Sugar Plum Salad

December 4, 2010

Boy did Dave Farmar give me a hard time this morning! I’ve never had to go into child’s pose so many times! I think my muscles are tired from BodyPump because the 75 minute class totally wore me out. So far. Dave is the best yoga in Charlottesville (and yes, I listen to his podcasts from all over the world!)

When I commit to a long class with Dave complete with a space heater, I can really focus and get just as much out of it as a real yoga class.


After yoga I did some cleaning and then made lunch for the two of us (Matt is so helpful around the kitchen that it’s fun for me to surprise him with a lunch!)


I assembled big salads with baby spinach and got some sweet potatoes roasting while I was in the shower.

Then I pan-seared some veggies and plums (Faith gave me MORE plums and she still has BOXES of them left!)

In a pan with cooking spray, face down


Over medium heat. Wait for the char!


Oh yeah


With the crusty pan, I deglazed with an open bottle of Sauv Blan


Added 2 tsp of mustard, a tsp of olive oil, a tsp of honey plus salt and pepper and made a warm dressing



And lastly, chopped a FIG! LOOOOVE the texture of these Turkish figs!! So dry and chewy.


Lastly – topped with some leftover tofu from the other night.



See those swirled dried clumps on the sweet potatoes? They were chunks of peanut butter coconut butter from Tropical Traditions. It was awesome! You know I’ve never tried the nut butter crusted fries that Meghann raves about. I imagine this was similar. So good!



Lime H20



Meeting Faith for some errands this afternoon – then another delicious dinner is planned!

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1 Debbie B. December 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm

The salad looks great!! Loved how you roasted them whole and then made a dressing. The living room looks so festive too! :)


2 Lauren December 4, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I love Dave’s podcasts…his intermediate/advanced ones are so challenging!


3 Amanda (Eating Up) December 4, 2010 at 2:38 pm

I always just eat a sandwich for lunch with some fruit. This salad looks way better.


4 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm

This looks great! :) Yummy!


5 christina cadden December 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm

mmm, your lunch looks great!


6 Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) December 4, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Love that green place mat!


7 Sally Mae December 4, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I love that you are drinking lime water! I’ve gotten into ayurveda health and nutrition and lime is great for all three doshas! Do you know what your dominant dosha is? I think you would love ayurveda because it’s all about nourishing foods and listening to your body!!! Have a great weekend:)


8 Kath December 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I’ve taken those quizzes before. I definitely fit into one of the categories (but that quiz is making me put in an email so I Xed out :( ) I’ve read about them in Natural Health and whole Living.


9 Lauren at KeepItSweet December 4, 2010 at 2:50 pm

what a great idea for cooking the veggies, i never would have thought to do that! do you put cooking spray or oil in the pan?


10 rebecca lustig December 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm

how festive and creative! i lvoe it!


11 Grocery Goddess Jen December 4, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Both those plums and those figs look fantastic!


12 Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side December 4, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Ah ha, I love your de-crusting the pan with wine trick! Yet another reason to stock up on some bottles 😉


13 Krystina December 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Dave always kicks my asana! I can barely finish his classes.


14 Gabriella @ Embracement December 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Your lunch looks delicious!


15 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 4, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Your sugar plums look so beautiful. I love the char on the bottom. But I’ve got to say that the sweet potatoes make the dish. I love sweet potatoes in just about everything!!!


16 Kori December 4, 2010 at 3:13 pm

That salad looks exquisite! Another successful lunch that I will have to make sometime soon. :) Have a great Saturday!


17 Eileen December 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Wow, beautiful lunch!


18 Rachel December 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I want that salad! Great trick making a warm dressing in the skillet. I’ve never tried that but so much good stuff gets left behind, especially when you’re charring things like plums!


19 claire December 4, 2010 at 3:24 pm

cool that you and Faith are friends and are both launching new businesses!


20 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm

That salad looks absolutely delicious!! I love the colors and the warm dressing looks amazing!


21 Blog is the New Black December 4, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Gorgeous salad!


22 Bria December 4, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Beautiful salad !! The whole thing looks delicious.

Your living room furniture is adorable too!


23 Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 4, 2010 at 3:47 pm

When you take a photo of things being poured (usually wine :)) to you have someone else take it, use a tripod, or take it yourself? I’ve always wondered!


24 Kath December 4, 2010 at 5:27 pm

A little of column A, a little of column B :) Depends on my mood, but today’s was a tripod.


25 Natalia - a side of simple December 4, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Oh boy, I’m jealous of your plums! They’re so expensive at the stores around me :(


26 Simply Life December 4, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Oh those figs look great!


27 amy December 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm

That salad looks amazing! I love figs I’ll have to try this one of these days!


28 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 4, 2010 at 4:21 pm

The Turkish figs look awesome – I’ve never tried them fresh before! Totally jealous of those plums. :)


29 Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I will have to check out his podcasts. Yoga at home sounds like just what I need!


30 Camille December 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm

What a tasty, fresh lunch!


31 Katie December 4, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I can’t get enough roasted vegetables. Never had a turkish fig, but they are pretty looking!


32 Hannah December 4, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Oh wow, maybe you and Matt should open a restaurant, not a bakery!


33 Sarah December 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm

I want pan-seared plums.


34 Paige (Running Around Normal) December 4, 2010 at 5:10 pm

What a creative and delicious looking lunch!!


35 stacey-healthylife December 4, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I love your living room chairs, so cute.


36 Taylore December 4, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Kath! this looks absolutely amazing and so autumn-y! I cant wait to make this for my family over Christmas break! Thanks for the beautiful recipes and ideas


37 Stephanie December 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I LOVE this warm dressing idea with the wine and mustard!!!! I have to try this!!!!


38 Namaste Gurl December 4, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Salad looks amazing, miss Kath. You never cease to create the most creative, delicious looking salads! As well as your layout and dishes :)
Enjoy the rest of your day!


39 [email protected] December 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Great combo of flavors!


40 Laura (Starloz) December 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm

this salad sounds DELICIOUS, all those flavors are insane but would completely work


41 Shannon (A Better Me) December 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Salad looks delicious! Figs are one of my favorite things to eat :) Those are awesome placemats by-the-way! Love them!


42 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) December 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Looks like the perfect salad! An awesome combo of different flavors and textures! Mmmm!


43 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Roasted veggies + dried figs are my favourite salad toppers!

Are those yoga podcasts free?


44 Kath December 4, 2010 at 7:13 pm



45 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 4, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Your lunches are inspiring :)


46 Cassidy @ takingmyplace December 4, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Lunch always gets the short stick in my house- always leftovers or pb&j. I should start channeling you and get creative. Are the podcasts hard to follow? I don’t do yoga much but it is so nice the day after a long run.


47 Kath December 4, 2010 at 9:21 pm

If you don’t know much about yoga you might want to try first. Dave assumes you know some of the pose names.


48 Cassidy @ takingmyplace December 4, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Thanks I’ll try that. I’ve read your blog for awhile and just started my own! Thanks for maintaining an awesome blog with great content and photos.


49 Rachael December 4, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I’m experiencing salad/veggie envy! We’re down to sweet potatoes and kale for the next few months. I guess I can live vicariously through your posts!
Glad you found a good yoga fit and fix in Charlottesville.


50 Kiran December 4, 2010 at 9:46 pm

The salad looks yummy and oh so colorful! Ive made


51 Kiran December 4, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Turnip nut crusted fries raved by Meghann, and they are sooo good 😀


52 Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly December 4, 2010 at 9:49 pm

SO many good meal ideas.

I always have a problem staying focused on yoga when I’m home. My parents always end up walking through, or knocking, depending on where I am. Can’t wait to have my own space and get in gear. :-)


53 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 4, 2010 at 10:03 pm

i’m determined to make it through a full 75-minute dave farmar podcast this month…it’s amazing but wears me out!


54 Kimberly @ Servantless American Cook December 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I did yoga with Dave Farmer today too! It was my first time ever doing one of his videos! I really enjoyed it!


55 Elizabeth December 5, 2010 at 1:34 am

Love your blog! Where did you get those cute armchairs?


56 Kath December 5, 2010 at 9:18 am

They were Karen’s – custom made.


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