January 24, 2011

I’m having one of those crazy spastic days where I don’t know what’s going to happen next with myself!

Take the KERF comments for example. I tested a new plugin, decided it wasn’t 100% perfect, uninstalled and am back at square one. Although I did green-up the admin comments so hopefully they are easier to spot!

My workout today involved carrying these giant ice-pack filled bins half a mile to the Relay Foods drop off.


Relay is an awesome grocery collaboration + delivery service that I tried out earlier this year. I’ve had these bins forever and needed to return them!


I met Andrea of Bella Eats for an afternoon walk as she picked up her groceries. We walked for a while – I covered about 3 miles.

I did more weight lifting when I took out the trash like a big girl [this is usually Matt’s chore :mrgreen:]


Came home to this refreshment – only half left :(


Then I did lots of things that sucked away my time in the house and on the computer. Soon enough it was 7PM and I was getting hungry!! Dinner is not going to cook itself this week..


I thawed out some shrimps for dinner. Matt and I used to eat frozen shrimp ALL.the.time. But then we realized that our shrimp from Harris Teeter came from Thailand and stopped buying it for environment reasons. I checked out Whole Foods this week for a more sustainable frozen shrimp source and was happy to come home with some that weren’t too, too expensive.


I turned them into a tomatoey eggplant + bokchoy + quinoa random dish!


The featured seasoning was a new jar of Nello’s Sauce. Blog reader Heather’s boyfriend, Neal, spend years living and traveling in Italy. Inspired by his grandmother and the food he enjoyed on his travels, he’s developed this new line of sauces made from real Italian plum tomatoes with fresh basil, Sicilian sea salt, fresh basil, garlic and thick Italian extra virgin olive oil.

I’ll be the first to tell you that I love it because it did indeed taste fresh from the garden [and because it was free of onions!]


For my dish, I sauteed the shrimp, then removed them and added the eggplant (1 small) and bok choy (leftovers – half a big head) and sauteed until they were brown. I added a splash of sherry some Italian herbs, 1 cup of cooked quinoa and about a cup of the delicious red sauce to bind it all together.



Enjoyed by the light of my Aveda candle


And in the company of a beer from the taps my basement. Because Italian food should not be consumed with water.

[Aren’t you jealous Kanz!?]



Somehow the night has carried away from me and I’ve got a Gossip Girl to watch!

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1 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats January 24, 2011 at 10:16 pm

What a fun dinner!


2 Courtney @ the granola chronicles January 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm

For being random, your dinner looks really tasty!


3 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) January 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm

I love your placemat!


4 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 24, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Love the Kanz mention in the beer pic :) You all are too cute!


5 Megan January 24, 2011 at 10:22 pm

So jealous of your aveda candle! Aveda aroma is so so amazing delicious. Is the candle nice?

I have some super cute baby pics on my blog today :)


6 Meredith (Pursuing Balance) January 24, 2011 at 10:25 pm

i love how candles can make any meal elegant!


7 kaila @ healthy helper! January 24, 2011 at 10:25 pm

i love random meals like that! you end up just throwing a whole bunch of great ingredients together and coming out with an awesome dish! :)


8 jessica January 24, 2011 at 10:26 pm

GG is so good tonight!!


9 ann January 24, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Do you like the Aveda candle? I’ve had my eye on it for some time.


10 KathEats January 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Love it!!


11 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Ooh, that dinner looks absolutely delicious!!


12 Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 24, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Good looking dinner! And that grocery thing looks interesting, I’ll have to check it out. Do they provide organic or anything?


13 KathEats January 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Yeah, lots of organics!


14 jamie January 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I am so impressed by your willpower–I can never save 1/2 of my kombucha because it’s just too delicious!


15 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I get sucked into the computer vortex all the time. It kills my days!


16 Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly January 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Well I’m glad you kept busy, and remembered to cook yourself dinner. Hopefully it won’t last too long, and you’ll have the husband back soon enough. :-)


17 Namaste Gurl January 24, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I had an italian- inspired dinner tonight too, not as creative and spontaneous as yours, though 😉


18 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 24, 2011 at 10:37 pm

That sounds SO good! And I adore sauces like that.. that taste FRESH.


19 Kristy @ KristyRuns January 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I am on an eggplant kick right now, so that looks extra delicious! :)


20 Sheila (Bookjourney) January 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Oh wow that looks so good and now…
I am hungry!


21 Hannah January 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm

That dinner looks fabulous! Gosh, on a day like that all I can muster up is a spoon, a peanut butter jar, and a block of chocolate…


22 sarah (sarah learns) January 24, 2011 at 11:04 pm

do you like the flavor of that kombucha? since they changed it because of the alcohol content, i have been so unhappy with every flavor i’ve tried – i haven’t tried that one yet. the gingerade flavor is the one that i like the best since the change.


23 KathEats January 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I did like it. My favorite of the non-green flavors :)


24 [email protected] January 25, 2011 at 1:38 am

I am with you… they are just not the same in a bad way, and I haven’t seen the 21 and up old school ones for purchase yet!


25 Meg January 24, 2011 at 11:06 pm

I was a little scared to comment earlier cause the comments were all funky looking, haha! Glad all is worked out :)

Mmm I love shrimpies!


26 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 24, 2011 at 11:12 pm

I just spent HOURS figuring out comment plug-ins. Major migraine right now that’s for sure. I love that even now you still do all the computer stuff yourself!


27 KathEats January 24, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Well I definitely broke some things tonight in a bad way – thankfully I figured out how to fix them too!


28 Lisa January 24, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Yum to your dinner! I may have to try this (with no shrimplets) sometime soon. I love everything if you mix it with quinoa!


29 Kiran January 24, 2011 at 11:44 pm

I’m glad you are back with the WP comment. Intense debate is a little way too complicated on my iPad :)


30 Sunya January 24, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Your dinner looks yummo! I hope you were not kidding about Gossip Girl…I am sadly addicted to cheesy teen shows and love this one!


31 Alaina January 24, 2011 at 11:53 pm

You’re so creative in the kitchen! I’m jealous. 😉


32 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 24, 2011 at 11:53 pm

I’ve still not tried kombucha. I’m scared of it :)


33 Jessica January 25, 2011 at 8:40 am

Glad it’s not just me that is scared of Kombucha!



34 Amy Pea January 25, 2011 at 9:50 am

Be scared b/c it is a very expensive habit…once you have one, you will probably be hooked! That’s what happened to me.


35 [email protected] lady January 24, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Wow what an active day! I love random quinoa dishes, they’re the best!!!

Hope you’re enjoying Gossip Girl :)


36 lynn (The Actors Diet) January 24, 2011 at 11:57 pm

mmm that sauce sounds good. enjoy GG


37 Sana January 25, 2011 at 12:01 am

Yumm! That shrimp looks good!


38 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 25, 2011 at 12:06 am

What a lovely dinner :) I like that you make meals special by enjoying them by candelight and taking the time to make your food look pretty!


39 Jess @ atasteofconfidence January 25, 2011 at 12:11 am

That looks awesome…I am on a shrimp kick lately!


40 Camille January 25, 2011 at 12:23 am

So tasty!
I bet you are excited to get Matt back!


41 Bec January 25, 2011 at 12:29 am

1. I love that you wrote onion free in small type! Was that to avoid offending people that like onions? I am with you Kath, the less onions in my food the better! I personally think tomato sauces without onion are fantastic! It allows for the tomato flavor to really stand out :)
2. THis dish looks amazing, I love how you regularly make simple veggie packed meals! And only one pot too :) Definitely going to try a version of this soon!


42 Dimple Snatcher January 25, 2011 at 12:44 am

I liked the new plug in, but the old one works good, too :))))


43 Shannon @ A Better Me January 25, 2011 at 1:04 am

Shrimp & eggplant…I’m good with that 😀 Looks fantastic! I’m trying to be creative in my dinner quests and you are a great inspiration!


44 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 25, 2011 at 5:30 am

That eggplant + quinoa dish looks fabulous! And that sauce sounds REALLY good! I love the wholesome ingredients; I’d totally buy it (if it weren’t too, too expensive!) 😀


45 Lauren January 25, 2011 at 6:45 am

Haha, I love your philosophy that Italian food should not be consumed with water! You are so right, it’s definitely an understatement.


46 Katherine January 25, 2011 at 6:54 am

I always have concerns about shrimp too. Where is your Whole Foods shrimp from? I’m liking the comments so much better this way!


47 KathEats January 25, 2011 at 9:42 am

OMG – Thailand!!! I had no idea – WF advertised them as certified farm raised with their special “sustainable” seal so I of course didn’t do much more research. I’m glad you had me double check!

Although, I went to Seafood Watch where I do seafood research and they have Thailand farm raised shrimp as a “Good Alternative” so I don’t feel as bad, but they are certainly not local to the US. Darn!!


48 Katherine January 25, 2011 at 10:06 am

Wow, that’s frustrating. Thanks for checking. That Seafood Watch site is a great resource. I carry around a little card from them and pull it out like a big nerd when I order seafood in restaurants.


49 KathEats January 25, 2011 at 10:23 am

I had the iPhone app which was SUPER helpful but now they don’t have one for Droids!


50 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 25, 2011 at 7:35 am

Dinner looks delicious! I love that you are teasing Matt from a distance. I am sure he is missing you!


51 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete January 25, 2011 at 7:41 am

I like that your comments are in green – they are much easier to spot!

And although I love onions, that tomato sauce looks so amazing.


52 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 25, 2011 at 7:42 am

Oh wow! The shrimp bowl dinner looks really good. Amusing that water doesn’t complement Italian food. Agreed.


53 Jo @ Jo's Diet Journey January 25, 2011 at 7:56 am

That shrimp dinner looks DELICIOUS! I might just have to attempt to whip it up at home :)


54 Allie January 25, 2011 at 8:20 am

Randomly put together dinners are the best :)


55 Maria @ The Fitted Apron January 25, 2011 at 8:27 am

I’m sure Kanz is jealous :)


56 Jessica January 25, 2011 at 8:41 am

I hate onions in my tomato/spaghetti sauce! I’ve just decided that I need to make it myself in order to fully enjoy it 😀



57 KathEats January 25, 2011 at 9:42 am

Me too :)


58 Hope January 25, 2011 at 8:45 am

Dinner looks so good! I love quinoa! I wish it wasn’t so damn expensive! Your placemat is so cute! Love it! Gossip Girl is one of my fave tv shows!


59 KathEats January 25, 2011 at 9:42 am

I don’t think quinoa is very expensive?! Are you getting it in bulk bins?


60 megan @ blackberries for jam January 25, 2011 at 9:17 am

You have beer taps in your basement?! So cool!!


61 KathEats January 25, 2011 at 9:43 am

The joys of homebrewing!


62 Allison @ Happy Tales January 25, 2011 at 10:51 am

Dont you just love when you can build in weight training into your daily routine?!?

Also, I wanted to let you know that I never now if You reply to my comments. It never emails me to tell me… so I just assume that b.c. you receive so many comments you just choose a few to respond to, and mine are never them. Now i’m beginning to think that maybe you do/have responded to me (which would be so neat!) and I just never knew about it? Regardless, I’ll always comment because I love your blog, but i just wanted to let you know that I never receive notifications if in fact you do respond… aaaand I have no idea how to figure this out unless I come back and check my comment. Hrmph.


63 KathEats January 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

I respond to almost all *questions* but not always comments. I’m sure I’ve responded to yours before! I’m not quite sure the best way to alert people. I’ve thought about more plugins, but I hate plugins! They scare me. I just hope people will burning enough questions will come back and check :)


64 Allison @ Happy Tales January 25, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Ahhh, i see i see! Well glad to know that I’ve most likely just been missing out on your comments rather than you not commenting at all. Although, I know I wouldn’t mind getting an email letting me know that you responded!

(And yes you are right, I searched for this very comment just to see if you responded!! hehe)


65 Beth @ DiningAndDishing January 25, 2011 at 11:03 am

I just bought a Shampure candle. It was insanely expensive but so worth it!! Have you ever smelled a better scented candle in all your life?? :)


66 Ally January 25, 2011 at 11:24 am

Why is it so bad to have shrimp from Thailand?
Over-farming? Or is it bad for you?


67 KathEats January 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Just because it’s not very “eat local”


68 Kathy January 25, 2011 at 11:28 am

Dinner looks so delicious !!! If it was made with Nellos sauce it had to taste great. I love the combination of shrimp and eggplant. I’ll have to try it.


69 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 25, 2011 at 11:43 am

I’ve stayed away from buying shrimp lately too because of some news that my dad passed along to me about toxins and chemicals in shrimp from Asia. I wish I had a WF here to get local shrimp!


70 Natalia - a side of simple January 25, 2011 at 11:53 am

Do I spy a Newport Storm glass?! :)


71 KathEats January 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm



72 M. Carter @ the Movies January 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I really want to try quinoa and like it, but I can’t seem to get past the fact that the grain (?) looks like tiny little worms. *Sigh*


73 lauren @ spiced plate January 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm

it’s not random — it’s spontaneous creativity!


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