Easy Summer Bean Salad and Maple Butter Roasted Squash

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 19, 2010

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 at 4:59 pm

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 at 5:01 pm

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 at 5:05 pm

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 at 6:24 am

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


Alysa Bajenaru, RD, CPT August 19, 2010 at 5:06 pm

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 at 5:06 pm

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 at 5:08 pm

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 at 5:13 pm

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 at 5:14 pm

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 at 5:15 pm

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 at 5:22 pm

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 at 5:27 pm

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 at 5:30 pm

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 at 5:30 pm

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 at 5:31 pm

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. ;)


[email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 19, 2010 at 5:39 pm

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


Danielle (Runs on Green) August 19, 2010 at 5:40 pm

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 at 5:42 pm

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 at 5:42 pm

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 at 5:47 pm

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


Heather (Heather's Dish) August 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm

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 at 6:01 pm

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 at 6:02 pm

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 at 6:06 pm

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 at 6:15 pm

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


Kirsty_girl August 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm

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 at 6:31 pm

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


Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker August 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm

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 at 6:41 pm

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 at 6:57 pm

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 at 7:02 pm

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 at 7:09 pm

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 at 7:14 pm

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


Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm

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 at 7:20 pm

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 at 7:21 pm

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 at 7:32 pm

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 at 7:37 pm

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 at 7:37 pm

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 at 7:42 pm

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 at 7:42 pm

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


Dee August 19, 2010 at 7:47 pm

OH MY GOSH. These are getting evernoted as must try recipes! No doubt!


Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul August 19, 2010 at 8:13 pm

While I’m trying to suck the summer for all it’s worth, I am so excited for fall and all things pumpkin!


Stefanie August 19, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Right now I am on team fall. I am tired of this hot weather. Plus I like squash and miss cooking with it. Your nean salad looks good. :)


chelsey August 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Summer and fall are REAAALLLY hard to choose from. I love summer because I get time off and I LOVE the heat, but I love fall colors and warm clothes and fall recipes.


Dana in KC August 19, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Team Summer! I don’t want the long days, fresh berries, banana soft serve, basil and vine riped tomatoes to go away!


Victoria August 19, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I am so Team Fall. I live for loungy sweaters and warm stews and crunchy leaves.


Jess @ MTL Veggie August 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Mmm that squash looks so delicious!
I am definitely a Team Fall all the way. I love root vegetables with butternut squash topping my list!
I also love Fall because you don’t get heat stroke every time you turn on the oven ;)


Allie Finch August 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I am torn. I absolutely despise the cold & LOVE the heat of summer & the activities it involves. But fall…oh lovely fall. There is something to be said of cozy, soft sweaters, dainty scarves, chic hats, pea coats…a simple girl who is not much into fashion, fall accessories have my heart forever. :) & don’t even get me started on winter squash! I think they are my favorite food–varieties are endless & all so delicious–I always feel nourished.
However, fall lasts about two weeks in Utah. Then, harsh winter. Sad. So sad.


eat move love August 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I love the Fall. The cool, crisp air. Charlie Brown. Pumpkins. Warm neck scarves. Red ears. Halloween.

Oh my. I’m aching just thinking of it. If only I werent’ here where I am right now in life.

Alas, it is what it is.

I believe I asked you before – what is your job/career? You have an amazing site and are quite popular! :)


Wei-Wei August 19, 2010 at 8:51 pm

What’s sucanat? I admit that I love fall more than summer. It’s just toooooo hot and fall is nice and breezy. And fall food is so awesome!


Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly August 19, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Food-wise, I’m totally Team Summer… during summer. Fresh berries with anything are so good when they’re local and sweet. But I cannot wait for pumpkin season! Fake pumpkin flavoring, even. That’s where my love began – with pumpkin spice lattes all over the place. And that led to my love of real pumpkin a few years ago… apple pumpkin loaf with crumb topping, pumpkin pie insides, pumpkin oatmeal! In conclusion, bring on the pumpkins, ASAP. (This is followed, every year, by months where I’m a little burnt out on it and have zero interest in eating it.)

Aside from food, it’s summer all the way (and fall only because it’s hoodie weather).


Doc August 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Team Fall! I love a good chili, pumpkin or gingerbread, squash (though yours somehow looks better than mine ever do), and roasted veggies!


Sabina August 19, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Mmm! That bean salad looks AWESOME! I love all the bright colours. Man, I sure do dig summer salads (we’ve been rocking them all summer for workweek lunches). But let me tell you: fall kicks summer to the ground! I dig, dig, dig the cool breeze, the shorter days, the cozy sweaters, not breaking out into an immediate sweat when I run. My favourite part? The return of soups, using the oven, and baking. Can’t wait for fall, but am enjoying summer!


Meredith August 19, 2010 at 9:49 pm

I love fall:) I’m planning my wedding for next September. There’s something romantic about the season.

And even though I no longer partake, I kind of love the back-to-school vibe. New beginnings!


Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 19, 2010 at 10:08 pm

That squash looks to DIE for! I’ll be honest, I myself bought a winter squash. I’m a summer queen. I love summer. I also love fall food.


Lena @ blissfulbellas August 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm


The gorgeous leaves, the wonderful crisp autumn air, the feeling of upcoming holidays sighhhh i just get all giddy thinking about it!! (plus fall shows coff gossip girllll hehe)

Fall is my fav season. Even though i was born in summer i was born 3 months early so my bday is actually suppose to be around november so that explains a lot –maybe im channeling my inner fall babyness hehe

Ur post just made me very nostalgic and excited for fall to come!!!

and i definitely cant wait for the fall produce at the farmers market…hasta la vista summer its been good but im ready for mr. autumn :)


Gree August 19, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Fall is my favorite season and though I try to enjoy the late summer I am always yearning for apples and cider and pumpkins and snuggly, cozy things. That meal looks awesome!


Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf August 19, 2010 at 10:41 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE fall. I’m always in the mood for it! I love it so much that I decided as a young child that I was going to have a fall wedding. And I did!

I’m 100% team fall. I realized last year or so that all my favorite foods were fall season produce! Pomegranate, pumpkin, sweet potato, pecans, butternut squash….!


Charlie August 19, 2010 at 10:41 pm

The squash looks amazing! Just put maple syrup on something and you can be sure I will love it ;)


Lisa (BBB) August 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Now THIS looks like my kinda meal :)


Katie August 19, 2010 at 11:21 pm

I LOVE fall! Football, pumpkin everything, sweatshirts, hot chocolates…..and it helps that I live in Seattle, we only have a week long heat wave every year!


Tiffany August 19, 2010 at 11:24 pm

I love fall and I love all your recipes! I too love when meals are quick. The Banana Soft Serve is a hit around here. I make it for my girls for breakfast and they get so excited! Ice Cream for breakfast! And people think Vegans are deprived…


Erin August 19, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Every time the season changes, I’m on the team for that season! Your squash looks and sounds amazing. I’m totally looking forward to winter squash now!


Chelsea at Striking Balance August 20, 2010 at 12:03 am

It’s definitely a toss up for me! Summer is so beautiful and relaxing, and the days seems so much longer. But fall reminds me of school starting up again and the excitment the start of school brings. It always motivates me and feels like a fresh start! And the cozy sweaters and clothes don’t hurt either!



Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 20, 2010 at 1:47 am

Yes! I love love love fall: football games, snuggies (hehe), corn mazes, pumpkin patches, Thanksgiving, changing tree colors…I could seriously go on and on. My favorite fall dish is easy: pumpkin pie all the way.


Violetta August 20, 2010 at 2:52 am

Wow the squash sound fabulous! Can’t wait to try it, going to the farmers market saturday hope I find some squash. I am also undecided, on one hand I love the long lazy days of summer and all the local fresh fruit. But on the other hand I love the changing colors, cooler tempuratures, and warm savoury food’s that come with fall. Also im crazy about haloween ( Im like a big kid when it comes to that holiday ). But when it comes to fall my favorite food is a warm apple crisp topped with roasted walnuts and vanilla soy ice cream. I have a apple tree in my back yard and after the first frost the apples are red, sweet and delicious in anything and everything!


[email protected] Broad Bean to Runner Bean August 20, 2010 at 3:19 am

Oh WOW the squash looks amazing! i cant wait till they start stocking different types of squash here! only a couple more weeks now.
Now summer is drawing to a close i’m sad its ending but now feel like lets get on with Autumn!!


Kristie August 20, 2010 at 4:27 am

Oh I am so team FALL! I love the crisp feel to the air, wearing sweatshirts, easier running (for me at least – I am not a hot weather runner!), and have I mentioned that the pictures of the squash have me drooling over here? :)

PS – I enjoyed my Glo bar the other day from the HLS swag bag so much. Thanks for putting those in there (the Empower has always been my favorite one too!).


Kristie August 20, 2010 at 4:30 am

Annnd my favorite fall dish is probably a tie between pumpkin oatmeal and a big old pile of roasted root vegetables. Yum yum!


Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries August 20, 2010 at 5:38 am

Definitely a Fall girl! I honestly don’t like it when it’s too hot and I would take a big sweater and jeans over shorts and a tank any day! I also love the foods! Squashes, toasted nuts, crisp apples…oh gosh…this just got me excited!


Kristy August 20, 2010 at 6:06 am

Once the middle of August hits I am thinking of fall also! That squash looks amazing and I bet it was!! YUM!!! :)


Erin August 20, 2010 at 6:29 am

Autumn is by far my favorite season except that then winter is just around the corner. But I love its vegetables — root veggies, especially — and the smells of cinnamon, pumpkin, dead leaves, the crisp air. I’ve been CRAVING autumn lately. :D


Katie August 20, 2010 at 6:30 am

Team Fall all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love pumpkins, leaves changing color, the crisp fall air, and Halloween!!!!!

I love pumpkin lattes , pumpkin pancakes, and really pumpkin anything! lol!

Love ya Angela! I really enjoyed reading your posts when you were in Chicago, you guys really enjoyed the city!


Amy August 20, 2010 at 7:16 am

Oh, I can’t choose! I love them both! It already feels like fall here- it was 42 yesterday morning! Great sleeping weather. Your bean salad is a must-try, I think!


kelly August 20, 2010 at 7:22 am

Fall is by far the best season!! I love it when I can wear a sweater and break out the cute fall coats :) Plus, the food is the best! Pumpkin everything :)


Meredith August 20, 2010 at 7:52 am

Hi Angela-
The bean salad looks delish! I will have to try it. Here is another summer bean salad recipe that I adore and eat by the barrel:

For the salad: 1 can corn, 1 can black beans, 1 can black eyed peas, 1 can chick peas, 2 stalks diced celery 1/3 cup diced roasted red pepper (or a jar of pimentos). Dressing: 1/2 c olive oil, 1/2 c sugar, 1/3 c apple cider vinegar.

Directions: Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Combine the dressing ingredients in a small sauce pan over low heat until sugar dissolves. Pour over salad and marinate over night. Drain liqud from salad in the morning. At this point, the original recipe calls for the addition of 1/2 cup of crumbled feta, which I like. However, you can omit this to keep it vegan. Not sure if there are any vegan subs for feta. Hope you like it!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 20, 2010 at 7:53 am

This time of year always gets me excited for fall too. It’s when the mornings start getting crisp that you can tell that fall is on its way! :D My favourite fall foods are squash, root vegetables, apple desserts, and pumpkin oats!


faith @ gracefulfitness August 20, 2010 at 7:57 am

I do love fall but I am not quite ready for it. By next month I will be all about it.
I also LOVE all forms of winter squash and I am going to keep my eyes out for a Courge Pepper Squash, it looks right up my alley.
What’s up with Himalayan sea salt? I was just in Nepal and picked up a bag of it because it looked interesting but now I am seeing it listed all over the place (and I am kicking myself for not buying more of it!).
Fall will greet us soon enough, enjoy the last days of summer!


Amanda August 20, 2010 at 8:03 am

I’m currently torn between summer and fall too. I’m in upstate NY so like your summer, ours is very short. As much as I don’t want to wish away summer, I am really excited for fall!


MB August 20, 2010 at 8:33 am

I hate the heat so I’m definitely on team Fall because it means that the snow will be falling soon and I’ll be able to ride my snowmobile. I also get excited about taking pictures of the Fall foliage. It’s so beautiful in Vermont with all the red maples. I can’t wait.


Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans August 20, 2010 at 8:38 am

Definitely Team Fall! I can’t wait!! Being able to run without humidity again is reason enough to fast forward through the next few weeks.


Laura August 20, 2010 at 8:43 am

Definitely team fall over here!
As much as I love summer, nothing beats those cool, crisp nights and warmer days. And the TREES!!! Don’t get me started on how gorgeous the trees become! :)


Amykinz August 20, 2010 at 8:48 am

I am Team Fall 100%. Fall is my favorite season!!! Bring on the pumpkin patches, light jackets, jeans & long-sleeved shirts, curling up on the couch with a good book, blanket & tea! I have a sweet tooth, so I love all the fall goodies. I just created a homemade hot chocolate that I made yesterday. You can find it here: http://foodie4healing.blogspot.com/2010/08/wannabe.html Yum, Yum!


Sarah August 20, 2010 at 8:52 am

Your descriptions of both the salad and squash were so romantic and passionate. I loved it! I am 100% on Team Summer, having lived in Texas all of my life until 3 years ago when I moved to DC. While I love comfortable, cool temperatures, squashes and root veggies, I absolutely hate knowing that winter is just around the corner. Plus, who likes having to put on a bulky coat all the time?! :-)


christyn August 20, 2010 at 9:28 am

firstly your dinner looked great…i love any type of bean salad.
i love the summer so much….i grew up in NW Ontario and love the lake life!!
we are lucky to have 4 seasons here so we can experience it all…
you read my mind yesterday with the feeling of fall coming….looking forward
to fall cooking while also keeping up raw, seasonal foods. we ate at one
of the best restaurants in vancouver last night, Vijs (fusion, indian food). if anyone ever comes this way its a must. everything is cooked though, so i’m feeling a bit heavy this
morning, but it is worth it for that every so often.


Beth @ DiningAndDishing August 20, 2010 at 9:28 am

I LOVE fall! It’s definitely my favorite time of year. Summer is just tooooo hot for me. I love pumpkins and apples and sweaters and leaves… everything about it! :)


Emily @ Run EmilyRun August 20, 2010 at 10:57 am

Is courge pepper squash the same thing as an acorn squash? I love acorn squash halved and baked with something buttery and something sugary! I’ve eating it for breakfast before.


Amber K August 20, 2010 at 11:00 am

I totally love fall! It is a nice break from the extreme heat of summer. But it is bittersweet to me, because I HATE winter. I spend all of winter bundled up as if there is a snowstorm raging with blankets around, behind, and underneath me.


rachel August 20, 2010 at 11:47 am

gorgeous salad. and now i really want some squash!


Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) August 20, 2010 at 11:48 am

I totally LOVE fall … but I hate that winter follows it, and winters in Saskatchewan are BRUTAL!!


Tracey August 20, 2010 at 11:50 am

I’m completely torn also between summer and fall right now! I love summer and am already starting to miss it, but I can’t help be excited about all things fall. Cool nights, sweaters, cute boots, and really anything pumpkin. This does look like the perfect in between meal for the seasons. Thanks!


Tina-The Wellness War August 20, 2010 at 11:54 am

Fall all the way! I cannot wait. I even decorate my house and front walkway in September. My birthday is Aug. 31st, so I feel like I get to celebrate the end of summer & usher in Fall at the same time.


Callie August 20, 2010 at 12:02 pm

I love all the fresh fruits, especially berries and peaches during the summer, but the cool weather for running in the fall. And the pumpkins. :)
I haven’t had a good squash in forever…


Samantha August 20, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I’m totally Team Fall! Since we have been battling a 100* summer for the last 6 months or so down here in the south, I am desperately ready for some cool, crisp fall weather!


Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat August 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Team Fall, all the way! My boyfriend and I were JUST talking about how we can’t wait for fall, but at the same time, fall is all too short of a season in Minnesota! Though fall = more law school class, so maybe fall can wait a little while longer??

Do you have a specific race you are training for this fall, or were you just doing a 10 mile long run for fitness?


[email protected] August 20, 2010 at 4:54 pm

I’m definitely team fall! I love all of the warm colors and making comforting fall dishes. One of my favorite fall side dishes is to saute apple, celery, carrots, and white onion with a touch of cinnamon- delicious and festive! That maple butter roasted squash looks heavenly. Def another recipe of yours that I need to try!


Lauren August 20, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I’ve been torn about the same thing lately! When it is so hot and humid I’m ready for fall, but I just love summer too, so I guess I’ll just savor this last month or so and enjoy fall when it comes! :) I was reading your recipes and thinking to myself, “you know, I will totally make this and not be disappointed, because everything I have tried from here turns out so so good.” I just wanted you to know that! Plus, it always tastes so good, I make it multiple times-like your better than bottled balsamic, and roasted butternut squash-made that a couple times last fall with garden bnut squashes. Ok, now I’m excited for fall again! Now, why haven’t I made your vegan overnight oats yet?!


Jocelyn August 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I love everything about the fall. Cool crisp weather, pumpkiin oats, pumpkin BEER, football!!!, leaves changing colors, warm sweaters…ohhh I can’t wait!


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