Another Reason To Drink Wine

August 20, 2009

They just keep coming!! Tonight’s reason: a leftover bottle from girl’s night. I used to be all about drinking wine before dinner, but now I am in love with drinking it during dinner. It sure does make the food taste that much better.

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This afternoon I got hungry ’round 4:30 and was 100% cravin’ carbs. I put together this bowl of kashis, SmartFood popcorn and brazil nuts and it did the trick perfectly.

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I got this SmartFood at BlogHer and was soooooooo impressed. It was the best crunchy toffee kettle corn I’ve ever had.

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With 5 grams of fiber too!

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Dinner tonight was a farmer’s market fun feast!

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  • Farmer’s market eggplant
  • Farmer’s market grass-fed beef (about 6 oz)
  • Farmer’s market basil
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (wishing we’d bought fresh ones…)
  • Sherry
  • S+P
  • Garlic

We were supposed to serve it over pasta, but there was so much eggplant that we thought it would be fine without. It was!

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Served with a slice of 20% whole wheat ciabatta

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Have my photos been looking kinda worn and grainy to you? :(

I tucked Matt into bed at 7:30!!! and am tied up some things on the computer. It was a VERY productive day!!!! Lots of cleaning, writing and doing.

Tomorrow is wide open and I hope to get even more done. T-6 days till classes start!

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1 Jenn (www. ) August 20, 2009 at 7:21 pm

How did you cook the eggplant? It looks so tender and yummy!

I have noticed that your photos look a little different the past week or so. Different setting or something? I’m trying to get used to my Nikon D40 digi cam, but I keep going back to my old Sony ’cause it’s old and easy lol.



2 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 20, 2009 at 7:34 pm

is that smart food like the smart food from the 90’s that was white cheddar cheese?! they changed their look!


3 Pam (Highway to Health) August 20, 2009 at 7:41 pm

I love the smart food too!! I tried a sample last week.

You dinner looks yummy.

I’m having problems with my pictures too. They look great when I upload them but they look terrible on my blog. I don’t know how to fix it!


4 Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) August 20, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Yum, I made an eggplant, tomato dish like that but used lamb – a very satisfying combo!


5 Meredith (Pursuing Balance) August 20, 2009 at 7:46 pm

That Smart Food sounds good! Hooray for delicious fiber!


6 Cynthia (It all changes) August 20, 2009 at 7:51 pm

That SmartFood is one of my favorite snacks. I eat it all.the.time.


7 Melissa August 20, 2009 at 7:51 pm

I used to eat Smartfood at lunch every day in high school. That’s back when it was just cheddar covered junk. It’s nice to see they’ve changed they’re product and high school kids now have a healthier option than I did.

The photos do look a little different. Maybe it’s the lighting setting on the camera?


8 Lauren August 20, 2009 at 7:53 pm

I’ve seen this popcorn before but I’ve been hesitant to try it. Now that I see you say it’s tasty, I think it’s worth giving it a try. I will remember to pick up a bag next shopping trip.

I think my all time favorite popcorn treat in the world, is Harry and David’s gormouet popcorn. OMG, it’s amazing. This Smart Pop looks pretty close, actually, and a whole lot healthier. :)


9 Kristen August 20, 2009 at 7:58 pm

T-6 days for me, too! It’s my last semester!

I haven’t noticed any graininess to your pics, but I’m not inspector gadget or anything.


10 angieinatlanta August 20, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Mmmm…toffee popcorn! Delish!


11 Kate August 20, 2009 at 8:06 pm

That popcorn looks amazing. And for 120 calories!

It seems my whole blogosphere is eating eggplant at the moment. Yum!


12 katey August 20, 2009 at 8:09 pm

your pictures look fine :) great dinner!


13 Whitney August 20, 2009 at 8:12 pm

You have to have a reason to drink wine? Not me. 😉


14 FitFoodie August 20, 2009 at 8:42 pm

The smart food looks really good…I’ll have to pick some up next time I’m at Publix.


15 Lizzy August 20, 2009 at 8:44 pm

I’ve seen SmartFood at my grocery stores, and i’ve always wanted to try! The popcorn clusters look so yum, and you def can’t beat that 5 grams of fiber! :)


16 AnnQ August 20, 2009 at 8:45 pm

I’ve seen the Smart Food before and thought it looked really yummy….thinking I should pick some up! :-)


17 Nina August 20, 2009 at 8:52 pm

seriously, who needs a reason to drink wine ;).

also, i havent noticed anything different about your pictures, but once you mentioned it that one picture did…:(

but they’re still beautiful!


18 Elizabeth August 20, 2009 at 8:55 pm

I bought the smartfood popcorn once, took it for lunch at work, and let my fellow dietetic interns try it. They all convinced me that it has this horrible aftertaste, and now I can’t eat it anymore! I don’t even know if it has a funky aftertaste or if it’s all in my head now. haha.
Anyone know if there are artificial sweeteners in it? That could be doing it.


19 Shannon The Healthy Beach Bum August 20, 2009 at 9:15 pm

i gotta try that popcorn! yummy in the tummy!


20 Sues August 20, 2009 at 9:21 pm

That Smartfood looks great! Actually your whole dinner does and yes, wine always makes everything taste better :)


21 Jenna August 20, 2009 at 9:24 pm

i have seen smartfood at the store recently but i have yet to buy some! sure looks good though :)


22 Sarah R August 20, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Wine makes everything better :)


23 MarathonVal August 20, 2009 at 9:30 pm

I think your photos look great – just like the eggplant!


24 kay (eating machine) August 20, 2009 at 9:43 pm

that smartfood looks yummy! and the nutrition info is pretty good too!


25 Bec August 20, 2009 at 9:55 pm

mmm your dinner looks fantastic as usual :) I also am a huge fan of wine with dinner, my parents always have a glass or two so its a benifit of being at home for the summer!


26 chandra August 20, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Ooh, another great eggplant idea! My bff just gave me one from her garden and I have no idea what to cook with it!


27 Karlynn August 20, 2009 at 10:52 pm

I only wish we had crunchy kettle corn like that in Canada, it seems I never can find decent snacks. I might have to hit the nearest organic grocery store to search now!


28 Shion (Shi's Eating) August 20, 2009 at 10:52 pm

don’t you just love farmer’s market eats?! looks delicious! will definitely have to replicate…


29 Jessica August 20, 2009 at 11:20 pm

mmm that smartfood does sound good!!
the dinner looks amazing also!


30 Kathy (Moving Beyond Perfection) August 21, 2009 at 12:58 am

LOL i can’t believe matt was able to fall asleep at 7:30! Dinner+wine look fab as usual :) I also love the concept of a little wine with dinner.


31 Erica August 21, 2009 at 6:43 am

Hey lady! You have so many exciting things going on over here! You must be super busy. Great looking dinner. I just found a farm near us that will be selling local eggs, grass fed beef, free range chicken and pork! I am excited to get my hands on some of the meat for Josh! I hope you two have a great weekend


32 JENNA August 21, 2009 at 7:01 am

I’ve been wanting to try those smartfoods popcorn! your dinner looks so good!!!


33 Adventures of Alice August 21, 2009 at 7:14 am

Enjoy your free time before classes start again! = )


34 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now August 21, 2009 at 7:20 am

Take advantage of that free time before school. I’m back in school already :(


35 Caroline August 21, 2009 at 7:41 am

Nice dinner! I think I might try something similar with the ingredients I got from my Farmer’s Market. I think your pics look great!


36 Katrina (gluten free gidget) August 21, 2009 at 7:42 am

That eggplant dish looks delicious! Farmer’s Markets rock my socks!


37 Sarah August 21, 2009 at 7:44 am

Do we really need a reason? Haha…that dinner looks great, I’ve been wanting to make eggplant for a while because it’s been on sale. We’ll see 😉


38 Shannon (The Daily Balance) August 21, 2009 at 7:54 am

Dinner looks fantastic and I’m sure it was so flavorful with everything from the Farmer’s Market! yumyumyum


39 Jamie in Arkansas August 21, 2009 at 8:03 am

Where did you find that precious little bowl for your snack? It looks like the PERFECT size!!!


40 Kath August 21, 2009 at 8:06 am

Jenn ,
Just in a pan with some olive oil on medium high.

Erica ,
Wish that could be my market too!

Jamie ,
From Kohl’s. It’s part of Bobby Flay’s line, I believe.



41 Cait (Cait's Plate) August 21, 2009 at 8:30 am

Oooh! Good to know that Smartfood stuff is good! I’ve seen it around and have ALMOST bought it several times but hesitated thinking “could it really be THAT good?” Haha. So yay, now I will actually make the purchase :)


42 Nicole (dishin') August 21, 2009 at 8:45 am

Your dinner looks so classy and gourmet!


43 britt August 21, 2009 at 4:44 pm

that popcorn looks so good. i love random snack mixes!


44 sflunchreview August 21, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Looks tasty!


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