Kale Kick

January 23, 2011

The Bears say hello! With a shout out to their Montana Man, whom they miss : )


Runs always make me late! I thought I had plenty of time to run, shower, eat and blog before I left on my date with Karen tonight but turns out I didn’t.

4.5 knocked me out! I felt as wiped as I used to with 10 miles all afternoon. Guess it’s been a while since I’ve ran outside! It was a strong + hard run.


When I returned and showered, I put together a quick lunch that got eaten way faster than I would have liked


I heated up our leftover Tofu Parm from the other night and had it with a salad made of spinach, red pepper, figs, apricot stilton (leftover from Xmas parties!), wheatberries and the other half of my giant pear.



It was delicious and super filling!



After lunch I met Karen and her friends Tracy and Clayton to see “The King’s Speech”!


Karen says hi!


I thought the movie was great. Really well acted and a good story.

Afterwards we went for coffee and I had a peppermint tea with steamed milk on top


For maximum outdoor enjoyment, I decided to walk home while Karen went walking at the gym. I witnessed a gorgeous sunset!


And the beautiful mountainscape of Virginia


Karen came back to my place for dinner, and we made leftover chili that she froze while I was gone


We were going to have a kale salad on the side (she’s on a kale kick!) but we decided after lightly steaming it in a pot with a few tablespoons of water to pour the chili on top.


It turned out to bed a fabulous idea!! I LOVED being able to eat the chili with a fork – it was more like a lasagna/pasta bake dish.

Topped with cheese, sour cream and the very last of a chip bag


We also had some leftover slices of cornbread, but I didn’t have more than a bite – it didn’t taste that great to me.


This chocolate did though! We each had a few squares after dinner.


Tomorrow I have an exciting giveaway to announce that involves peanut butter making!! And expect the next Home Neat Home post [Clothes + Closets] on Tuesday!

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1 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 23, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Yikes I haven’t run outside in awhile. I have a feeling it’s gonna be a toughie. I SO wanna see The King’s Speech. Beautiful sunset photo!!


2 Kristy @ KristyRuns January 23, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Hazelnut praline chocolate? Yes, please! 😉

Looks like a good Sunday with good company.


3 Chelsey (Cookteen) January 23, 2011 at 8:17 pm

that chocolate sounds amazing!!!


4 Bronwyn Coyne January 23, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Hmmm yummy, I’ve been looking to make some chili for awhile now. Mostly because I want an excuse to try and make some cornbread. 😀 Having it on kale looks like an awesome idea. Can’t wait for the rest of your organization tips!


5 andrea January 23, 2011 at 8:17 pm

The King’s Speech was so good!! I wish I lived in a town where i could walk places!!


6 Emily (Savory and Savage) January 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I have a bunch of kale sitting in my refrigerator and I have been wondering what to do with it. The kale with chili on top looks delicious – I will have to try that one out.


7 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Dontcha just love having a great mother-in-law? I am so glad you two have each other. I love mine and would love to be able to do more things like that with her. I think I may make a date with her soon! Have a great night Kath!


8 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Ooooh I’ve never tried that dark chocolate, but it sounds heavenly. Need to get on it- I consider myself a chocolate connoisseur!


9 Masha January 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I love the relationship you have with Karen! So nice to see :)


10 Lauren at KeepItSweet January 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm

can’t wait for that giveaway!!!


11 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles January 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Hazelnut praline chocolate? Yum. Good idea the kale+chili, sounds tasty!


12 Alaina January 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Can’t wait for the peanut butter giveaway!

Kings Speech is on my list of movies. That and “No Strings Attached”. :-)


13 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I like pouring chilis and stews onto salad – it totally changes up the meal, especially for leftovers.


14 Courtney @ the granola chronicles January 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Oh that chocolate bar looks so good! Enjoy your Sunday night.


15 Kat @ Cupcake Kat January 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm

That looks delcious for such a quickly made lunch.
Dinner looks great too.
Sounds like you had an awesome day


16 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Your meals are always so colorful! Colorful = healthy :)


17 Kelley January 23, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Sounds like the perfect sunday! I love Lake Champlain chocolate. It rivals European Chocolate for sure! I went to their factory last year and had tons of free samples! http://kelocity.com/2010/07/24/anniversary-trip-part-6-burlington-and-stowe/


18 Blog is the New Black January 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm

That tofu parm sounds awesome! I am trying to ease my way into tofu- not there yet!


19 Lauren January 23, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Yay Lake Champlain Chocolate! I love seeing Vermont products on people’s blogs, and their chocolate is so good!


20 Jess @ atasteofconfidence January 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I loved the King’s Speech. Great acting!


21 bitt January 23, 2011 at 8:35 pm

lake champlain makes a good chocolate.

Karen is so pretty. Hope she is doing OK.


22 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 23, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Glad to see Karen looking so great!!


23 Sandy January 23, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Sunshine in Charlottesville – YAY! Chili is on the menu tomorrow night and I have kale in my fridge so Tuesday will be chili on kale. Thanks for helping me plan to use that kale. Glad to see Karen looking so good.


24 Ann @ Day by Day January 23, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I loved the King’s Speech too!! It’s so cool that the current Queen Elizabeth was one of the little girls.


25 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 23, 2011 at 8:43 pm

can’t wait for Tuesday’s post. i am LOVING your home organization posts…like, totally. Like food is fine, but talking about clutter and making everything seem prettier…is just what I am lovin’ lately :)


26 Meagan January 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I love to do that with soups too! I haven’t gotten into Kale yet though! It might be really hard to digest on my stomach :/


27 jen @ taste life January 23, 2011 at 8:45 pm

That cornbread looks very tasty.


28 Kath January 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm

It tasted like chemicals :(


29 Aimee January 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Sometimes the baking soda in quickbreads can taste aluminum-y. Maybe that was the culprit?


30 Aimee January 23, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Or maybe the powder? Unfortunately for my baked goods I oftentimes get the two confused.


31 Amy at TheSceneFromMe January 23, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Glad Karen is feeling better!
Kale is something I have yet to try. I really want to make kale chips!
My girlfriends and I went to the movies last night to see Country Strong. It was great!
Mmm, chocolate prailine hazelnut!


32 lynn (The Actors Diet) January 23, 2011 at 8:49 pm

loved the kings speech – on my top 10 of the year for sure!


33 Lily's Health Pad January 23, 2011 at 8:51 pm

My mom and dad just saw The King’s Speech. They loved it too.

Can’t wait for the Neat Home post.


34 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 23, 2011 at 8:51 pm

That lunch and dinner is right up my alley! It looks great!


35 sarah (sarah learns) January 23, 2011 at 8:54 pm

mmm, i love putting greens in the bottom of my bowl for dinner. almost anything goes well on greens! tonight was spinach under mac & cheese w/ roasted veggies. mmm.


36 Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey January 23, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I’m on a kale kick myself! Of course, I kind of have to be. We obtained BUNCHES of organic red and green kale from our friend’s CSA bunch cause they had too many. Now we’re overflowing with kale and are unsure of what to do with it all, haha.


37 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 23, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I really want to see the King’s Speech!


38 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I love your relationship with your mother-in-law. That’s so cool.

I like chili on top of kale. I’d much rather eat chili with a fork actually.


39 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 23, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I had some kale today after neglecting it for a while. I forgot how much I love it!


40 [email protected] January 23, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Peanut butter making and giveaway?! Can’t wait!


41 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats January 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Hearty stews on top of kale or spinach is definitely a favorite of mine. :)


42 rebecca lustig January 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm

my parents have not been able to stop talking about the kings speech!! i feel left out ha


43 Eileen January 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Aww, Karen looks great! I hope she’s doing really well!


44 caryn January 23, 2011 at 11:34 pm

ditto to this comment! i hope she feels as wonderful as she looks!


45 M January 24, 2011 at 7:53 am

Hello to Karen who looks fantastic.
Mest wishes to her for the very best of health –
we readers enjoy Karen on the blog and are “fans” of hers!! :)

How does Karen like her fame?!


46 M January 24, 2011 at 7:54 am

“Mest” = best …..typo!


47 Kath January 24, 2011 at 9:25 am

She thinks it’s fun!


48 foodandfarm January 23, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Ooooo how did you like cafe cubano?


49 Kath January 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I only got a tea, but it was very cute in there!


50 Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) January 23, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I’ve heard that’s an excellent movie! Glad you had a good time with Karen, and glad to see she’s doing well! :)

You know the Virginia mountains make my heart smile!


51 Sana January 23, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I love that you spend lots of time with your MIL!


52 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Definitely making that tofu parm! It looks sooo YUMMY! :)


53 Amy January 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm

loooved The King’s Speech!


54 Kelly January 23, 2011 at 9:43 pm

That’s nice that you and Karen are keeping each other company while Matt is out of town. I lucked out and got a great MIL too! :)


55 Hannah January 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Aww, snuggling bears! I almost jumpe din shock when you said you had milk with your peppermint tea. I’ve never, ever considered that, so it sounds really weird to me! 😛


56 Kath January 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm

It’s like an after dinner mint!


57 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) January 23, 2011 at 9:52 pm

What an awesome idea to put the chili on top of kale! Looks awesome.


58 Jessica January 23, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I made BBQ Tofu tonight, which is awesome as leftovers, so I can just imagine how good tofu parm is re-heated.



59 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Good to see Karen! She looks great! 😀


60 [email protected] January 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Speaking of Kale, have you ever made the raw-vegan-cheesy Kale chips in the dehydrator? They are amazing. I thought the wet mixture in the blender quite honestly didn’t smell that good, but they wound up being fantastic. I am pretty sure you would love them.


61 Kath January 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I’ve had them but not made them since I don’t have a dehydrator


62 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) January 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Your lunch looks great!


63 Katelyn January 23, 2011 at 10:19 pm

If there was one bread I would take on a desert island, it would be cornbread.

Slash I am on SUCH a kale kick, I have kale green smoothies at least once a day! Gettin in my greens:)


64 Emily January 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I ran 7 miles outside today. It was -11! I was seriously picking ice off my eyelashes! We really warmed up after a mile though :)

That chili looks GOOD!


65 Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly January 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm

The sign for that theater is amazing… Yogi bear and tangled are in 2d. What are your other movies in, single points?? :-p I heard great things about the King’s Speech. Glad you liked it!


66 Eating Bird Food January 23, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Karen’s definitely on to something with the kale. I’ve been on a kale kick as well.


67 Namaste Gurl January 23, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Depending on my energy, mood and previous day exercise, my runs are always different. Some days I can run 7-8 miles no problem, others it’s hard to get 3 or 4 miles done! Respecting and listening to my body is the best motive, I’ve found. :)


68 Camille January 24, 2011 at 12:04 am

I’m glad to hear that the movie was good! It keeps winning awards and I really didn’t know much about it :)


69 [email protected] Have Roses January 24, 2011 at 12:04 am

Hopefully Karen is feeling better! The bears are my favorite part about this blog. :)


70 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 24, 2011 at 12:24 am

The hazelnut praline dark chocolate sounds divine! I definitely don’t have as much self-control as you, and I’d probably devour the whole bar by myself!
Karen looks like she’s doing really well!


71 Gill (snaxandthecity) January 24, 2011 at 6:17 am

glad you enjoyed the movie – i’m yet to see it. that praline looks buff :)


72 Lauren January 24, 2011 at 6:48 am

I am so scared to start running outside again. It’s been months (everything has been on a treadmill lately) and I know its going to kill me (or my lungs).

Sounds like a great day! Glad Karen can keep you company.


73 Marina January 24, 2011 at 7:28 am

your dinner looks amazing!
I’m glad Karen is well, it’s great how you get along with your MIL


74 michelle January 24, 2011 at 8:31 am

I took my fam to see The King’s Speech yesterday and everyone from my 12 year old to my mom loved it. I have been scared to try kale as a basis for a steamed dish. I put warm veggies and cheese on spinach all the time- but I have never been tempted to with Kale. I just chop it up and “hide” it in food. But I am going to try steaming it and see what happens! Thanks!!


75 Hope January 24, 2011 at 8:50 am

That chocolate looks delicious! It’s so good that you have a such a great relationship with your mother in law. I think that is really important. I have a really good relationship with my boyfriend’s mother and I am so thankful for that. :)


76 kate January 24, 2011 at 8:55 am

We have some apricot stilton in the fridge and it is fabulous! My new favorite by far.


77 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 24, 2011 at 9:08 am

What a great makeshift taco salad. I love the contrast of the raw greens with the hot chili.


78 brightbakes January 24, 2011 at 10:43 am

I love this combination of textures/flavors.. I used to not be a big fan of kale (other than chips or in smoothies), but over the past year I've come to love it's "pillowy" texture when it gets gently warmed.. :)
cathy b.


79 Kiran January 24, 2011 at 10:48 am

What a fun outing! Wished we had places to visit during our walks. Well, at least our community parks are gorgeous :)


80 Lu January 24, 2011 at 12:48 pm

That looks amazing. One of my favorite things to do is to put chili or lentils over a bed of greens and let them wilt. I bet this was wonderful!


81 Anneke January 24, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I like to put kale (chopped up) in my chili. It gives it more of a nutritional kick, and thickens it up!


82 Maria @ The Fitted Apron January 24, 2011 at 9:50 pm

The food looks amazing as always. Congrats on your outside run! It was 35 degrees this evening, warm enought to run outside, but I was already on the treadmill.


83 Susan Mc January 26, 2011 at 8:55 am

Great to see Karen out and about!
I loved “King’s Speech” too.. Colin Firth = dreamy


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