorite season. Cheers!


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 19, 2010

I’m a summer girl for sure. Fall and Winter both are romantic, but I feel like that never truly happens you know? The cold just makes everything miserable.


Molly @ MollyRunsFresh August 19, 2010

I’m a fall person and I love my pumpkin pie and butternut squash!


Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 19, 2010

I always start thinking about fall this time of year too….mostly because it’s blazing hot now and October is my favorite month. Can I move somewhere where it’s October all of the time? Pumpkins, and apples, leaves, mountains, hiking, football, and crisp air. I cannot wait!!! Everything you made looks wonderful and definitely inspires some fall feelings!


Crystal August 19, 2010

Now THAT is my kind of squash! Definitely planning on making that in the very near future. I have been reading your blog forever, and just HAD to comment today because that recipe is too fabulous not to.

I am definitely a fall-food kind of person. Summer recipes always seem to be lighter and cooler, and I prefer heavier, warmer foods.


Jess - The Domestic Vegan August 19, 2010

You sound EXACTLY like me re: Summer & Fall. I love both seasons, but Fall is really where it’s at for me. Yes, Summer has MANY things going for it, but in my mind, you just can’t beat the weather, ambiance, festivities, and overall “vibe” of autumn. This is definitely the time of year where I feel torn about letting go of Summer, while at the same time looking forward to Fall.

Your recipes look delicious! Love the mix of Summer & Fall. ;)


Ashley August 19, 2010

Hi! I’m new to your blog. Great post! I just had to comment on it because I’ve been thinking about fall for the past two weeks. I want it to come so bad! I currently reside in Texas and it’s been 100+ for most of the month. Fall here doesn’t begin until late November (if that’s what you want to call it). Being from the Midwest, that doesn’t go over very well with me. And you even made squash (a favorite of mine) and it made me want fall even more! *Sigh* :=)


Amy @ be.you.ti.fully, a.musing August 19, 2010

Despite the fact that summer started in, like, March this year, it’s going by too quickly! I’m sooo not ready for fall and winter right now!! A fall favourite is soup: roast parsnip, carrots, sweet potato, and squash in oil… Saute leeks in a big pot, add the roasted veggies, stock, and spices. So delicious!!


Lana August 19, 2010

Does team Fammer count!! lol
My favorite Fammer meal would be a cool gazpacho soup! It’s a cold fall-ish soup thats perfect in the summer months. But, I’m all about sweet potatoes and butternut squash in the fall…


Tina August 19, 2010

I’m a fall girl all the way. The activities (like hiking), the food (pumpkin anything!), the weather, and knowing the holidays are close. Love it all!


Lauren August 19, 2010

Okay, I’m ready now. Seeing that squash just got me all excited for fall! ;)


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