All Green

July 29, 2009

Check. Check. Check. I’ve been really productive today. I made a short to-do list and stuck to it and just have the fun housework pieces left: make dinner, clean kitchen, fold laundry. All of my writing + computer work is over. Yay! For the first time this whole summer I feel on top of things. I like to have my freelance writing projects done well in advance and this summer I’ve been just barely ahead – which is too close for me to relax! (Yes, I know I’m a freak). I’m about 3 weeks ahead now and glad I can take a deep breath…

I do have a bit of a headache that won’t go away. Maybe because I didn’t have coffee or tea this morning? Or maybe because I got too much sleep!

Smoothie-in-a-bowl kept hunger at bay until the 2:00 hour as predicted. I finished up a project and set out to make some hummus. I simmered a bag of dried beans on Monday to use for hummus so this has been a multistep procedure!

When reaching into the fridge I remembered I had cilantro, so I whipped up some cilantro pesto first so that would flavor the hummus. Just a simple puree of half a bunch of cilantro, about an ounce of parmesan cheese, 2 pinches kosher salt, my very last tbsp of walnuts and about a tsp of lemon olive oil.

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The hummus followed with more lemon olive oil (2 tsp?), the pesto residue, the juice of a lemon (about 3 tbsp), another handful cilantro, 3 hefty pinches of salt and a few glugs Tabasco. It was delicious!

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Green, green, green.

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So is my shirt!

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I slathered hummus, pesto, avocado and lettuce on two pieces of Dakota bread for lunch.

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plus an appropriately green kiwi

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And the complimentary colored carrots with some Naturally Nutty White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter (the very last of my sample jar :( ) I WILL be buying Naturally Nutty’s almond butters when I am all out. They are fabulous. Esp. the Vanilla AB and the Chocolate Vanilla AB.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARA!!!!

To the kitchen!

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1 Ashley July 29, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Aw man I wish I could stomach raw carrots. That AB looks great slathered on them!

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2 Deva July 29, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I love your plates! :-)

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3 The Duo Dishes July 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Quite a green sandwich. Mixing the pesto and hummus makes a nice spread too.

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4 Christie @ Quit Your Diet July 29, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Yum, that sandwich looks awesome!

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5 Help Meghan Run July 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Yum yum! Congrats on being ahead! As a student right now, I know how nice that feels. :)

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6 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) July 29, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I have a bunch of fresh basil hanging out in my fridge – tonight might be a pesto night!

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7 jess July 29, 2009 at 3:06 pm

I love that not only your food is green, but so is your plate and your shirt! So fun! :)

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8 Ellen @ Peace in Motion July 29, 2009 at 3:07 pm

that sandwich looks so yummy!

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9 Jenn (Eating Bender) July 29, 2009 at 3:19 pm

I am loving all the color in your eats today – the smoothie bowl and green-themed lunch are just gorgeous!

I’ve never tried to make my own hummus – it doesn’t seem to tricky so I don’t know why I don’t just go out and buy the ingredients. Maybe this weekend :)

P.S. The flowers you got from Matt are beautiful!!

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10 Pam (Highway to Health) July 29, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Yum! Thanks for the pesto recipes. It looks so good!

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11 Maria July 29, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Love your hummus. I made cilantro lime before, so good! Great green post!

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12 Eve July 29, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Such a delicious looking lunch. It’s amazing how much flavor fresh cilantro adds to food!

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13 sarah July 29, 2009 at 3:33 pm

use your powers to tell them to make the chocolate vanilla almond butter available STAT! ;) i’ve been dying to order a variety but keep waiting on that. until then trader joe’s brand must do. thanks for all your fun recipes! oatmeal is fun & exciting again with the endless toppings and i loved the wheatberry salad w berries & goat cheese. i had never tried the grain or the cheese. thanks to you i am now addicted to your blog & almond butter & rarely buy bread from anywhere but great harvest!

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14 Jessica July 29, 2009 at 3:40 pm

beautiful kath! looks so yummy!
-muffy

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15 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale July 29, 2009 at 3:44 pm

I’m the same way when it comes to my MBA schoolwork. I like to front-load as much as I can, so that as the quarter goes by, I can actually take some opportunities to take a break!

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16 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 29, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Lovin’ all that green!!

Your plate is beautiful!! I always admire your dishes. :D

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17 Cynthia (It all changes) July 29, 2009 at 3:51 pm

That plate is so cool and you’ve inspired me to make some hummus. I’ve got garbanzos in my cupboard that need to be used :-)

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18 Anne July 29, 2009 at 3:55 pm

I have been making cilantro pesto with cilantro from the garden the past couple of weeks. Love it! I have also drizzled it on beans, stirred it into couscous and used it on pasta. It is one of those sneaky tasty versatile things! Plus it is yummy.

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19 Ada July 29, 2009 at 3:58 pm

That looks like the perfect delicious and nutritious lunch! I must try flavoring my hummus with pesto, such a great idea:)

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20 Vince July 29, 2009 at 4:01 pm

The sandwich looks awesome! Matt needs to open a Great Harvest in Western New York, I would be your best customer!

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21 Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 29, 2009 at 4:01 pm

hummus looks fantatsic! I’m sure the lemon flavoring was quite refreshing! I still can’t get over that Dakota bread! Tell Matt we need a Great Harvest in Cleveland! ;)

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22 Adi (oatonomy.com) July 29, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Cool lunch! Lovely green colour.

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23 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 29, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Loving all this green! And that leaf plate is so pretty! Do you remember where you bought it?

I am totally jealous of that bread if I haven’t mentioned that lately. Those seeds look to die for!

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24 Shawnee July 29, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Mmmm I have some chickpees in the cupboard, a packet of organic taco mix, and some cilantro! I think I’ll have some hummus too! :)

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25 Nicole (dishin') July 29, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Such a great summer lunch. I can’t wait to leave the office and get outside!!

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26 MarathonVal July 29, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Congrats on getting ahead! I’m the same way, always planning ahead and barely relaxing even when I AM ahead, thinking I should still be doing more work.

However, one of my current goals is to NOT be so anal about this and to forgive myself if I didn’t complete my entire to-do-list……..it’s a work in progress!

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27 Biz July 29, 2009 at 4:55 pm

You had me at Tabasco! :D

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28 Tay July 29, 2009 at 5:03 pm

You’re like a little leprechaun! ;-)

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29 sue July 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm

the dakota bread always looks so freaking good… great lunch!

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30 Rebecca July 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Your hummus looks so good!! I need to make some of my own!

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31 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) July 29, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Great in-GREEN-ients!! ;)

Jenn

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32 Actual Scale July 29, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Your sandwich looks divine…& I am saying that on a full stomach. ;)

I think I might just have to splurge & buy a sampler pack of the Naturally Nutty. I adore nut butters & am always on the lookout for new types.

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33 Katherine July 29, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Green is my FAVOURITE colour! :-)

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34 Kath July 29, 2009 at 6:55 pm

sarah ,
I’ve got about 1 tsp left and then I’ll be hounding them to put it up for sale too!

Heather ,
I’m pretty sure it’s Crate & Barrel.

Kath

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35 allijag July 29, 2009 at 7:31 pm

I’m LOVIN’ all the green :)

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36 Cait (Cait's Plate) July 29, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Wow – I’m SO jealous of that lunch! It looks rockin’

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37 Liz July 29, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Hey Kath, Have you tried a pluot yet? It’s a cross of a plum and an apricot and it’s YUMMY YUMMY!

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38 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 29, 2009 at 11:13 pm

it’s not easy being green

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39 Ashley July 30, 2009 at 7:30 am

I looove using my food processor but hate the cleanup from it! ;) It’s so easy to make a mess in the kitchen!

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40 ri'chele July 30, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Hey Kute Kiwi Kath, so sorry I could not help a little alliteration. I am trying to make myself try the fur on the kiwi. I have the half kiwi spoon scoop habit. One day I would like to eat the kiwi like an apple.

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41 Denise (the apple hill adventurer) July 30, 2009 at 1:45 pm

wow! that lunch looks AMAZING ..
it is yet another must try for me! that hummus looks so yummy!

hmm i will have to try nut butter and carrots .. sounds like it would be interesting.

i wish they sold more nut butter products in the town where i live. i consider myself super lucky if i can even find almond butter!

i want to take a bit out of that sanwich! haha

have a great day

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