Thumbs Up

March 31, 2009

I wouldn’t say this was the absolute perfect day (no sunshine was seen!) but it sure has been a good one. Lots of accomplishments. Some school work knocked out this afternoon. Lots of good, satisfying food. I give it a thumbs up :thumbu2:

And what nice day wouldn’t have a little wine?! I finished off the 2 –3 oz left in Saturday’s bottle.

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I didn’t have a snack this afternoon – I guess my late lunch held me over. It was weird because I felt hungry but my stomach felt full, so I didn’t want to eat anything?! The mango will go into tomorrow’s breakfast.

Tonight’s dinner ingredient was ground turkey. It started out being planned as turkey chili, then changed to a baked spaghetti squash casserole, then changed to a tossed spaghetti squash pasta, then when I saw these glorious Dakota buns Matt brought home, we changed it yet again to turkey burgers!

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They were a simple affair – just 99% fat free ground turkey and some S+P seasoning. In their simplicity, the burgers tasted wonderful.

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Topped with pickle, mustard + ketchup. I debated cheese, but knowing how I can never taste it, I went without. I asked Matt if he could taste his huge slice of pepperjack and his response was: “No, not really.” Good choice! The only cheeses I think are worth putting on sandwiches: Laughing Cow, Goat + Blue.

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To go with the burgers, I made a Greek Salad.

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Romaine, spinach, cuc, pepper, broccoli, sprouts, capers, feta and a lemon-tahini dressing.

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For the dressing, I shook in a jar:

  • 1/2 of a lemon’s juice (~3 tbsp?)
  • 1 tbsp tahaini
  • Dash oregano
  • S+P

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Over dinner we discussed how much we like salads that have been prepared in a big bowl. Something about the tossing just makes them better! We both like eating out of big bowls too, which you can see here when he decided to just eat out of the serving bowl. My mom would NOT approve of these table manners!

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Slam Dunk. Right when I started eating a piece of feta went flying from my lettuce and INTO THIS CANDLE!

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Remember when we made this delicious mushroom pizza with a mystery green sauce and mystery recipe? Here it is!!

KathEats Presents “Branch Out” with Green Mushroom Pizza

The Plan

To end this nice day, the plan is

  1. Lunar flow yoga
  2. A bath
  3. Reading in bed

Can you believe I have not read a single book this semester!? Sad. Sad. I love reading so much, and that just shows how busy I’ve been. Perhaps I will start a novel tonight. I’m not sure if I will accomplish these final 3 pleasurable tasks before 9:30, but I will try!

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1 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 31, 2009 at 7:01 pm

LOVE turkey burgers! That sounds delish at the moment…I am craving lean protein…so random!

Love the giant serving bowl and the feta candle =)

Enjoy your bath and reading! I haven’t read much lately either…tear!


2 sarah (ghost world) March 31, 2009 at 7:02 pm

i love how i was reading your blog JUST as your comment popped up on mine! ahhhh!

i am inspired by the tahini dressing — love tahini but have never really experimented with it.


3 Sarah (lovINmytummy) March 31, 2009 at 7:06 pm

My only other worthy cheese (other than Laughing Cow, blue and goat) is feta, which I was going to say, but then you went and put it on your salad. Well done!!!


4 brandi March 31, 2009 at 7:06 pm

feta scented candle, huh? :) You never know!

i love salads in big bowls, too.


5 VeggieGirl March 31, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Seems like a perfect day to me!! Especially since it will be ending with yoga :-)


6 Meaghen March 31, 2009 at 7:12 pm

I really hope you get reading that novel tonight!!! I adore reading!!!

That salad looks delish!


7 Mom March 31, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Now that you girls are grown, your father tries to get away with eating out of the salad bowl all the time.


8 zestycook March 31, 2009 at 7:16 pm

I do love simple Turkey burgers too!! Great pics Kath


9 K March 31, 2009 at 7:17 pm

Sadly during the semester, reading for enjoyment always gets pushed on the back burner! Love the table manners 😉


10 WEEKLY BITE March 31, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Great looking dinner!
Enjoy the rest of your evening!


11 Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 31, 2009 at 7:32 pm

I made burgers tonight too… but not turkey!


12 Shannon (The Daily Balance) March 31, 2009 at 7:33 pm

That salad looks great!

I had veggie burgers tonight but not on a scrumptious bun like yours! I’m super jealous of all the fresh bread you always have layin around!!


13 Greta March 31, 2009 at 7:36 pm

That mushroom recipe looks scrumptious – so does that burger! It looks like you love pickles about as much as I do :) zesty dills = divine (in a weird, pickle-y sort of way at least)


14 laci March 31, 2009 at 7:41 pm

salads are deffinatly better tossed- I <3 how Matt looks so concentrated with his glasses on that greek one! :0
Amazing pizza, I will have to veganise it for company! 😀
Perfect night, I love to reward my self with snuggling up in bed with a good book and a stuffed animal to hug :)


15 lk (healthy delicious) March 31, 2009 at 7:47 pm

the pickles on the burger look so good! And I love greek salads like that.

I’ve been really bad at reading lately too.


16 haya (living and learning) March 31, 2009 at 7:49 pm

so. how well did the feta burn? that salad does look delicious! i always forget to buy sprouts


17 Run Sarah March 31, 2009 at 7:50 pm

That salad looks so GOOD…I have to try out the lemon & tahini dressing, it sounds like it would be amazing!


18 Kath March 31, 2009 at 7:53 pm

UPDATE: Bath is complete!!! Some reading was done in the tub.

On to yoga!


19 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats March 31, 2009 at 7:55 pm

mmmm! Just made some turkey burgers the other day with couscous, sage, thyme and dried cranberries – tasted just like Thanksgiving dinner!!

Flaming feta…hilarious!


20 Lisa D March 31, 2009 at 8:00 pm

hmm.. feta scented candles? do I smell a new KERF product? hehe, I also love salads in a big bowl although I rarely toss them bc I am always afraid to waste leftovers! Sounds like a great day and a great evening planned


21 Emily W. March 31, 2009 at 8:10 pm

The turkey burgers (and whole dinner in general) look fabulous!

Enjoy your relaxation girl!


22 Casey March 31, 2009 at 8:12 pm

That pizza looks awesome! I’m going to have to make that!


23 Sharon March 31, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Hahaha, totally love it!


24 Meg March 31, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Sounds like a great day despite no fun. YUMMY dinner!


25 coco March 31, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I like HUGE bowl for making salad too!!! 😀
have a good evening!


26 Michelle Hisae March 31, 2009 at 8:38 pm

A little wine after a long, accomplished day = perfection. Enjoy your night – you’re trying to fit even more in! Haha.


27 Niki March 31, 2009 at 8:45 pm

I LOVE turkey burgers! That salad looks delish too!


28 Leanne March 31, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Turkey burgers look amazing! I agree about the tossed salad technique as well!


29 Sarah March 31, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Love you pizza recipe! I made up my own “copycat Kath” spinach sauce before you revealed yours… I posted it on my blog a couple of days ago. I also made Matt’s crust!


30 Kara March 31, 2009 at 8:59 pm

It’s so hard to read for pleasure during the semester!! And then when the summer starts I always kinda want a break from it…


31 Lisa March 31, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Tasty-looking salad dressing! And my boyfriend eats out of the mixing bowl, too.


32 Red Head, Yellow Dog March 31, 2009 at 9:13 pm

oh I love you…

that salad looks fab. I would eat it out of the big bowl too! much more rewarding. just like eating ice cream out of the container is way more rewarding. funny how that works…


33 Adi ( - repaired!) March 31, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Mmm every great day should end with a burger, eh? :)
Have a great evening, Kath.


34 Claire March 31, 2009 at 9:31 pm

I can usually taste swiss on a sandwich, too. That pizza recipe looks WONDERFUL! I”m going to have to try it some time.


35 Snake March 31, 2009 at 9:37 pm

I love turkey burgers. I prefer to top mine with bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado. I suggested we make them at a friend’s house a few weeks back and they were a HUGE hit. I think I used 97% lean, though. Wegmans offers only 94% and 97%.

And I just watched the Kath’s Exploding Food Blog video — very nice!

p.s. did you know Henny is going to do pediatrics residency in Charleston at MUSC? If you guys end up moving there, I can visit all of you in one trip!



36 Michelle March 31, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Ooooh BIG thumbs up for that turkey burger and twist in salad! I always am indecisive when it comes to turning an ingredient into a dish ….So glad you make a burger though!! It looks amazing!


37 Maria @ Potassium Tube March 31, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I saw Matt’s FEED Granola shirt and was just wondering if you know the guys that started that company?? I saw a really neat show about the company and how it was started by two models that became entrepreneurs- very cool!


38 Jenn (eating bender) March 31, 2009 at 11:24 pm

I love how food can make any day good, no matter how cloudy the weather is. I’m the same way!

Mmm…I haven’t had a good turkey burger in a long time. I bought ground turkey a while ago and it is currently sitting in my freezer. I know what I’m going to do with it now!

The mushroom pizza looks so good. I’ve only recently started eating mushrooms, and love mixing up all the varieties out there!

Have a great night, Kath!


39 Jessica April 1, 2009 at 12:26 am

Yum, that dinner looks so good Kath!! I feel like you have never repeated a meal, ever!
And I completely agree, I can rarely taste cheese on a sandwich unless it’s laughing cow, and laughing cow makes all the difference!


40 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) April 1, 2009 at 12:35 am

Awesome dinner!


41 Katherine April 1, 2009 at 12:57 am

I have a Greek turkey burger recipe that I love. It’s basically your salad components in burger form. Mmm!


42 Adam Jay April 1, 2009 at 1:57 am

just found your blog thanks to the Current_ channel on TV. My girlfriend and i, and our basset hounds eat turkey burgers often. I often like to mix in a little dried soup mix as seasoning, like how my mother used to with onion soup mix (the dogs don’t get the seasoned burgers though).

I think the biggest challenge with turkey burgers is they tend to dry out more than a beef burger, especially the leaner turkey.

anyone have any tips on how to keep a lean turkey burger juicy? (and i’m talking about the burger itself, not just making it wet with condiments.)


43 Kerri April 1, 2009 at 3:19 am

You just reminded me that I have some squash that needs to be cooked. I like your tahini dressing.


44 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday April 1, 2009 at 7:30 am

Funny what you say about tasting the cheese on sandwiches. I can never taste it either so I am not really sure why I get the cheese anyway. Next time, I am going to forgo the cheese and test the dear husbands ability to taste it :)


45 megan April 1, 2009 at 8:24 am

I love that red glass! Where did you find it?


46 Erica April 1, 2009 at 9:25 am

YUMMMMMMMM! What a great din din! Matt always brings home the best stuff! I still haven’t been to Earth Fare! We have on in Charleston and I keep planning to go and things get in the way ;). Any products from there that I must try?? let me know!


47 Megan April 1, 2009 at 10:34 am

mmm, i love using lean ground turkey meat in recipes. your burgers look yummy!
I recently found some great kosher white meat ground turkey at Trader Joe’s – $4.99/lb which is not bad for NYC! I used it to make turkey meatballs:


48 Snake April 1, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Adam Jay-

Try adding 1/2 tsp of olive oil per burger to the turkey meat when you are mashing it up with all the other seasonings you’re putting in.



49 Kath April 1, 2009 at 12:29 pm

I didn’t know Henny was there! Are you guys still in touch? Would be fun to all meet there like Freshman year Fall Break!

Maria @ Potassium Tube,
No, we don’t know the owners. He got that at EarthFare :)

Adam Jay,
We’ve put in a slice of fresh bread before – put in food processor to make crumbs first. It was awesome.

megan ,
It was my grandmother’s, so it’s quite old!



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