Outside Back In

April 17, 2011

Had a great day today! I just love being outside. This afternoon I biked downtown to meet another friend – Seamane – to tour an open house in our target neighborhood. We are nowhere near ready to buy, but I have been stalking the real estate market and jump at the chance to go in an open house.

The house was gorgeous and charming –

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I would LOVE to buy something like this someday!

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After our tour, we went on a walk!

Total miles walked today: 10!

Total miles biked: 6!

And what’s funny is that because it didn’t seem like exercise I don’t feel all that tired. Just like I did as a kid. Playing is fun!!

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Cauliflower Crockpot Curry Chickpeas

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Dinner cooked itself tonight – a simple crockpot mish mosh!

Ingredients included cauliflower, chickpeas, sweet potato, carrots, celery and FIGS!

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Plus turmeric, curry and garam masala

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And a few more randoms:

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Cauliflower Crockpot Curry Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 large sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 3 carrots, 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 6 figs, chopped
  • 2 cups broth-of-your-choice
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Method

  • Combine all in crockpot and stir.
  • Set to high for 2 hours and then low for 2 hours.
  • Serve over coconut-scented brown rice with plain yogurt and spiced nuts!

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Unfortunately I didn’t find any pieces of fig in mine! Bummer!

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This evening I watched the movie Valentine’s Day, which was pretty good!! Only a few cheeseball moments, and LOTS of fun celebs to watch.

Midway through, in honor of the Chocolate Holiday, I had to partake myself –

Banana Soft Serve made with chocolate vanilla almond butter topped with chocolate-covered almonds (from Whole Foods bulk bins) and coconut!

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Matt loved his twin bowl too : )

Nite!

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1 Kay (skinnybound) April 17, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I almost rented Valentine’s Day yesterday! The celebs almost make it worth watching regardless of the cheese factor.

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2 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 17, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Your dinner looks delicious!

I’m so glad you got to spend so much time outside. I didn’t get out as much as I wanted, but it looks like you were outside enough for the two of us!

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3 Amber April 17, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I’m pretty sure we crossed paths on the sidewalk on Locust today – my friend was in the middle of a story so I didn’t have a chance to say hi, but glad you enjoyed your walk! It was a gorgeous day to be outside in C’ville :)

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4 KathEats April 18, 2011 at 7:45 am

OMG!!!!!!!!! You should have said hi!!

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5 Lisa Fine [lisasfoods] April 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm

What a great day. I love days like that – when there’s lots of playing involved. I feel like the days I go hiking are like that. They always make me feel like a kid.

I bet that curry would also be delicious with raisins in place of the figs.

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6 Krissy - Shiawase Life April 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Fun times! We went and toured two model homes in Belvedere this afternoon. The sun was gorgeous today!!

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7 KathEats April 18, 2011 at 7:45 am

Oh let me know the next time you go out looking!! How is Belvedere? Newer right?

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8 Krissy @ Shiawase Life April 18, 2011 at 8:54 am

Kath – it’s really nice and will be great once it’s more built in! Once they’ve hit their stride, there will be 700+ homes, as well as a town center, organic garden, outdoor amphitheater and 5 miles of trails that connect to the Rivanna Trail.

The development is in Phase 1 right now and has several builders – really cool craftsman style homes and many also feature a detached carriage house, which I really liked. Pretty neat!

If we end up going again I’ll def let you know =)

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9 KathEats April 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

Oh cool!! I have my heart set on a historic house downtown, but I am also a HUGE new house girl and love communities like that! Maybe I’ll go check it out :)

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10 Natalia - a side of simple April 17, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Oooo I haven’t had banana soft serve in so long! I better stock up on bananas tomorrow and get that process going :) And of course, I’ll be sure to throw in some chocolate…

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11 Molly April 17, 2011 at 9:34 pm

That house looks so charming! And I still have yet to see Valentine’s Day!

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12 Amie April 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Kath,

How does a person deal with binging late at night? I have severe muscular and kidney issues that prevent me from exercising. And I binge at night — a lot. I start off fine, then will eat anything. I ate a full box of cereal and a bag of chips late tonight after my normal choices. To make it worse, these things affect my condition and make my condition worse. I cannot exercise it away or just not eat the next day.
Any suggestions from you (a sensible eater) would be appreciated.

Amie

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13 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 17, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Oh that dinner looks fab!!! I love that movie- it is a cute one if you want a nice chick flick :) Love crock pots!!!!

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14 val April 17, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I love that house, and I’ve been stalking the real estate market for 2+ years. We’re no where near ready to buy either, but I can’t resist checking all of the realtor websites every week. I should stop, but I can’t!!!

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15 Abby April 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Your dinner looks great! Glad you had such a fun filled, active day outdoors! :)

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16 staceyhealthylife April 17, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I gotta make some banana soft serve and find out what everyones talking about. I also really want to get an ice cream maker to make some fro-yo.

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17 Stacy @ Every Little Thing April 17, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Wow that looks great! I love your little spice containers too. And YUM soft serve!

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18 lynn @ the actor's diet April 17, 2011 at 9:57 pm

no fig in your bowl?!? d’oh!

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19 Sarah April 17, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Yum that recipe looks great and the dessert looks way good!

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20 Caroline @ French Ponytail April 17, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Beautiful photos once again! How did all those veggies keep their shape after 4 hours of cooking though? I love those days when you just amble around town and don’t even notice all the calories you’re burning.

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21 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 17, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Looks like such a great dinner, and love that dessert! I must make banana soft serve again soon!

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22 Mama Pea April 17, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Mmmm. Recipe looks AMAZING.

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23 Kim April 17, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Figs make EVERYTHING fantastic!

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24 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 17, 2011 at 10:31 pm

I have a really similar recipe I’ve posted about…curried raisin lentils with chickpeas. Tomato paste, lentils, chickpeas, garam masala, cinnamon, raisins, a few other things…one pot, simmer for a half hour, done. Your recipe looks lovely!

And that house. That is SO YOU! That house just screams: Kath! all over it. One day you will have a house just like that :)

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25 LauraJayne April 17, 2011 at 10:31 pm

The Cauliflower and Chickpea meal looks so delicious! I wish I’d checked in with your blog before dinner – I was totally having an uninspired cooking night!

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26 Alaina April 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm

That house does look cute! Love the living room. :-)

And that crockpot dish looks amazing. I love Indian spices!

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27 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 17, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I saw Valentine’s Day when it came into the dollar theater- it was pretty cute!

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28 Hannah April 17, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I miss banana soft serve! Can’t justify it when bananas cost as much as saffron right now :(

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29 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 17, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Cute house! I go in random open-houses all the time. It’s so much fun to see what’s out there and get ideas for my place.

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30 Namaste Gurl April 17, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Mmmm, your dinner and dessert looks heavenly. You must’ve been tired and after all that activity! :)
Ever tried coconut bliss ice cream? It is the BEST :)

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31 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 17, 2011 at 11:52 pm

That soft serve looks delish. I hope you get your dream home soon in the future :)

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32 Khushboo April 18, 2011 at 12:03 am

Wow that’s a lot of walking for one day! I loved Valentine’s Day..sometimes cheesy chick flicks are just so necessary ;)!

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33 Chad April 18, 2011 at 12:05 am

Ah I love recipes like this! Crockpots ftw…

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34 Marissa April 18, 2011 at 12:19 am

That looks/sounds delicious! I will definitely be trying it.

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35 Justeen @ Blissful Baking April 18, 2011 at 12:29 am

Sounds like you had a really lovely day! Your banana soft serve looks devine!

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36 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 18, 2011 at 12:31 am

It’s so true that when we look at movement and activity as play, instead of laborious exercise, it is such FUN! :)

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37 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 18, 2011 at 12:46 am

Being very active is awesome and never feels like exercise. Way better than the gym!!

Your curry looks delish and I am not even crazy about them. Figs… savory meets sweet… YUM!

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38 Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East April 18, 2011 at 4:24 am

The crockpot is my new best friend! Its so simple and makes delicious eats! I must make this curry dish! Looks divine!

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39 Lindsay April 18, 2011 at 5:11 am

I love the addition of the figs! What a great idea!

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40 Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 18, 2011 at 5:22 am

What an amazing day of fun outside exercise! Love when the weather is nice enough for that:-)

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41 Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 18, 2011 at 5:40 am

That house is adorable! While we aren’t looking, sometimes it is fun to stop in to open houses…especially ones in ginormous houses that we could never afford!
10 miles of walking.. that is awesome!

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42 Lauren April 18, 2011 at 5:54 am

That house is so you Kath! House hunting is always fun no matter if you are in the market or not.

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43 Heidi - apples under my bed April 18, 2011 at 6:08 am

Kath!! Your dessert, lady, is amazing!! Totally copying you soon. Not just the banana soft serve, which I often make, but all the fixins. Loooove it. High five.
Heidi xo

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44 Katie April 18, 2011 at 6:13 am

I love crockpot recipes! It’s funny, when the weather starts to get nicer , my crockpot goes into hibernation! I don’t use it as much!

Glad you had a great day being out and about!

xoxo

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45 Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 18, 2011 at 6:22 am

Mmm…I love enjoying a completely full day outdoors in the fresh air. Glad you had a fun Sunday! :D

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46 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass April 18, 2011 at 6:26 am

I watched valentines day this weekend too! Not nearly as cheesy as I had thought it would be! And I prepared myself for the worst.

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47 Simply Life April 18, 2011 at 6:28 am

yum! that dinner looks perfect!

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48 Baking Books April 18, 2011 at 7:18 am

I love the kitchen in that house! That’s my dream goal – to have a nice (walk-able) kitchen.

That movie was cute. I seen it in theatres and didn’t expect much but was surprised. The recipe looks great – is that about 4 servings maybe? I need to use the Crock-Pot more, would definitely break up my routines.

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49 Amy April 18, 2011 at 7:22 am

1. Your dinner looks delicious and so easy! Definitely trying that.

2. I really enjoyed Valentine’s Day too – It was corny and cute, but sometimes that’s exactly the kind of movie I want to see. I’d watch it again for sure!

3. Whenever I go running downtown I stop to look at the flyers for the houses for sale. I love that area.

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50 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 18, 2011 at 7:41 am

I thought Valentine’s Day was cute too. Except for the Taylor Swift parts… they were pretty cringe-worthy!

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51 KathEats April 18, 2011 at 7:44 am

Agreed!

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52 faith April 18, 2011 at 7:41 am

I covered 10 miles yesterday too! I thought about calling you a few times to get some miles together…next Sunday!

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53 KathEats April 18, 2011 at 7:44 am

I almost stopped by your house but I was too hungry!!

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54 Haleigh April 18, 2011 at 7:48 am

You’re an inspiration to me as far as biking/walking as a form of transportation. My husband and I are moving to Germany in 6 weeks, and we found this amazing apartment about 5 km away from the city. So, I would have to bike 5 km to be able to go anywhere (one-way). I keep telling myself to take the apartment, because I can bike if Kath can bike :) hehe..

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55 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) April 18, 2011 at 7:52 am

Looks like the exact same dinner I had! Except I served mine over toast hehe :) It’s so cool that you can bike and run everywhere, I can’t wait to live in a city that allows me to do that!

Jason and I are nowhere near ready to buy either, but we look at houses too :D It’s fun to see whats out there!

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56 kaila @ healthy helper! April 18, 2011 at 8:13 am

YUM! I love crockpot dinners……especially with sweet potato! They get so thick and creamy with all the other ingredients……HAVE to try this out! Doesn’t banana softserve make the best desert?! Love those crazy toppings too!

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57 Heather April 18, 2011 at 8:23 am

That house looks beautiful – I would love an old house one day. I have found a dream house of mine – I just don’t think we are ready to buy yet.

I wish I lived in a more walkable area – I would love to walk more!

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58 Faith @ lovelyascharged April 18, 2011 at 8:24 am

I seriously need a crockpot – it would make weekday dinners so much easier!

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59 Angel7 April 18, 2011 at 9:20 am

Crockpot dinners are my favorite! I love the simplicity of them–chop and drop :)

I like the different combination of foods you incorporate into your meals (i.e., figs).

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60 Jessica April 18, 2011 at 11:19 am

I make a protein smoothy with half a frozen banana every morning, but I never thought I could just make soft serve with my extras in the old f.p. — I think you may have just changed my life! :-P

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61 Casey April 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm

That crockpot meal looks YUM! Can’t wait to try it!

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62 Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey April 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Anything with chickpeas and curry is good in my book. :)

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63 Dalai Lina April 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm

This looks like one of those recipes you can keep eating all week and it keeps tasting better!

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64 Amelia (Eating Made Easy) April 19, 2011 at 6:17 am

I could not be happier to know about this banana soft serve!!

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65 Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous April 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Crockpots are the best…throw it all in, walk away for hours, and then you have a delicious meal! I definitely need to bust mine out more often.

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66 Sünne April 20, 2011 at 5:51 am

Ooooh, this looks too good! Too bad, though, that I don’t have a crockpot. Is there any way this could be prepared in a “normal” pot?

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67 KathEats April 20, 2011 at 7:32 am

Absolutely! I’d start at a boil and then reduce to a simmer and give it maybe 30-40 mins?

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68 Sünne April 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Thank you so much! I’ll definitely let you know once I get around to making it (hopefully soon!).

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69 Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake April 20, 2011 at 7:32 am

I am definitely making that dish soon! Looks like something I’d love for leftovers, too!

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70 Jennifer April 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I am currently making this recipe right now for my lunches the rest of the week! I wasn’t able to find the garam masala though. I went to Trader Joe’s and then just a regular chain grocrery store, and couldn’t find it at either of those. Do you have to go to a specialty store to find it? I just used extra of the other spices in the recipe so I hope it still turns out good!

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71 KathEats April 25, 2011 at 8:13 pm

It will still be good!

My GM is from Whole Foods’ bulk bins, I believe. I found it at World Market too

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72 Jennifer April 26, 2011 at 9:30 am

OK good to know, thanks!

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73 Nicole February 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Can I skip the figs (out of season)? Sub with anything?
And do I not peel the sweet potato?

Thanks – this is my first crock pot recipe ever!

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74 KathEats February 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Yes you can skip the figs. And I never peel potatoes but that’s up to you

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