Fend For Themselves

March 29, 2008

The husbands are still not home from the horse race, and although we were planning to all go out for a casual dinner tonight, Case and I decided to go ahead and cook something here and let the guys fend for themselves.

We assembled mashed bean, pepper + cheese quesadillas using 1/3 cup mashed leftover garbanzo beans, olive oil, a handful of sauteed frozen peppers, pickled jalapenos, cumin, and 1 oz of shredded cheese.


We made a cumin-yogurt sauce (a half tsp or so of cumin, Cholula hot sauce and about 2 oz plain yogurt) for a topping – perfect cool addition to the spicy quesadilla –



On the side we split a baked acorn squash, topped with a bit of brown sugar at the end of cooking –


And lastly, assembled a quick Boston head lettuce salad with toasted sliced almonds and a homemade lime-balsamic dressing.


From above, on new Crate + Barrel placemats and a ginko plate! LOVE these! Successful shopping trip today :)


Dinner was 585 kcal, 16 grams fiber and 23 grams protein.

Tonight is very low key. I plan to take a bubble bath and read in bed. I still have a mild body ache :( My head is hitting the pillow early tonight!

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1 Maria March 29, 2008 at 6:53 pm

I am totally smitten with that ginko plate. Too cute.


2 Kelly T March 29, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Yeeeah, so I dont know what a ginko plate is. Im assuming its the plate, but thats just a wild stab in the dark. Which is something you could do with that plate cause its pretty sharp.


3 sam March 29, 2008 at 7:11 pm

Do you really need more placements and plates!?? Im lucky to have one half decent set… jeez.


4 Patricia March 29, 2008 at 7:23 pm

i love the plate!!


5 kim March 29, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Uh oh. I went out for a wonderful meal at Trevi, a sort of mediterranean bistro/wine bar. Had the most lovely meal. I planned for it. Worked out for about 75 minutes (600 kcal burned), had scrambled eggs/veggie sausage, fruit for snack mid day, then went downhill with a small iced chai, dinner at Trevi was out of this world, but I feel guilty, had a tapas of citrus vinagrette scallops, two small guys with a garnish of greens (husband had about 1/3 of these), had a bellini (apricot prosecco coctail), then had 1/2 of my entree, a baked mac and cheese gratin (very rich with gruyere) and polished off a glass of chardonnay. Eek. At that point, we decided to go to Cold Stone creamery. We each got a kid sized portion, me the light cake batter ice cream. Now I’m home and well, feel kind of sick. Tomorrows a new day. But ohmygosh.


6 BC March 29, 2008 at 7:47 pm

Sam, I think I saw this plate at C&B for pretty cheap, so Kath didn’t break the bank to get it. :] I think gingko is just the kind of leaf it is. It’s very pretty – green in my favorite color!


7 Romina March 29, 2008 at 7:52 pm

yum! Mashed garbanzos in a quesadilla. I love the new placemats!


8 Ruby Red Vegan March 29, 2008 at 7:53 pm

The cumin sauce sounds really delicious! I love your whole spread – you picked up some awesome finds at Crate & Barrel! I saw some really cute bowls at Target today and thought of you and how cute oatmeal would look in them… But I resisted, haha! The new picture of you up top is really cute too. :)


9 NCCarter March 29, 2008 at 7:58 pm

Yum! I love to make quesadillas out of stuff we have around the house. That sauce looks tasty.

Love the new placemats, too. I’m in the market for some new ones, so I may have to venture to C&B in the next few days.


10 Val March 29, 2008 at 8:36 pm

Hi Kath,

I love your website! I am a former “RD to be” (had to drop dietetics in undergrad as my 2nd major, after taking ALL the nutrition courses; O-Chem killed me:).

In school, we never learned about food scales, except “reccomend them to everyone.” I recently bought a Salter brand scale as I was scared about the amount of cheese I was eating, but I had a question (for you or anyone else who may know!):

I typically use the gram function on the scale to determine a serving size- I just find it easier than dirtying all of my measuring cups every meal. For example, the serving size of beans was 135g or 1/2 cup. I was measuring out canned black beans, and the grams on the can vs. what I measured wasn’t right. And, I have found 65g serving size (half-cup) of light ice cream portioned on the scale is way more than an actually 1/2 cup…anyone know about this? My dietetics drop out may be hurting me at this point :)



11 Jane March 29, 2008 at 8:48 pm

Kim, you need to be more gentle with yourself. The day you had was not horrendous, and like you said, tomorrow is a new day. Having a small iced chai is not “going downhill.” As you said, you had a “wonderful,” out of this world” meal at a nice restaurant with your husband. You had an incredible work-out, and you only had half your entree. Sounds nice. It’s unfortunate that we feel the need to beat ourselves up and are so hard on ourselves when it comes to food, don’t you think? And I’m speaking to you as a survivor of an eating disorder, so know this comes from a kind place. And take it from someone who knows too well: life is way to short to freak out over food.


12 eliza March 29, 2008 at 9:00 pm

I agree with you Jane! Its fine that you realized you overindulged a little, but thats fine.

Just not every single night :)

Take last night for example, for Kath, she drank a little more than she wanted too and she knows it doesnt make her feel good. But she did have a great time with her hubby and friends.
Life is about living, right? Food is there for Fuel and fun..it shouldnt consume your thoughts too 😛


13 Karen March 29, 2008 at 9:20 pm

I love that plate & placemat!!!!

Can we please see a new glass every now and then? hehehe…the orange kid-like cup seems to cheapen all your georgeous place settings! 😛


14 Ana March 29, 2008 at 9:25 pm

kim-that’s nothing to be worried about! seriously! you did a great job getting to the gym and watching what you ate earlier in the day. The thing is, you made the CONSCIENTIOUS decision to indulge and I hope you ENJOYED IT! Eating out is the time to experiment and enjoy food, not worry about what you are consuming. Savor the flavors and the experience. Instead of thinking about how much you’ve eaten or about how you will burn this all off, take in the moment and think about what a joy it is to have a wonderful husband, to be sitting, drinking and socializing, to be OUT in the world! You are blessed, and shouldn’t be so fixated on the AMOUNT so much as the QUALITY. Food is part of life, part of socializing and enjoying life. Please, don’t beat yourself up over having a good time and loving a meal! I see too many people stressing about how much they’ve eaten, how they are going to restrict tomorrow, and how many hours they are going to spend in the gym to burn this off. Food is a pleasure, and is part of living a full and happy life. Just enjoy it and relax^_^


15 hk March 29, 2008 at 9:40 pm

I love the new plates, I’ve been procrastinating and browsing online for new bowls and plates…haha that I don’t need, but it’s still a fun distraction (not that I need that) Dinner with your friend looks delish, I love making fun, healthy dinner with friends! I’m sure the men had their share of fun and “fending” for themselves :) Seems like it was a fun Saturday for everyone! I’m off to hit the books, and then the pillow!


16 Angelcubbie March 29, 2008 at 11:48 pm

Hey Kath! Just made the pumpkin loaf, with a couple modifications subbed almond milk for hemp and used light pancake syrup because I didn’t have any maple and it’s awesome! Thanks for the basic recipe! Did you store yours at room temp or freeze it or put it in the freezer? Also how long will this keep if I store in at room temp or if I store it in the fridge? Thanks!


17 Jill March 29, 2008 at 11:50 pm

kath I was just browsing other pages of your blog and I noticed that you were in the magazine for your weight loss!!

Then I clicked on it, but that CANT be you on the cover!!!???


18 Jill March 30, 2008 at 12:51 am

(I guess I’m Jill #2!) Anyway, thanks to everyone who responded to Kim, I also have been going “downhill” with the whole food intake and was really beating myself up over it – to the point that I felt bad when I felt as though I had had too many WALNUTS because of the rest of my diet was high fat. It’s so nice to hear such sweet comments from people, even if it’s not directed to me.

Kath, I had a lime dressing at Panera while ago and it was AMAZING. I brought some home but am running low, what is your recipe?


19 Nikki March 30, 2008 at 2:58 am

Kath! You are so creative! If I was that good I’d never have to eat a Lean Cuisine again!

How did you start/get interested in cooking? Did you kind of pick up the basics from family members? I really want to be able to make things for myself, but I don’t know where to start.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


20 goalie30 March 30, 2008 at 6:57 am

Hey Kelly T, if you’re out there, I don’t think I completely answered your calcium question the other day. Sorry about that, I was kind of in a rush to get out of the office and on the road for the weekend…You asked about what supplements I would recommend…Basically, if you are not getting 3-5 servings of dairy and/or soy/ calcium fortified cereals/granola bars, etc per day, but you are still getting in at least 2, you only probably need to take 1 500mg tablet with your dinner or with a meal that you’re not having much if any dairy at to ensure you’re hitting the 1200-1500mg per day mark. I think it was twinks who said she was trying to take 3-4 pills of supplementation per day and had a lot of side effects; I only recommend people taking THAT much supplementation if they do NOT get in any dairy or calcium fortified foods each day. The only people I usually see falling this short are some of my elderly patients who live on soup, crackers, and coffee with cookies! So don’t feel you have to push supplements all day long if you have a wide variety and well rounded diet…that way you can avoid some of the side effects of taking lots of calcium pills (ie bloating, gas, constipation)….
If you DO need a supplement, the ones I like best are the Viactiv chews that also have vitamin D in them (the vitamin D helps you absorb the calcium) or the Caltrate supplements. Both are chewable; I just prefer them because I can’t swallow horse pills, but you can take any regular 500mg calcium supplement out there that you want for the most part, you just should have some vitamin D added in with it to help w/ absorption as well.
I have been reading a great book this weekend written by Liz Applegate, a renowned nutrition who also works with the Olympic teams/athletes. I think her book is called “Play Hard Eat Right” or something similar. She had an interesting blurb in the book about supplementation and over-doing vitamins. She actually recommended skipping the multivitamin on days where you eat fortified cereals or have one of the many energy bars out there, just because there are already so many nutrients in these, if you add a MVI on top you can actually over-dose on vitamins! I did not know this. So if you also eat a well rounded diet with lots of fortified foods, you don’t necessarily need to take a vitamin each day. Vitamins are better for people like vegetarians, pregnant women, and women on low cal diets, to help cover for any nutrients they might be missing. Just an extra FYI


21 Kath March 30, 2008 at 8:36 am

Val ,
I totally agree with you about the food scales!! It’s SO much easier to weigh out ice cream than use a measuring cup. And since it’s calorie-dense, I’d like to be sure I’m getting an accurate portion, so it’s not a time when I trust my eyeball. I would trust your scale over your measuring cup for an accurate portion – I’ve read that measuring cups can be off by 25-30%!

Karen ,
But I hate to dirty up a different glass at each meal!! I’ll try to keep it out of sight – or use glass with the “fancier” meals. But like I said earlier this week, I hate drinking water out of glass!

Angelcubbie ,
Glad you liked the loaf! I have mine wrapped in aluminum foil at room temp. Since it’s my first loaf I don’t know how long or well it’ll last like that, but I don’t want it to be chilled.

Jill ,
Yup, I was on the cover of the Jan. 2007 Woman’s World. Flown to NYC and everything. Kind of hard to believe it really happened. It’s kind of embarrassing though because I don’t look like myself at all and it’s …Women’s World. I did it for the free trip to NYC :mrgreen:

Nikki ,
Start with recipes – browse blogs, magazines and sites like http://www.myrecipes.com and start by making a meal plan so you’ll have all the ingredients and following the recipe. Once you’ve done this a while you’ll get more confident to experiment with techniques and flavors on your own. But there are SO many good recipes out there that sometimes I forget that they can be better than my experimenting. I’m going through a “recipe phase” right now where I”m using more….and in a few weeks I’ll probably go through another “throw together” phase. But they are your best learning tool!



22 bikergurl March 30, 2008 at 9:15 am

That’s so funny that you don’t like to drink water from glass glasses, I hate to drink water out of plastic! I always think I taste the plastic.


23 Jill March 30, 2008 at 9:51 am

haha that does NOT look like you Kath!!!

How did you win that opportunity? Did you write in?


24 Hmmm... March 30, 2008 at 12:10 pm

I asked this already a while back but i completely forgot where i posted it and could never find the answer! SO here it is again. I made okra from being frozen (steamed it) and it came out slimmmyyy….it was disappointing because it felt like it was slithering around in my mouth…Is your Okra slimy and if not do you know why mine might have been? Thanks!


25 Kath March 30, 2008 at 4:22 pm

Woman’s World had put out a request for weight loss stories so I sent in mine with some photos. Then I got a call that they wanted me to fly to NYC for the covershoot. I really thought it was a scam until they send me flight info and all the details. I asked if the husband could come too (why not just ask!?) and they said yes! It was an amazing 24 hours trip!



26 Jill March 30, 2008 at 8:21 pm

haha that is wonderful!!!


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