Lunch On The Mediterranean

May 21, 2009

I completed my writing this morning (whew) but then I had no motivation to do anything! I actually went up and laid in bed for a bit debating what to do next. I hate it when I get in those funky moods! Finally, after a little visualization, I got a spark of motivation to head to the gym.

But it was nearly 12 so I had a snack to hold me over for a late lunch –

And end piece of GH Flax Oat Bran

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And 4 cranberry pecans. I was also procrastinating leaving my house with these additional snacks

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I  ended up having a great workout. My bike ride was so pleasurable once I was going that I took the long way to be more scenic. EVERY time I go out biking I’m always glad I went. Note to self! I spent 30 minutes on the ET with Better Homes and Gardens and then did some pull-ups, dips, jumping lunges, and a set if biceps before heading out.

After my shower I gave myself an at-home pedicure. As much as I would have liked to have my toes done while sitting in a massage chair, I’m saving that money to put towards future purchases.

Then I made this Mediterranean Salad

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  • Spinach, dressed in EVOO and fig balsamic vinegar
  • 1.5 cups steamed green beans
  • 1 small carrot, steamed
  • ~6 kalamata olives
  • 1 tbsp capters
  • Avocado (~1/6 of one)
  • ~1/4 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/2 a can of Costco salmon
  • ~7 chopped almonds

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Love all of the components!

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I had this delicious orange on the side –

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It looks like my hair cut lady at the Hair Cuttery isn’t working until 5pm :( What to do!? She did such a great $15 job last time that I want to go to her again, but I don’t want to wait that long or go tomorrow. Maybe I’ll just go at 5.

QUESTION: Are any of you readers accountants or tax experts? If so, would anyone mind giving the Blog Summit Committee a bit of free tax advice? Please email me!

Off to run some errands – with my iPhone in tote!!!!

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1 Amy May 21, 2009 at 2:05 pm

I love doing visualizations…they really work! I enjoyed reading your Gather article on them!


2 brandi May 21, 2009 at 2:09 pm

have fun on your errands – that salad looks great!


3 Priyanka May 21, 2009 at 2:11 pm

I just read you Gather article! I think the concept of visualization makes so much sense!

Love the article and the salad!


4 Tanya May 21, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Don’t know much about the tax stuff – but try emailing the Blogher folks (and they have a Blogher Food) coming up too – 1 day only though.


5 JENNA May 21, 2009 at 2:15 pm

I’m getting so antsy to hear about this blogging summit!! :) I love mediterranean food!!! The flavors are just so perfect!


6 Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 21, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Dang it, I cant get the Gather article at work, I’ll have to check later!


7 Sarah (lovINmytummy) May 21, 2009 at 2:18 pm

I love the “not so subtle” request for Barney Butter!


8 Shannon (The Daily Balance) May 21, 2009 at 2:20 pm

fantastic salad! love the components! 😉


9 Christie @ BeadLuvah May 21, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I need to try that whole visualization thing. I always feel better after the work out!


10 Jenn )) (( May 21, 2009 at 2:24 pm

The salad looks great. Nothing like a hearty salad for lunch (or dinner, or breakfast!) It actually looks like there’s a chocolate chip in the center lol.



11 Jess May 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm

That salad looks delicious and gorgeous! Have fun with your errands and iphone 😀
<3 jess


12 sue May 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm

mmm! i can’t get enough of mediterranean flavors lately! so perfect for the warm weather :)


13 Kath May 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Whoa, whoa – that comment was not at all intended for Jennifer Barney. I have only gotten 1 free jar in the history of KERF and would never expect to get future jars for free! It was directed towards the Jennifer who comments all the time in response to her grocery comments on the last post. We have a bit of a joking/sarcastic relationship going these days. SORRY for the confusion


14 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) May 21, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Oooh what a yummy lunch! I’m glad you had a great workout. I get in those moods sometime too. In fact, I’m in one now =)

Hope you get that haircut!


15 Marcia May 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Great looking salad! I would wait till 5 to get a hair cut. Just got mine done yesterday ($20 though, plus tip). I feel 10 lbs lighter (which happens when you only get a hair cut 3x a year).


16 Jean May 21, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Wow, your salad looks fantastic! I had a med. lunch as well today. I swear all the veggies, olives, feta and EVOO..yum…I could live off of that combo!
By the way, awesome recipe with the Kale Chips. I’m super intrigued by them and can’t wait to try them!


17 Jo May 21, 2009 at 2:51 pm

I think that visualisation can be a really powerful tool. I have talked a bit about meditation in one of my posts today. It can work wonders on your mood and motivation :)


18 Michelle Hisae May 21, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Honestly, lying down and just thinking is the best way to organize your thoughts in those situations. If you were fiddling around the house, trying to think of something to do, I bet it would take you a lot longer!


19 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats May 21, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Mmmm fabulous looking salad! I need a pedi in the worst way!!!


20 Erin May 21, 2009 at 3:12 pm

As usual, Kath’s salads rock my world.

le sigh.


21 Katie H May 21, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Just wondering if you’ve seen the Skinny Dip beer by New Belgium? I know you’re a fellow beer lover, and thought you might be as excited about it as me. It has only 114 calories per bottle but supposedly has a full-bodied taste. New Belgium is an excellent brewery, so I’m hoping they’ll be the first to make a light beer that actually tastes good! I bought a six-pack today and I’m looking forward to trying one tonight.


22 Kristan @ The Stepford Wife May 21, 2009 at 3:46 pm

I’m now craving a big fat juicy orange. How am I supposed to know if that’s what my body *really* wants if I am reading all these food blogs all the time? LOL

Good looking salad!


23 Heather May 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Hooray for at home mani- pedi-‘s! I just love giving myself the all-out treatment! :) SOOOO relaxing!

What an awesome salad Kath! I love how filled it is with protein. The perfect lunch post-workout!


24 FitFoodie May 21, 2009 at 4:18 pm

The salad looks really good!

Fig balsamic?! I bet its delish :)


25 Michelle May 21, 2009 at 4:36 pm

No more flaunting of that iphone…grrr I’d totally get the phone if the data plan wasn’t so expensive!!!

heheheh I’m glad you made it to the gym even though you weren’t feeling it. Sometimes the best workouts come from those….and yummy lunches come from ’em too!!!! I heart costco! :)


26 K May 21, 2009 at 4:50 pm

What a great salad! Now that it’s summer-ish I’ve been craving the veggies even more than normal!


27 Leah @ Simply Fabulous May 21, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Too funny, I just posted about two fabulous salads that i’ve had in the last couple of days. I could live on salads! I love them so much! Yours looks great.. i’ll have to try this combo! I love kalamata olives.. they go great with feta cheese in greek salads!

Btw, love your green oats from this morning!


28 Karissa May 21, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Yummy salad :) I’m writing that combo down so I can try it!


29 Recipes for Creativity May 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm

Hope you held out for the haircut with the lady you like – you can’t beat a $15 hair cut!


30 spicygranola May 21, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Those cranberry pecans look drool worthy. Glad you got motivated to work out. I’m procrastinating on mine right now. I’ll give your visualization article a read. Thanks!


31 LK- Healthy Delcious May 21, 2009 at 7:46 pm

those cranberry pecans are so tempting

hold out on the hair cut… whenever i find someone good I like to stick with them.


32 Bec May 21, 2009 at 8:06 pm

i love how much you love your i phone, i think i need to get one!


33 Sharon May 21, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Oh wow, the salad looks awesome!


34 krissie May 21, 2009 at 8:48 pm

This actually belongs to an earlier post, but I really need to shower so I’m not going to find out which one…

I discovered something really cool on my iPhone on my run tonight. I was listening to the iPod and accidentally pushed the microphone button on the headphones and it paused the music! That could come in so handy!

I’ve had the phone for over a year and just found that out. I thought immediately that I needed to share it with you.

Have a great Friday!


35 Abby May 21, 2009 at 9:11 pm

I just wanted to thank you for your blog, as it’s something I can actually relate to. Because of this new community I am now addicted to, I have started my own blog and hope you don’t mind that I mentioned you…in a good way, I swear.

Anyway, I just want to warn you about the addictive nature of the iPhone. A writer I work with practically values his more than his kidney. In fact, I’m pretty sure he would give me a kidney before he would give me his iPhone. It’s always beeping or he’s checking the weather in Alaska or the lottery numbers or something, all while e-mailing himself to the computer directly in front of him (just because he can).

They sound wonderful, but beware the siren song of the apps….


36 Sarah W. May 21, 2009 at 9:38 pm

I laughed when I saw your title beacuse I was just drooling over a mediterrean bread in my newest vegan cookbook and now I’m debating making it but not sure what to pair it with – I’m guessing a soup or salad would be best – off to find mediterranean soups I guess?!

the bread has olives & sundried tomatoes in it!


37 Kath May 21, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Katie H,
I haven’t seen it – but I’ll keep my eye out!

Abby ,
I’m already hooked!



38 Joelle May 21, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Hey Kath– those Great Harvest buns (and your salad) always look so amazing! Yum..

I was wondering, does Great Harvest ship their breads anywhere around the country? Thanks!


39 Kath May 22, 2009 at 7:17 am

Joelle ,
I don’t think so : (



40 Reina May 22, 2009 at 8:10 am

If there is usually one roach there are many more where he came from lurking! I’ve had firsthand experience in an old apartment! Bad news but the truth!!!


41 Elizabeth May 22, 2009 at 8:13 am

Some GH franchises do shipping – my hometown shop does limited stuff (my gift boxes usually include a loaf of honey wheat, plus a small specialty loaf, 6 cookies, jam, and soup mix) And since today is my birthday – I’m expecting one of these beauts any day from the folks :) YAY! We don’t have any GHs in NH.

That’s in Herndon VA – worth contacting the local GH to ask anyway….


42 Joelle May 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Kath and Elizabeth-thanks!


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