Goat cheese stuffed squash blossoms

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Hope your morning is treating you well <3


We had quite a feast last night,


and I have a new love:

goat cheese-stuffed squash blossoms.


When we picked up the squash blossoms at the farmer’s market yesterday,


I had a good idea of what they were destined for, but after a little bit of Google research, here’s what I did with them:

1. Cleaned them off with a moist paper towel and removed the tiny flower bud that was on the inside.

2. Made a semi-homemade style of herbed goat cheese with:

-pre-made herbed goat cheese from AJs

-2 T chopped fresh chives

-1/2 t thyme

-sprinkle of garlic powder

-pinch of nutmeg

-sea sat, pepper

goat cheese 

3. Transferred the goat cheese mixture into a plastic baggie and cut off the end. Piped the goat cheese into the squash blossoms and twisted the ends shut.

suash blossoms

4. Next, I dipped each one into an egg, and then rolled in brown rice flour (which has such a nice, soft texture)


5. Sautéed in a little olive oil until brown and glorious,

blossoms (2) 

and then sprinkled them with sea salt.

They came out AMAZINGLY- a perfect summer appetizer or side dish. Lightly crunchy on the outside, creamy and savory on the inside. I kept telling the Pilot, in between moaning, that it was like a healthy mozzarella stick 🙂

We enjoyed our feast with artichokes, salad, and the Pilot also had some stuffed chicken.

The Pilot’s dinner: (mine is the above)

pilots dinner

Not too shabby 🙂

This morning, I have quite a few to-dos to ninja kick off the list:

-Weights + half cardio

-Go to work to make dinner reservations for tonight (!)

-Write family post

-Make dentist appointment –I miss my Valdosta dentist!- and make Bella a vet appointment

-House stuff

We move in 2 weeks!!!!

Boxes have already started to make an appearance….


I love moving 😀

See ya soon <3



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  1. Brigid of Vegging out in T-Town on July 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Oh my goodness, those squash blossoms look divine, as does the entire meal.

  2. Steph on July 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I feel GREAT this morning thanks to your stretching suggestion last night, thanks!

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 11:02 am

      that’s awesome!!! i’m so glad 🙂

  3. Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories on July 11, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Wow, I think you win the award for most original dinner I’ve seen in a while! Sounds deliciously cheesy 🙂

  4. Ashley @ Thefitacademic on July 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Ugh – I need to move soon too! We’re just renting right now, but our lease is up in August and we are not staying (no a/c…thought I could do a swamp cooler but I was WRONG!!!), so we need to start the hunt. Need to start collecting some boxes of my own!

  5. April @ Grits and Granola Bars on July 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I have always wanted to try squash blossoms. What do they taste like?

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

      not really like anything

  6. Suzanna on July 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

    How do you cook and eat your artichokes? I’ve never bought them fresh, I’ve only bought the hearts for salads and recipes.

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

      we boil them in water with sea salt, pepper, bay leaves and lemon

  7. Debbie @ All Kinds of Healthy on July 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

    That artichoke looks delicious! Any chance we might get instructions or a photo tutorial on cooking an artichoke? That’s one thing I haven’t tried lately. My one attempt ages ago was a flop! 🙂 Thanks for posting! You always keep it fun.

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

      i’ll have to ask the pilot to demo- he’s the master artichoke cooker over here 🙂

      • Carolyn on July 11, 2011 at 11:07 pm

        That would rock-I purchased one once and ended up wasting it because I was too nervous about how to cook it.

  8. Destini on July 11, 2011 at 11:08 am

    You love moving? I hate it, i always get stressed out and get sick. Talk about anxiety! I would never know what to do with squash blossoms! They sure look tasty though!

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 11:20 am

      i love moving! but we move all the time, so i’m definitely used to it 🙂 it feels good to have a clean, fresh start in a new place

  9. Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh on July 11, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I had no idea you could eat those! And stuffing them with goat cheese is a mighty brilliant idea! :)Yum! ANd yea for moving soon!!

  10. Kim@ The Future Dr. B-S on July 11, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I’ve always wanted to try squash blossoms! I saw them on What the Hell does a Vegan Eat Anyway and was so curious! http://veganmenu.blogspot.com/2011/06/squash-blossom-fritto-misto-mixed.html

    My husband and I are moving up to NY (the state, not the city) in 2 weeks also. My house is such a disaster area and it stresses me out!

  11. Holly @ The Runny Egg on July 11, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Yay almost time to move!

    Those squash blossoms look so good — I love mozzarella sticks but they are always so greasy and leave me with a stomachache — I need a good replacement!

  12. Gillian on July 11, 2011 at 11:15 am

    ahhhh moving! exciting.. you can finally get everything out of the pod!

    love the squash blossom idea.. i feel like they fall in the category of food that i always want to buy but never know what to do with.

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 11:19 am

      it’s going to be christmas in july, for sure 🙂

  13. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on July 11, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Wow, those goats cheese squahs blossoms look absolutely incredible! 😀 out of this world delicious…I love how you Gina-fy foods and make something “decadent” so healthy! Brown rice flour, olive oil, goat cheese, veggies..nutritious AND delicious! 🙂 It’s very cool. So excited for you to be moving…how wonderful for you and your pilot to be moving into your very own home, with your baby bump! Have a wonderful day! <3 xyx
    PS: Artichokes are divine! Such an amazing meal you guys had there.

  14. Noel on July 11, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Omg after reading that whole thing all I got out of it was “it tastes like mozzerella sticks”. I’m a new reader 🙂 love your blog! where are you moving?

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 11:32 am

      to our new house 🙂

  15. Dani on July 11, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I had artichokes for dinner last night too! I’m def gonna pick up some zucch blossoms at the farmers market next week, can’t wait to try this recipe!

  16. Laura @ Backstage Pass on July 11, 2011 at 11:31 am

    These look delicious! We have a massive pumpkin plant that is taking over the garden (we didn’t plant it, Zak just threw our Halloween pumpkin on top of the garden last fall). Perhaps I should remove a few of the blossoms and try out this recipe!

  17. Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun on July 11, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Wow, squash blossoms…who knew? Well, I didn’t 😉 I love that you always give your readers something new to try! Thanks for sharing that, I can’t wait to look for those blossoms.

  18. jenna on July 11, 2011 at 11:33 am

    yum those zucchini blossoms look amazing! i wish i could find some to make this!

    yayaya for your new house! i can’t wait to see the fun!

  19. kate on July 11, 2011 at 11:37 am

    what a great idea to stuff them with goat cheese I love the crunchy & melty combination!!

  20. Mo on July 11, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I’m sure you don’t need a reminder – but be very careful and don’t lift anything too heavy on your move! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to see how you’ve decorated things. I’m glad you tackled squash blossoms – I’ve seen them done on the food channels, but your version looks fantastic – you could smother a shoe in goat cheese though and I’d eat it, I just love goat cheese. Take care friend!

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 11:39 am

      thank you friend, you too!
      and don’t you fret- i have tons of men/boys around here who will be the designated heavy lifters 🙂

  21. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on July 11, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I haven’t tried squash blossoms yet but they look pretty! Any ideas for stuffings other than cheese?

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 11:50 am

      usually they’re stuffed with some kind of cheese, but maybe you could stuff them with sauteed veggies and herbs ?

  22. Lauren @ Sugar Coated Sisters on July 11, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Such a great and UNIQUE idea! I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for orange blossoms the next time I’m at WF or the Farmers Market! Have fun with those dinner reservations tonight!

  23. Lauren @ Sugar Coated Sisters on July 11, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Orange = Squash LOL

  24. Jess Green on July 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I need to make these!!! I’ll use toffuti instead and use egg replacer for vegan friendly version!! Yum i’m seriously craving these!!!

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 11:55 am

      let me know how they turn out!

  25. Kara on July 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    those are SO interesting.. did they taste sweet? for some reason i am imagining cooked eggplant. i didn’t even know you could eat them!
    and now i really really reallyyyy want an artichoke!!! what do you dip them in? i’ve never dipped artichokes in my life. my mother always makes them stuffed, so we just eat the stuffing inside and scrape the leaves. yum.

  26. Cait @ Cait hates Cake on July 11, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Wow, you really did have quite the feast last night! Looks like it was delicious! Now I really want to try the squash blossoms. I’m so curious about what they taste like. Good luck with starting packing!

  27. Hillary on July 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I think you’ve just inspired me to make some blossoms! Any idea if I can only get them at the farmer’s market? Or do some grocery stores carry them too??

  28. Chloe (In Fine Feather) on July 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    The squash blossoms look amazing! I’ll definitely have to whip a batch of those up for me and my boy 🙂

  29. Danielle C. on July 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    OMG I must find squash blossoms NOW…those look AMAZING

  30. Namaste Gurl on July 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Mmmm, those look quite yummy– you’re so creative! 🙂

  31. Gena on July 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I love squash blossoms! They’re also a great vehicle for raw nut cheese stuffin’ 🙂

  32. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) on July 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    What an amazing dinner G. You’re inspiring me! I’ve never made my own stuffed zuch blossoms… and yours look so good. Did you dip your ‘choke’s into anything ? Always curious as to what others like on them. I’m a vegenaise fan 😉

  33. Laura (Cookies vs. Carrots) on July 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Ooohhhh, those look delicious! Do the blossoms have a squash-like flavor to them?

  34. Amber L on July 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    oooo yummm the blossoms look so good!

    That artichoke looks really yummy too! How do you cook an artichoke like that anyway?

  35. Kristina @ spabettie on July 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I have ALWAYS wanted to make squash blossoms – EXACTLY like that. we share a Goat Cheese Love. 🙂

  36. Moni'sMeals on July 11, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    goat cheese-stuffed squash blossoms= now I think I have a new love too! What a great idea and how tasty. 🙂

  37. Kristin @ Wounded Fawn on July 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I love squash blossom empanadas! I despise moving though, good for you for liking it though. This move is probably more exciting for you than any move I have ever made though… so maybe one day I’ll have a super exciting move too!

    Have a great day!

  38. Emily @ Sweating Sugar on July 11, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    That is hands down the most creative recipe I have ever seen. Nice work lady!

  39. Laura Wilkins on July 11, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I am growing squash in my garden.. does this mean that I can take the blossoms and do what you did??

  40. Janiek on July 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    that food looks good!

  41. Julia on July 11, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Gina, I’m sure you have dental insurance… but when I was pregnant I didn’t. Some quick research led me to discover that most med plans cover dental for pregnant women because gum disease may affect the baby. Just a heads up – may be useful for other readers to know as well!

    I wish I had a TJ’s in El Paso. Boo.

  42. Cait's Plate on July 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Oh my – those look fantastic!

  43. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola on July 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Oh what a great meal! I’ve been seeing squash blossoms pop up lately and give my squash obsession, I think I’ll have to give them a try! I especially love the idea of putting cheese inside of them… yum! Good luck with your to-do list! Happy Monday!

  44. Felicia (Natural + Balanced) on July 11, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    the squash in the garden all have blossoms and i’ve eaten them before….but goat cheese takes this to a whole new level. that looks amazingggg

  45. Jane (Jane, Feeling Fit) on July 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Wow, cooking with flowers is kind of scary… you know, because they are so delicate and all… looks amazing!

    I love your blog btw 🙂 You are so brave for pursuing your dreams and the life that you want!

  46. Morgan @ Operation Hot Mama on July 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Those look delicious and so unique!! Goodluck with moving!!

  47. Beth (well ill be) on July 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Wow, I didn’t know squash blossoms could be eaten, much less in such a delicous way! Did you do anything with the baby squash that was originally attached? We are growing squash in our garden, I wonder if I just cut the blossom off the plant if the baby squash would die?

  48. Nicole on July 11, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    My grandmother used to make squash flowers picked straight from her garden…they were definitely nowhere near healthy!! But oh so good!

  49. Stephanie @cookinfanatic on July 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I finallyyyyy found squash blossoms at our farmer’s market and have been eyeing them for a couple weeks now… I think it’s time to take the plunge! This method looks fantastic, although I’m not a big goat cheese fan 🙁 I wonder if queso fresco would work instead?

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      yep or you can use mozzarella, ricotta, cottage cheese or a mixture of cheeses

  50. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on July 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try doing something with squash blossoms. They are so good every time I’ve had them in restaurants.

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