January 29, 2013

Dinners of note!


I made a big pot of chili to have on a cold night and saved half for a new mama I went to visit. This soup contained beef, pinto beans, lentils, frozen corn, frozen greens and canned tomatoes, plus chili powder, cumin and garlic powder.


Loved the addition of lentils, and the frozen greens were so easy to add for a boost of nutrition.


After we made the slow cooker pork + apples, we had the leftovers on a salad the next night:


Served with homemade cheese, veggies, greens and some cornbread stuffing I had in the freezer from Thanksgiving


A simple dinner ready in minutes: No Bull Burgers with bacon collard greens


The burgers were served on Great Harvest Virginia Buns and topped with a feta-red pepper spread Matt brought home from the bakery.


For the collards, we cooked 2 slices of bacon and removed them from the pot when they were crispy and then added the greens to the grease. A few minutes of sautéing later and we had a pile of smoky greens.


Joni left this ginger beer at the bakery for us to try. I haven’t ever had anything like it! It was like ginger ale mixed with kombucha. Best served over ice with a lemon, the bottle said.


Last but not least, shrimp tacos!


Jumbo shrimp cooked in chili + garlic powder + olive oil served over a whole wheat tortilla with Greek yogurt + avocado blend, cooked pineapple, sautéed cabbage/carrots/radicchio and avocado cubes. Yum!


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1 Gina January 29, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Oh wow, these all look so good!!!


2 Joanne January 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Can we vote on our favorite meal? I pick lentils! All around good, good, good.. plus you made it look so good :)


3 OliePants January 29, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I agree with you – lentils in soup is a great way to add nutrition without any hassle. Those shrimp tacos look fantastic!


4 Mhari January 29, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Crabbies is delicious and huge here in Scotland, I can’t belive you can get it in Virginia! Hope you get manage to get some more, it is highly addictive!


5 aimee levance January 29, 2013 at 1:57 pm

i notice you always use yogurt instead of sour different are the two tastes? i have never tried plain greek yogurt, just flavored. i love the addition of sour cream to meals and would def like a healthier alternative!


6 KathEats January 29, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Sour cream is a bit more sour and yogurt has a bit more tang – but they are really very similar!


7 T January 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Echoing Mhari – Crabbie’s is very popular in the UK! :) I drink that or Pimms during the summer!! Ginger Beer is kind of a staple in the UK – both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions. The only bad thing for this expat is the fact that I can’t get good ole Canada Dry when I’m feeling under the weather (what my mom always gave me when I was sick as a kid!).


8 lucy Lincoln January 29, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Yes Mhari I was surprised they had crabbies too! everyone here in London drinks Crabbies!!


9 Joni January 29, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Glad you got to try the Crabbies! I did have to laugh, as after I left it I discovered it is now being distributed all around Charlottesville – not so much a novelty there anymore. :-) We found it at Beer Run and the Whiskey Jar! Still waiting on it to come to NC though.


10 KathEats January 29, 2013 at 2:25 pm

:) we still had never had it… Thanks again!


11 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux January 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I’m planning to make chili this weekend, and hadn’t thought of adding lentils! Thanks for the idea :-)


12 Tracy January 29, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I’m so intrigued by the ginger beer as I love anything GINGER! Was the ginger flavor very pronounced??


13 T January 29, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Its stronger than Ginger Ale (American soda drink) for sure. Both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions of Ginger Beer are stronger in flavor – which is what I think makes it taste so good :)


14 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm

I LOVE taco dinners. In fact, I’m making some tonight with a tempeh + black bean filling. Even my meat loving dad really likes these tacos!


15 Maureen January 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm

You seriously make every meal {simple or not} look like a gourmet experience with each photo! :)


16 cathy January 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I always do a pineapple salsa on our shrimp tacos. I like the idea of adding greens to chili. Might have to try that next time. I actually have chili going in my crockpot today. :)


17 Lisa @bitesforbabies January 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Looks delicious!!! 😉


18 Carly @ Snack Therapy January 29, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Feta red pepper spread? Um, YUM!! Recipe? :).


19 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite January 29, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I am drooling at your fish taco right now. Drooling.


20 Sarah January 29, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Did you have just one taco for dinner?? :O I’m currently breastfeeding #2 and I’m constantly out-eating my husband these days.


21 KathEats January 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Yeah, but it was piled high!


22 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 29, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Oohh that chili looks tasty!


23 Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) January 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm

The shrimp taco looks wonderful! As does everything else, really. Great meals!!

And I’m intrigued by the ginger beer! 😀


24 a farmer in the dell January 29, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Kath all of these meals sound amazing!!! I am starving right now, and that chili is calling my name!


25 Katie January 29, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Gorgeous pics! I get so much dinner inspiration just from your photos!


26 Michaela January 29, 2013 at 7:47 pm

crabbies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I used to drink this every time when going out here in London, until I realized it is not vegan-friendly :( You had definitely missed out till now 😉


27 Jess. January 29, 2013 at 9:04 pm

Chilli & shrimp tacos were both on my mental list of ideas for next week’s meal plan. I will take this as a sign :)


28 kristina January 29, 2013 at 9:05 pm

all of it looks so good!
can you post your chili recipe??


29 KathEats January 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm

I unfortunately don’t have one – it was based on “throw in a pot” vegetarian chili from my recipage


30 Andrew G. January 29, 2013 at 10:46 pm

That chili looks delicious! I love having a hearty bowl of beef chili when it’s cold outside. I’d love to see the recipe for that.


31 tiffany @dynamics of happy January 29, 2013 at 10:55 pm

what is the trick for making the collard greens actually stay green?
last time i tried making it, it was the usual extremely unappetizing nasty swamp green color lol


32 KathEats January 30, 2013 at 9:21 am

Did you add something acidic like lemon? The food science rule is acid = murky green base = bright green. I’m not sure what we added to ours to keep the color – perhaps just the lack of acid prevented the change.


33 tiffany @dynamics of happy January 31, 2013 at 1:56 am

oh how interesting!
for the collard greens you make, how would you describe the consistency? is it soft like spinach or really crunchy like kale?


34 KathEats January 31, 2013 at 2:05 am

Soft like spinach but chewier because they are thick


35 Sandra January 30, 2013 at 2:21 am

We also enjoy Crabbies here in Australia. There is a brewery in our Northwest town of Broome that is called Matso’s and they make beautiful alcoholic ginger beer and a mango beer that is to die for on a hot day.


36 Amy January 30, 2013 at 5:40 am

omg-my husband and I had Crabbie’s in London this fall and were obsessed with it! We have been trying to find it in Boston since!


37 Emily January 30, 2013 at 6:33 am

Mmm you can never go wrong with chili & yogurt on top! Liking the synopsis posts (though might be good not to name them all “lately”. Feels a lot like the same post from a few days ago. Or maybe that was intentional?)


38 RJ January 30, 2013 at 7:53 am

I live minutes away from the original Crabbies warehouse in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Crabbies company started out making a ginger wine in 1801 which sweet toothed Scots would add to whisky to make a Whisky Mac! The company is long gone from Leith and the warehouses turned into flats. But I agree their Ginger beer is great.


39 Sara@fitcupcaker January 30, 2013 at 7:58 am

I could be stuffed to the bone and I read your blog and I’m instantly hungry!


40 Alyssa January 30, 2013 at 8:57 am

That avocado greek yogurt mousse looks amazing!


41 Monica January 30, 2013 at 10:07 am

Love ginger beer! Hubs and I make it into Dark and Stormys as our summertime drink (although he drinks it throughout the year as well).

Wedge of lime, shot of dark rum and a ginger beer over ice. So yummy!


42 AshinMT January 30, 2013 at 10:26 am

A little late to the game here but… (my memory is failing me) have you guys ever had a Moscow Mule? They are really popular here in Montana and you use vodka, ginger beer (but the non-alcoholic kind) and a half of a lime. They are delish. The “deal” is that you have them in a fully copper cup as it keeps them super cold, and strangley seems to add something to the taste. But the cups are like gold, bars around here charge a deposit fee to use them. Maybe its just a Montana/North Westerner thing… yummy all the same though!


43 KathEats January 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Matt did when we were in MT for Great Harvest training! I never had the chance, but we have the copper cups here now : )


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