Sun On Green On Green

March 31, 2010

Afternoon snack! Photographed exactly 24 hours prior :mrgreen: So much better than the iPhone, no?

I had one of Allie‘s granola bars around 4PM – TOTALLY AWESOME!! These were super crunchy + chewy at the same time. I loved the sunflower seeds and embedded nuts. A winning recipe for sure!! Also ate a furry kiwi. Yes, fur and all.

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Walked back to my car from the hospital, had a conference call on my ride home. Folded laundry. Cleaned up. Unpacked. Packed my lunch. Blogged lunch. Did Open Sky stuff. Every minute is filled! Hoping to relax for 30 minutes before going to bed tonight.

LUCKILY – Matt had already assembled dinner!! My hero.

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We had chickpeas, feta + kale in our fridge so we put together a chilled salad with them.

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The Chop

  • A big bunch of kale, lightly steamed.
  • ~2 cups chickpeas (cooked from scratch last weekend)
  • 1/2 a block of feta (~3 oz?)
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • Chopped English cucumber (~1/2 cup)
  • Chopped celery (1 stalk)

The Dressing

  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • Half a lemon’s juice
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 big pinch salt

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Served with a generous dollop of homemade hummus!

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In my lovely Sagaform bowl 

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On the side: High Five Fiber toast croutons

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Enjoyed al fresco.

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We may have lost our chosen Great Harvest shopping center location so I’m kind of bummed after our dinner discussion. Don’t want to have to start the location hunt all over again!

Going to wind down in bed. I had a really great day and wish it had ended on a happier note! Hopefully a little fiction will help that.

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1 stacy March 31, 2010 at 7:15 pm

hey kath and foodies!

so not related to this post but i was looking for some san diego restaurant recommendations and i figured who better to ask?! obviously healthy/local/organic and fun ones! would love any suggestions you guys have :)

thanks!

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2 Sydney March 31, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I’ve never been to San Diego, but this website is awesome. You can search for local, organic restaurants, grocery, etc. wherever you’re headed! Maybe it will help?? :)

http://www.eatwellguide.org/i.php?pd=Home

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3 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 31, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Lovely salad and what a lovely day! Sorry to hear about the location issue, but I’m sure it will all work out for you guys. You both are so committed to the business that it would be impossible for it NOT to be a success!

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4 Jenny March 31, 2010 at 7:25 pm

That is a beautiful picture:) I eat the fur, too:)

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5 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 31, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Sorry to hear about the location issue. But i’m sure everything will work out in the end! I’ve never had kale raw before but it looks good!

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6 Estela @ Weekly Bite March 31, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Bummer about the GH location!

That just means it wasn’t meant to be… something better is on the horizon!

Have a great night :)

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7 Mary @ whatscookinwithmary.blogspot.com March 31, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I randomly picked up a bunch of kale that was intended for kale chips, but I’m thinking I may want to try out your recipe instead! Looks great Kath! Thanks for sharing :)
-Mary

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8 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 31, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Oh no– I hope the Great Harvest location issue works out :-( I’m sending positive thoughts y’all’s way!

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9 Cara March 31, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Oh no! How’d you lose the space? If you need me to do some scouting for you, I’m here! :)

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10 Kath April 1, 2010 at 7:24 am

It’s not totally gone, but I’ll be emailing you guys for some location advice!

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11 Karla March 31, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Oh no! Sorry to hear about not getting the location you wanted. But you never know, it could be a blessing in disguise!

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12 Cynthia (It All Changes) March 31, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Chilled salads are so good for dinners right now. And sorry to hear about your location problems. I hope they fix quickly.

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13 Jil March 31, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Ohhh that dinner looks amazing! Aww, just know that whatever space you do end up with will be the perfect space for you!!

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14 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 31, 2010 at 7:46 pm

For some reason I am scared of dried chickpeas… gotta work on that!!

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15 Marisa (Loser for Life) March 31, 2010 at 7:47 pm

THAT is an EPIC salad! <3

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16 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ March 31, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Easy dinners are the best. I can’t wait for nice day’s here. They just seem to come with easier more relaxed meals.

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17 Food Makes Fun Fuel March 31, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Have faith wherever you end up is going to be best for business and trafficing!

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18 lisa March 31, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I hope everything works out with the GH location! Isn’t it lovely to have a partner make dinner sometimes? I love that.

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19 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 31, 2010 at 7:56 pm

That hummus just looks delicious on top!

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20 Lisa @bakebikeblog March 31, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Beautiful dinner Kath! I am making a chickpea / broccoli salad for good Friday lunch :)

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21 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen March 31, 2010 at 8:13 pm

So sad about the location…you will find a better one, I know it! :)

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22 Lauren March 31, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Oh Kath I hate to hear that! Darn your bad dreams :) I will save the “things happen the way they are supposed to happen” or not since I just said it, but what I”m trying to say is that eventually something will work out and it will be better in the end, it always is! Good luck with the search!

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23 eatdrinkandbemerrynyc March 31, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Salad looks amazing. So sorry about the GH location…I hope it works out!!
Sara

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24 lynn (The Actors Diet) March 31, 2010 at 8:33 pm

love a big dollop of hummus. sometimes i thin it out with a little water so it pours easily, like dressing.

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25 Heather (Heather's Dish) March 31, 2010 at 8:35 pm

oh, i hope you guys didn’t lose it! but you know, even if you did it just means there’s something even more ideal for you guys. hope the rest of the night is fantastic and that you just get a chance to relax!

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26 Lauren March 31, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Maybe that location didn’t work because an even better one is coming your way. Keep your chin up! :)

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27 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) March 31, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I hope the location situation turns out okay! Keep up your spirits! Everything will work out for the best. :D

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28 Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle March 31, 2010 at 9:12 pm

the salad looks so fresh and so yummy!!

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29 Veggielady4life March 31, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I had a furry kiwi today, too!! It was my first time to eat the peel. I have to say… it takes some getting used to!

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30 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 31, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Weeee!! I was a teensy bit worried because the I used WFs organic rolled oats from the bulk bin (which is thicker and tougher) so the oats came out a little bit crunchier than normal. Thanks for the feedback–glad to hear you like them. We have similar tastes so I was hoping you would :).

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31 Jessie March 31, 2010 at 9:41 pm

I’ll cross my fingers that the location is still yours. *crosses reeeeally hard*

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32 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear March 31, 2010 at 11:49 pm

I can’t get ovet the fact that you eat the fur too :D

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33 Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES April 1, 2010 at 1:10 am

mmm what a nutritional powerhouse of dinner! crossing my fingers for your location!

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34 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 1, 2010 at 2:27 am

Oh no, that sucks about the location! I hope you get a new one sorted soon :(
Hey, at lest you got to eat outside – it looks beautiful!

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35 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] April 1, 2010 at 2:52 am

Mmmm…what a refreshing Spring supper! I’m sure something else will turn up for you and Matt. My fingers are crossed!

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36 Hannah April 1, 2010 at 3:27 am

Chickpeas and feta… be still my clogged-with-Florence-gelato-beating-heart :P

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37 Rachel April 1, 2010 at 5:57 am

I am so sorry to hear about the location problem :( I hope that it can be resolved and you guys don’t have to scout out a new place. I am sending positive vibes your way!
On a happier note, your dinner looks amazing. I especially love that you were able to eat outside. Hopefully it will be warm enough soon in MN for me to dine out! It wasn’t bad here at all yesterday. It was warm enough to ditch the jackets! Yay!

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38 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) April 1, 2010 at 6:03 am

Sorry to hear about the Great Harvest location falling through! Hopefully you’ll find an even better one.

I love your sunlit dinner. Nothing is as striking as natural light for food photography. Oh, and delicious and fresh kale.

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39 Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind April 1, 2010 at 6:22 am

Bummer, Kath. It will all work out (not what people want to hear when they’re bummed, but it will).

P.S. Don’t know how you eat the kiwi fur! I’m cool with almost all peels, but I just can’t do the fur.

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40 Becs in Britain April 1, 2010 at 6:51 am

I’m really sorry you may have lost your Great Harvest location hun. But I’m a great believer that everything happens for a reason. I’m sure it will all come right in the end.
On a totally different matter, I’m so happy to find someone else who eats kiwi fur too! I always get the mickey taken out of me for that one, but I think it’s lurverly! Plus it must be a good source of fibre, right?!

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41 Kath April 1, 2010 at 7:24 am

Thanks for all of your support everyone!

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42 Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 1, 2010 at 7:35 am

Oh no, I hope you didn’t lose your location!! Fingers crossed it works out for you. I’m a firm believer in everything happening for a reason, so if this one doesn’t work out, I’m sure you will find something that works out even better!

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43 Jo April 1, 2010 at 8:37 am

Bad luck re the location thing but I always think these things happen for a reason!

Why do you call it an English cucumber? In the UK there is only one type – a cucumber!! Are there other types that i might not get in the UK because they are not English?
My friend eats the Kiwi fur and she’s a kiwi. So must be right! I don’t like it particuarly so I don’t eat it. She thought I was weird cos I didn’t!

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44 Kath April 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm

That’s just what we call them! The American(?) ones are big and fat and juicy seedy and waxy. English are really long and tender and you eat the skin with ease.

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45 Donna April 1, 2010 at 9:40 am

A conference call on your ride home…if you’re driving…is pretty irresponsible. Since you’re an Oprah fan, you’re undoubtedly aware of her No Phone Zone campaign. The stories of victims of distracted driving are heartbreaking.
http://www.oprah.com/packages/no-phone-zone.html

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46 sarah (the SHU box) April 1, 2010 at 9:56 am

totally agree that ALLIEBARS are destined for greatness!!

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47 Sam (My Sugar Obsession) April 1, 2010 at 10:40 am

i LOVE how you steamed your kale before you made the salad! raw kale scares me so the only way i know how to eat it is when it’s in the form of kale chips (sooo good). i’m definitely going to try this asap!

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