Dinner For Three

July 12, 2012

Was it a slow afternoon for you?


[Bread snail at the bakery!]

I went in to have a meeting with the Chief of Bread this afternoon. Came home and finished up a bunch of calls and things – there are a few things changing on KERF in terms of the way sponsorship manifests and things that I’ve been working on behind the scenes these days. Heads up!


I also found a package on my porch when I returned – peaches from Frog Hollow Farm! Once a company gets your address, there’s no telling what will show up! But in this case, it’s always a welcome gift. Frog Hollow (who I have met at Foodbuzz many times) really does produce some of the best fruit in the world. Their pears are to die for, but I’ve never had their peaches!


Dinner tonight was all on me, as Matt had to close and then went for a run. My goal was to have his dinner on the table juuuust when he emerged from the shower. Good timing!


But somebody else got word that dinner was cooking and joined us at the table!


Dear me, what habits are we creating!?


Matt eventually had to wave her away because she REALLY wanted a sip of his beer! [So did I…]


On the menu was a rice + beans bowl. I proclaimed the other night that we need to eat rice and beans more often. It’s one of my favorite vegetarian dinners!


Inside the bowl was a base of brown rice (thanks rice cooker!) seasoned with nutritional yeast topped by a layer of sautéed zucchini, tomatoes and a can of pinto beans, which were seasoned with chili powder, smoked paprika and Garlic Gold Southwest nuggets. Cheese on top – and of course greek yogurt “sour cream.”


Black beans are so common, but they are actually one of my least favorite types of beans. The starchier fat ones are much more delicious: pintos, kidney, big white beans.


I’m thinkin’ bout a peach for dessert! And breakfast!


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1 [email protected] July 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Just had a big ol’ juicy peach today! And watermelon, cherries, and berries. Oh I heart summer.


2 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 12, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Those peaches look perfect! Sometimes fruit via delivery (most times, actually) is pretty beat and banged up but those peaches are perfection!

Sponsorship and all that jazz….hope it’s going smoothly :)


3 kaila@ healthy helper blog! July 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Love simple meals like that! Nothing beats tex-mex style rice and beans!


4 lynn @ the actor's diet July 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm

love frog hollow pears – have never had their peaches!


5 Carrie @ Nutrition by Carrie July 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Hi Pumpkin! No wonder she invited herself to the table, dinner looks yummy. That reminds me that I haven’t done beans & rice in ages, even though it’s easy, inexpensive and delicious!


6 Cait's Plate July 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Oh my those peaches look just about as good as they get!!


7 Erica { EricaDHouse.com } July 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Holy cow that kitty is adorable!


8 Sarah @ Learning to Feed Yourself July 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I love rice and beans! It is such an easy meal and cheap too!


9 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Beans and rice are one of my all time favorite meals. It’s so comforting and so delicious! Dinner looks perfect Kath!


10 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles July 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm

A package of peaches so beautifully wrapped…lucky girl! Your veggie meal would please my palate! Sounds delish!


11 Becca July 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Oh, what an adorable dinner guest you have!

No elbows on the table? How about no PAWS on the table!


12 Brie @ Coxswain's Dilemma July 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm

That bread is SO CUTE. Love GH loaves.


13 Mary July 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I love Pumpkin’s cameos on the blog. You guys really can’t have a cat? What about a porch/backyard kitty so you don’t have dander in the house? 😛 I’m such a cat person, I end up telling everyone they need to get a cat because they are such awesome pets!


14 KathEats July 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

We don’t need one! We have Pumpkin!


15 Ann July 13, 2012 at 8:12 am

Girl, you need to get a dog someday. With all your walks and runs, you would seriously be the best dog owner.


16 KathEats July 13, 2012 at 8:23 am

I’m just not a dog person…


17 Ann July 13, 2012 at 8:27 am

haha I can totally respect that


18 Amy July 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Do you mean wave her away?


19 KathEats July 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Yes, thanks


20 Pat July 12, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Hmmm, never thought about adding a layer of zucchini, but I do often use raw spinach as a base for rice and beans. Looks yummy!


21 Christie July 12, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Boy, I would appreciate companies sending things my way for free! You almost sound as if you wish they wouldn’t!


22 KathEats July 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Not at all my tone or implication! it can be awkward though since I don’t do reviews anymore. If a company just sends something I usually mention it though, since they went to the trouble. always appreciated.


23 Ashton July 12, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Hah pumpkin reminds me of my cat here, he always sits on the dinner table with us which is probably the most horrible habbit to allow him but he’s 14 and my boyfriend loves him so dearly he can’t say no too him and he even gets to taste some of the dinner sometimes. I like to think its because he enjoys my cooking 😛 really he just loves feeling like the big boss cat. Earlier I was doing yoga and he was beside me on his own little “mat” doing cat pose lol. Today funnily enough we had beans and rice as well but of the curry kind, brown rice with chickpeas and cauliflower plus home made curry :) tasty stuff! Sylvester even licked a chickpea and didn’t look too impressed!


24 Emma July 12, 2012 at 9:52 pm

It was a slow afternoon for me too, my internet wasn’t working at work so there was a lot I couldn’t get done. At least I got to go to the farmers market this evening! Those peaches look great!


25 Darien July 12, 2012 at 10:22 pm

oh sweet heart, no more canned pinto beans! they are so simple and delicious and a southern girl shouldnt have to rely on canned! pop them in a crockpot with beef stock (bacon and beans optional) and cook them low and slow for 8 hours or so. then season with garlic, salt, chili powder. we love it with gf cornbread, or rice. and topped with sour cream occasionally! so cheap and easy, child.


26 KathEats July 13, 2012 at 7:02 am

I agree dried are more delicious, but I don’t always have 8 hours!


27 Darien July 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Thats the beauty of a crockpot!


28 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats July 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Haha Pumpkin at the table is too cute!

I love how simple yet delicious your dinner looks. My only problem is is that I don’t eat beans. >.< My stomach just does not handle them well at all and it gets really painful.


29 Liz July 12, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Pumpkin in quite the adorable dinner guest!


30 Liz July 12, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I mean ‘is’! 😉


31 Erin July 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Rice bowls are a favorite in our home too but I always use black beans (simmer in a little white wine and add green onions). Will have to try with pinto beans–I never even think to buy those. When im actually planning ahead a little (you’ll find that’s tougher once the baby is in your arms rather than your belly ;)) I like to recreate my version of chipotles cilantro lime rice too.


32 Khushboo Thadani July 12, 2012 at 11:49 pm

I haven’t had peaches in forever- love ’em with vanilla yogurt!


33 bobbi July 13, 2012 at 12:13 am

LOVE THIS RECIPE! Simple and delish! I thing I shall recreate (minus the dairy) this weekend!!!


34 Amelia July 13, 2012 at 12:21 am

I can almost taste those peaches through the screen! They look so juicy!


35 Jen July 13, 2012 at 12:23 am

When are you due Kathy?


36 KathEats July 13, 2012 at 6:59 am

August 31


37 Jen July 13, 2012 at 12:35 am



38 j3nn July 13, 2012 at 12:42 am

Boxes of fruit are where it’s at! Unless you are the Barones, in which case a box is way too much. 😀 (Everybody Loves Raymond reference…)


39 Denise July 13, 2012 at 7:42 am

I thought of that episode, too!


40 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count July 13, 2012 at 5:47 am

Looks delicious! I should make beans and rice more often too!


41 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 13, 2012 at 6:56 am

I love rice & bean bowls too – especially topped with salsa, Greek yogurt and avocado!


42 Christa @ Edible Balance July 13, 2012 at 7:05 am

It’s been way too long since I’ve had rice and beans… so simple and so delicious! thinking that may be on the menu tonight :)


43 Kimberly July 13, 2012 at 7:13 am

I wish someone would mail a box of peaches to me! You are lucky!


44 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope July 13, 2012 at 7:17 am

Those peaches look delicious! :) They are one of my favorite summer fruits for sure. Dinner looks great! I really need to get a rice cooker.


45 Caitlin July 13, 2012 at 7:19 am

Cutest picture of the cat at the table! Love how he tried to accompany you guys! :)


46 Nicole July 13, 2012 at 7:58 am

Your simple meals like this one always make me so hungry and like, “What the heck!?!? Why didn’t I think of that?!?” We have rice and beans a lot (typically white rice and black beans with avocado), but this inspires me to add a bunch of veggies & spices, change the rice to brown, and add cheese & sour cream!


47 Ann July 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

hahaha men are so funny. All the men in my life are the same with cats – not impressed by them in the least, even when they do adorable things like sit at the table (I’m not a crazy cat lasy — definitely a dog person, I swear!!! haha)

Your din din has inspired me for my supper tomorrow night (tonight I’m going out for Ethiopian cuisine – have you had that, Kath? Lots of beans, cabbage dishes, greens – truly heaven on earth).


48 KathEats July 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

Love Ethiopian! I don’t think we have that here though


49 Ann July 13, 2012 at 8:15 am

Looks like you’re right (had to check) – but have you tried this place? Looks awwwwwesome



50 KathEats July 13, 2012 at 8:23 am

We have been meaning to get there for 2 years – as well as the Italian place next to it!!


51 JennF July 13, 2012 at 9:03 am

That determined little Pumpkin face is hilarious!!


52 Missy July 13, 2012 at 9:08 am

Those peaches look DELICIOUS! I was just in Cville (for the first time! coming down from DC) last weekend and went up to the Carter Mountain Orchard and picked out a BUNCH of peaches. We made peach salsa with them (and ate them alone too, of course). Turned out AMAZING.


53 Rachel C July 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

Love that Pumpkin!! So cute.


54 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac July 13, 2012 at 10:40 am

Rice, bean, and veggie bowls are one of my go-to dinners! They’re always so easy and filling!


55 Erin @ erinberries July 13, 2012 at 11:05 am

Hah! My cat does that too. She thinks she’s a human. She loves drinking my boyfriend’s beer. Crazy cats.


56 Full Flavored Life July 13, 2012 at 7:45 pm

The combination of rice beans and zucchini is great! Looks like a lovely dinner!


57 robin July 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Love that pumpkin, hows the folks without Miss Lillis?


58 Mary July 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm

People’s preferences are so interesting. I’m a vegetarian and eat a LOT of rice and beans, but the big starchy ones are my least favorite. I much prefer the smaller beans: black, garbanzo, peruvian, black eyed, and lentils.


59 Jen @ keepitsimplefoods July 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Black beans and rice is one of my favorite dinners. Rock solid.


60 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Rice + beans really IS delicious and something I need to have more often but I’m not sure why I always forget to build it into the meal plan. I’ll have to remember for next week… 😉


61 Angel7 July 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Those peaches look wonderful! I may have to order some fruit from Frog Hollow Farm sometime.



62 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Oooh bread snails! Pass on the escargot, but I’d love a piece of that one.


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