A Grate Lunch

September 20, 2010

Back in the swing of things, which meant computer work in the AM and yoga in the PM. I went to my usual Monday Power Flow class – it was extra sweaty today = love! I got in my nice before + after bike ride too. Boy Cville has been really sunny since we moved here. Not sure if it’s fall or just that this place is Eden, but I’m loving it.

Once home at 1:30, I raced to shower and gobbled down this lunch like a turkey!

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Leftover Indian lentils + kale from last week. A nice chilled cube 😉

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Heated up and topped with grated sharp cheddar.

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The process of grating cheese sucks, but the result is a MILLION times better than pre-grated. I may never buy a bag of cheese again!

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The ultimate soup side:

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Lunch totally hit the spot.

Can’t wait for my Relay Foods groceries to arrive! I do love going to the grocery store, but there is definitely fun and excitement to ordering online and having a big delivery to unpack. [Although other weeks I would need to go pick it up CSA-style]. For example, because I was at home, I was able to really think through what to order instead of feeling rushed in the store to get home or run other errands. The biggest downside: no label reading (thankfully I buy mostly real food anyways!)

We have some Great Harvest stuff to do, plus a video to make and a recipe to cook!

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1 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Yeah, grating your own cheese is DEFINITELY worth the extra five minutes!! So much tastier!


2 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Lunch looks awesome!!


3 Jessica @ How Sweet September 20, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I love grated cheese SO much better than shredded in the bag!


4 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 20, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I’m excited to see your video!!


5 Christine September 20, 2010 at 2:35 pm

That cheese thing is so true. Even when we go to our local Italian specialty shop to get cheese, there is a difference between the grated and the block–and they do the grating in house–WITH THE SAME CHEESE.


6 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 20, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Hah, I think that soup thing looks so cool as a cube! I would have eaten it that way 😛


7 JENNA September 20, 2010 at 2:39 pm

leftover soups are the best.

i hope things are going more smoothly for you and matt with your bakery!


8 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 20, 2010 at 2:39 pm

i love when i have a “cube” of soup…gets some pretty funny looks in the lunch room, that’s for sure!


9 Laura @ Blogging Over Thyme September 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Thanks for letting me know about that online grocery store! It sounds awesome.

You probably love it due to your love of mail! 😉


10 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Pioneer Woman makes those same comments about shredded cheese — the preschredded stuff is no good! It all congeals together. Blech.

Your lentil/kale stew reminds me of the episode of the Office when Dwight’s stapler is in a mold of jello :)


11 Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 20, 2010 at 2:42 pm

I hate grating cheese but it really does taste better.


12 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin September 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I totally agree with you on the fresh grated cheese!


13 Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! September 20, 2010 at 2:44 pm

The Indian lentil/kale “block” looks so funny, but it also must taste delicious! I’m searching back through your recipes to find it. I am also not a fan of pre-grated cheese, but sometimes grating it can be hard work! :)


14 Kristy@ KristyRuns.com September 20, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Soup cube…very interesting. :)

Oh man. My mom used to freshly grate cheddar on chillie. Sooo good.


15 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Love leftover stews! Looks like a great day with a great meal!


16 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef September 20, 2010 at 2:50 pm

i love freshly grated cheese! it is so much better!


17 zestycook September 20, 2010 at 2:54 pm

I am so with you on the grated cheese…. but I think my fav part of that dish is the side to dip into the stew!


18 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm

i just got my first box grater – can’t wait to put some cheese through it!


19 emily September 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Just fyi – you actually can view the nutritional info (on packaged foods). When you move your cursor over the picture of the item a tab that says “more info” pops up. When you click the tab you have the option of viewing a photo of the nutritional label.

When I lived in NY we had a similar service and I only wanted to use it for produce (no label anyways) until I found out about that feature. Hope this helps!


20 Kath September 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Yeah, but it’s really hard to read. For example, I couldn’t read the ingredients on the whole wheat tortillas. Too blurry :(


21 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 20, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Those chips look sooo tasty. I love topping my soup with a big pile of freshly grated cheese. SO good!


22 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies September 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Ohhh lunch looks so good and comforting!!


23 Kate September 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Blue corn chips???? LOVE. I cannot be trusted with those things. Before I know it I’ve polished off the whole bag. I agree with you and all the other commenters about grating fresh cheese. The packaged stuff is like… too soft, but at the same time, dry and chalky. I love ordering online too :) Getting something in the mail is so fun!!


24 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen September 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Am I weird for actually liking to grate cheese?


25 [email protected] September 20, 2010 at 3:21 pm

YUM. That looks fantastic! Can never go wrong with cheese…


26 Natalia - a side of simple September 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Agree, nothing compares to freshly grated cheese!!


27 skinny latte September 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I have the same green latte bowl :)


28 sweetersalt September 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Soup + cheese + crunchy carb = delicious! Totally jealous, and totally eating leftover chili with chips for lunch tomorrow!



29 Nicole - yuppie yogini September 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I hate to grate cheese too…but it’s much better tasting than pre-shredded and less $$$


30 maria September 20, 2010 at 3:41 pm

awesome shout out from maranatha on fb today!


31 Kath September 20, 2010 at 3:45 pm

It took me a long time to figure out what FB was!


32 Jessica September 20, 2010 at 3:44 pm

I’m soooo ready for hot lunches but the weather in St. Louis is just not cooperating…it is still in the 90s here!!! Boo! I’ll settle for your mouth-watering photos at the moment, hehe.


33 Marisa @ Loser for Life September 20, 2010 at 3:45 pm

I agree with you on the pre-bagged cheese. I like grating mine on a microplane for even thinner shreds. My eyes “think” it’s more than it really is!


34 Katie @ peacebeme September 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm

I actually think pre-grated cheese tastes waaaay better! weird.

Breaking a sweat feels so good huh? :)


35 kt September 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm

As a UVA alumna, I can confirm that Charlottesville IS Eden :)
I’m so jealous that you get to live there, but I enjoy living/visiting vicariously through your blog.


36 Alysa Bajenaru, RD, CPT September 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm

I totally agree, grating your own cheese is so much better. No anti-caking agents needed!


37 Camille September 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Oh man, that is what I want for lunch!


38 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm

i do think getting groceries delivered is super convenient, but my biggest issue is that i always prefer picking out my own produce


39 Bee Goes Bananas September 20, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Sounds like a perfect and very filling lunch!


40 Lauren September 20, 2010 at 4:23 pm

I completely agree with you regarding pre-grated cheese. When you grate it yourself, the cheese is so much softer and less dried out!


41 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy September 20, 2010 at 4:36 pm

There really is something about freshly grated cheese! So yummy!

I can’t wait to move to NYC where getting groceries delivered is the norm — I’m going to love it! :)


42 kate September 20, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Im with you on not being prepackaged shredded cheese. The cramped hand is worth it!


43 Mom September 20, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Fun you used a simile in this post. I just finished teaching my English comp students all about similes!


44 [email protected] September 20, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Looks like a fun and quick lunch. Gotta love those.

Missed reading your blog. Look forward to catching up!


45 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) September 20, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I love using freshly grated cheese when making homemade pizza (okay, okay – I’ve never made pizza dough from scratch, but you know what I mean!) I think the freshly grated cheese melts so much better!


46 Laura September 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Do you have a food processor? I grate my cheese in that. It’s fantastic!


47 Kath September 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Yeah, but cleaning the food processor is even worse than grating by hand!!


48 barefootgirl (our first CSA) September 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm

I love soup… I could probably eat it all year long.

I especially love when I froze extra soup & forgot to label it.. It’s a surprise when I defrost it :)


49 Laura September 20, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Grated cheese makes anything tasty!! xx


50 Stacey September 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm

I agree! We just started buying block cheese and grating it ourselves and it tastes 10X better! Glad you had a good yoga class 😀 I am craving some sweaty yoga!


51 Lisa @bakebikeblog September 20, 2010 at 6:09 pm

What a wonderful looking lunch indeed!


52 Hannah September 20, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I’ve never bought pre-grated cheese in my life. Not only does it taste better, it’s cheaper to buy it whole! I wish my lentil stews came in cube form, though. 😉


53 rebecca lustig September 20, 2010 at 6:55 pm

whats the difference between relay foods and csa? is it just like a grocer who delivers? i’m intrigued!

have a great night!
bec xo


54 Heather September 20, 2010 at 6:59 pm

I agree about grated cheese, so yummy!


55 Lauren September 20, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Oh , I agree I agree! Grated Cheese is so much better!!!


56 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 20, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Leftovers! Love that. Heat and serve :)


57 Sarah September 20, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Kath, do you have a KitchenAid mixer? If you do, they have a fantastic slicer/shredder/grater attachment. I’ve grated a pound of cheese in under a minute!


58 stacey-healthylife September 20, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Grating can be messy, but it’s so tasty.


59 Heidi - apples under my bed September 20, 2010 at 8:13 pm

I want your lunch!!
Heidi xo


60 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 20, 2010 at 8:26 pm

mmm i love it when there are frozen leftovers in the freezer!!


61 Shannon @ Freshman Yr of Life September 20, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Your pics are fabulous! Such great colors, backgrounds, etc.


62 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm

That sharp cheddar looks sooo yummmmmy!



63 Jess @ NZ Girl Runs September 21, 2010 at 12:29 am

I have heard that you can grate cheese and freeze it for up to 6 weeks and it thaws well. Might want to try it with a little bit first since I have never tried it myself (don’t eat much cheese) but it might be a solution to your problem? You would only have to grate cheese once every couple of weeks


64 WeightLossPlans September 21, 2010 at 3:25 pm

That looks absolutely delicious! Hope you don’t mind if I tweet this @HelpULoseWeight.



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