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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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!


2 Deva July 29, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I love your plates! :-)


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.


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

Yum, that sandwich looks awesome!


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. :)


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!


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! :)


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

that sandwich looks so yummy!


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!!


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

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


11 Maria July 29, 2009 at 3:20 pm

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


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!


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!


14 Jessica July 29, 2009 at 3:40 pm

beautiful kath! looks so yummy!


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!


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. 😀


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 :-)


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.


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:)


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!


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! 😉


22 Adi ( July 29, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Cool lunch! Lovely green colour.


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!


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! :)


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!!


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……’s a work in progress!


27 Biz July 29, 2009 at 4:55 pm

You had me at Tabasco! 😀


28 Tay July 29, 2009 at 5:03 pm

You’re like a little leprechaun! 😉


29 sue July 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm

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


30 Rebecca July 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm

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


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

Great in-GREEN-ients!! 😉



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.


33 Katherine July 29, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Green is my FAVOURITE colour! :-)


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.



35 allijag July 29, 2009 at 7:31 pm

I’m LOVIN’ all the green :)


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

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


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!


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

it’s not easy being green


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!


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.


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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