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December 23, 2010

The calm before the storm… one last super nutritious meal before all the fun begins tomorrow!


For cocktail hour, I opened a second Cascal drink from the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program.


These really do make great mocktails. I love the fermentedness, and they have great flavor. I think I ultimately prefer kombucha because I don’t really like sweet drinks and these are a bit sweeter, but I would buy these if I saw them in a deli or grocery store café.


Tonight’s goal was to use up our fridge. Somehow we ended up with a lot of extra veggies (canceled recipes, unexpected meals out) and a big thing of brown rice that Karen brought over.

  • Shitake mushrooms
  • 2 baby bok choy
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 turnips
  • 1 huge bunch spinach
  • 2 eggs
  • Lots of brown rice
  • This led to the following –


    Roasted sweet potatoes + turnips (400* for 30 minutes or so) drizzled in maple


    Pan-seared bok choy seasoned with garlic gold oil, salt and lots of black pepper


    And Mushroom + Spinach Fried Rice!


    For the rice, we sautéed shitakes until they began to brown, then stirred in all that spinach and cooked till it was wilted. Then stirred in about a cup of cooked brown rice and finally cracked in 2 eggs and stirred them in until they were scrambled throughout. I think there was also some soy sauce, salt and pepper added at some point.


    It was all delicious!




    Are these two prepared for the Montana cold?

    They went on a 30 minute walk around their neighborhood at freezing temps in their new Lands End 40% off Christmas Sale coats.


    They came back hot!

    My new coat is awesome! I originally ordered it in pink on a whim since I always choose black and neutrals, but one hour in that pink coat and I felt like a bubblegum baby girl wearing pink sleepers. I exchanged it for black and like it so much more. It’s super warm! I haven’t had a coat with a good hood since I was that baby girl wearing pink sleepers!

    I’m so excited to get to eat this dough ball in 5 minutes, along with a cup of Pero and my Raw Shark Texts weirdo book!


    Sleep tight!

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    1 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 23, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Yea, I can imagine a pink puffy coat being a little over the top to wear. It sure does look cozy!!! I used to have a coat like that and loved it. My old roommate stole it.


    2 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin December 23, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    That’s an impressive last supper! When I’m trying to clean out the fridge nothing ever goes together, and theres rarely veggies left!


    3 laine @ beets, butter and mountaintops December 23, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Matt needs a hat and scarf. And probably some long underwear under those pants.

    You look set. Except you might want a face mask.


    4 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete December 23, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Get a hat and nice gloves and you guys should be all set!

    We were “operation clean out the fridge” as well. Need to make room for all the leftovers!


    5 grocery goddess jen December 23, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Love the coat. And I want the doughball.


    6 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 23, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    That coat is really cute!


    7 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 23, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Awww, I would have totally kept the pink. Bubblegum baby is a good look on me. hahah :)

    Glad you guys had a great meal. I love bok choy, too…mmmm, good!


    8 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 23, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Your coat looks so comfy and warm! 😀

    Good for you for having that “one last nutritious meal”…haha. Have fun tomorrow and Saturday and MERRY CHRISTMAS if I don’t get to actually tell you on Saturday. 😀


    9 Jil @ Big, City, Lil Kitchen December 23, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    haha Love the coats picture!


    10 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 23, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Well you guys look warm! 😉 love the coats.


    11 Amy at TheSceneFromMe December 23, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    What kind of dough ball is that? Looks mighty scrumdillyumptious!
    My mom gave me a leopard hat with ear flaps today! I’m all about staying warm too :)


    12 Robyn December 23, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I live in Missoula, MT and while your coat definitely looks warm enough I’m not sure about Matt’s! Make sure he layers!!


    13 Kath December 23, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    We are coming to Missoula!!! want to play?


    14 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 23, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I didn’t recognize you all bundled up! LOL

    Your dinner looks fabulous on a whim! Love it all. :)


    15 Katie December 23, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I have a Land’s End coat too! It keep me so warm! It’s mid-thigh length and a creamish-white. I love it. Glad you like yours!


    16 Justeen @ Blissful Baking December 23, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    mmm that looks like a fantastic meal! i love that their are so many veggies in it!


    17 [email protected] December 23, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Very nice coat! And bok choy… super lurve!


    18 Bee Goes Bananas December 23, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Where did you get your cutlery? I love the modern simplicity of that fork. It’s just what I’ve been looking for!!


    19 Kath December 23, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    They are Pottery Barn Luna


    20 VeggieGirl December 23, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Lovin’ the coat :)


    21 Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 23, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I am so jealous of your dinner of veggies.. i’ve been CRAVING them!


    22 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I love your coat! I am also trying to use up the contents of my friends and made a similar veggie mix tonight for dinner. Yours looks lovely! Have a great night Kath :)


    23 Meagan December 23, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    How funny – I am deciding on a winter coat too. Debating between a North Face version and an EMS version


    24 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) December 23, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I had a whole plate full of veggies tonight as well! Gotta get them in before the feasts start!! Make sure to keep your feet warm as well. If my feet are cold, I’m cold.


    25 Eileen December 23, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    My son and I both need new coats … maybe we’ll hit a Lands’ End sale!

    Your dinner looks delicious!


    26 Susan December 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I thought about buying that coat today, but I already have a down jacket and don’t really *need* another one. I liked that it had a hood.


    27 Vanessa December 23, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I like the coat. Glad you went with the black!!! I want that fried rice concoction. And that doughball…


    28 Christine December 23, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    “Eclectic” not weirdo, :)


    29 Jill December 23, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Love the coat pic…very blue steel! :)


    30 Haley December 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    You won’t regret over-dressing, you can always stuff a hat and mittens into your pockets when you get warm. A hat in addition to the hood is a must. And a scarf makes a HUGE difference. We walk to work when it is zero degrees wearing down and wool and arrive at work about a mile later just fine.


    31 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    That rice looks good! Never would have thought to put egg in it. I can’t wait to try that combo :)


    32 Cara Craves... December 23, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    A lovely use of the veggies/leftovers in your fridge!
    Your coat looks sooo warm…I am a little jealous…I am
    always so cold!


    33 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 23, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I love the coat – you and matt look fierce!


    34 Lorin December 23, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Oh that dinner looks good! I am having a dough ball for dessert too! Have a great Christmas Eve tommorow.


    35 Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate December 23, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    LOVE your coat!! :)


    36 Hannah December 23, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    *laughs* I’m currently doing the exact same thing – having an eggplant and tahini soup before going out to a restaurant for Christmas Eve tonight and then the real food debauchery begins tomorrow! 😛


    37 Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 23, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Good to know the coat held up in that cold!


    38 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter December 23, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I am always amazed how you both can easily just whip something up thats super tasty and nutritious! Props to you both :)


    39 Lindsay ann December 23, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I live in missoula too but im leaving to go back to my internship in cali on the third. When will you be here?


    40 Kath December 24, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Bummer, we arrive on the 8th. I’m looking for tour guide friends!


    41 Alaina December 24, 2010 at 12:06 am

    I love all of your inventive dishes! I wish I so creative. :-)

    Love the jackets. Looks like you’ll be nice and toasty in Montana.


    42 Katie December 24, 2010 at 12:27 am

    I was in western Montana a few weeks ago visiting my aunt and it was -7 degrees as the HIGH for five days straight!


    43 Namaste Gurl December 24, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Looks like my kind of meal. I think you should invite me over next time you “clean out your fridge” :)


    44 Jessica M December 24, 2010 at 1:45 am

    I live in Montana! Ya’ll will be fine if you bundle up. It’s not so cold unless you plan on doing activities outside- If so, you’ll need gloves! My hands and face get the coldest.


    45 Laura (Starloz) December 24, 2010 at 2:31 am

    at least you didnt come home cold, right?

    your veggies always roast better than mine


    46 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 24, 2010 at 2:31 am

    I’ve been wondering about the Cas Cal… I do love kombucha though. I am getting enough sweet in the form of Christmas goodies right now. :)


    47 Jen December 24, 2010 at 7:18 am

    I have a coat like that, but it’s a dark blue. I love it :)



    48 Hilary December 24, 2010 at 7:18 am

    So, a friend once advised me to scramble the egg separately and add it into the rice mix. I was reticent at first, but glad to have taken his advice. It relinquishes that “wet cement rice” texture of homemade fried rice.


    49 haya December 24, 2010 at 7:34 am

    you will for sure need serious gloves if you are going to be outside for extended periods. knit ones just won’t cut it (especially if you have perma-cold hands like i do!).

    also, i really recommend a neck warmer/gaiter thing (basically just a tube you wear around your neck) because it won’t constrict your neck like a scarf and it’s really easy to pull up over your nose/mouth.

    lately i’ve been wearing a headband/hat/super warm hood combo. you might want to think about getting a hat or at least a headband for your ears to wear under that hood. you think it’s hot now, but when you get plunked in -20, you’ll probably still be cold.


    50 Camille December 24, 2010 at 9:14 am

    What a tasty looking dinner!
    Merry Christmas Eve!


    51 jessica December 24, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Kath I love your blog and style of writing…I’ve been reading for at least two years now and your posts juts get better and better. Happy holidays to you and your family!


    52 Natalia - a side of simple December 24, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I’m a fan of pink, but good call. Although, I’m sure you would make a great Paris-Hilton-Pink-Marshmallow 😉


    53 Thealogian December 24, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Matt kinda looks like he’s about to impart on a spree of cold-weather crime (or, alternately, cold-weather crime fighting). You, on the other hand, look suspiciously innocent…


    54 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    That looks like such a delicious veggie-packed meal! I made sure to have a huge salad last night for dinner so that I could get in some veggies before I load up on carbs and sugar today and tomorrow. 😀


    55 Janna January 3, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Hey Kath,
    I am backreading your blog posts (since I took a technology-free Christmas/New Years) and I have to say…
    You look ready for Montana.
    But, the real test will be when you exit the airport! :)
    Today it’s a balmy 18 degrees. The sun is shining and snow caps every peak and covers every field. It’s quite beautiful…but cold.
    Pack up those wool socks and extra sweaters! Don’t forget your fuzzy gloves!
    Montana, here comes Kath!


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