Gold Out Of Straw

October 10, 2011

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Went to Body Pump this AM and got my butt kicked by Chris, per usual. Boy does he love to torture us! Today it was during triceps – double sets of dips. Ouch!!

But all for the greater good of the muscles : )

I came home to a completely empty fridge and pull out things that looked like they might add up to a lunch. Luckily that included 2 dwindling vegetables!

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I turned these into a bean + veggie bowl topped with cheese and served with chips

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Giant beans, sundried tomatoes, green pepper and carrot topped with cheddar + goat cheese and chips, all drizzled in a little fruity EVOO

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The cheese apple stands alone

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Pretty good lunch!! But I’m off to the grocery store..

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1 Erika - The Teenage Taste October 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Sounds like a really, really good lunch of leftovers. I wish my meals made with a fully-stocked fridge looked this good! ;-)

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2 Angel7 October 10, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Our daughter and I picked a bunch of apples a few weeks ago, and we are trying to eat them up before they go bad. So, I had one for lunch, and will have to do something with the other 10 or more that are left.

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3 Johanna B October 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Considering the emptiness of your fridge you did really well in the thrown together lunch department. I love shopping for groceries. I try to channel KERF in the produce aisle. Have fun!!!

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4 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio October 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Have fun grocery shopping!!

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5 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm

you throw together the best meals out of nothing!! off to the grocery store myself, but not until after lunch, or the trip would wreck havoc on my wallet!

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6 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes` October 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm

It definetly is a pretty good lunch! Looks great :)

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7 Khushboo October 10, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Great looking lunch- you coulda fooled me abt running low on groceries! Goat cheese can bring out the best of any ingredients!

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8 lynda @ healthy hoboken girl October 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm

way to clean out the fridge!! great lunch! happy Monday!

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9 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Using what you have on hand, that’s the name of the game some days.

I like that you “wrote” on the picture. Did you use picnik? I want to do it in Lightroom but I can’t so I use Picnik for pics I want to label/write on like that. Just wondering if I am missing some big trick in LR 3?

:)

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10 KathEats October 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Elements – WISH I could do it in Lightroom!

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11 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm

So you have Photoshop Elements, too?

I actually have the FULL Photoshop program on my computer but have neglected to ever learn how to use it….every time I try, I get overwhelmed with all the layers, options, etc and give up. Love LR because it’s so much easier for me. I probably have Elements too. Guess I need to read up on that…. :)

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12 KathEats October 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Yeah, Elements is very hard too. SO un user friendly!

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13 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I love how you made this meal out of nothing! You are so creative. It’s really colorful. Have fun shopping! :)

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14 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl October 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm

The sundried tomatoes look like the perfect addition to this salad. Nummy!

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15 Vivi @My.Beautiful.Air October 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm

mmm that looks so good and colorful!

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16 Anna @ On Anna's Plate October 10, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Yum– I love the look of that goat cheese!! This looks like a mighty tasty bowl :-)

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17 Aine @ Something to Chew Over October 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Yum! You always find great ways to use up leftovers :)

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18 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather October 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm

A good torturous workout is always nice! He sounds awesome. Way to pull together a great lunch.

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19 katie @KatieDid October 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm

mmmm I’m having a love affair with goat cheese lately. It tops just about every sweet and savory dish I’ve been eating.

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20 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm

ahhh I’m super jealous of that leftover salad. I’m on a basically can’t eat anything diet to find out what foods are affecting my digestive system. the only thing in the salad that I can eat for the next 5 days was the pepper…

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21 Ashley@FoodNFitnessDiaries October 10, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I always have a hard time making my meals by the time Sunday and Monday roll around since I go to the grocery store on Monday afternoons after work and all of our produce is either gone or looking quite wilty. The pickins are slim, that’s for sure!

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22 Jen@foodfamilyfitness October 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I am not that creative when I’m running out of groceries, I don’t think I could be as creative as you are even with a fully stocked fridge!!!

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23 Sweet and Savvy October 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm

My fridge was the same way yesterday.. only my one lonely bell pepper was old after I cut it open :(

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24 Health Bee October 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Beautiful photos. Can’t wait to try out this recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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25 Michelle (Peachy Palate) October 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Apples are great here at the moment, little tiny ones that fit in the palm of a small hand perfectly and are gone in two bites. Those tortilla chips look so good and are those butter beans I see, love em! Butter Bean mash…

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26 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Oh I LOVE the burn of BodyPUMP! We just launched the release 79 this week, and it is awesome! It is fun to remind the class that it IS for the greater good of the muscles–spot on :)

You threw together an amazing lunch from those leftovers–kudos to ya!

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27 Morgan @ moments of mmm October 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm

That lunch looks pretty tasty for making something outta nothing! That reminds me that I need to go grocery shopping asap! Have a fabulous day

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28 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings October 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Leftovers are a creative adventure, aren’t they? I’m in awe that you seem to eat through all of your veggies before they spoil…do you usually have much waste?

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29 KathEats October 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Not much.. I tend to buy lots of salad base but relatively few fresh topper veggies

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30 Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm

what a tasty lunch bowl!

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31 Emmy (WIne and Butter) October 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Youre so lucky that your leftover bowls look like that!! My leftover eats usually consist of a fried egg on some wilted cabbage. Neither photogenic nor that tasty! I made some leek and potato soup yesterday though – THAT was both amazing and hopefully can be my new go-to store cupboard recipe given that both of them keep so well!! xoxo

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32 Alison @ Hospitality Haven October 10, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I love being able to make up a meal out of what seems to be “nothing”! :)

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33 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth October 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm

My blog post today was all about leftovers. I like your post title better than mine which was just “leftovers”. I also love your labelling. I am just getting to learn Elements. It is sooooo hard! But I will look out for the labelling. I love it so thanks :-)

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34 Molly @ RDexposed October 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Thanks for the bilingual post!

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35 KathEats October 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm

HA!!! You are hilarious

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36 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm

That’s an awesome lunch for not having much to work with! My go-to lunch when my fridge gets empty is just a bagel with almond butter + an apple. Definitely not as creative as yours!

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37 robin October 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm

YUM!

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38 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco October 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Yum! Enjoy the grocery store! ;)

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39 Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog October 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm

You lunch look delicious. :)

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40 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy October 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Sounds like a great lunch of leftovers!

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41 Jenny October 10, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Thanks for the reminder, I need to pick up sun dried tomatoes!

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42 Ellie@fitforthesoul October 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Many times my lunches resemble yours because you’ve inspired me to eat “fresh” as often as possible!! (that happens the most at lunch time) :)

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43 Christine (The Raw Project) October 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I need to try a Body Pump class! Great lunch, getting crafty with leftovers can be so much fun!

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44 Cait's Plate October 11, 2011 at 9:02 am

I love that last picture of the apple. It looks like it should be in a magazine.

Also, question – are you able to write on your pictures in WLW? Or do you use photoshop or something?

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45 KathEats October 11, 2011 at 10:22 am

I do it in Photoshop Elements

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46 Cait's Plate October 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Ah okay – thanks! :)

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