Un Espanol Insipiro La Cena

January 27, 2009

(Sadly I cannot translate the accents).

Karen came over for dinner tonight and brought all the fixins for quesadillas. She is auditing a Spanish course at Davidson this semester and is into all things Spanish

She brought over a bottle of vino for the three of us to share –

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Such a cute label!

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Our quesadillas turned out delicioso –

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We started with a bed of chopped iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, black olives (not on yet) and avocado.

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And skillet-grilled the quesadillas like so:

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I had 1 tortilla (Ezekiel – it was awesome!) stuffed with sauteed mushrooms and green pepper, about 1/3 cup refried beans and about 1/3 cup shredded Mexican cheese.

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Served with a huge dollop of “sour cream” – greek yogurt!! With Cholula hot sauce.

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Y para el postre…. we found this chocolate peanut cluster in the freezer. I had one bite, he had the rest.

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I was hungry today and had a big snack at 3:30. I don’t think my lunch was big enough.  I am hungriest around 5:00 and am trying out a wee smaller lunch and having a snack earlier so as not to spoil my dinner, as I do so often. So instead of starving through 5-6 until dinnertime OR spoiling my dinner with a snack, if I have a smaller lunch I should be hungrier earlier than 5. Sounds complicated!

But today I got carried away because the husband came home with some Cinnamon Raisin bread and while I was planning yogurt with cereal mixed in, I couldn’t pass it up (a new bread to try) so I had both.

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About half a cup of TJ’s greek with some TJ’s fiber worms and H2H.

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Smothered with a little raspberry jam

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The husband is learning the sweet job at Great Harvest these next few mornings and has to be there an hour earlier – at 3:30!!! He is setting his alarm for 2:55. Yikes! I think I’m going to get in bed early too because I’m planning a 5am gym trip. It can’t hurt to get in bed when he does these days and get some extra sleep – so long as I get up when my alarm goes off!

¡Buenas noches a todos mis amigos!

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1 Oh She Glows January 27, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Love the spanish- surprisingly I still remember quite a bit from my trip to Mexico!

I’ve always wanted to try the Ezekiel tortillas- do they taste similar to the bread??



2 Meg January 27, 2009 at 8:25 pm

What a yummy dinner!

I love GH cinnamon raisin bread. It tastes great with pumpkin butter. Hmmmm….just thinking….some crumbled raisin bread might taste yummy on top of some pumpkin oatmeal.


3 zestycook January 27, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Zesty loves quesadillas … Yum Kath – It looks so good :)


4 VeggieGirl January 27, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Yo hablo español tambien.

Loooove the dinner and cluster!! 😀


5 ashley (sweet & natural) January 27, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Your quesadillas look SO good. As does that cinnamon raisin bread. What do you mean by “sweet job”? Like brownies and blondies?


6 Detje Bea January 27, 2009 at 8:33 pm

I love coming to your blog and seeing the pictures of the food you eat. I have been eating healthier and I am not sure if you answer questions but I want to start eating different vegetables and I have never tried kale. I was wondering how and what kind of seasonings should I use to make my first eating experience with kale an enjoyable one? Thanks in advance.


7 Summer Slim January 27, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Quesadillas are one my go-to things to make. I used to bake them in the oven, but now that I bought a panini maker, I press them on that. It lets the cheese melt more and get a lot tastier!


8 Heather McD (heather eats almond butter) January 27, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Cinnamon raisin bread and then Mexican for dinner? Two of my favorite things. What a good day! :)


9 justjen January 27, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Everybody is eating quesadillas on the old food blogs these days, it makes me want one right now! And that wine looks yummy, too.


10 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) January 27, 2009 at 8:49 pm

That looks so delicious! I love meals like this! Simple and delicious!


11 Maggie January 27, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Poor husband! No wonder you guys had dinner kinda early tonight. Looks delish. “Sour cream” is a great use for Greek yogurt – I do that a lot 😉


12 HangryPants January 27, 2009 at 8:53 pm

The quesadillas look delicious! Your snack plan sounds good! The cinnamon bread looks fantastic.



13 Kristie Lynn January 27, 2009 at 8:56 pm

“A Spanish Inspire the Dinner”? Seriously?


14 *Andrea* January 27, 2009 at 9:00 pm

you continue to inspire me! seriously, i think anyone would agree that you eat such fun foods that are so delicious but you somehow make them so healthy! magic!!!


15 Justy2003 January 27, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Love that wine label…it’s so cute! It almost reminds me of something the husband would have drawn up on his own beer labels!


16 Sharon January 27, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Love the eats! That wrapper looks too cute!


17 Bridget January 27, 2009 at 9:03 pm

I do the same thing in the afternoons, I find that if I snack sometime between 3 and 4 I am perfectly hungry for dinner at 6ish.

Love quesadillas- they are one of my go-to meals because I can make them out of whatever veggies are in my fridge!


18 Biz January 27, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Wow, there is no way I would ever be able to get up that early! Sorry Matt!

p.s. I love that hot sauce – they have that at my local Mexican restaurant and I was able to buy it from them.


19 Shelby January 27, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Mmm, love ezekiel tortillas!!!

Oh and that dessert looks absolutely amazing!!!


20 Mel January 27, 2009 at 9:08 pm

It all looks awesome! Quesadillas are a favorite of mine, but I never make them. I think I might now!


21 Jen January 27, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I LOVE the dinner idea!!! :) :) yummy!!!!

Raisin bread is one of my favs, I love it with nut butter! I hope your hubby makes out ok with the weeeeeeeeee early mornings!


22 Nate January 27, 2009 at 9:19 pm

I think the husband is officially nocturnal now.


23 Nicole January 27, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Dinner looks fantastic, Kath!


24 Victoria January 27, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Love the quesadillas. Good to know those Ezekiel tortillas are good. I always thought they might be too non-pliable for quesadillas.

Good luck to the husband!


25 brandi January 27, 2009 at 9:38 pm

love that label!

The quesadillas and that cinnamon bread look awesome :)


26 Marianne January 27, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Love that wine label! Quesadillas look awesome 😀


27 Sarah W. January 27, 2009 at 9:52 pm

yum on the quesadillas! i’ve been meaning to try Ezekiel tortillas! yum!!!


28 Chris January 27, 2009 at 10:00 pm

All of it looks delicious!

I think your translation might be a bit off though – “A Spanish Inspired Dinner” would be more like “Una Cena Inspirado de Espana”. However, might be wrong with the conjugation of ‘inspirar’ – and yes, I’m a grammar dork, both spanish and english!


29 K January 27, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Ahhh the hubs schedule makes me feel so bad for him!! Good thing he likes his job!

Love the ‘dillas!


30 Missy (Missy Maintains) January 27, 2009 at 10:07 pm

Dinner looks great! I love your snack too! I need that bread!


31 Michelle January 27, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Those quesadillas look great!!! Have a fabulous night!


32 michelle January 27, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Sweet job? I will be glad to take some goodies off your hands if Matt brings them home :)


33 theoddbod January 27, 2009 at 10:26 pm

beauty skillet-grill! good luck on the 5am wake-up


34 Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 27, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Looks like our fiesta from last night!!!


35 becks January 27, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Not to mention quesadillas are mexican, not spanish!


36 Marissa January 27, 2009 at 11:23 pm



37 Amelia January 27, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Wow those quesadillas look phenom! Your presentation is better than restaurant quality :)

Also, that wine label is adorable.


38 Lindsay January 28, 2009 at 12:25 am

Wait. You husband works at great harvest?? Oh I used to work there 3 love it! The store closed so I don’t get it anymore. I didn’t have to get up wiiie that early but it was nice being done early.


39 PRT January 28, 2009 at 1:30 am

“Un español inspiró la cena” means literally “A Spanish (person) inspired dinner”.

Chris, for the sentence you suggest “Una cena inspirada en España” you will have to say “A Dinner inspired in Spain”

I hope that help you all!

So, food… I love quesadillas, and yours Kath, look delicious!


40 smilesara January 28, 2009 at 4:57 am

hi all,
just to chime in on the grammar debate, i believe you would use Por instead of De, ie. una cena inspirada por espana.

or, the more common una cena a la espanola myself…


41 smilesara January 28, 2009 at 4:57 am

hi all,
just to chime in on the grammar debate, i believe you would use Por instead of De, ie. una cena inspirada por espana.

or, una cena a la espanola…


42 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) January 28, 2009 at 6:34 am

Hey Kath-i commend you for listening to your body and deciding to snack. I think that’s a really good idea! good for you!!
hope you slept well-your probably working out right now (if ya heard the alarm that is! :-D)

about the Spanish, the point is that you ate a meal, who cares about the conjugations. People should not rip you apart Kath, you’re great and aren’t perfect but hey that’s life. We love you !


43 Joanne January 28, 2009 at 7:54 am

what a festive dinner!

I agree with you on the eating patterning. I know its not supposed to be “good” for you but I tend to have my biggest meal for dinner, which is when I’m hungriest. You need to do what your body wants you to do sometimes.


44 Kath January 28, 2009 at 8:25 am

ashley (sweet & natural),
Yes, he’ll be baking all the sweet goodies :)

Detje Bea,
If you search in the yellow box above for kale, you’ll get tons of my uses. Cook it just like you would spinach.

michelle ,
You got it!

seelee live,



45 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday January 28, 2009 at 8:41 am

Looks fantastic!


46 Andrea [bella eats] January 28, 2009 at 8:48 am

I love those Ezekiel tortillas…they are so moist!


47 Andreina January 28, 2009 at 8:51 am

Everything looks great!!!!! :9

I never get such great pictures of food…I think it’s time to get a new camera! ;)))

Wanted to jump in on the debate and say…you’re all wrong!…A Spaniard (Spanish) didn’t inspire dinner…un Mejicano (Mexican) inspired this meal!…otherwise she would have had Paella 😉

Happy Hump Day everyone :)


48 Sarah January 28, 2009 at 9:06 am

I don’t think anyone was ripping Kath apart about the grammar – on the contrary, people were quite polite with their suggestions and just trying to be helpful.


49 HowCanIMakeMoney January 28, 2009 at 9:44 am

looks delicious!


50 Philippa January 28, 2009 at 10:39 am

I use greek yoghurt instead of sour cream too! It rocks!! This looks like a great dinner – I’m hungry, even though I’ve just had lunch!! :)


51 Jennifer January 28, 2009 at 11:28 am

Oh I used to bake sweets at the Raleigh Great Harvest. Yes the mornings were brutal but I sorta enjoyed the time alone to bake and think. Getting all of the bread was also a great perk!


52 Jess January 28, 2009 at 11:57 am

Whoa whoa whoa! Ezekiel makes tortillas!?


53 Diana January 28, 2009 at 12:16 pm

wow. the “sour cream” looks fantastic! i want it!


54 musicfan January 28, 2009 at 6:41 pm

is it yogurt or yoghurt? Hah hah. if we’re talking grammar. is light sour cream all that bad for us? Just curious. yummy dinner.


55 Silvia November 12, 2009 at 11:27 am

It looks a delicious dinner… but mexican! Please, stop mixing and confusing the language for the cultures. We, Spaniards and Mexicans, talk the same language (with some differences) but our cultures are sooooo different! We are even in different continents!
When you want, I can show you how to prepare some -also delicious- Spanish dishes (from Spain)


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