Dinner Saaga

January 3, 2011

Boy did I run out of time today! Calls took over my life. Never got around to making my recipe, but Matt and I have a plan to morph it into tomorrow night’s dinner, so it’s all good. We have triple dinner parties this week, not including nights we’ve cooked with Karen. Not that we aren’t both worthy, but it’s been nice to make meals a full affair – and plentiful.

Tonight we had the troops – Faith and Tate – over for a reunion get together.

We look so jazzed for photography, don’t we ; )

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Matt baked a special loaf of bread this morning, which we served with some holiday cheeses that were passed through Karen’s social lines to us. Thanks Tracy!

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Believe it or not, most of the cheese tray was GONE by dinnertime! Those boys were hungry!

Faith and I split a Cascal mocktail

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I think this was my favorite flavor so far as a Foodbuzz Maker of Taste – Apple with Anise. It was just like champagne with an apple twist!

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Faith rocked my kitchen!

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For the FIFTH time ever, we made Happy Herbivore’s Lentils with Saag – although we did a different kind of lentils tonight (and I kind of missed the super spiced red lentil dal that we used to make)

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Tonight we used frozen spinach mixed with pinches of every spice imaginable [fresh ginger, garlic, garam masala, curry, turmeric, salt, pepper, cayenne, coriander…]

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And my drinkable yogurt made the perfect addition!

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We also roasted Twin Oaks Tofu and 2 butternut squashes – slow-roasted at 375* for about 45 minutes to PERFECTION!

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Lastly, we cooked up some lentils with a few more spices and a can of diced tomatoes. They were just OK.

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I actually couldn’t finish my plate – it was a LOT of food!!

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After dinner, we decided a walk would be nice, and since F+T walked to our house, we walked them home! And then back home. It wasn’t cold at all, but now that I’m inside again, I can tell I’m thawing out. Can’t wait for warm summer nights!

We didn’t have dinner till 8PM and I can’t believe it’s already 11!

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1 Christine January 3, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Your mocktails look like FUN!

Oh and cute title!!!

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2 Allison @ Can't Wait for Breakfast January 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Yummy dinner! I always like to end my day reading your blog! Just tried the garlic gold nuggets my mom got me for Christmas from your Opensky shop to make garlic bread for dinner! They worked like a charm!

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3 Dorry January 3, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Any dinner that starts with fresh-baked bread is a good one. The whole meal looks really tasty, especially the butternut squash!

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4 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 3, 2011 at 11:06 pm

You guys look COLD in that picture!
But dinner sounds yummy!

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5 Maryann January 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Oh I cant wait for warm summer nights either! I have been missing my nightly walks with the cold weather/rain. Is drinkable yogurt different than kefir?

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6 Kath January 4, 2011 at 8:21 am

The yogurt is not the same as kefir. I researched it and it seems to be that kefir is fermented with yeast AND bacteria, whereas yogurt is bacteria only. They taste, look and act pretty similar to me though.

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7 Camille January 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Dinner looks amazing! You can never go wrong with homemade bread!

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8 Alaina January 3, 2011 at 11:16 pm

It’s amazing how time can just get the better of you! That happens to me frequently. I’d just be doing my thing and *boom* it’s 2AM! Haha.

I just got a Cuisinart food processor and I can’t wait to use it! :-)

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9 Maggie @ Say Yes to Salad January 3, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I had dinner late tonight too! Sometimes it’s nice though :) And yes, can’t wait for those nice summer nights.

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10 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 3, 2011 at 11:27 pm

We eat late too. Oh well :)

The lentils, the roasted veg, everything..just looks amazing!

And you may have convinced me to buy that food proc. I have a store credit I need to use and that one is what ive been eyeing for a few years. I have a Vita but I still want a food proc :) I think seeing you cook with it and seeing it in action…I may just be ordering it now :)

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11 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 3, 2011 at 11:31 pm

I will be making this soon! I need tofu… my Costco stopped carrying it :(

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12 Paige @Running Around Normal January 3, 2011 at 11:40 pm

An Indian feast! Delicious!! I think I shall try HH’s saag :)

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13 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 3, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Yum! Your food always looks so good! I wish I knew you in real life and you could cook for me. ;) Hey, a college girl can dream!

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14 Namaste Gurl January 3, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Looks oh so yummy, colorful and creative! I would love to be your kitchen guest some time :-)

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15 Cara Craves... January 3, 2011 at 11:51 pm

A delicious dinner as always.
It’s always nice to have friends in the
kitchen to cook with.

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16 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 3, 2011 at 11:52 pm

That looks delicious!! and where do you find your drinkable yogurt…is it with the yogurts or with more of the dairy beverages?

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17 Kath January 4, 2011 at 8:21 am

Whole Foods next to the yogurts

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18 Hannah January 3, 2011 at 11:54 pm

What a lovely dinner! Worth waiting until 8pm for, I reckon ;)

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19 Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free January 3, 2011 at 11:58 pm

That meal looked SO delicious. For some reason I’ve been obsessed with lentils lately and even though you said they were just OK, they looked so appetizing to me!

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20 Sana January 4, 2011 at 12:04 am

Yogurt MAKES a meal. It may be because I am Indian but I could eat yogurt with all rice and veggies!

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21 Anna @ ciaotochow January 4, 2011 at 12:04 am

Matt’s bread looks delish! (And I don’t blame the boys on devouring that cheese plate…)

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22 Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! January 4, 2011 at 12:09 am

Dinner looks absolutely delicious!! Did you roast the Tofu and the squash at the same time? I need to try more creative ways to use tofu!

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23 Heidi October 31, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I could watch Schnldier’s List and still be happy after reading this.

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24 Carla @ Will Run for Health January 4, 2011 at 12:10 am

True life: I went to college with Lindsay (The Happy Herbivore) and she is just as awesome and rad in real life as she seems on her blog. Kath, I love your pictures! I feel like I’m looking at a pottery barn magazine :)

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25 Stephanie C January 4, 2011 at 12:35 am

I have a request ;)
I am always interested in the cheeses you guys buy (esp that bleu!), can you start listing which ones you serve/buy? I’ve been searching for your marshmallow-y bleu for a couple shopping trips and have NOT found it!

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26 Kath January 4, 2011 at 8:23 am

I’d be happy to work more on saying the names :) These, however, came from a friend so I don’t know what they are (well, I have the package for one of them – a white stilton with apricot but it doesn’t have a brand).

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27 Christin@purplebirdblog January 4, 2011 at 12:39 am

Those cheeses look diviiiiiine!

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28 M January 4, 2011 at 12:47 am

Okay, I rarely comment, but you have the BEST titles. Clever, without being cheesy or gimmicky. Keep it up! :)

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29 Kath January 4, 2011 at 8:22 am

: )

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30 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 4, 2011 at 2:00 am

The spinach mix is such a great idea. I always keep some in my freezer and then have no idea what to do with it.

And I need to borrow your cocktail idea per my new 2011 moderations goals.:)

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31 Beatrix January 4, 2011 at 2:01 am

Hmm..cheeses, fresh bread and cocktails…a great combination. Looks like a fun evening. And dinner looked divine.

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32 Kris January 4, 2011 at 6:16 am

Great pic of the four of you! Dinner looks delish; I need to do some veggie roasting.

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33 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 4, 2011 at 6:27 am

That dinner looks delicious… I think I’m going to make some lentils today!

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34 Lauren January 4, 2011 at 6:47 am

Gosh its good to have friends that can cook! :) And better yet, appreciate good food as much as you. Have a great day Kath!

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35 Tessa January 4, 2011 at 6:56 am

So fun to have friends over and cook! I cant wait to have my own place

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36 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 4, 2011 at 7:09 am

I admire the ability to prepare edible tofu at home. I’ve enjoyed it in restaurants, but every single time I make it at home, something goes very awry. It never turns out. I end up forcing down a few bites — trying to like it — and then tossing out the rest.

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37 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 4, 2011 at 7:24 am

I can’t believe I’ve never seen that recipe on HH!! She has some great ones- it looks delish. I cannot wait for the balmy temps of summer either!! Only a few months away…

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38 Jess January 4, 2011 at 7:55 am

YUM! I loooove Indian food. Love the blog title too, clever:)

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39 Dee January 4, 2011 at 8:07 am

I saw Cascal ads in the subway yesterday and immediately thought of you! I think I just might head on over to Whole Foods for a taste!

p.s. yum! Your dinner looks divine!

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40 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 4, 2011 at 8:15 am

Dinner looks delicious and sounds like fun with friends!

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41 Allie January 4, 2011 at 8:23 am

You guys just look so jazzed for photography ;) I love that you guys just go with the flow for the spinach, adding all kind of spices an yogurt-mmm :)

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42 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 4, 2011 at 8:27 am

that sounds like a really fun night! and i love taking walks after eating…makes digesting so much easier :)

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43 Allison @ Happy Tales January 4, 2011 at 9:18 am

That green smoothie sounds delish with all the spices! Sounds like something I need to try…

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44 Tine January 4, 2011 at 11:11 am

Lovely dish!

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45 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm

That dinner looks crazy good! I could die if I didn’t eat until 8!!

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46 Megan January 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Kath, that squash looks awesome, how did you roast it???

Megan

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47 Elana January 4, 2011 at 8:06 pm

How was the frozen spinach in the saag compared to fresh? I always want to make this when I’m out of fresh spinach, but I tend to have a bag of frozen always stashed away so I’d love to hear!

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48 Kath January 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm

It sure was easy!!! It did have a bit more of the almost fishy frozen spinach taste, but it was good overall

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49 The Healthy Apple January 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Loving this dinner; looks delicious Kath…I need to try to make this…pronto!

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50 Cascal Soda January 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm

So glad to hear you enjoyed your Cascal mocktail. We really appreciate you taking the time to blog about your experience.

Cheers!

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