Alternative Titles to this Post: How to Make Toast without a Toaster or A Weekend of Bland Food. I also thought about adding one more adjective to the current title but I decided that might be a bit much. 

Happy Monday Friends! How was everyones weekend?

Mine was great because ND won, I caught up with friends, my friend got me delicious PB from an apple orchard, and I bought Jonathan (it’s a Michigan thang!) apples from the farmers market. My weekend wasn’t so great because I have been sick to my stomach since Saturday morning.

I have no idea what is wrong but I just feel off. My stomach has felt like I have been hungover for 48 hours (which isn’t the case) – if that makes sense. So that meant a lot of bland eating this weekend. PB and crackers being on the top of the list!

All I was craving was toast! Hard to make toast when you don’t have a toaster.

Don’t worry – I didn’t let that stop me. I picked up a loaf of Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Cinnamon Raisin toast while doing my Sunday grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s so I could make myself toast for dinner.

How did I do I toast bread without a toaster? Spray a sauté pan with cooking spray (I used coconut oil spray) and place pan over medium heat. Place the slice of bread in the pan and let cook for 2 minutes. Flip bread and continue to toast on the other side for a minute or two. Depending on how toasty you want your toast will determine the amount of time. You can also do this in your broiler! (I don’t really have that either so stovetop it was)


I paired my toast with Butternut Squash soup! The perfect dipping side item. I love love love the flavors of squash. But one thing I don’t love about squash soup is it often can be watery and not have a lot of staying power.

When I eat anything (soup and smoothies included) I like there to be some texture to it. I add oats to my smoothies! So instead of just pouring the watery Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash soup into a bowl I took it one step further.

I roasted the pre-cut butternut squash for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.  I tossed the cubes with evoo, cinnamon, and garlic seasoning.

I then took about a half cup and pureed it in my magic bullet. Add a little evoo if your blender needs a little help pureeing. Pour the butternut squash soup over the puree and microwave for 2 minutes.

Stir and enjoy! Top with cinnamon or red pepper if you fancy. 

Easiest Creamy & Thick Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
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Simple two ingredient butternut squash soup that has great consistency!
Author: Sara Crandall @ Lake Shore Runner
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Dinner or Lunch
Serves: 1
  • 1 Cup TJ's Organic Butternut Squash Soup
  • ½ Cup Cubed Butternut Squash
  • EVOO
  • Seasonings: Cinnamon, Red Pepper, Garlic Pepper Seasoning
  1. Toss butternut squash cubes with EVOO, cinnamon, red pepper, and garlic pepper seasoning. Roast for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
  2. Place a half cup of roasted squash in blender and puree.
  3. Place puree in a microwave safe bowl and pour a cup of the TJ's butternut squash soup over the puree.
  4. Microwave for 2 minutes, and top with cinnamon!
  5. Enjoy with crackers or a slice of toast.

This was the perfect Sunday night fall meal that I will definitely be repeating this season. Probably weekly! I hope to report next time we talk that my stomach is back to normal. But for now – lots of bland foods. Which somehow means lots of carbs.


I am linking up today with Tina and Deborah for Meatless Monday // Erin for Weekend Snapshots // and Katie for Marvelous Monday! So excited to be back to all of these linkups. 


  • Favorite fall meal?
    My parent’s chili!
  • What day do you do your grocery shopping? Graze all week or once a week?
    Sunday’s are my grocery day. I do stop in TJ’s probably one sometimes two more times a week for odds and ends, but I think that is more because I love the store so much and can’t wait a whole 7 days before I go again.