Shrimp Got The Boot

January 29, 2009

Howdy folks! The husband and I did some side-by-side reading this afternoon on the couch. I have been reading Intuitive Eating again. Although I shouldn’t say “again” because I really didn’t read it the first time. I read the first two chapters, skimmed the rest and concluded I wasn’t ready to try their approach. This time around I felt very ready and the book is truly fascinating. I’m not finished yet, and I’ll plan to blog about my reactions when I’m finished.

While reading, I decided that I needed to “Honor My Hunger” and had this mini bowl of snacks at 5:00 – Quaker Oatmeal Squares, roasted garbanzo beans from, trail mix, a few walnuts. It was the perfect snack to tide me to dinner.

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On the menu: Lemony Shrimp with Couscous And Collards

What we ate: Homemade Veggie Tomato Sauce Over Fusilli with Parmesan

I decided I wasn’t in the mood for shrimp and neither of us wanted to peel them, so we changed gears and made this great pantry/leftovers meal.

I also decided in the spirit of “Pleasurable Eating” to make it extra romantic

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The husband was in charge of the sauce. He sauteed the pepper and mushroom in a little EVOO, poured in the rest of the ingredients and simmered for about 15 minutes on low.

  • .5C diced green bell pepper
  • 1 portobello, cubed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can mild rotel
  • 1C frozen spinach
  • 1.5T capers
  • basil, oregano, salt, pepper

On the side we had some sourdough crusty bread broiled in a little EVOO

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And finally, in the spirit of listening to my fullness, I only ate 75% of this. I think I had my snack a little too late in the day. I ate most of the sauce and left a pile of pasta, which I deposited across the table into his bowl 😉

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Quaker Competition #2

So I was totally going to submit a recipe (and I even have a good one!) to the Top Chef Quaker Competition but I always read all the rules and realized that I couldn’t do it when I read this:

Each potential Finalist must agree to make themselves available to be in New York from March 30, 2009 to April 30, 2009, or on such other dates designated by Bravo in its sole discretion and agree to appear on Bravo and to otherwise be available to be videotaped and/or interviewed by Bravo on-site at the Top Chef Tour location in New York, or in the broadcast studio in New York (or in another location selected by Bravo in its sole discretion).

I don’t think my professors would let me miss the final month of the semester and I am definitely not going to repeat my classes for this! Bummer


Off to watch an episode of Always Sunny, then early to bed because tomorrow’s an early to rise day.

After Food Lab tomorrow, I am scheduled for a photo shoot all afternoon to be on the cover of Winthrop Magazine to go along with an article on me inside! They think I am a celebrity :) This will be my fourth magazine, second cover – crazy!

So I’ve got a busy day ahead. We’re going to dinner with Karen for Charlotte Restaurant Week too, so it’s gonna be a busy one. G’night!

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1 VeggieGirl January 29, 2009 at 8:06 pm

FABULOUS dinner!!


2 Krista January 29, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Cover of a magazine? That’s fabulous!!

Pasta looks great…YUM!


3 joyful January 29, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Your dinner looks like mine! Except there was tempeh in with my sauce and veggies. Yum.


4 ashley (sweet & natural) January 29, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Thanks for sharing that contest! I want to enter now! :-)


5 Mariann January 29, 2009 at 8:19 pm

Lovely dinner! Too bad you couldn’t enter the contest!! The rules are insane though, who has the time to take one month out!!

Do you think you would run a marathon one day?


6 Biz319 January 29, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Looks like we both had pasta! I would have liked your bread with mine though!

I usually buy my shrimp peeled and deveined = so worth the little extra $$!


7 Laura January 29, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Congrats on the magazine cover!

You are a celebrity! You know I thought about you when I saw the oatmeal segment on this week’s Top Chef. I hope you can use your idea in some other way!


8 brandi January 29, 2009 at 8:35 pm

that’s crazy that you have just be “available” for a month! Unless you live there, you’re pretty much out of the running, right? crazy Top Chef people :)


9 Katie January 29, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Congrats on your magazine cover shoot!

Was your Lemony Shrimp with Couscous recipe from Real Simple? I actually made that on Tuesday with some modifications. Pics are on my blog. I highly recommend it!


10 Maggie January 29, 2009 at 8:39 pm

I love your couch! I can’t wait to hear more about your thoughts on the book…


11 tiffany January 29, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Congrats on the magazine! =) Exciting!


12 BethT January 29, 2009 at 8:44 pm

I doubt they would need you the WHOLE month – probably just a time frame within that window. I would so enter…


13 K January 29, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Aw man – that’s a bummer about the contest! What a fabulous meal for two though :)


14 Shelby January 29, 2009 at 8:52 pm

haha I did the same thing with my lunch, I was too lazy to make what was planned so I had leftovers. =)


15 Meg January 29, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Another magazine…congrats!

Your pasta sauce looks delicious.


16 Marianne January 29, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Mmmm, love sourdough. It is definitely my favourite bread. Too bad the shimp got the boot though – tomato sauce pasta isn’t my thing.


17 Jen January 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I have that book, and like you I never made it past the first few chapters. I do intend to read it someday though…I think the author has some smart stuff to say. Someday hasn’t arrived yet though – for now I am too enamoured with some cheesy chick-lit book :)


18 Justy2003 January 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Congrats on another magazine article/cover! If I remember correctly, this would be your THIRD cover though…you were on the cover of Shape, too! Small, but still on the cover 😉
Hopefully they’ll have the article online once it’s done!


19 Alison January 29, 2009 at 9:05 pm

What’s the third magazine? Woman’s World, Shape…. I don’t know the third one? TOO cool, you ARE a celebrity! :)

And I just put Intuitive Reading on hold at the library after checking out the reviews on Amazon. Can’t wait check it out and to hear what you think about it too!


20 Jessica January 29, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Sounds like a fun Friday, I can’t wait to read about it.


21 Michelle January 29, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Love your bowl of snacks! Great dinner too!


22 Rose January 29, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Dinner looks nice and romantic – glad you got to spend some QT with the husband :)


23 Jen January 29, 2009 at 9:35 pm

WOW congrats on the mag cover!!! 😀 😀 exciting!!

Loving the romantic dinner!


24 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) January 29, 2009 at 9:39 pm

That book is so wonderful! I have read it a few times myself. Can’t wait to hear what you think about it.


25 zestycook January 29, 2009 at 9:49 pm

YOU ARE A CELEBRITY! Nice Meal Kath. Good luck tomorrow. See you for breakfast.



26 Amelia January 29, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Congrats on the magazine cover!

I’m interested to hear your thoughts on the book.


27 Cookienurse January 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Congratulations on the magazine…you ARE an up and coming celebrity to watch! What next….maybe a book, TV show????


28 Brittany January 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Your quick dinner looks really delicious.

Have fun with your photo shoot tomorrow- so cool that you’ve been in 4 magazines!


29 Sharon January 29, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Wow, that’s awesome with the photo shoot!


30 Michelle January 29, 2009 at 10:23 pm

We are going to Restaurant Week tomorrow too! What are you guys trying out?


31 Christy January 29, 2009 at 10:34 pm

When I watched Top Chef today, I totally thought of you and wondered if you watched that show or if you were going to enter the contest. Bummer! Have fun tomorrow! Superstar!


32 Amy January 29, 2009 at 10:39 pm

I love that book! I read it over the summer and it completely changed my approach to eating. I’ll read it again at some point–I’m interested to hear what you have to say!


33 Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) January 29, 2009 at 10:54 pm

congrats on the magazine cover!

sounds like you had a great night – I need to learn from you and start/stop eating in the spirit of my hunger/fullness


34 thepinkpeppercorn January 29, 2009 at 11:21 pm

You are a celebrity!! Have fun!!


35 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) January 29, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Excellent dinner and exciting news about the magazine shoot. That stinks though about the Quaker contest. An entire month?!? That’s asking a lot of the contestants.

Roasted garbanzo beans? I’m intrigued. Must try those. :)


36 Melissa January 29, 2009 at 11:51 pm

I so wish I could eat at your house!!

Bummer about the top chef contest!


37 Marissa January 30, 2009 at 12:18 am

I love It’s Always Sunny. You can check out some episodes for free on


38 Michelle in CA January 30, 2009 at 12:48 am

Can’t wait to read what you think about that book. I just heard about it and might read it myself. Lovely tablescape and food too!


39 Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 30, 2009 at 2:34 am

I’m also in a reread of Intuitive Eating. It is brilliant in theory, but a little harder in practice for me.


40 Melanie Thomassian January 30, 2009 at 3:59 am

Hey Kath,

First time visitor here! Love what I see so far.

Checked out your about page and read that you’re joining the the RD club. Good luck with that!


41 Kath January 30, 2009 at 8:12 am

Michelle ,
We’re going to Dolce!

Melanie Thomassian,



42 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday January 30, 2009 at 8:33 am

I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about the IE book! I have been workind so hard to put the principles into place in my life for a couple of years now After years of yo yo dieting and binge eating, it is really hard.


43 Elina January 30, 2009 at 9:18 am

Great way to listen to eat intuitively. I definitely switch up sometimes if I don’t feel like what’s “on the menu.”
That’s awesome about the magazine!! :)


44 Maureen Robinson January 30, 2009 at 10:59 am

Too bad you can’t enter the contest. Yummy italian dinner! And congrats on listening to your hunger… I always find that tough.


45 Jess January 30, 2009 at 11:42 am

That’s a really demanding requirement on Bravo’s behalf. Wow.

I make pasta like that a lot.

A comment on your last post: I loooove Cadbury’s chocolate. It’s my favorite of all time. They sell it in the U.S., but imported chocolate isn’t the same because it must be pasteurized to be sold over here, which alters the taste. You’re lucky someone brought it over from England for you!


46 Arianna January 30, 2009 at 1:09 pm

I’m glad to hear that you’re reading Intuitive Eating. I’ve gone through phases where I can put the ideas into practice, and it feels amazing (inside and out). But it’s hard. Right now I’m working on getting back into those habits. I’d love to hear what you think.


47 Katy January 31, 2009 at 8:32 pm


I took one look at your romantic dinner table and told my husband, “We need to start eating at our table with the TV off!”

To my surprise … he agreed! So, thanks for giving us the boot we needed to make some more “us” time.

PS A few months ago, I posted a comment asking your husband to keep the beer brewing info coming because my husband was interested in learning more. I wanted to update you — my hubs, who makes appearances on my blog from time to time, just started his own beer reviewing notebook, and finished a book on home brewing! So far, it’s been fun because I get to sneak sips of the goodies that are coming into our collection. :)


48 Kath January 31, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Katy ,
Glad the romance is working out :) and Yay for beer making!



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