Earth Fare

June 6, 2008

We used up the last of the CSA delivery tonight: garlic chives (a big step for me!) in smashed yukon gold potatoes and a green similar to bok choy . Along with leftover tofu + pesto, it was quite a green meal !

In typical Friday night fashion, we opened a bottle of vino . I had 3 oz in our HUGE wine glasses, plus another 3 oz a little later. You can see how hot it was out on the patio!

We covered the tofu in cilantro pesto and seared it in a skillet, but we should have known better because the pesto burned. Here it is topped with more after cooking, which redeemed it. Delicious!

For the taters, we boiled 2 medium yukon golds until fork tender and mashed them along with 1/4 a cup of Fage , 1/4 a cup of skim milk , garlic chives , S+P . I don’t like chives, but they came with the CSA so the husband said we should give them a try. They were just OK. I didn’t like them, but thankfully they didn’t ruin the potatoes! This was just over a half cup of potatoes.

The "bok choy" was cooked in a large skillet as well, steamed with 1/4 a cup of water and flavored with a tbsp of Annie’s Maple Ginger Dressing .

Filling + comforting dinner.

Party, Party

You partiers would be proud of us! After a few weeks in a row of debating to go to our favorite wine bar , we thought tonight was a good night for some live music – and more wine !! Yikes! I just LOVE the wine culture. You really could probably take away the alcohol and I’d still love it as much (actually, I recently read an article on alcohol-free wines and intend to do some research on those).

I love the glasses , the sipping , the smelling , the swirling . And, of course, I love the wine bar atmosphere 8)

It was hard to decide, but I settled on a slightly fizzy + sweet Moscato . Mmmm!

For Round II I really wanted a second glass, but since the first glass was technically my second glass of the night, I knew I should switch to H20 . I ordered a club soda and lime (thank goodness she didn’t charge me!) and sipped on the husband’s Cabernet Franc , one of our favorites. And you know, I didn’t even miss the second glass because my sparkling water felt just like wine.

I could totally go eat our "carb cabinet" right now too, but once I push "publish" I’m headed straight upstairs to brush my teeth and get in bed : ) We’ve got more social events tomorrow night and Sunday so I need to keep my head on my shoulders!

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1 Lauren June 6, 2008 at 10:00 pm

What book did you read and recommend about intuitive eating?


2 Maureen June 6, 2008 at 11:42 pm

Don’t waste your time on the non-alcohol wines, if you’re a true wine lover, like me, you can try them all, and they won’t even come close. Enjoy the real thing, it’s not like you ever overdo. Plus, wine is one of the “super foods.”


3 Kath June 7, 2008 at 6:57 am

Lauren ,
The book is called Intuitive Eating. Search for it on Amazon. I liked it, but I’m not sure I agree with all of it.

I would never (ever!) give up real wine, but since I get drunk/hangovers so easily, I thought it would be cool to try as an alternative for different times. But if you say they’re bad, they probably are :(



4 Julie June 7, 2008 at 7:23 am

I have a question for Kath or anyone else :)

I count calories and went to a Japanese Hibachi restaurant last night…I got the low carb shrimp (so no rice, just shrimp and veggies)….I’ve been looking online to estimate how many calories that was and I can’t find it anywhere. Who many calories do think that was? Thanks!!


5 Maritza June 7, 2008 at 7:31 am

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6 Kelly L. June 7, 2008 at 7:41 am

Kath or anyone else- Does anyone know any good resources on how much soy is too much. I’m worried I might be consuming more than i should by eating so many products with soy in it.


7 Anne P June 7, 2008 at 8:15 am

how fun!! i am proud of you guys 😉


8 VeggieGirl June 7, 2008 at 8:17 am

Cilantro pesto + bok choy = divine meal components. Yum!!

Enjoy your Saturday!! :0)


9 Kath June 7, 2008 at 8:58 am

For a good estimate, I’d need to know:
Appx. how many shrimp
Appx. how many veggies and what kinds
Were there sauces and/or oils involved?

It’s hard to guess without a photo!

In CalorieKing’s database there are two shrimp + veggie dishes that might (might!) be comparable: Leeann Chin’s shrimp + veggies come in at 169 kcal per serving (probably 1/2 a cup servings?) and Wegmen’s Wok Entrees Shrimp + vegetable (frozen) come in at 140 per cup. I’d go with the first estimate since frozen entrees often have less sauce/oil.

I’ve never worked with a web designer before, and I don’t really know if I could afford one. I’m hoping a solution for my photo problems comes up on the Wordpress forums soon (lots of others are having the same issue) – but thanks for your help!

Kelly L.,
I’ve just read articles in women’s magazines and I think you’d have to be eating it with every meal and then some to be eating too much. Although in Asian countries that is normal, but I think the studies have shown those not of Asian decent have a different response to soy. It’s very controversial these days… I would just try to balance in other protein forms like beans and dairy (if you eat it) whenever you can for balance + variety. (Again, just my opinion)



10 Kate June 7, 2008 at 10:54 am

If you liked the Albarino, you should look for a Portuguese vinho verde made from Albarino grapes (alvarinho in Portuguese). They are young wines with a tiny bit of effervescence – not enough to qualify as semi sparkling, but a pleasant but of fizziness. I tried some on a recent trip to Portugal and am hooked on it as a summer drink this year.


11 Maureen June 7, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Yes, Kath, you will be disappointed in the non-alcohol or dealcolized wines. I tried every one I could find, and to be honest, plain grape juice is better. I too, wish there was a few good ones for people that can’t have alcohol. (I am an R.D. and when I used to counsel patients that for whatever reason couldn’t have alcohol, I tried a bunch.)
I can’t wait to try that Albarino. Now that it’s hot, I’m craving whites more. Have you had a viognier?


12 Kath June 8, 2008 at 8:09 am

Maureen ,
Thanks for the heads up. Maybe grape juice in a wine glass would be just as good!?

I LOVE viogniers!! Virginia and NC make a lot of good ones.



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