From Water To Grass

June 8, 2009

I got in!!

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After two hours of blogging in the heat, I was HOT. (And I found an outlet!)

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Matt and I splashed around for about 20 minutes and then got back out to continue our computer work.

Karen brought down some tasty almonds – I had a handful of those

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And Matt and I split this PB LaraBar in half for a 5:00 snack.

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Then we hopped on our bikes and headed home. It was a loooonog rush houry 5 miles (luckily we’re on sidewalks so we’re not in the way).

As we were leaving Karen’s, she was grilled salmon and I left with a huge craving for meat and red wine. Very random. I wanted burgers, fish, pork! But Matt argued that we’d already spent a lot on groceries this week so we should use up what’s in the house. Sadly I knew he was right.

So we made do with what was planned: tuna. A version of Poor Man’s Gumbo.

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With a secret ingredient, pineapple, this dish ROCKED!

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Into a pot to simmer together:

  • 1 can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 can tuna, drained
  • 1 can Rotel, with juice
  • ~1 cup diced peppers (we used mini ones, but bell peppers would work)
  • 3 minced cloves garlic
  • ~1/2 cup cooked millet
  • ~1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • Sriracha to taste
  • Salt + pepper

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It turned into a gumbo-y stew of a soup in the end.

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Served with a toasted piece of Dakota

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We were able to dine outside again thanks to some bug spray and a citronella candle!

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Look at this DISGUSTING photo I found on my camera! He likes to drink tuna juice, pickle juice and other gross ends-of-a-jar. I think it even appears to be dribbling out of his lip…blech!

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But who I am to talk!? I just chugged down some Amazing Grass!

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Y’all know I’m not into powdered things, but when Amazing Grass offered to send me some samples, I figured I might as well give ‘em a try. I did check out the Amazing Grass website and noted all the benefits and cool things about wheat grass, but what really caught my attention was this email response Abbi posted a while back. If you do have the money to buy powders (or swear by the energy they give you!) then this line certainly is as close to real food as you can get.

Can I say that I am MOST excited about the green shaker cup!? I’ve always wanted one of these!!!

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So having seen so many of you rave about all-things-green and report that you are “energized,” “glowing,” “peppier,” “have clearer skin,” etc., I figured I’d give this grass a bit of a challenge :)

8 superfood packets

6 bigger “meal” packets

4 bars

=18 days of superfood grass

I’m going to try to have 1 product per day and see if I get all tingly inside!

Tonight I had an after-dinner chocolate grass drink. Since chocolate is dessert. In my new cup.

When I opened the packet, I was pleasantly surprised by the cocoa smell. I mixed the packet with half water, half 2% milk.

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And it was actually quite good! But it was chocolately :) A bit watered down from my watering down, but that was expected.

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Can’t wait to try the rest!

Now I just gotta get my hands on some chia seeds and a juicer…

Bizness

Winner!

You know what tonight’s dinner would have been good in? A Crockpot!!!

The winner of The Juice’s crockpot giveaway is…

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Here are your random numbers:

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73. Emily  |  May 24th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

I would love making homemade applesauce in it!

Congrats Emily! Please send me an email to KathEats at Gmail :)

Makeover

Lastly, Megan’s Munchies got ZESTY with a makeover.

I’m off to bed. I had to close the patio door because there was rustling outside and as Matt says:

“Ah declaire, it is intoler’bly too hot in he-uh.”

Going upstairs where the windows are open!

Nite.

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1 Help Meghan Run June 8, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Haha love it! Esp. the pic of Matt ;) Can’t wait to see the results of the Amazing Grass challenge!

Check out the Adora Calcium giveaway on my blog!
HelpMeghanRun.com

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2 Justy2003 June 8, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Ewe, chugging tuna juice? Gross! And I must admit, I’ve seen that grass stuff on other blogs and it doesn’t look too appealing…but at least it’s healthy :)

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3 april June 8, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Oh my goodness I can’t believe Matt drinks that! Green powder is much more normal ;)

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4 Emily L. June 8, 2009 at 9:19 pm

I totally had a moment where I was like, WAIT did I win?!?! Because I love to make homemade applesauce, and I couldn’t even remember what I had originally said I would make.
Luckily I could click on the link and see the real Emily winner. She is a smart one! Emily, tell me how that crock-pot applesauce is, I’ll have to get my own and give it a go!

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5 Jenn (j3nn.net) June 8, 2009 at 9:26 pm

LOL tuna juice… ewwww! He must like salty drinks, I can’t handle the sodium. I’m kinda envious :shock:

Amazing Grass looks great, I should try some!

Jenn

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6 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats June 8, 2009 at 9:26 pm

NO WAY…he drinks tuna juice?! ooooo I just can’t even imagine…eek!!!

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7 Angie June 8, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Love the creative dinner!

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8 Marisa (trim the fat) June 8, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Love chillin by the pool!

PB Larabars are my absolute fave :)

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9 Shannon (The Daily Balance) June 8, 2009 at 9:32 pm

so jealous of all your poolside fun!!!

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10 Anne K. June 8, 2009 at 9:45 pm

That dish looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe :) but EEW at that pic of Matt! Haha. The amazing grass products look great! I’ve heard such good things about them.

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11 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) June 8, 2009 at 9:53 pm

What a FUN summery day!! Love it! You look mighty confy on that lounge chair.

Can’t wait to see if you feel all “tingly” from the amazing grass =)

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12 Bec June 8, 2009 at 10:12 pm

eww tuna juice, i just gagged!

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13 Amanda June 8, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Ahh this post got me incredibly excited for my summer to start…TOMORROW!

stay cool! ;-)

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14 Run Sarah June 8, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Yikes, I hate juices from bean cans, etc…. looks like a great day by the pool though!

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15 Sara June 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Ahhh! That’s so gross that Matt drinks the tuna juice. I love tuna…but I don’t think I could do that.

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16 Shannon June 8, 2009 at 10:22 pm

tuna juiceeeeee ahhh! Secret ingredients are always so much fun :) love the pineapple

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17 Linda June 8, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Never thought anyone would want the remaining tin juice. I always drained the juice out of the can before I get the tuna out anyways.

That green drink plastic jug looks nifty! I think I like the gadget more than the contents.

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18 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 8, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Sounds like you had a wonderful afternoon in the sun!

How can you see the screen on your laptop when you are outside like that? I have tried going on my laptop while laying out, and have found that I can’t even see what’s on the screen!

Eww! I can’t believe Matt DRINKS that stuff! Augh, I’ll stick to the actual tuna and pickles in the jar! ;)

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19 Lisa June 8, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Hmm. I am a bit sketchy about the green stuff, but the shaker cup is super-cute!

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20 Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) June 8, 2009 at 11:32 pm

I definitely would rather drink the greens than the tuna juice. Thank goodness it wasn’t tuna in OIL!!!

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21 bobbi June 8, 2009 at 11:35 pm

I so want that Grass, I have been seeing it all over the blog world!!!

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22 Caroline June 8, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Great variation of gumbo! I just made a vegan version last week with black beans & okra. Yum, yum.

Totally jealous of your shaker cup!

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23 Kathy W. June 9, 2009 at 12:05 am

Thanks for the pasta bowl reply yesterday!

Looked at the Pottery Barn website, but happened to be in Target today & found a similar white bowl (maybe a teensy bit smaller?) at Target for $5.99!! So I’m a happy camper.

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24 Kathy W. June 9, 2009 at 12:06 am

ugh, one too many Targets in that sentence. And I used to be a proofreader!

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25 Meg June 9, 2009 at 5:12 am

Love the gumbo and what a fabulous idea to add pineapple. I can’t believe Matt drinks tuna juice…ugh!

That is awesome that you get to try all the Amazing Grass products!

Thanks for the shout out!

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26 Stacey June 9, 2009 at 7:07 am

I’ve never thought of putting pineapple in a dish! And how can you NOT get in the pool when it is as hot as it is here in NC?!!

Looks like I am going to have to try some of this Amazing Grass that everyone is in a tizzy about :)

Cute dress!! I saw it at Target,but they didn’t have my size :(

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27 JENNA June 9, 2009 at 7:18 am

your dinner looks so good!! ……… I’ll pass on the canned and grass juice though!!

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28 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 9, 2009 at 7:30 am

Haha…Matt would be make a great wilderness hiker. I used to drink the tuna juice when I was out backpacking because of the carry in/carry out policy…and who wants to carry stinky tuna juice on their backs for a few days in the heat? ;)

And it does kind of grow on you, actually. ;)

The gumbo looks delicious!! :D

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29 Tammy June 9, 2009 at 7:42 am

I’m lovin’ the tuna with the pineapple idea. I do it with grilled fish, why not tuna fish? Great combo! Can’t wait to try it!

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30 Anne June 9, 2009 at 7:44 am

Old Man drink #564 – Tuna juice

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31 Ada June 9, 2009 at 7:50 am

I highly admire your ability to come up with so many interesting and economical meals! I just purchased a pack of that chocolate green power but was hesitant to try it-now I def will!

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32 meghan@traveleatlove June 9, 2009 at 7:56 am

I can’t wait to try Amazing Grass! I will be reviewing on my blog as soon as I receive it. I am hoping it will be the key to staying healthy when I travel.

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33 Sally June 9, 2009 at 8:05 am

Ha, I can’t believe Matt drinks the tuna juice! :) I love all your wonderful recipes. You guys are so creative with what you eat, it’s really inspiring.

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34 brandi June 9, 2009 at 8:46 am

tuna juice? blech! I guess at least he’s not wasting anything :)

I’ve been wanting to try the chocolate one! Glad to hear you liked it.

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35 Lori June 9, 2009 at 9:06 am

I need to try a tuna gumbo. I have all of the sudden gotten really tired of tuna, and we have a bunch of cans still! Makes my kitty sad that I don’t open the cans anymore LOL.

I saw that amazing grass site. I’m still not sold on the powdered greens thing, but who knows?

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36 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now June 9, 2009 at 9:07 am

Yay! My sister won the crock pot! Congrats, Emily.

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37 Angelea June 9, 2009 at 9:14 am

I am loving my Amazing Grass Chocolate powder! I mix in enough water to make a little syrup and then add in 7 oz of soy, hemp or almond milk. It’s a great little chocolate milk like treat.

Honest…I really do get a tingle after drinking it. I love that energy boost!

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38 Melissa @ For the Love of Health June 9, 2009 at 9:34 am

oh man!! tuna juice?! YUCK!! haha that’s hilarious though!

What a fantastic looking dish and the combination sounds like something I would love!

That’s great it was warm enough to jump in!

Have a great Tuesday Kath!

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39 Kath June 9, 2009 at 9:46 am

Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope,
I raise the brightness and that helps a ton.

Anne ,
LOL!

K

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40 Amanda's Eats June 9, 2009 at 9:52 am

Wow…I gotta be honest here, that smoothie kinda looks gross :P I dunno if I could drink it lol so kudos to you for doin it!

I gotta try that gumbo tho, great idea!

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41 The Healthy Apple June 9, 2009 at 9:59 am

Amazing Grass sent me the same package and I loved everything!!!! My clients were thrilled and I love the cup for my shakes, as well.

Have a great day…

Best,

Amie

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42 Renee June 9, 2009 at 10:02 am

Kath!!
I just tried one of those bars (I think it was the one with the brown at the bottom of the wrapper) yesterday at our local Organic food store. It was fabo! And I was so excited that the sweet girl working there let me try the bar she was eating (from the opposite end of course). I hope you like them! =)

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43 Jennifer June 9, 2009 at 10:03 am

It must take a lot of mental retraining to eat/drink green stuff outside its normal parameters! I’m happy eating green where it’s meant to be- salads, as part of entrees. Seriously, at first, didn’t looking at green oats/shakes make you queasy??

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44 Jennifer June 9, 2009 at 3:39 pm

next time you should drain the tuna first so matt can’t drink the juice! eeww!

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45 Nan June 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm

I don’t think I’d want to drink pickle or tuna juice, but I don’t know why it should be considered so disgusting. The liquid isn’t any grosser or dirtier than the solid food we eat from the very same container.

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46 Emily June 9, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Can’t wait to have lots of fun with my crock pot!! Lots of applesauce for sure!!!!! Thanks again Kath! :)

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47 WendyF June 9, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Tuna Juice…oh Matts doing a Mookie. :-) That cat loved the tuna juice

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