Spaghetti Squash Baby Cakes with Crispy Sage

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Dearest friends! He’s here!!!

I guess you could tell from the radio silence that something major was up. Well, I am more than elated to tell you that my little son has been born, along with two very proud parents. He came into the world calmly and peacefully at home, in the kitchen of all places. Can you believe that?! Although we had planned to be here, we never imagined that the great event would take place in that particular room. It certainly was meant to be  – it’s where all the magic seems to happen in this house.

When I was a little girl, of no more than seven, I used to walk around with a pillow under my t-shirt pretending to be pregnant. Suffice to say that I always knew that I wanted to be a mother (and that I thoroughly freaked out my parents), and here I am now, on the “other side” as it were. It feels surreal to look down at this perfect little person and know that we will be connected forever. My heart is bursting.

However, I cannot even tell you how difficult it’s been to find just a few hours to write this post, but then again, duh (cue laughter from every parent reading this). I think my old work-a-holic brain and my new mama brain need to have a serious chat and sort some things out. Between trying to write a cookbook, keeping up with the blog, and taking care of an infant ‘round the clock (sleep? Ha!) I may just have to lower my expectations. Got any advice on that one? Sure. Get back to me when you can.

I had a lot of help the past few weeks with my husband on paternity leave and my mom visiting from Canada, but since both have left, I will say that these little Spaghetti Squash Baby Cakes have saved me. I made a large batch right after giving birth, stored the cooked ones in the freezer and take out a couple at lunch when I have absolutely no time to make anything half decent. I actually discovered that I can just pop them in my toaster! Brilliant. With a simple salad and a slice of hearty bread, it’s a really lovely little meal that makes me feel nourished and normal (well, somewhat).

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Full-Power Winter Squash
Spaghetti squash is a powerhouse veggie. Unlike summer squash (zucchini, crookneck, pattypan), winter squash (spaghetti, butternut, acorn) has had a lot more time to develop and pump itself full of vitamins and minerals throughout its lengthy life on the stem. We’re talking oodles more vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin C, manganese, potassium, and even some extra dietary fiber thrown in just for kicks. This combination of nutrients spells good news for asthma sufferers, those with heart disease, elevated cholesterol, or inflammatory conditions such a rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.

The other bonus? Nature designed summer squash to be rather delicate, with a high water content for those hot summer days when we need a cool down. Naturally, their shelf life is rather short during our abundant harvest season when produce is plentiful. On the flip side, winter squash has a tough outer skin and lower water content, which allows it to be stored for a very long time – some varieties up to six months. This means that we can keep these vitamin bombs around for a long time after the first frost to provide our bodies with the nutrition we need to see us through the long months of winter when there is nothing fresh in sight.
Put that in your oven and roast it!

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Spaghetti Squash Baby Cakes are savory and satisfying, deliciously moist with a little crunch around the edges. I added some salty sheep cheese because I love it combined with the sweetness of the squash, but you could perhaps use nutritional yeast instead. I wish I could say I’d made a totally vegan version of these, but I am craving eggs like crazy lately so I used one in the recipe. I cannot guarantee the effectiveness of chia or flax gel holding these puppies together, so I would suggest a vegan egg replacer if you want to go that route.

The real gourmet addition to this dish is the crispy fried sage; one of those incredibly simple delights that shocks you with flavour. I also love the little bit of crunch it imparts, adding another texture to the somewhat soft and creamy cakes. The sage needs to be cooked “to order” so don’t fry it all if you’re planning on storing leftovers in the freezer. You can also skip the fried sage altogether, but I highly recommend it. It’s a very rewarding little supplement, as you’ll see how something that is so easy to make can elevate a dish to great new heights. Fried sage is also delicious on pasta, risotto, gnocchi, quinoa, eggs, and soup.

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Thank you to everyone who commented on the last post – your words of love and encouragement fuelled me through my last days of pregnancy and surely made their way to the heart of my little boy. We are all settling into our new lives, and soaking it in as much as our sleepy minds will allow. I look forward to sharing more stories and recipes from my kitchen as we bump our way along and find the path that will feed our new family. I hope you’ll join me on the journey.

Lots of love from us,
Sarah B + co.

185 comments

  1. Claire

    Congratulations!!! I’ve been checking back every day to see when your little one would arrive, I am so overwhelmed with happiness for you <3

  2. Chiara

    Congratulations Sarah! I am so happy for you, I wish your new family a peaceful and sweet Holiday Season. Sending you lots of good energy and thoughts!

  3. valerie s.

    The photo of you holding your son brought a tear to my eye, thinking of my little bundle born almost 15 years ago. Time flies so quickly, enjoy every minute. Meals become simpler, the house a bit dustier, but the bonds of family become stronger, that’s what important!

  4. Rachelle

    Aww congratulations Sarah! You look amazing! These look great! As as vegan, I found myself really craving eggs about a month ago, and then realized that I hadn’t replaced my empty jar of coconut oil in a while. Once I introduced the coconut oil back into my life the egg cravings went away. Not that there’s anything wrong with you eating eggs, I just thought I would throw my experience out there for ya! :)

  5. Olivia

    Yes! So exciting!! Congratulations, Sarah. It has been so much fun following you on your pregnancy journey (and achieving the coveted prize at the end!). Take it easy, don’t post too much (although I’m glad you posted this… I LOVE fried sage), we’ll all still be here awaiting you eagerly!
    Love from London, Canada!

  6. Claire

    WOWW!! Sarah, congrats and welcome to ‘mom-hood’ where the kitchen will always be the most sacred place to teach your son the power of love, security & warmth can best be felt at mom’s kitchen table! My personal quote: “i cook for my children, what’s your superpower?”. Bless you, take it easy, enjoy every second, all they say is true: they grow up so fast. xoxo from Holland

  7. Sunna

    Oh, congratulations! It’s such a glorious, wonderful, crazy, hazy time. ..I’ll be bookmarking these to make before my second little one arrives in March. Thank you!

  8. Victoira

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful little boy. From one Mother to another, cherish him, my baby boy is now 18 and has brought me more joy than I ever knew there could be and you too will know that special joy that only a mother can, through that wonderful boy of your very own. They are so precious and the years will fly by in a whirl of life’s moments. Stop and stay a while, don’t rush through, savour the “now time” as it is all we really have in each moment. Your son is going to teach you so much, so hold on tight to his little hand, enjoy the ride and have a blast! :)

  9. Mette

    Congratulations New Mother, New Family -and thank you for your wonderful recipes. I want to warn you…if you are breastfeeding, sage can be “drying” your milk. I recomend to avoid it until you want to actually stop breastfeeding. Fenugreek works opposite. Good luck and lots of love to the New little root

  10. Vickie

    Congratulations!!! What a lovely picture – he is so beautiful! And how wonderful that he was born in the kitchen! Also – lovely recipe – I can’t wait to try it. Sending you all so much love from Canada! xx

  11. kimberley

    So incredibly happy for you!! I just couldnt help myself scrolling over the recipe looking for your little ones name! <3

  12. Marie-Helene

    Congratulations!! This is really truly wonderful. Welcome to your son! All the best to you and your husband for your new life! xoxoxox

  13. Katie @ Whole Nourishment

    Oh Sarah, what a wonderful post. It’s great to hear your story and know everything is just fine. I can imagine it’s a struggle to find that balance at first but I have no doubt you will. Congratulations on being a new mom! And can’t wait to make these spaghetti squash baby cakes!

  14. Bake

    Congratulations Mama!! Please take it easy on yourself, it’s new for you all and goes so quickly (sorry, am I the 1000th person to tell you that?). Enjoy your little one, he is lucky to have you! xoxo

  15. Fran

    Yay! This is great news! I was just thinking that you must have been due by now and saw your email for a blog update nestled in my inbox :) congratulations to you and your partner! Xx

  16. Mia

    First of all, congratulations to the proud mam and dad. Enjoy those wonderful moments as much as you can, time flies by so quickly. Well, you surely picked out the best place to give birth. Isn’t that funny? This must have a reason…. who knows? Nice picture that tells us a lot about your feelings towards your little prince. He is in good hands! Good luck!

  17. Beth

    Congratulations! My doula trainer believes we birth the way we live. I am clearly seeing the truth to this. How awesome to be born in the kitchen !!

  18. Loren

    Hey, look delicious. Although the amount of sage may be too low to matter, wanted to let you know (in case you din’t know already) that sage (and mint) are meant to be two herbs to avoid for nursing moms..

  19. Sandeepa

    Many congratulations Sarah!!
    You are one amazing person! I have a 10 month old daughter and can only imagine how tough it would be to manage a blog and write a cookbook too!! Kudos to you!
    And yes you are correct, it took a while before I was made aware of one mantra every mum should know, “lower your expectations”.
    You are doing so well though, good luck with everything! God bless you all! Xx

  20. Kate

    Gah! So excited and wonderful to hear it all went wonderfully well. I think that finding a way to keep yourself fed so you have energy to look after this little being is half the battle, so you’re doing great. Wonderful news, congratulations ringing all the way from New Zealand!

  21. Kathleen

    I am sooo happy for you! You and your baby look lovely. Thank you also for your latest recipe as I plan to cook-up a storm this weekend much of which is your recipes!

  22. Chantelle

    Congratulations! What a beautiful story. As a mum of a soon to be 9 month old I say get some sleep in the early days if you can and don’t go too hard too soon. There is plenty of time to focus on work projects. It’s an amazing experience getting to know your new little person. All the best to your little family :)

  23. Lisa

    All of it – totally amazing!! Congratulations on the birth of your son – that is a very special photo of you two together! He is beautiful and you are radiant! Thank you for sharing so much of your world with all of us readers – I love learning something nutritional about what you have created – I enjoy eating healthy food but seriously after reading the amazing things these veggies do for our bodies it makes me want to race out and go eat (in this case) spaghetti squash!!
    Thank you for sharing (especially during this hazy sleepless newborn stage!) xo from Canada

  24. Sofia Galvao

    Congratulations! I’m very happy for you and all your family.
    Pace yourself, do what you can and don’t beat yourself about what you can’t do.
    Looking forward to sharing the journey with you.

  25. Sarah

    Welcome to the world little one! There is absolutely nothing like that feeling you have right now. Cherish every sleepy moment of it! Thank you for taking the time to post – most importantly about your new bundle of perfection, and secondly, the gorgeous recipe! Love from Canada!

  26. Melva

    Blessings to you from Canada! Beautiful and most apropos dish. Thank you for this, all your inspiring recipes, and especially your nitrional insight – you have changed my life.

  27. Harri

    Overwhelmed with happiness for you. You open your heart with such honesty for us all to share and it is felt so deeply. With this much love in your kitchen your family will be a rich one. Congratulations.

  28. Medha

    Congratulations! He is absolutely gorgeous- I am so happy for you.
    Love the squash baby cake – such a simple and vibrant recipe! Plus benefit of freeze them. Beautiful post as always.

  29. Jennene

    Congratulations to you and your family, so lovely to read your post. Beautiful photo of you and your son, enjoy this precious time together. Thanks Sarah for sharing your journey and your beautiful, healthy recipes.

  30. LJ

    Congratulations from Melbourne, Oz. Thank you for your generosity – your recipes are so unique and brilliant. May the first days with your son be filled with joy and may you find strength to get through the tiredness. X

  31. Sharon

    Congratulations to you and your husband. What wonderful news. Love your site and can’t wait for your cookbook. Be well.

  32. Jen

    Hooray to you and your little one! So happy for you that you got to have him in the comfort and joy of your home and kitchen! Couldn’t be a happier place. The world can wait!

  33. Ketmala

    Welcome to the world to your handsome baby-boy!!! Welcome to parenthood to you & your husband! Wishing you three a lifestyle of joy, laughter, happiness & love as a family now and treasure each precious moment to the fullest… Love to you Sarah & family
    PS: the sleepless nights stage will pass quickly, so hold your little angel in your arms as much as you can and inhale his sweet baby scent. :-)

  34. Kathy

    So happy for you all. Newborns are magical. So tiny and perfect. No matter what they do it’s entertaining. It’s amazing to have such a deep love for one so tiny and new, but it just happens and it feels so natural huh? Enjoy!

  35. GG

    Congratulations! Please remember to nourish yourself in the post-pregnancy period. I have no doubts that your healthy and delicious dishes will help with that process. :-)

  36. Jenni

    Magic; absolute, blessed magic – please be ever so happy and well with your son and husband – this new love is amazing :)! And as a mother of a 6 month old pure blessing of a girl who just found your blog a few months ago, i thank you for making my daughters childhood kitchen interesting and inspired :)! Much love and happiness!

  37. Carolyn

    Congratulations Sarah. My daughter and I wish you and your new family all the best. We were very happy and excited that your beautiful boy has arrived safe and sound. Enjoy each and every moment.

  38. Clara

    A beautiful and moving picture of you and your son. ‘Muchas felicidades’ Sarah! All best wishes for you and your family. Thanks for sharing.

  39. nina chauvin

    “Félicitation” from France!! It is a wonderfull picture…. Have wonderfull moments with your little “kitchen’s baby”!

  40. Gerdien

    Dear Sarah, congratulations on your new born baby, and welcome to the joys and challenges of motherhood ;)
    I am glad to see you up and blogging again, since I really missed that last month. I have been making a lot of your “old” receipes. My favourites are the lentil soup and the life changing bread, which is also very much appreciated by my colleagues!
    My best wishes for your family, from holland :))

  41. Aleksandra

    Congratulations!!!! I think it is quite a journey and one filled with joy and love. I always get shivers when I hear about babies being born. I wish you all the best on this wonderful new path. Sleeplessness is one the small minor points. The joy outweighs it definately! Much love to you both!

  42. Sonja {Dagmar's Kitchen}

    How lovely – congrats on your beautiful little boy! And as for the advice I’d say just like you already heard; Lower your expectations – the most important thing has already happened to you ;-) Savour the moments, sniff his little head and be in the present. With that said I do hope that you can still find time to blog once in a while – love your posts!

    //Sonja

  43. Catherine

    Congratulations Sarah! He looks adorable :)
    I love reading your blog, it’s full of warmth and such inspiring recipies.
    With best wishes from a grey and chilly London !

  44. Alysia

    Congrats! What exciting news. The photo says it all!
    Can’t wait to try this recipe. Sillly question, is spaghetti squash different from butternut? Not sure I have this option in London.

    xxA

  45. Stephanie

    Congratulations!! I’ve been following your blog for a few years now and continue to wish you the best (and am inspired by your constant growth as a chef). Lovely baby and mum! PS I made the borscht last week and it was delicious, as I am sure the baby cakes will be (on my list for the weekend).

  46. Dina

    Congratulations, he is beautiful. Let me tell you, it sounds so cliche, but soak up every second with him because it really does go so fast. Always choose him over work when you can. Stare at him, hold him, hug him. Don’t miss a thing, you can never get those moments back. We will still all be here waiting for you when you get back! :)

  47. Glenna

    Congratulations beautiful Sarah! Just yesterday for the first time in a long time I had the idea to look at your blog and tried out a couple of your delightful recipes and wondering when you were going to give birth.. then today I see your little bundle of joy has arrived! I am thrilled for you and even though I don’t even know you I am certain you will be/ARE an amazing mother! All the love and nourishment… mhmmm :o) Many blessings all round and I hope you enjoy these special first days with your son. Soak up every moment of it!! xxx

  48. Allison

    Congratulations!! I have been waiting to hear your wonderful news.
    As I sit here in the morning, nursing my own new tiny love, I revel in the wonder of how the world is different now. In so many ways. Blessings on you all.
    Hugs,
    Allison

  49. Sylvia

    I love how you have the before and after photo of your pregnancy by your lovely window! They are really two of the sweetest photos I have seen. They remind me of a kids storybook. Thank you for sharing your inspiring life journey with all of us. I was really surprised to see this post, I didn’t think you would write another post for at least a few weeks, but you did it even though you have no time and are exhausted cause that’s just the kind of person you are.
    I’ve been reading your blog for about 2 years now; I came here originally for the consistently great recipes but it has become a source of hope and inspiration in a world I have become very disillusioned with.. like that Beatles song “all you need is love” you manage to spread peace & happiness, and all through a small cooking blog! Incredible! You are truly a remarkable person Sarah. And I am sure you will be a wonderful mother.

    Love from Montreal!
    Sylvia

  50. Mervi

    Dear Sarah

    how wonderful news. Congratulations to you all. You must be bursting with happiness ! I know the feeling. Take care of yourselves and enjoy these magical times.

    All the best from the Netherlands.

    Kind regards
    Mervi

  51. Jill Hillhouse

    Congratulations Sarah! Being a mother is likely the best thing I have ever done and my heart continues to burst (almost!) daily. It is not so much about lowering expectations but changing them. As my last child prepares to leave for university next fall, I wonder at the passage of time. You are so grounded and present in your life, I know you will relish every moment for what it is. Enjoy your beautiful boy. Congratulations again on behalf of IHN too!

  52. mauigirlcooks

    Congratulations Sarah! This is a beautiful post & the recipe sounds delicious. I love winter squash & fried sage is wonderful. Can’t wait to try these. I don’t have a spaghetti squash at the moment, but have a kabocha. Wonder how that would work in this recipe.

  53. Gaby

    Congratulations!! Fantastic news, and amazing that you are back writing so soon. Absolutely love your blog and recipes – made the borscht last week, and these look great for this weekend. Enjoy your new arrival!

  54. Mary C.

    Super congratulations!! I love the “before” and “after” pictures :) This recipe looks amazing also and as soon as I get some squash I’m making it! I recently made beans that added sage to the liquid and I was so surprised at a difference it made, so I’m really excited to try the crispy sage in this recipe. Try and get some sleep!

  55. Dorothy

    So excited for you. My son was born July 16th… It will be great to see what tasty treats you will be coming up with… My other son, now two, is I picky eater.

  56. Christine H

    The start of an amazing journey…what a beautiful picture and bond. Best! And thanks for posting — I’ve been checking in — but definitely don’t want you overdoing things!

  57. Betty Bake

    yay! wow and congrats
    your post is so lovely and heart felt – thank you for sharing.
    No one can ever describe how being a mom feels – its AMAZING – your heart feels like it would burst its so full of love and protection over your baby.
    Thanks for the recipe
    much love from Cape Town, South Africa

  58. Emma

    Congratulations! From a mum of 22,20,17&15 year olds….take this early time as a wonderful bubble for the two of you. Everything else can wait! Really! You will sleep again and be yourself again but you’ll never again have the luxury of this specific time of new motherhood(next time around you will have an older child who ties you to reality) I know that the saying ” they grow up so fast” sounds absurd but it’s oh so true! I remember eating standing up, out of the pot with a wooden spoon, other wise my daughter who didn’t sleep very much would wake up. She is now 22 and still doesn’t sleep lol!
    By the way thank you for a wonderful blog.

  59. Erin Rose Stout

    Well, we are all weeping out here! Thanks for sharing your joy. It was fun to scroll back and forth between your big belly picture and you and the little sweetie in front of the same window! Poof, just like magic, he was in your arms.

  60. Marina

    Warmest congratulations, Sarah! Gorgeous photograph! Beautiful post! Wish you all just ALL the BEST, and the most beautiful moments! I join you on the journey, certainly! I am a mom of 3 sons and i rememeber these feelings!
    With love,
    Marina

  61. Margot

    Congratulations! When I saw that you had posted, I immediately looked to see if he’d been born (although I’ll have to try the recipe too). I feel like I am part of your story, and you’ve created such suspense! Thanks for sharing!

  62. Robyn

    1. Congrats on the beautiful baby! When I was in my early post-partum stage, I ate boloney sandwiches with Coke and cheese puffs EVERY DAY. I think it’s so awesome that you are smart enough to eat well. It took me quite a while to get there!

    2. This recipe was AMAZING. I had my worries that I’d do all this work and not like it, but Oh.My.God. Thanks for sharing.

  63. Erin

    Precious! Congrats, Sarah :-) Just made this recipe with butternut squash from the garden and it turned out great. Thank you for your wonderful recipes and continuing inspiration. Sending you some warm California sun!

  64. Dana

    Congratulations on getting the best job in the world – being a mom! It’s the most demanding yet the most rewarding. The best advice on balancing it all is just to enjoy the ride. It goes by faster than you think…

    Waiting for more great recepies.

  65. Kim

    I’ve been waiting for this post! Congratulations! I am so glad you included a beautiful photo of yourself with your baby boy. Also, I appreciate your making the huge effort to post a new recipe. This recipe has made me suddenly crave winter squash like crazy; think I’ll buy one tomorrow! I’m freeling so impatient to eat one that this round I may just skip trying to prepare the cakes and put a little ghee on the halves along with a dash of cinnamon, ground pepper and salt and stick them in the oven!

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  67. Lindsay

    Hurray and many, many congratulations! I love hearing about brave women who give birth at home (I wasn’t one of them). Soak up every moment of your little man, as these days of cooing, nursing, and snuggling will fly by in a blink. More delights are to come as he gets bigger each day. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! And be well.

  68. chantall

    Dearest Sarah,
    Congratulations on your beautiful baby! I made your baby cakes today and as always, when I recreate your recipes, it was a full success. They were delicious and easy to make.
    Who knew that fried sage would be so tasty.
    Thanks for all your inspiration and delicious recipes. Can’t wait for your cookbook.
    Greetings form NYC!!

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  70. sally mae

    Congratulations Sarah!! I am making these little squash cakes right now and I’m going to test them out on my toddler. ;) I’m sure you know this, but eating sage dries up your breast milk. With nursing around the clock you probably don’t have to worry too much about it, but I remember steering clear of sage for a year just to be safe. :) Be well and enjoy that little boy!

  71. Karen Tynan

    Congratulations! Love how you did the “before” picture in the last post and the “after” picture in this one. Very awesome. Wanted to let you know (for your vegan followers) I cooked these babies up tonight with no egg or cheese and they were wonderful! Only things I did differently were, adding shiitake mushrooms and baking them. Fabulous!

  72. Felicity

    Congratulations Sarah and Co! Brilliant news!! Enjoy the preciousness of the baby bubble, it will burst soon enough so live it and breathe it and forget as much else as you possibly can!!! Congrats again and trust your instincts! Felicity x

  73. terya

    Congratulations! As a mom of 3 (19, 5, 3 1/2) the best advice is: sleep when your newborn sleeps. The house will get cleaned eventually. Your routine will take shape as your baby boy lets you know what he needs and when he requires it. Next, when you’re rested, shower, it just makes you feel human again. After that do what makes you feel YOU, whatever that is, posting on your site, gardening, anything. You are still you not just Mom. Reading your post brought me right back to my time with my newborns. I feel that joy all over again! It goes by faster than you can even imagine. Hold them while they want you to because they will leave the house one day and you will miss them. One more thing: have at least 2 sets of sheets and blankets and waterproof mattress pads. When that diaper leaks in the middle of the night, you’ll understand why.

  74. Dorie

    Welcome to the club! There’s nothing like it in the world. It’s like someone has flip the lights and everything is clearer… put into perspective. I’m a mama of two girls, 6 and 2. My advise – don’t worry about getting things done. If you’re a list maker, only put two items on the list a day. And one item should be something for you – nap, bath, shower, rest time, book, movie… something just for you. In such a short time you will be a busy mom of a toddler or a school boy and the baby time will be gone. Just enjoy the baby schedule now. It’s definitely hard and sleepless, and a HUGE change, but it’s all worth it. I’m sure you’ve heard this a lot, but there’s nothing like a newborn especially your first. Much love.

  75. Steff

    Congrats Sarah!! Such a beautiful photo of you and your little bundle of joy! It’s meant to be that he’d be born in your kitchen, what a wonderful story!! :)

  76. genevieve

    Watching my boy sleep while reading this, kabocha squash baking, and feeling oh-so happy for you and yours. Here’s to continued good health and graceful adjustments!

  77. Susan Cornish

    Oh congratulations! I am thrilled for you. I LOVE the shot of you and your baby in the window. (That’s the one we have been waiting to see.) Happy adventures of Motherhood.

  78. Shilpa

    Congratulations Sarah, motherhood looks like a perfect fit for you :) Looking forward to seeing how your cooking evolves for the new boss in your life!

  79. emily goldberg

    Mazel Tov! what a beautiful photo & a lucky little boy – it’s amazing what these little creatures do to your life – continue with your work & creating health & happiness & delicious food & boy that little one will get to eat well!

  80. Rini V

    WOW Congratulations Sarah, this is such exciting news! You look perfect with that motherhood glow! Loving the recipe, a tad worried I won’t find spaghetti squash in my local supermarket, but will certainly try!

    xxx

  81. Leslie

    I wanted to send you a big congratulations and let you know how much I cherish your site. Thank you for sharing with us.

  82. Melina

    Hi Sarah,
    I’m Melina, I’m from Argentina, but I’ve lived in Montréal for four years now. I’ve been meaning to write to you for a while and I feel the birth of that sweet little angel is more than a good reason to do it. I’d like to start telling you that your words, recipes, and your blog have been super important to me. I discovered your blog when I was overcoming an awful depression I suffered last year; and it helped me gradually find my lost focus and forgotten love for cooking. I started cooking your recipes as a way to take care of myself and my family again. I waited for a new recipe each week and the blog has always been open in my computer since last year. Fortunately, I’m fully recovered now, and can thus feel the joy and happiness others feel… as you must be feeling right now with that beautiful baby in your life. I remember the days when my little one was a baby as the happiest in my life, and when all the love and best in me shone. I wish you and your family all the best, and I’m sure that little one will make your love, warmth and wonderful heart grow exponentially. Enjoy! Melina.

  83. Ivonne

    Keep him close to you heart. Enjoy it, smell him and kiss him. The joy is in your face, congrats!
    I follow you from a long time from Chile. Always inspiring, thanks a lot.

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  85. Heather Hale

    So beautiful to see you and your new babe! My advice as a mama….take as long as you need to write your next post, work etc. We’re not going anywhere! Once a Sarah B fan, always a Sarah B fan. Feel free to stretch your time…nothing is more important than feeding your soul! No shoulds…just a happy, healthy babe and mama…
    We love you heaps and heaps! And a big ol congrats!!! With love, Heather

  86. Jodi

    oh my heart!
    Reminds me that my 5 month old is growing too quickly. When I have a new one in my arms I remember how I love it and wish I could have babies forever. Chasing my two year old makes me forget:)

  87. Sheila

    You, your words, your life what a blessing you give to this world.
    Congratulations on your most precious new son!

  88. Emma

    Dear Sarah,
    Congratulations on your new arrival, everything shows in your beautiful photo showing a mother’s love. So content! I wish him a long and happy life. I also just had a baby boy this year he is 6 months this week. He was premature though and spent two months in the hospital :( so I am now trying to boost his iron levels with sweet potato and red lentil puree. I hope if you have time that you may post some baby puree’s for weaning in the future!! xxx

  89. Lydia

    What a beautiful & big-deal moment!!!! Huge happiness to you & your growing family! We are expecting a little man of our own in April! I appreciate so much the simple squash recipe with options to freeze & toast. Truly helpful :)

  90. Kate

    Oh, congratulations!! What a beautiful photo of you two. And also, thanks for the recipe. It looks delicious. I should use sage more often!

  91. J

    So sweet! I love the last 2 pictures by the window — just before birth then you holding beautiful baby! Don’t try to do too much… it can be a difficult time but so cherishable. Those tiny hungry baby boys require a lot. Much love to you & your family.

  92. Bonnie

    A huge congrats! What a wonderfully chaotic adventure parenthood is, eh! I can so relate to the balancing act of being a mother and a workaholic. I am a midwife/textiles junkie, and a mother of two young ones (a 7 year old, and an 8 month old). I still haven’t figured out how to balance everything, but I am learning slowly. If there is one thing I can say, time goes by far too quickly, and those early days are gone in an instant. I am learning to play with my children and to let time slow down a bit. I am savouring these precious times in which my kids are still actually wanting and allowing me to play with them and to let me cuddle them, because it won’t always be this way. Time for me and my work is still super important, and that is where my partner and I negotiate parenting, playing and time to ourselves and also time together as a couple and of course as a family. You three will find your rhythm together. xx Bonnie (in New Zealand, although I’m from Canada too!)

  93. Oxana

    Hi Sahar,
    Recently I became a fan of your block. I see you just have got a baby, my is 6 months and I started to give her solid. Is it any chance you can start blog about good food for babies and kids? :))

  94. Cécy

    First of all congratulations on your precious baby boy. Enjoy, motherhood is challenging, rewarding, amazing, crazy, and so full of incredible love.
    Second, this recipe looks delicious and I’m going to have to try it.
    On giving up some things. Listen to your heart. Your son will only be that little for so long. You will know what is right.

  95. Eileen

    Have read your site over the year and love your entries. Congratulations, Enjoy the wonderment, moments of peace and overwhelmingness- it’s all something from which to taste, chew and grow.

  96. Golubka

    Dear Sarah, huge congratulations to you and your husband! What a precious little boy and the most wonderful time in life for all three of you. Despite all the challenges, I know you’ll thrive and succeed even in a bigger way than you had before.
    Lots of love, Anya

  97. Anise Thorogood

    Congratulations to you and your new little family member! What a beautiful photo :) Love that he was born in the kitchen! Amazing!

  98. Phil Nauta

    Reading your post gave me shivers, and seeing your photo brought a tear to my eye! (something a man doesn’t readily admit!). It’s amazing that you have found time even now to write such a good blog post. You’re an inspiration!!

  99. maria

    Don’t worry we will wait for everything. Your baby however, will not wait for anything.
    Big Congratulations! Good Luck!

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  101. Amanda

    I made these last night and they were quite tasty. I occasionally eat meat, but not super often, and I liked that they reminded me of meatballs…but no meat. (And no strange fake meat.) It occurred to me to add pine nuts about halfway through balling them, and found that it was a nice addition.

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  103. sabijo

    Dear Sarah,

    Congrats on the birth of your little guy! I hope that you all stay healthy and happy throughout the holiday season, treasuring the miracle that is birth, motherhood, and family!! Enjoy every moment! :)

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I used sage to wean my first daughter, so I went very light on it this year while nursing my own little one when I was cooking the turkey. But man, it lends a great flavor! I haven’t tried it with this kind of squash yet…I was a bit scared, so I replaced the spice with thyme. Still such a yummy treat!!

    ~*Prayers for your health and prosperity*~

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  105. Mary

    These were so delicious! My dear lovely and wonderful friend who knows the key to my heart prepared this for me. Pure deliciousness. She substituted spaghetti for butternut squash and they were as I said delicious. Did I mention this recipe is delicious?

  106. Eileen

    God Bless you and your new precious family. I just found you. I am sincerely thrilled for you, what a beautiful picture! I too need to make changes in my life this year and I know that back to basics are the way to go. Could you recommend anything for a serious Choco-holic? I take medicine for pain but your turmeric and butternut soup recipe sounds very tasty and possibly good for pain. Could you recommend other spices to possibly replace the horrific medicine I take for pain? I suffer from severe bone, muscle and nerve pain. My husband has a very limited? palette and my taste buds are for the whole world! Thank you so much for hearing me out…I’m extremely tired of all of this and have sincerely lost my way. I will understand if you don’t have time to suggest anything…even without a new bundle of joy you seem very busy anyway….take care and congratulations to your new family !! Thank you very much for your recipes and thoughts of healthier ways of eating.

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  108. Martina

    It is a week since I know your blog and I am in love with your work. Thank you for your sunshine smile and amazing personality. I love your recipes and cooking them makes me happy. Congratulation to your son :) wish you and your family the best and good health.

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  110. Meghan Nesher

    You inspire me more than words can express. Thank you for sharing your light with the world. Congratulations on your new addition. I am so looking forward to your cookbook! Keep doing what you are doing. I am incredibly grateful that I found you. I can honestly say that I am a better person because of you, so thank you, thank you, thank you. I wish you all the best and much continued success. xoxo

  111. sabijo

    BTW I really like your apartment, with the clean linen-looking curtains, succulent plant, and thoughtfully placed crystals. Simple yet meaningful. :)

  112. Agata

    Thank you for this recipe as a fellow new mum!
    I made these in the grown-up version with spaghetti and kale+parsley+walnut pesto and the weaning version of mini patties before the seasoning and garlic were added in. Easy to grab, but soft enough for little mouths – they were gobbled up by baby Lila, who is usually a fusspot.
    Late congratulations on your baby boy, what a ride it is, huh? Already jealous of his weaning food :-D

  113. Beth

    I love these yummy cakes! I’ve been doing the whole living detox plan from 2012 and 2013 with a friend again this year and we are incorporating some of your other recipes for variety. So far I’m loving this recipe. Even my picky almost teenage son said “not bad”, that’s HUGE! Congrats on your little man too enjoy every chaotic precious moment as it does go by way too fast. ;)

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  115. Kristen Schoonover

    I just love these squash cakes! I make them every couple of weeks and have found they are fantastic for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I have used sage powder (organic) and that has worked great too. I have tried several cheeses in them and am going to try the nutritional yeast in this week’s batch because I have never tried that before. Thank you for sharing such a versatile recipe.

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