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January 29, 2013

Dinners of note!

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Last but not least, shrimp tacos!

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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!!!

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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 :)

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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!

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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!

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

i notice you always use yogurt instead of sour cream..how 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!

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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!

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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!).

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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!!

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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.

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10 KathEats January 29, 2013 at 2:25 pm

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

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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 :-)

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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??

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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 :)

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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!

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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! :)

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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. :)

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

Looks delicious!!! ;-)

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

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

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

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

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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.

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21 KathEats January 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Yeah, but it was piled high!

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

Oohh that chili looks tasty!

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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! :D

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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!

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25 Katie January 29, 2013 at 6:09 pm

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

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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 ;)

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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 :)

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28 kristina January 29, 2013 at 9:05 pm

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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?

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34 KathEats January 31, 2013 at 2:05 am

Soft like spinach but chewier because they are thick

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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.

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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!

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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?)

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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.

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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!

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40 Alyssa January 30, 2013 at 8:57 am

That avocado greek yogurt mousse looks amazing!

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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!

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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!

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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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