KERF’s Little Helpers

May 15, 2010

Work was a ghost town today!! The hospital was so different on a weekend than the hustle and bustle of a weekday. When I arrived I felt like I was in a dream and had gotten up to go to work by mistake!

I actually enjoyed the pace of weekend work though. I was in charge of most of the diet educations – Heart Healthy diets, Diabetes, Low Fat/Low Cholesterol, Gestational Diabetes, etc. So basically I got to talk to patients about healthy eating all morning! I really enjoyed it, as I’m quite a talker and am very passionate about healthy eating in general, so I like to talk about it. It seemed like the patients enjoyed the educations too. I even got to speak in [very broken] Spanish at one point when I couldn’t track down a translator. It’s been YEARS since I’ve spoken sentences in Spanish and I didn’t do very well, but I think I successfully communicated my point.

I ran ALL over that hospital from about 9 to 1PM. I was starving by the time I decided I was ready for lunch!

And here’s what I had! A snapshot for you!


-A big popover style wheat roll (Which I always drool over when the other RDs eat their lunch)

-A side of hummus from the sandwich area.

-A huge salad from the salad bar with:

  • Spinach
  • Broc
  • Cuc
  • Asparagus
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Garbanzos
  • Raisins
  • Dried date
  • Tuna
  • Cottage cheese
  • Olive oil and vinegar

-And a piece of Caitlin’s chocolate!

It was a huge and very filling lunch! But it cost me $7.50. Makes me appreciate bringing my lunch everyday for a pretty high price.

I also brought in this Coffee Cake Scuffin (!) for the other two RDs to taste and had a bite myself

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Back to work for a few hours and I broke into my snack (mostly out of boredom on my ride home) around 4:30. Kashi Cinnamon Harvest, a few almonds, mixed nuts and chocolate. It was trail mix from EarthFare.

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Once home I discovered that our house has been prepped for our OPEN HOUSE tomorrow! Matt’s such a great helper. I imagine this must be what it would feel like to have a maid!? The yard was mowed. The whole house cleaned (including bathrooms and floors and laundry!) Such a relief. Thanks husband!

I drooled over this Crate + Barrel catalog for a bit before I headed out for my workout. I MUST buy these items!!

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My workout was supposed to be a swim, but I wasn’t in the mood to get all wet so I changed things up and did the Stairmaster instead. It was a hard workout!

Bike –> 26 minutes of Stairs –> 10 minutes of heavy (17.5 lb) weights –> Bike

Came home, showered, turned on Zac Brown Band and got to work on dinner, which I couldn’t have done without some help!

Zac is awesome. Highly recommended for cooking music!

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Tusker the Kenyan Elephant helped me open a beer!! After this long week I decided I beer was just what the doctor ordered. I’ve had this Abita Strawberry in my fridge for AGES!!!! This is the last of “my” beers. As you might imagine, Matt’s beer turnover is much, much, much higher than the ones I’ve claimed!

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It was soooooooooooooooo good! Matt was still gone, but when he returned we discussed my favorite beers. I’m having a hard time pinpointing them! They are likely in a very casual order (some higher end, some not – but these are what I’d be likely to choose when I’m out)

  1. Cottonwood Pumpkin
  2. Moose Drool (and Zeb of Great Harvest Montana is bringing us some tomorrow!!)
  3. Brooklyn Brown
  4. Red Oak
  5. New Castle
  6. Blue Moon
  7. Some of the Oktoberfests that I can’t remember
  8. Abita
  9. Tusker!
  10. Harpoon Winter Warmer
  11. Sam Summer
  12. Shocktop
  13. Killians
  14. Dos Equis Amber

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One of my helpers tried to have a sip – I was luckily able to get there in time! He’s only 10!

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I had a lot of fun assembling this dinner!!! It was practically no-cook – just mix, heat and eat!

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Frozen corn + okra

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Canned pintos (LOVE pintos!)

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Garlic Gold

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+ cumin + chili powder + salt + pepper

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Oregano + lime

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Nutritional Yeast “cheesyness”

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Food Should Definitely Taste Good!! These are the brand-spankin-new Food Should Taste Good Cheddar chips. I’d liken them to Doritos, but less orange and more cheddar. I don’t really care for Doritos, but I sure liked these! They took a few bites to warm up to but then they went perfectly with the dinner!

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Topped with greek yogurt and Don Sabrosa’s Peach, Blueberry, Honey salsa (which is now gone!)

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The last of the FSTG Cinnamon chips on the side

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This dinner was above excellent! And very filling!

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After dinner Matt insisted we try a new beer he found – WTF!?

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Heh heh – get it!?

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I agreed to try it……since I obviously needed some Job Recovery!

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But it was too hoppy-bitter for me.

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I still ended up drinking my portion though and felt a bit loopy while we caught up on Glee!!

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2nd Annual SUMMIT TICKETS On Sale May 19th

Tickets for the 2nd Annual Healthy Living Summit, which will be held August 13- 15 in Chicago, will go on sale WENDESDAY, May 19 at 9 PM EST.  There are 200 tickets for sale at $75 each and will go on a first-come, first-serve basis.  We’re using a new ticket system this year so things will hopefully go smoothly, but last year we sold out in 20 minutes… so GET READY!  The complete agenda will be available on the Summit website prior to ticket sales. It’s going to be better than ever this year!


Gotta go pack for Charlottesville. I don’t get to sleep in tomorrow – gotta be up early so we can depart by 8AM and be there by lunchtime!

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1 Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 15, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Wow you are one VERY busy girl!
Those chips sound delicious! I looove Food Should Taste Good chips and so far, the sweet potato is my favorite!


2 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 15, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Loved the snapshot of lunch! That was great! Glad you had a good day even if it was a little weird! Dinner sounds delicious. I love quick hot messes for dinner! Have a safe trip…and I hoe you find the perfect spot for the bakery! Good luck and sleep well!


3 Food Makes Fun Fuel May 15, 2010 at 7:47 pm

LOVE The Zac Brown Band! Too bad you weren’t having fried chicken to go along with it 😉


4 Emily May 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I LOVVE Abita Strawberry. It’s made here in Louisiana so other than the great taste I’m supporting local brewry! lol I have 2 6-packs and I’m waiting for a special occasion to drink them!! Have you tried their fall and winter beer?


5 Kath May 16, 2010 at 6:24 am

I have not yet! And I like how 2 6-packs looks like 26!


6 Camille May 15, 2010 at 7:52 pm

What a fun, colorful dinner!


7 janetha May 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm

ahaha.. love your helpers! i didn’t know there were cheddar FSTGs.. must try. have a good night, kath!


8 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 15, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I love Zac Brown Band, too!


9 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope May 15, 2010 at 8:00 pm

It’s never a celebrated occasion to go to work on a Saturday, but it probably is a pretty neat experience for you to have. Not all dieticians get their weekends off, so it’s just another aspect of the job. Glad you were able to enjoy it! :)


10 [email protected]:// May 15, 2010 at 8:03 pm

What a great easy dinner. Perfect on a spring day.


11 JessicaE May 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Kath I think its adorable what a lightweight you are 😀

You and Matt make a great team! I love how playful your relationship seems, with the bears n all :)


12 Macrae May 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Zac Brown sang before the Preakness Race, of course he sounded awesome!
Have you tried New Belgium’s Skinny Dip beer? It’s by far the best light beer out there, but it’s only out in summer. Also, you and Matt should try Terrapin Beer if you can find it. It’s an Athens Brewery but really tasty and I think y’all would enjoy it :)


13 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies May 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Zac Brown Band is amazing – that guy can play the fiddle like no other!! Their rendition of ‘Devil Went Down to Georgia’ is a fave of mine!


14 ashley May 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm

hahAhA! i wondered how you were going to take a picture of your lunch. that’s great!


15 Cynthia (It All Changes) May 15, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I tasted those cheddar chips at Whole Foods yesterday and they weren’t that good to me. But your dinner looks good and I could use the buffalo version to dip in :-)


16 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) May 15, 2010 at 8:40 pm

So many pretty plates! Loving bright colors right now for spring and summer.


17 Carolyn @ lovinlosing May 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Boooo to working on a Saturday, but YAY! to finding the house prepped!


18 Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 15, 2010 at 9:29 pm

That’s so awesome you guys are doing the health summit again! And Chicago is so close to where I am! I wish I could go but unfortunately I will traveling.
Great looking dinner!


19 caronae May 15, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I love Tusker and the bears! Such helpful dinner makers. Sometimes I stick my baby stuffed duck Leland into my pictures. Today he tried to dive into a coke! Naughty Leland!

I love how you made the picture of your lunch. So clever.


20 caronae May 15, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Oh and I had biscoff on my flight today in your honor! Never had it OR seen it before. It was tasty :)


21 Kath May 16, 2010 at 6:24 am

Yummy!! And funny Leland!


22 Krystina May 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm

You’re adorable.


23 Kellie May 15, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I can read the crate and barrel catalog for hours. Such amazing colors and cute patterns. I always plan out that when I am wealthy I will get new linens, plates and furniture for each season. Dreaming is fun!


24 Emma May 15, 2010 at 11:27 pm

popovers (aka yorkshire pudding) which I think is what your pic is of! are soooo easy to make at home you must try them!

1 cup flour
1 cup egg (3-4 eggs)
1 cup milk
optional: rosemary or other savory herbs

put a tsp of oil in each muffin tin and heat at 425 about 10 min
fill muffin tin halfway with batter and bake around 20 min



25 Laura May 16, 2010 at 5:03 am

Just in case you are remotely interested, or are planning to visit the North East of England and don’t want to be accosted by angry locals (!!!) popovers are similar to Yorkshire Puddings, but the later are somewhat stodgier (more oil/dripping (!!) in the batter, no herbs, garlic etc), often cooked as a large rectangular block or as Toad in the Hole and I think the American adaption/version is lighter and fluffier. 😉


26 Kath May 16, 2010 at 6:24 am

We made those in our food science class! The roll I had was just the shape of a popover but was regular dough.


27 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 15, 2010 at 11:49 pm

LOL, that lunch drawing is hilarious!! 😆

Your din looks delish! I love pinto beans, too. They’re really creamy, aren’t they? YUM



28 Hannah May 15, 2010 at 11:54 pm

What a busy day – but at least there were good eats, great drinks, and a wonderful husband at the end of it. Have a safe drive to Charlottesville!


29 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 16, 2010 at 2:19 am

Wow, busy day!! When is your next official hour off!?
I’m so glad you don’t like doritos – for years and years,I thought I was the only one – I felt so alone!
Have a good day :)


30 Laura May 16, 2010 at 4:47 am

Do I spy an ickle hedgehog helping you out at dinnertime? I too, was pleasantly surprised by the change of pace in hospitals at the weekend- so much less pressured! Christmas, Easter and New Year are also good times to work- so fun, we used to have parties for the patients! Have you + Matt been to Oktoberfest or Bruges (for the beer!) before? Highly recommended. Randomly, I read that some homebrewers add Beano (a-galactosidase) to their beers?! Not sure about that one! Hope you had a good power sleep!


31 Kath May 16, 2010 at 6:24 am

Never been!


32 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen May 16, 2010 at 5:38 am

Oh I LOVE the Cottonwood Pumpkin….for someone who is not really a beer drinker, that is one I will actually crave :)


33 Simply Life May 16, 2010 at 6:03 am

I’ve never heard of that band before- great to know!


34 Becca May 16, 2010 at 6:50 am

A beer at the end of the day is sometimes needed! Have you tried Magic Hat’s Wacko beer? It’s their summer beer and it has a pink tint because it has beets in it! Its so good and refreshing! I was so excited to see it at my grocery store again!


35 Britton May 16, 2010 at 7:30 am

Where can I find nutritional yeast? I’ve looked for it in my local grocery store but I think I’m looking in the wrong place.
Also, your favorite beer list is awesome!


36 Kelly May 16, 2010 at 8:03 am

OMG, a Wilco beer???! That is awesome! Although, I know I wouldn’t like it (not a hoppy/bitter beer person).


37 Rachel May 16, 2010 at 9:34 am

Man you have good taste in beer! Brooklyn Brown and New Castle are two of my “go to” beers. Love them!

Have you tried Bell’s Oberon? That’s one of my summer favorites!


38 Sarah (Enjoying One Meal at a Time) May 16, 2010 at 9:57 am

Love your recreation of your lunch, perfect when there’s no camera handy 😉 And those plate from C&B are soo cute! Perfect and fun for summertime!


39 lynn (The Actors Diet) May 16, 2010 at 10:48 am

i’d love a matt-y maid!


40 mary ann May 16, 2010 at 10:52 am

i might have a slight obsession with wilco… i hope i cant get my hands on that brew cus i might become an alcoholic. Have a safe trip!!


41 Alycia @ Fit n Fresh May 16, 2010 at 11:36 am

your food always looks so good! love your blog (:


42 Casey May 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Kath, is that Abita from your trip down to LA last year? If you guys ever come back to NO we will have to take you to this amazing brewery on the North Shore! It’s great!


43 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I love your nachos! They look absolutely fabulous and I love that you know whats exactly in it, unless most nachos you’d get from the store or ball park.


44 Anne P May 16, 2010 at 6:57 pm

OMG! I tried that beer when I was in Austin! I liked it, but I couldn’t make it through a whole one since it was pretty heavy/intense tasting!


45 Dana May 16, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Where the heck did you find that adorable bottle opener! I have to have it!


46 Sarah W. May 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm

if you want pops of color I recommend Fiestaware. Its inexpensive, durable dinnerware – and Plus you can display it in your kitchen to add pops of color instantly! I personally don’t care for the lack of quality on Crate & Barrell’s dinnerware.


47 Snake May 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Wow, is Bocker really 10? We’re getting old . . .



48 Eileen May 18, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Nice beer list! I second the Magic Hat recommendation … my favorite is their No. 9.


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