Dream On

March 27, 2011


Snow? What snow?!

Faith, Tate, Matt and I all met at 2:30 for a massive walk around our wonderful city.


We biked to their house and walked SIX miles in two hours!!


It was so so so fun to go on a walking tour of Cville!

We oogled over beautiful houses (I want to buy the one on the left but sadly it’s expensive!)


And we played with this fun fella, Lillian’s cousin


Our walk was just what I needed this afternoon! Once home, we [finally] showered and got started on an amazing dinner – perfectly suited for summertime!



Layers of black beans and rice:

Bottom – cumin-spiced brown rice

Middle – a can of black beans with its liquid simmered with 1 large sweet potato until tender, plus cumin, salt, pepper and 1 cup of Whole Foods frozen greens and shredded jack cheese

Top – mango, red pepper, jalapeno and avocado salsa with cilantro and lime

Top topping – Greek yogurt + Cholula!


It was divine!!!



Over dinner we watched Inception. It was good, but it wasn’t as good as The Matrix. I felt like there were lots of loop holes that I’d like the writers to explain to me. Also, car chases and fighting scenes are so 1999. But I do always appreciate a mind-bender.


Sweet dreams!

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1 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Awww, you have so many friendly kitties in your neighborhood(s)! That’s awesome.

Dinner looks great. I like Inception, but I wasn’t that impressed by it. Maybe because I already heard what it was about and nothing came as a surprise by the ending? lol


2 Karen March 27, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I am so making that black bean and rice combo tomorrow. Yum!


3 shannah March 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I will be making this!!


4 Donna March 27, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Dinner looks amazing!


5 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 27, 2011 at 9:29 pm

mmmm we had Mexican infused dinner as well :) I thought INception was fascinating but too felt there were some very unanswered questions…. g-night!


6 Abby March 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Oh my! I have to make that dinner! That sounds amazing!!


7 Sana March 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I lurveeee going on walky walks :)


8 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm

That house is adorable!!


9 Emily @ Savory and Savage March 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm

That looks like a great Sunday dinner!

People seem to either love Inception or hate it.


10 Holly @ The Runny Egg March 27, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I saw your tweet about Inception and The Matrix — I love them both and I can’t quite pick one that I like more than the other. But I loved Inception — it was amazing to see it in the theatre.

I cannot wait until it is a little warmer and I can get out and walk more — to the library, grocery store, etc. It is so energizing to get outside!


11 Baking 'n' Books March 27, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Never seen that movie. Have you ever tried Soy yogurt or anything before? I love Greek but wondering if I should branch out. If it’s in my fridge, I pretty much devour the tub in 2 days. No control.


12 Amie March 28, 2011 at 7:08 am

Try different yogurts: greek yogurt, goat yogurt, plain dairy yogurt, soy yogurt, sheep yogurt. Buy a few tubs of each and stock your fridge with variety.


13 Baking 'n' Books March 28, 2011 at 7:59 am

Thanks! Wouldn’t I have the same problem though? Eating it if there’s there? I would think that soy yogurt could be hard for digestion too.


14 Amie March 28, 2011 at 9:20 am

I don’t understand the problem? Eating it if its there? I go through a 500 mL tub of yogurt in about a day and a half most weeks. Sometimes all cow’s, sometimes all goat, sometimes a mix of goat and soy. I don’t follow any patterns.


15 Baking 'n' Books March 28, 2011 at 2:24 pm

It’s a matter of money. I can’t afford it all the time. With that said, it was on sale today. But that’s not all the time. Thank you anyway dreamin’.


16 Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 27, 2011 at 9:52 pm

YUM dinner looks great! Also, I love walking tours, especially with good company! I think when my mom comes to visit me, I’m going to make her walk with me every morning :)


17 Lesley Lifting Life March 27, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Awesome walk, awesome dinner! :)


18 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing March 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Nothing like a summery dinner to help push through random winter throwbacks! :)


19 Christine (The Raw Project) March 27, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Gorgeous pics, the walk sounds wonderful. And dinner looks fabulous too. I thought Inception was pretty good, but my hubby really liked it for all the plot twists and layers.


20 Kara March 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm

This is weird, but where did you get those bowls? Not only are they a pretty perfect backdrop for food photos, but they seem like the perfect all purpose bowl.


21 KathEats March 28, 2011 at 7:56 am

They’re from Pottery Barn – wedding gifts!


22 Alaina March 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I loved Inception! Probably because I didn’t really get into the Matrix. And also because I LOVE Joseph Gordon-Levitt. :-)

I love taking walks through my new neighborhoods too.


23 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm

that meal looks awesome!!
“mango, red pepper, jalapeno and avocado salsa with cilantro and lime”— YUM!!

The whole thing just looks stellar. As does your time with friends.

And your photography. As always, lovely! I dig the wood planked table. Gives it such a perfect rustic look w/ the style of eats.


24 Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I love Inception, never seen The Matrix. I admit there are a lot of loopholes though. Dinner looks delicious!


25 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats March 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Those black beans soup awesome – I am on a black bean kick this weekend. Made black bean soup with banana added in (felt like trying something new) yesterday and ate it again today :) Your combo looks awesome too :)


26 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I didn’t even wake up in time to SEE the snow! It was gone so soon. I need to rewatch The Matrix…I was too young the first time around.


27 Laughter-Loving Stacy March 27, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I loved the movie Inception! I get what you mean by loopholes, but I like discussing those loopholes and hearing people explain what they think “fills-in-the-blank” best. Leads to some good chats. :)


28 Dimple Snatcher March 27, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Holy mangoes!! :)
Oh, and I loved Inception. Particularly the hot men involved. Mmmm.


29 Namaste Gurl March 27, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Looks amazing– your creativity is beyond belief :)
Well done and glad you had a good day!


30 Valerie @ Cupcakes & the City March 27, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I have been seeing mango pop up everywhere recently! After seeing this delicious dinner, I’ve decided, I need to get some. STAT!


31 Hannah March 27, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Everything you make is so beautiful. The colours make me happy :)


32 Kat @ Cupcake Kat March 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Wow your dinner sounds so delicious. What a cute kitty kat


33 Heather (Heather's Dish) March 27, 2011 at 10:47 pm

i love rice bowls – holy yum!


34 Amy (Honey, Love and Other Things) March 27, 2011 at 11:01 pm

That’s a dinner after my own heart! I really need to try that. We have Inception on Netflix waiting for us to watch it, too. We’ve had it for two weeks; one of these days we’ll watch it. :)


35 Katheryn March 27, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Dinner looks great! You always make meals look so appealing.

I didn’t really love Inception. It was definitely too long, and just barely held my attention.


36 lynn @ the actor's diet March 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm

yum yum and yum. your dinner actually reminds me of inception. when i was putting together a post on oscar-themed foods i chose a turducken – food stuffed into food. the layers are kinda like that too!!!


37 KathEats March 28, 2011 at 7:56 am

What a creative idea! Did you like my layers in my bowl :)


38 Khushboo March 27, 2011 at 11:22 pm

That sounds like an interesting combo- would never think to mix yogurt and cheddar! Cumin is always a winner, adds such a great flavor without sodium!


39 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm

That dinner looks amazing! So summery :)


40 Cara Craves... March 28, 2011 at 2:17 am

I love your layered dinner!
Anything with black beans is a winner; I could probably
eat a whole can myself…which may not make my hubbie
too happy 😉


41 Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) March 28, 2011 at 4:49 am

I liked Inception, but definitely agree that the Matrix was much better. 😀

What a fun walk! It’s a great way to make everything feel like spring despite the cooler temps and snow (!?!)


42 Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living March 28, 2011 at 5:38 am

Fantastic dinner! I’m definitely saving this recipe for a quick weeknight meal. I’ve seen Inception twice, and STILL have questions about it – but I thoroughly enjoyed the visual effects, and of course Leonardo ;).


43 Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com March 28, 2011 at 5:44 am

I really liked Inception, mostly because I went into the theater with such low expectations…I was VERY skeptical. I definitely didn’t think it was Best Picture material, but it was definitely entertaining! Marion Colliard (I can’t spell her name) was FREAKY and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is nice to look at :) Plus I loved Ellen Page’s wardrobe!


44 Lauren March 28, 2011 at 5:58 am

I don’t know if I could last 2 hours in the cold. Although it sounds fun, it also sounds like it would be so much better in the warm sunshine. :)


45 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 28, 2011 at 6:27 am

Sounds like a great day Kath. Dinner looks delicious!


46 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) March 28, 2011 at 6:28 am

Inception was a movie that really blew my mind – I loved all the layers within it, and the concept that you can control *someone else’s* dreams. What did you think of the ending?


47 KathEats March 28, 2011 at 7:57 am

I think he is right and she was wrong. Crumbling buildings is not real life!


48 Allison K. March 28, 2011 at 9:54 am

but did you think he was awake or dreaming at the very end?


49 KathEats March 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm



50 Wendy March 28, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Oooh I love movies that make you think and the end totally did. Was he awake at all in the movie? Other than in the beginning we never saw the spinning stop!


51 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 28, 2011 at 6:36 am

Awesome dinner Kath! I love all the different layers! What a great way to spend the afternoon… there’s always something new to find in your own city. :)


52 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 28, 2011 at 6:50 am

Your dinner looks incredible! I’m definitely going to make it one night this week! 😀


53 Elizabeth@The Sweet Life March 28, 2011 at 6:59 am

what a delicious looking dinner! yum.


54 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 28, 2011 at 7:06 am

Wow, that looks like one loaded salad! Looks like you had a great day out!


55 Sara R. March 28, 2011 at 7:07 am

Hey, we had something very similar for dinner! Mango red pepper avocado jalapeno salsa with cilantro and lime (although ours also had red onions!) over rice with mahi mahi. The greek yogurt would have been a nice touch!


56 Faith @ lovelyascharged March 28, 2011 at 7:09 am

Mmmm, big old massive food bowls like that are the best, and Mexican-themed ones have so many options! That’s such a great idea for cooking the sweet potato in the bean juices!


57 Amie March 28, 2011 at 7:09 am

Kath, do you prefer chia seeds or flax seeds? And what are the different benefits of each? What can one do that the other cannot?
Do flax seeds have to be ground up before they are put in smoothies and cereal? Or should they be pre-soaked?


58 kalli March 28, 2011 at 8:01 am

i just could not get into inception……too much to think about. i think it hurt my head :)


59 rachel March 28, 2011 at 8:23 am

love cholula!


60 Kristi @ KristiAteIt March 28, 2011 at 8:59 am

That meal looks delicious! I love the jalapeno/mango combination!!! Mmmmm


61 Kate March 28, 2011 at 10:40 am

I love that cats poofy tail!


62 Tracy March 28, 2011 at 11:41 am

I love when The Tig visits you!


63 Doc (The Healthy PhD) March 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm

That meal is TOTALLY up my alley! Looks great.


64 Rebecca March 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Can I just say that you have an amazing palate? You always come up with such creative and delicious sounding flavor combinations. You and Matt are going to be some awesome sandwich makers. :)


65 KathEats March 28, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Thank you :)


66 Jesse March 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm

what a delicious looking dinner!


67 MorgzSyd March 28, 2011 at 4:27 pm

the cats are so cute and your dinner truly looks divine!

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68 Lauren @chigallauren March 28, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Just wanted to let you know, your blog pics are always my favorite :)


69 Charise March 29, 2011 at 8:22 am

I felt the same way about Inception – I kept annoying my husband with questions. How do they explain this? How could that be allowed to happen? What do they mean by that?


70 Heather March 29, 2011 at 9:55 am

Wow your layered bowl looks so yummie!!

Did you heat the beans, sweet potatoes, green beans, and cheese all togther first. Did you make your salsa or did you get it somewhere? I have to try it!!!



71 KathEats March 29, 2011 at 10:15 am
72 Katie G. March 29, 2011 at 10:40 am

Love how you broke out the layers in the description! This is one I am going to have to try!


73 Robyn April 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Oh my goodness! It looked yummy in the picture, but I had no idea!! My hubby and I made this for a late lunch today, and it was divine. So flavorful! Thank you for an awesome recipe!! Can’t wait to have the leftovers :)


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