Quaint Romantic Dinner

May 13, 2008

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Home!! The house is clean and there are roses (from our garden) in a vase on the table :mrgreen: And we enjoyed a romantic dinner <3

Before I left Hillsborough, I grabbed a diet root beer for the road. I don’t drink sodas often, but my parents have a fridge stocked full with every flavor imaginable, so I always get my favorite – root beer – when I’m there. I also had a Larabar ready for a snack, but I didn’t get hungry. I think my body has gotten used to no snacks or something because I never needed one on my trip either. I guess that’s a good thing!? Or perhaps I was just eating too many desserts :)

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I stopped at the grocery store for some fresh veggies and fruits for dinner: portabello mushrooms, zucchini, squash and mozzarella to make grilled sandwiches on the husband’s newest batch of focaccia. We grilled all the veggies and melted the cheese on the mushrooms along with some fresh oregano from the garden and some of the squash.

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Assembled. But the volume-eater that I am, I ended up taking the sandwich apart and eating the bread separately! I wanted to taste all the great flavors by themselves. The sandwich was missing pesto, which I would have made if basil had been less expensive and more in season. But the oregano was a nice back-up choice.

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We also made a big spinach/greens salad with grilled squash and carrots, a few walnuts and some balsamic vinegar and Annie’s Maple Ginger dressing blended.

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From above….

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I have LOADS of unpacking and sorting of mail, etc. to do. Better get a move on!

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Hunger caught up with me. Edited to add a very unphotogenic evening snack of yogurt, raspberries and cereal. Oh how I’ve missed yogurt!!!

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1 Romina May 13, 2008 at 7:34 pm

How adorable! I am so very jealous you get to eat outside.

Your sandwiches look absolutely delicious.

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2 Caroline May 13, 2008 at 7:44 pm

What a delicious looking sandwich! I bet it tasted even better because you enjoyed it outside:)

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3 yaz May 13, 2008 at 8:02 pm

How wonderful! I bet Matt was happy to have u back home. I really though Matt would be surviving on yummy sandwiches like these while u were away…but I guess I was wrong. He spent his time baking for you. What an all around great guy. Lucky girl ;)

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4 hk May 13, 2008 at 8:05 pm

pretty meal outside!! glad the ride back went smoothly, I’m sure it’s nice to be back home…I know what you mean about missing yogurt, ha!! I love this TJ’s high fiber cereal…perfect little snack, yum!

have a nice night at home…eww unpacking, haha totally my least favorite part of traveling, oh well..comes with the territory :)

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5 Melanie May 13, 2008 at 8:06 pm

Do you use a marinade on the portabellos? Or just grilled them and topped with cheese? I love grilled portabellos :-)

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6 Danielle May 13, 2008 at 8:06 pm

You and the husband have such a cute relationship. I hope to live as happily with my other half as you do :)

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7 Betsy in Pittsburgh May 13, 2008 at 8:12 pm

I came home from work to find my beau had cleaned our living room inside and out and had done the dishes. Guys are cute.

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8 Allyson May 13, 2008 at 8:15 pm

The sandwich looks amazing! So sweet of your husband to do that for you!

Unpacking to me is like ripping off a band aid-I just have to get it over with quickly! I hate it though! Packing is way easier ;)

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9 Suzanne May 13, 2008 at 8:16 pm

It must be so nice to eat outside! Today was beautiful! Your tablescapes always look so homey and inviting. (wow, I sound like Sandra Lee…i don’t think i’ve used ‘tablescape’ before!).

Yay! The husband’s bread is back in the picture. Looks delicious as always!

I just have a random question about Greek yogurt. My coworker just told me that it’s made from goat’s milk? I don’t have a Fage in the house so I can’t look it up. And I’m just about to run in the shower. So if someone knows offhand, let me know! If not, I’ll look it up myself tomorrow. Thanks, guys!

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10 lexi May 13, 2008 at 8:34 pm

kath,
if you have time to, could you give me a list of superfoods from the book superfoods healthstyle? i want to stop counting calories and just eating for weight loss,and instead i would like to eat intuitively while eating as many superfoods as i can (with the OCCASIONAL splurge)! thanks so much, and thanks for the recomendation for the book fit from within! i LOVE LOVE LOVE fit from within and intuitive eating! :)

lexi

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11 Sidi May 13, 2008 at 8:38 pm

Good for you, Kath, I’m happy to hear you’re back home and that everything is back to normal in a great way!

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12 healthyceliac May 13, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Romantic dinners are the best, especially when they are outside! Your meals always look so well put together :)

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13 Kristie May 13, 2008 at 9:14 pm

Mmm that sandwich looks super tasty. I love all of your different sandwich combos!

It must be so nice to be home again!

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14 Sarah May 13, 2008 at 9:21 pm

Hi Lexi, I just happen to have Superfoods sitting next to me so you’re in luck! Here’s the list from the index page:
apples, avocado, beans, blueberries, broccoli, cinnamon, dark chocolate, dried superfruits, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, honey, kiwi, low-fat/non-fat yogurt, oats, onions, oranges, pomegranates, pumpkin, soy, spinach, tea, tomatoes, turkey (skinless turkey breast,) wild salmon, and walnuts
I highly recommend reading the book though… There’s a lot of great information!

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15 Laurel May 13, 2008 at 9:57 pm

Hi everyone. I loved reading about your vacation, Kath! I must have missed it–why did you decide to stop counting calories? Do you still wear and calculate calories burned with a heart rate monitor?

I’m looking for advice on gaining weight. My husband has lost every ounce of the 10 pounds he worked really hard to put on last summer. He’s naturally very lean and has a fast metabolism, plus he’s very in tune with his appetite and also lazy when it comes to feeding himself.

He gained the weight by drinking milkshakes with ice cream (Haagen Daz), half and half or heavy cream, Carnation Instant Breakfast and fresh fruit (strawberries and banana). He also weight trained at the gym at least 4 times a week.

I don’t like the shakes but he wants to start them again. He refuses to drink ones with protein powder or bananas in them. He’s not an adventurous eater at all and mealtimes are difficult. Any advice? Thanks

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16 happy herbivore May 13, 2008 at 10:05 pm

how lovely (& romantic!)

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17 Steph May 13, 2008 at 11:14 pm

Suzanne: I don’t have Fage on hand, but I do have Trader Joe’s brand greek yogurt. The first ingredient is Grade A Pasteurized Skim Milk, followed by various cultures. No mention of goat’s milk!

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18 angelcubbie May 13, 2008 at 11:23 pm

Does anyone else ever have those days when they are just starving all day? I was under my calorie target all weekend (not by much, just like 100 under for the last week or so) and the last couple days I’ve been really hungry, even after a good well balanced meal, what should i do, should I eat something even though I’ve already had a good meal or just wait it out?

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19 Teddy May 14, 2008 at 1:47 am

Aw I like that you two keep the romance going! It’s so important. Your sandwich looks delish and I’d be missing yogurt too if I was you :)

Teddy

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20 Kate May 14, 2008 at 7:09 am

Angelcubbie, I know exactly what you mean! I’m always go under my calories on the weekends (just busier/thinking about food less), and the first couple days of the week, the same amount of calories just don’t do it for me. I would say, if you’re trying to lose weight, hold out til your body readjusts (and it will, after a few days). But if you’re trying to maintain, I wouldn’t eat all your 100 calories back, but maybe like 50 of them. Hope that helps!

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21 Katie May 14, 2008 at 7:25 am

Glad to hear you made it back home so well and that dinner looks so good! Love that you ate out in the garden! :)

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22 Kim May 14, 2008 at 8:11 am

I try to grill the big mushrooms all the time, but they never seem to cook all the way. How long do you grill them for, and how do you know when they are done?

Glad you had a great trip!!

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23 Betsy May 14, 2008 at 10:42 am

have you ever made spinach pesto? I’m heard it’s good and a great sub when basil is too expensive.

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24 Ange C. May 14, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Suzanne– Fage is made from goat’s milk!

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25 Justy2003 May 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm

According to Fage’s website(http://www.fageusa.com/products.html), Fage is made from cow’s milk…

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26 Suzanne May 14, 2008 at 5:44 pm

Steph- Oh thanks for the info about the yogurt!

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