Eats + Okra

August 21, 2009

If you didn’t notice, my lunch was kinda light. Two parts instead of my usual 3-4. I’m trying to just eat until I’m satisfied and not full.

Which sounds fun, but not even an hour and a half later I was feeling a little hungry again! I tried to hold out until 2 hours and then had my apple.

Juicy and cold – mmmm. I forget how much I really love eating apples out of hand.

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Another hour later hunger was still hanging around! This is why I am not a grazer – I just can’t get satisfied on little portions. So I chose my next snack as my tried-and-true filler-upper

Yogurt + cereal. Perfecto!

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Had this at 3:30 and wasn’t hungry again for 3+ hours. And I had an appetite for dinner!

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Speaking of dinner, it rocked!

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Leftover frozen veggie burgers from our Great Harvest cookout (see the recipe here: Tara’s Veggie Burgers). Matt didn’t get to bring home any buns, so we just ate them plain.

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And the bun was replaced with some Trader Joe’s cornbread that we made back in April and froze. One of my most successful and useful frozen items ever! 60 seconds in the microwave and it’s perfectly hot again.

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The highlight of dinner was most definitely the OKRA. I love okra, but I have never eaten it in whole form. My gosh, talk about delicious!!! I love the delicate shell of okra and the oozy inside with a slight crunch and a big mouthfeel.

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We tossed it in a tsp of canola oil and rubbed on some creole seasoning (which makes everything better) and roasted it in the oven at 400* for about 20 minutes.

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SO DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO LOCAL! Can’t wait to get more at the market this weekend!

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I left about 25% of my burger and a bite of cornbread for Matt

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I worked hard all afternoon on my consultations. They are quite time consuming, but also fun because it’s my favorite topic and I know I’m helping others in the process. I worked straight until 5:00 and then broke for this:

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The only way I could get him to join me was the promise of a shoulder massage!

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I’m off to watch episode #2 on disc 3 of season 1. I feel like this weekend was earned with a few days of hard desk work.

Tomorrow Matt‘s working and we’re helping our friends Michelle and Ben move into their new house – just 2 miles away! The rest of the afternoon is marriage time since I have been traveling so much I feel like we haven’t spent much time together!


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1 Errign August 21, 2009 at 7:33 pm

I can’t wait to find the new chobani flavors in my grocery store! Your dinner looks great, too!

& I noticed Matt is clashing with your couch. 😀


2 Anna August 21, 2009 at 7:35 pm

You and Meghann are making me want Okra and I don’t even think I like Okra! I’m going to have to give it another go!

Also, have you tried the Creole seasoning on cabbage? I cut up cabbag and put it on a baking sheet. I spray it with a little I Can’\t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray and sprinkle with Creole. Bake it at 350 until tender and it’s so YUMMY!


3 Pam (Highway to Health) August 21, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Sounds like a good night!! Enjoy!


4 Jenn ( August 21, 2009 at 7:40 pm

I’m not a grazer either, I’m all about big, filling meals! Although, I do graze sometimes and eat mindlessly other times lol. I don’t like not feeling “full” after a meal; I usually end up hungry an hour later when I am less-than-satisfied.

I’ve never had okra, it’s on my “must try” list.



5 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 21, 2009 at 7:40 pm

ah gossip girl…my hubby watches it with me b/c of the shots of nyc (we lived there for 7 years) but i know better…


6 Evan Thomas August 21, 2009 at 7:43 pm

I picked up okra at the farmers market for the first time today and was dumbfounded what to do with it. Thanks for the recipe!


7 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 21, 2009 at 7:52 pm

I haven’t had a good experience with okra, but I’m guessing its due to the fact I’ve only tried the frozen variety…ha! I need to find some fresh okra and give it another go…thanks for sharing the recipe! 😀


8 haya August 21, 2009 at 7:53 pm

somehow local things just taste SO MUCH BETTER. maybe it’s all in my head, but i love it. yummy + fun looking supper!

i feel like i am missing out on all this gossip girl! i’ll put it in my queue to watch after i catch up with mad men and lost. too much tv, too little time and not enough reading books =D


9 april August 21, 2009 at 8:17 pm

That okra sounds great! I’m going to have to be on the lookout for some!


10 Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) August 21, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Does baking the okra make it less slimy? I like pickled okra but fresh is just too gummy or slimy for me. I’ll try your recipe….


11 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale August 21, 2009 at 8:19 pm

I am a recent okra convert, but here’s my favorite prep:

Toss in olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill on a hot grill until the sides are charred. Top with lemon juice.

Honestly, I think it’s as good as eating french fries!


12 katey August 21, 2009 at 8:19 pm

omg I love your living room! it is so cute :) All the colors and everything


13 Lydia August 21, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Do you prefer canola oil over olive? I was in Spain just recently and loved how cheap and abundant olive oil is there! Tastes so good!!!
By the way, I love the new pomegranate flavor of Chobani yogurt.


14 Lydia August 21, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Do you prefer canola oil over olive? I was in Spain just recently and loved how cheap and abundant olive oil is there! Tastes so good!!!

By the way, I love the new pomegranate flavor of Chobani yogurt.


15 Nina August 21, 2009 at 8:30 pm

kath you’re so cute…”marriage time”, i love it.

and i LOVE the color of your living room, i can’t believe i never noticed it before! you have a gorgeous house


16 Rebecca August 21, 2009 at 8:31 pm

I love all of your furniture!! Your dinner looks yummy!


17 kay (eating machine) August 21, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I’ve never had whole okra… I don’t think it grows in Oregon, so I always get it frozen… but it looks so pretty the way you did it!


18 amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) August 21, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Gossip Girl is so much fun to watch. I love that you are watching it, I bet you love it! Especially if you enjoyed Sex in the City. It’s like a teen version of it in a way.


19 Help Meghan Run August 21, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Confession time…I’ve never tried okra. Looks like I need to pick some up soon!


20 Chloe (Naturally Frugal) August 21, 2009 at 8:41 pm

I have yet to try okra, but it sounds delicious and like a fun new vegetable to add in to the mix. Hopefully someone around here is growing it…

Also, do you pay for a gym membership? I’m having a hard time deciding if mine is worth it and you always seem to be staying active outside of the gym. Thanks!


21 Penny August 21, 2009 at 8:44 pm

I’m a pickled okra kind of girl. :-)

The colors in your house work so well together and are so pretty.


22 Shannon The Healthy Beach Bum August 21, 2009 at 9:15 pm

oh my goodness I love Gossip Girl!! Such an addicting show . Wish I had some money like them :)

Your burger looks really good!


23 [email protected] Vorilee August 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm

I am a grazer, but lately have been tending toward bigger meals. :-)


24 AnnQ August 21, 2009 at 11:09 pm

I’ve never tried Okra…..but now I know what to do with it! :-)


25 Caroline August 21, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Yummy okra! It’s one of my favorite things about living down South;)


26 Madelin @ What is for breakfast? August 22, 2009 at 6:21 am

Enjoy your Gossip Girl! It’s pretty addictive!


27 Adventures of Alice August 22, 2009 at 6:24 am

Okra is so good–I wish I could find it in Scotland!
Gossip Girls is sooo trashy, but I have watched all of them and enjoy watching them! Usually Tim watches them with me, but with his laptop out so he can do other things as well. = )


28 Susan August 22, 2009 at 7:01 am

I’ve never had okra before!! It’s just not a popular side dish around these parts, but I really want to try it after seeing it on so many blogs!

Gossip Girl is one of my favourite guilty pleasures :)


29 Lizzy August 22, 2009 at 7:52 am

The veggie burger looked amazing

last night i was talking about okra and how i need to try it, and so i think i’m picking some up today and going to do what you did. thanks Kath!


30 [email protected] August 22, 2009 at 8:18 am

I love how good hard earned weekends feel! And Gossip Girl is the perfect mindless way to relax :)


31 K August 22, 2009 at 8:19 am

I literally just got done eating an apple and I want another thanks to your picture – so juicy and crunchy!!

That cornbread and veggie burger look delicious! I hope you and Matt get a lot of time together this weekend :)


32 Ellen @ Peace in Motion August 22, 2009 at 8:32 am

all the food looks delish!


33 adrianna August 22, 2009 at 8:57 am

gossip girl is the abs best! totally addictive, and although matt prob wont admit it (reallllly ‘needed’ that shoulder massage ;), i bet he loved it, too!


34 Kath August 22, 2009 at 9:05 am

Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels),
Nope, slime is it’s characteristic feature.

Lydia ,
I prefer olive oil, but we’ve been out for a while.

amanda (Two Boos Who Eat),
I tell everyone it’s like SATC! Not quite as fun, but definitely just as entertaining.

Chloe (Naturally Frugal),
My YMCA membership is $35 a month. Even if I only go a few times a week, it’s worth it to me to have the cross training and weight lifting available.



35 Marisa (Trim The Fat) August 22, 2009 at 9:15 am

I’ve been transitioning into eating until satisfied, too. It’s a real learning experience for me!

Hmm…okra. I’m scared of it. But, you’re making a good case for trying it 😉

Enjoy your weekend, Kath!


36 Traci August 22, 2009 at 11:20 am

OKRA! Ha! it appeared so many times on Meghanns blog that I just had to try it. Never had it before this week. Went out to the market and picked some up and ate it raw and…LOVED it!


37 Maddy August 22, 2009 at 12:34 pm

so i dont know if you have gotten to it (i think you have) but you have to tell me what you thought of the Thanksgiving episode of gossip girl. it was my favorite of the season by far!


38 Kath August 22, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Maddy ,
It wasn’t my favorite!! But def. juicy. My favorite so far was the masked ball :)



39 Jenna August 22, 2009 at 7:21 pm

those veggie burgers look great! i should try the recipe sometime soon!
i used to watch gossip girls but once i miss an episode i am so lost, so one day i must sit down and watch them alll to get caught up :)


40 Ali August 23, 2009 at 8:20 am

I just bought some okra at my farmer’s market yesterday. I think I will try baking it in the oven…thanks for the idea!


41 Andrea [bella eats] August 24, 2009 at 9:34 am

LOVE whole okra like that, and LOVE all of your local eats!!!


42 Chrissy August 30, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Your living room is gorgeous! I’m jealous!


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