Classic Cube No More

October 19, 2011

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Who knew something as simple as a hunka bread could make a salad tastes so darn good?

Matt brought home some Popeye last night, which I tore into pieces and toasted – a new twist on the classic cube of a crouton!

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Served over olive-oiled arugula with carrot, pepper and celery plus pecans and cheese and garbanzos.

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Plum(b) on the side

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And sparkling water spiked with coconut water…heavenly mixture that really confused my tongue it was a pina colada for a sec…

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Obsessed with Pandora Film Scores – let it be your afternoon soundtrack!

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1 Sana October 19, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Those plums look amazeeee!

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2 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm

You always seem to make your salads look so fantastic, no matter what the toppings are! I’m sure the bread added a lot – quality bread can add so much to any meal.

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3 Krissy @ Shiawase Life October 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I listen to it ALL DAY at work! :)

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4 [email protected] October 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Your salads are always so beautiful! They put mine to shame! ;)

That Popeye bread looks awesome – love that is has spinach in it! I just found out that we have a Great Harvest in Chicago and am headed there this afternoon. Maybe some homemade croutons are just what I need to jazz up my salads. :)

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5 Ingrid October 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Molly, you found a Great Harvest in Chicago??? I thought they were all in the suburbs, please, let me know the location, would love to check it out!

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6 Angel7 October 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Great way to use bread before it goes bad!

Plums are yummy!

Your drink looks refreshing!

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7 lauren @ spiced plate October 19, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I love the color of plums…they match the leaves outside right now. I haven’t tried that Pandora station…going to check that out!

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8 Mai October 19, 2011 at 1:42 pm

You always have the must delicious looking salads. . . I keep telling myself that I need to create one of them sometime!

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9 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine October 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm

You make the best-looking salads!

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10 Cait's Plate October 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I feel like I could have guessed shredded Great Harvest bread would make a salad delicious! But it might SPECIFICALLY apply to Great Harvest bread… ;)

Looks delicious!

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11 Sarah @ The Strength of Faith October 19, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Love those white bowls! Where are they from?

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12 KathEats October 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm

They are Pampered Chef – were a wedding shower gift

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13 Sarah @ The Strength of Faith October 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Thanks! I wonder if PC still makes something similar …

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14 Anna @ On Anna's Plate October 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Bread makes EVERYTHING so much better :-)

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15 Anna @ On Anna's Plate October 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Oh! And– I was listening to Pandora’s HALLOWEEN film scores station this morning as I graded papers!! It’s great for this time of year!

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16 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl October 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Ooo. Listening to Pandora Sting station right now. Think I will need to move over to the Halloween Film Scores. Thanks for the tip. ;)

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17 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl October 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Reminds me how I keep meaning to make a Panzanella Salad. Think I may do that for din din tonight. ;)

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18 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm

What a great idea—toasted cubed bread!! SOunds delish atop a salad :)

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19 Carolyn October 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Yeah, they’re called croutons. Revolutionary.

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20 Kimberly October 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Ahh, but these were not in the classic cube shape.

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21 crystal October 19, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Genius!!!!!! I never would have thought of irregular shaped croutons!!!!!

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22 Jillian October 19, 2011 at 10:31 pm

They’re more unique than snark, at least.

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23 Anne October 20, 2011 at 3:12 am

Actually, croutons and snark probably originated around the same time.
“Thrifty cooks have been finding creative ways for using up stale bread since the beginning of time.”
http://www.foodtimeline.org/foodbreads.html#croutons

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24 Christina October 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Yummm popeye bread!!!!

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25 Sweet and Savvy October 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Oh man! I need to try that coconut water + sparkling water combo! :)

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26 Katherina October 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Coconut water doesn’t taste like coconut – you’ve been warned. It will taste like water with a hint of weird- coming from someone who loves coconut water.

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27 Health Bee October 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Beautiful photos! Love the second photo with the close up.

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28 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes October 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Great salad! Good bread definetly makes the best croutons :)

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29 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Big chunks of bread totally make a salad over the top amazing! I’ve also started chunking up socca when I don’t have bread around. It is so good!

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30 Christie October 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I never think about making croutons for a salad – it’s such a good idea though!

We can’t listen to pandora in New Zealand :( not fair!

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31 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings October 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Love that bread! I’ve made croutons in the oven before but not the impromptu toasted type…new ideas for the salad arsenal! Thanks :)

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32 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious October 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Remind me, how did we live before Pandora? Could I workout without Pandora? Remember mixed cassette tapes? I can across a tape not too long ago in my attic. My eight year old said, “What the heck is that?” I explained. She replied, “why didn’t you listen to your iPod?” So cute. How technology has changed us in the simple ways.

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33 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I’ll take a pina colada for a sec.

Or for longer than a sec. :)

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34 Jenn October 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I opened up “Film Scores Radio” in Pandora and got Forest Gump…… LOVE THIS IDEA!!!! Nice addition to my Pandora =))))

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35 Amanda October 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm

That salad looks so, so good right now. I just overdosed on chocolate and am in desperate need of a vegetable. haha

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36 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

my friend introduced me to film scores last year – she said it was great study music! Haha I kept getting distracted by the harry potter ones…

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37 Gillian G. @ When Bread Is Broken October 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I’m a HUGE fan of tearing up bread to put in soups – makes them a little thicker, adds a little more texture, and I’m generally always in favor of adding carbs to things. That popeye bread takes croutons to the next level!

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38 Jen October 19, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Miss Kath, I’m wondering about your protein intake – mine is far higher than yours, and I can’t seem to get around the idea that I need 10-15g+ per meal to feel “satisfied.” Some of yours I think are less than 10 (from my eyeballing, I can’t really tell)…do you think it’s not as big a deal as it used to be made out? Just curious what you thought.

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39 KathEats October 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm

This mean was on the lower side. Some math:

Chickpeas – 6g
Popeye – 5g
Pecans – 1-2g
Cheese – 4g
Veggies – 1g?
=17 grams

I actually did ponder an egg for some more high quality proteins, but I went for the beans instead, which still had the same amount.

Also note that I got hungry this afternoon and had a cup of yogurt! I think if I’d had that at lunch I wouldn’t have been hungry.

Remember that the RDA for someone my size is only about 45 grams per day (0.8 g/kg) so 15 per meal is spot on.

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40 Jen October 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Awesome, thanks! I didn’t see your sneaky beans. :) Just wanted to make sure I’m focusing on the right things.

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41 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

believe you me, kath… a hunka bread makes anything better!

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42 Hope October 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Such a good idea to put hunks of bread in a salad. So yummy! :) I’ve never had a plum before! I should try one :)

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43 Jessica October 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Plums are delicious and are similar to apricots, nectarines, and peaches. So if you like any of those, then you’ll probably like plums as well. If I get a craving for any of these fruits, it’s nice to know that I can go with whichever is the cheapest!

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44 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Obviously – since that bread is from the bakery. Must. Have. Some. Soon!

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45 Becky @ Skinnyfat Girls October 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm

L-O-V-E film scores! Bread in salad? Interesting idea, must try it!

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46 Kristin October 19, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Yum!! I want to try your salad! I love that you drank coconut water with it. That is so healthy, flavorful, and great for you. Thank you for this salad recipe.

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47 Johanna B October 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Wasn’t sure what to have for lunch at work tomorrow. Salad it is. Won’t be as complex as yours due to our salad bar being short a few goodies but it’ll be greens and veggies and seeds. All good stuff.

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48 Rebekah @ Medicine, Munchies and Movement October 19, 2011 at 4:27 pm

What a great idea! I’ll have to stick some bread in my salad next time.

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49 katie @KatieDid October 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I would try that pandora but ‘iron and wine’ pandora has been the soundtrack to my day and I can’t get enough. It’s perfect for studying or getting work done without being too distracting.

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50 lynn @ the actor's diet October 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm

y’know what else is stellar in salads? BREAD CRUMBS!!!

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51 Lindsay @ biking before bed October 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

I discovered a cool new Pandora station today you may like. It’s under Halloween music. Yes that’s a category now! it’s called spooky symphonies. I have been listening all day.

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52 Mahealani @ Beauty, Brains, and Balance October 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Yum! Bread + salad = awesomeness. I love Pandora’s film scores, we listen to it at work and give out prizes for correct identifications!

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53 Sarah@The Flying ONION October 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I love bread in salad, but somehow I always end up nibbling it all at first instead of taking bites *with* the salad here and there. Either way, bread really does make a salad super yummy. :D

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54 KathEats October 19, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Definitely ate more than you see :)

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55 Molly @ RDexposed October 19, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Dear Kath, an emo website blasted me for writing “inane” comments on your blog. I will limit myself now to emo-approved comments.

So, um, that plum looks good. :I

Deepest apologizes, Molly.

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56 KathEats October 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm

WTH…your comments are anything but inane. Keep ‘em comin – they always make me laugh.

Say what you want to say

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57 Molly @ RDexposed October 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Of course! That comment had a sarcastic tone in my head as I wrote it-there needs to be a sarcasm font.

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58 lb October 19, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Who does Deepist apologize to, I wonder?

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59 Courtney @ The Petite AthlEAT October 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I listen to it ALL DAY!!

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60 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I think bread makes everything look good. :D

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61 Stephanie @cookinfanatic October 19, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Have you ever had the La Croix sparkling coconut water before?! Oh it is amazing! (they sell it at Target)

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62 KathEats October 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Not yet!!

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63 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Mmmmm croutons.
Confession: next to the salad bar in one of our dining halls, there’s a big bowl of croutons. And almost every time I grab any food from that place, I scoop up a couple of croutons right into my hand to munch on. They’re just too good!

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64 Sara October 19, 2011 at 7:51 pm

hey kath,
i hope this isn’t too personal, but i see you eat a lot of beans and fiber — and sometimes i wonder — how does that woman eat so much of that stuff without having such bad belly aches all the time — do you take any OTC (like beano or something?) — i’d like to include more legumes, kale, squashes, etc. — the kind of stuff you eat regularly — but i find my stomach is too sensitive — any suggestions?

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65 KathEats October 19, 2011 at 7:54 pm

:) I don’t take anything. And I do occasionally notice too much….gas! But usually by then it’s too late. I just love beans and things too much. It has made me stop eating the skin of squash. I don’t notice any problems with veggies – mostly too many legumes or squashy things.

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66 Jillian October 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I take enzymes fairly often. I don’t need them for dairy, but I do for some vegetables and I would for beans, if I ate them. You can find some formulas that include various enzymes to help digest all components of a rounded meal (fats, carbs, protein, fiber, dairy). I took beano a long time ago when I was vegan and ate a lot of beans, but it didn’t help me, personally.

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67 Amanda October 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm

That is AWESOME! You’re so creative!!! Such an inspiration :)

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68 Alexa October 19, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Kath you are sooo inventive!! How do you come up with this stuff?!

I’m going to start putting KERFTONS on all my salads! :D

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69 Kimberly October 20, 2011 at 9:02 am

lol @ KERFTONS…you could sell them at Great Harvest. Great way to use up leftover bread!!

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70 Khushboo October 20, 2011 at 12:59 am

Bread makes everything better, period! :)

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71 Lindsay October 20, 2011 at 5:01 am

I love looking at all the bread you feature, and because Korea is limited to very sweet-who-knows-whats-really-in-there breads I am DETERMINED to make my own:) Can’t wait to tell ya about my first loaf!

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72 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 20, 2011 at 5:54 am

I did this once with a hunk of pumpernickel bread – it was fantastic!

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73 seana October 20, 2011 at 6:25 am

Your toasted bread looks good. I always make my own croutons when I have leftover bread. I toast them with spices and a little olive oil. I like that I can control the sodium and oil. There is nothing worse than getting a salad with greasy croutons! Yuck.

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74 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning October 20, 2011 at 6:48 am

Sparkling water + coconut water = brilliant!
I love to the Knudsen brand sparkling coconut water, but it’s a little pricey to become an addiction. Your idea is much more cost effective. :)

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75 Victoria October 20, 2011 at 9:45 am

You might be interested in this salad, then, just in case you ever have any bread hanging round ;)
It is a summer staple in our house (without the onion).

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/recipes/giorgio-locatellis-panzanella-836649.html

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