Crusty.

January 31, 2011

Look at this nerd who biked to yoga today!

Nerd alert with the reflector pants!

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Yoga was just meh today. Not much of a workout. Just stretching. But that was OK on the dreary day.

I came home to Matt unpacking some goodies he brought home from the Moose Drool brewery!!

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We’re a moose family :)

For dinner tonight we made a recipe from Natural Health magazine: Deep Dish Greens with Millet Amaranth Crust. It’s from Terry Walters’ new "Clean Start" cookbook!

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It started with a TON of greens

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And veggies

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And a millet and amaranth crust [to which we added nutritional yeast!]

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After drizzling with olive oil

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And broiling for 10 minutes…

we had a pie!

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My 25% portion was served with a side of plain yogurt – which was a really awesome contrast.

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I LOVED the crust on this, but felt the dish was a bit on the bland side. I’m imagining the same concept with more flavorful veggies, cheese (blue cheese!?), a maple scent, bacon, parmesan cheese. Just needed a bit more flava.

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After wrapping up some more computer work, I’m going to go nibble on some dark chocolate and stick my nose into a book!

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1 Simply Life January 31, 2011 at 8:55 pm

oh i love those placemats!

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2 Maryann January 31, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Dinner looks delicious! Love the moose drool tees :)

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3 Marie@feedingfive January 31, 2011 at 8:57 pm

That looks fabulous. Cheese seems like it would up the flavor. Thanks for always giving me new ideas for dinner.

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4 cameo January 31, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I had a “meh” yoga class today too. It was a “meh” day. But that pie LOOKS amazing! Bland or not, tis pretty.

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5 Darcy @ She Sings at the Table January 31, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Oooh, that looks good! I have millet on hand and there’s an impending snowpocalypse…maybe I’ll just stay home safe and experiment :)

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6 Molly January 31, 2011 at 8:58 pm

mmm looks awesome! and love those Moose Drool shirts!

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7 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn January 31, 2011 at 8:58 pm

OH my goodness, anything with dark leafy greenz, garbanzos, and gluten free grains are a hit in my book! Plus it looks crusty and cheesy delicious:)

p.s. Dark chocolate = get in mah belly

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8 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 31, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Those tulips have seriously brightened my day up – easily my favorite flower.

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9 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 31, 2011 at 8:59 pm

It’s amazing how much flowers brighten up a room. That pink really pops!

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10 Michelle January 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Dang, that looks delicious! It’s like a totally revamped and healthy version of a pot pie! I can’t wait to make this.

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11 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles January 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I love those placemats – so fun!

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12 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 31, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Yum on that dinner! Sometimes recipes take a couple of tries to get the flavors just right!

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13 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) January 31, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Dinner looks great! I want one of those t-shirts and definitely one of those beers : )

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14 Kiran January 31, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Do not litter stick your nose – just enjoy reading :D

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15 Kiran January 31, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I meant – literally, not Litter! HEHEHE!!!

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16 Amanda (Eating Up) January 31, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I need to try Moose Drool!

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17 Mrs A January 31, 2011 at 9:10 pm

i just made that recipe last week!! my husband hated it, but i thought it was great! except i think i overcooked the topping, so mine was more of a crumble :-P

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18 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 31, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Wow, that recipe sounds interesting and yours looks delicious Kath. Love the Moose Drool pics!

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19 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 31, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Too bad it was blah-it looks fantastic!!

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20 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 31, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Dinner looks great, even though it was a little on the bland side!

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21 Sarah @ goingongoals January 31, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Your day/evening sounds perfect! Oh wait, I am doing the same thing! What book are you currently reading?

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22 KathEats January 31, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Lonesome Dove

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23 Jess (Sweet Potato) January 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Looks great, I’m sorry to hear it was only meh

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24 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan January 31, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I love that!–”stick my nose into a book”. I plan on doing the exact same thing tonight. I’m currently reading Crazy Sexy Diet and Redeeming Love. I really want to buy Lonesome Dove after reading the suggestions in your comments a while back.

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25 cathyb@brightbakes January 31, 2011 at 9:22 pm

what a creative entree! And those tulips….they make my day…I grow some that are pretty much identical…but obviously it will be at least 3 months before they make an appearance around here!
love,
cathy b.

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26 Jeni January 31, 2011 at 9:26 pm

our family is loving kale chips! thank you for the idea! i even made them for my co-workers, they were 50/50 on loving/hating them. seriously though, how can you hate a kale chip? it tastes like a potato chip. kind of. :)

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27 lauren @ spiced plate January 31, 2011 at 9:29 pm

the millet and amaranth looks yummy!

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28 Allison @ Happy Tales January 31, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Haaaaaa i love the reflector pants! Better safe than sorry :)

And what book are you reading?!

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29 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 31, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Cheese (lots of it!) would definitey be my choice for an addition to that pie! Mmmm :)

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30 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 31, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Did you put something around your ankle so your pants wouldn’t get caught? That’s such a good idea. My pants totally got caught in the spokes once… and I had to take them off to get un-stuck. Yes, it was humiliating :)

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31 KathEats January 31, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Yup!

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32 Amelia January 31, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I love millet, especially with parmesan cheese! Maybe try cooking the millet crust using veg stock next time with a few handfuls of grated parmesan cheese for added flavor? Adding some more seasonings to the vegetable filling may make a difference too, although I don’t really know what other seasonings are in the veg mix.

Your dinners always look delicious! :)

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33 Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle January 31, 2011 at 9:47 pm

that deep dish veggies looks amazing!!!

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34 ilana January 31, 2011 at 10:02 pm

It’s so nice to see y’all reunited. :) Love the moose drool shirts! That may be the best beer name, ever. Just wondering, Matt ship the beer? TSA and all.

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35 KathEats January 31, 2011 at 10:41 pm

He didn’t ship the beer- just the paraphenalia

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36 ilana February 1, 2011 at 12:06 am

I figured– a tad too complicated. Well, whatever you guys were drinking looked great! And the paraphenalia is awesome.

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37 Kaitlin January 31, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Love your cute Montana Big Sky shirt! How was the beer?

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38 Camille January 31, 2011 at 10:13 pm

As beautiful and tasty as that looks, my first thought was, “Is it bland?”
Perhaps more seasoning?

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39 Annette January 31, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Anything is better with some good, quality cheese ;)

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40 Ellie@fitforthesoul January 31, 2011 at 10:24 pm

:P droollllll…that’s what crusty foods make me do

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41 Caitlin January 31, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Lovely pictures. the pie looks beautiful. Ymm!

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42 Kristen, Sweetly January 31, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Oh my. I think amaranth is my favorite grain right now. I had no idea what to use it for next. Thanks for the sublime idea!!!

Sorry yoga was so meh today. I finally found a class that makes me want to keep going back again. I’d been off for a while. It kicked my butt tonight… in a very mellow, centered kind of way. ;-)

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43 Emily @ Savory and Savage January 31, 2011 at 11:07 pm

The picts of you guys in your Moose Drool gear are adorable!

I really enjoyed the video you made about accents. It made me think about my fading Boston accent and the strange way I still pronounce some words like paaaarty and chowdaaaa :-)

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44 Stephanie@Thorns Have Roses January 31, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Would sriracha help?

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45 Maren January 31, 2011 at 11:17 pm

I hate it when that happens, you make something and it’s too bland. Always such a bummer.

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46 Elyse January 31, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I just made that same dish! I used her substitute of polenta instead though…and loved the texture! Cheese would have been an excellent addition.

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47 Elyse January 31, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Also, do you know what ume plum vinegar is? She uses it often in her recipes and I can’t seem to find it at my local grocery stores….

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48 KathEats January 31, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I tasted it at Emily’s once – it was good! Need to find it.

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49 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 31, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Your food looks amazing, as usual.

And yoga being meh…ugh.
It has taken me 11 years of yoga to realize that some days…this is ok. Some days, this is what I am SUPPOSED to be doing, that I dont have to be in 5th gear every single time i step on my mat. I tell my students this, and I need to tell myself this.

Clearly you’re already rocking the whatever, it was fine, attitude. Which is awesome :)

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50 Kat @ Cupcake Kat January 31, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Oh gosh Kath this looks honestly amazing!

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51 Sana January 31, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Those flowers totally light up your meal!

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52 Alaina January 31, 2011 at 11:59 pm

What a great sign! My dad loves collecting those from different breweries. :-)

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53 Beatrix @ Beaglebea February 1, 2011 at 12:00 am

I like the way the pie looks… scrumptious.

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54 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats February 1, 2011 at 12:03 am

The flowers look beautiful on your table :)

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55 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles February 1, 2011 at 12:20 am

Mmmmm moose drool. Fun sign to put near your keg in the basement :)

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56 Hannah February 1, 2011 at 12:26 am

I’ve got to try amaranth again! Your pie looks so good, but I once tried amaranth flakes and they were horribly sour tasting. Perhaps they’d gone off?

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57 Toronto Girl West February 1, 2011 at 12:35 am

I adore the sign!!!!!!!! ;)

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58 Jessica @ The Virtual Scrapbook February 1, 2011 at 12:41 am

I love a crusty top with deliciousness inside. (does that sound dirty? eek).

I also love the moose drool sign! :)

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59 lynn @ the actor's diet February 1, 2011 at 12:47 am

i’m sure you’ll perfect the recipe on the next try!

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60 janine tratsie.blogspot.com February 1, 2011 at 1:10 am

I love this recipe!!!! (and moose drool btwo!)
Thanks for the idea
Janie

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61 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 1, 2011 at 1:43 am

The crust does look delish! Looks like a veggie pot pie :) I agree, bacon or blue cheese or both would make it even better.

Dustin wants to be part of your family. He loves moose. :lol:

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62 stephanie February 1, 2011 at 1:48 am

I love those flowers in that pitcher. Great idea. Simple and beautiful.

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63 Christin@purplebirdblog February 1, 2011 at 1:52 am

I can really appreciate the stretchy yoga classes personally… I love to feel the opening of my hips and shoulders, especially from being cooped up behind a computer all the time!

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64 Gill (snaxandthecity) February 1, 2011 at 5:10 am

wow that dish looks amazing, even if it didn’t taste it!

i had a slow yoga class today too – sometimes its good to just relax i think!

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65 Erin @ Big Girl Feats February 1, 2011 at 7:19 am

That looks super yummy – what a good idea for a veggie pie!

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66 Katie February 1, 2011 at 7:27 am

Nerd alert! lol! so funny!

I really wish I liked beer, you and Matt are always raving about ones you love, Im just not a beer girl ; p

Dinner looks yummy! The flowers look so pretty! They were a good buy ; )

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67 Hope February 1, 2011 at 8:20 am

I love how the veggies look! They look so delicious! I love your placemats! They are all so cute!! :)

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68 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 1, 2011 at 8:59 am

That’s too bad it was sort of bland. I usually love Terry Walters’ recipes. “Clean Food” is one of my absolute favourite cookbooks!

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69 Baking 'n' Books February 1, 2011 at 9:05 am

I seen that book and looks like it does have some nice recipes in it! Thanks for letting us know what you thought of this recipe. Actually the Author herself says that other people may not be used to the tastes of it – maybe too plain or something simply because she doesn’t add any salt and stuff . But interesting.

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70 Jessa February 1, 2011 at 9:22 am

Kath – I make pies like that often (though I add meat to the veggies) and mix the filling with either a thicker broth of some sort, or like a condensed soup from the store (cream of chicken, or a clear soup), which adds a TON of flavor.

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71 Lina February 1, 2011 at 9:39 am

That pie looks so delicious but its already the second “meh” review I’ve read of it, so I think I might make the crust and bake it on top of a ratatouille instead! I always loved the Chickpea Ratatouille with a Polenta crust from “eat, drink and be vegan” I think the millet amaranth would be amazing with it! At least your pics look drool-worthy!

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72 Annie@stronghealthyfit February 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm

You’re right, that meal looks good but it’s missing a little something. Cheese would definitely be my choice :-)

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73 Lindsey @ Enjoying Healthy Foods February 7, 2011 at 7:54 am

Hey Kath!
Wanted to let you know you are in my post tonight for this recipe! Thanks for sharing!
http://enjoyinghealthyfoods.blogspot.com/2011/02/greens-casserole.html

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