Unattractively Tasty

July 24, 2012

‘Twas a dark and stormy afternoon – we lost a plant in the wind. We will rebuild!

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The good news is it meant peppers for dinner!

I ended up driving to yoga and back because of the rain – ate half a Hungry Bar before I left! These bars are not cheap, but they are comparable in price to there bars on the market and are my favorite “real food” granola bar ever. This one is a sample of the new flavors Emily sent me to test for my store, but I think I will have to order replacements for eating when the baby is here – I hear my appetite will be through the roof! I put them in my freezer and they last forever.

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Prenatal yoga was good – tons of chest opening tonight which I desperately need! I’m still getting a lot of burning under my ribs, which my doctor says is my muscles stretched to the max. It’s worst at the end of the day – like now!

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Have you had forbidden rice before? It has an awesome texture – very chewy! I picked some up at WF a few weeks ago and cooked it in the rice cooker this morning.

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I didn’t even bother to clean the rice cooker before cooking a second ingredient – green lentils. They were both ready to go for dinner so Matt just had to worry about cooking up some veggies.

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He made a saucy topper out of tomatoes and okra and then grilled those fallen peppers – all served over the lentils + rice. Goat cheese on top, which totally made this dish!

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Very unattractive, but very nutritious! Lentils are one of the worst foods in the world to showcase!

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Note the construction zone! We had to eat inside!

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After a nice dinner, we cut open a melon Matt brought back from the market. I have no idea what kind it is, but if I had to name it I’d call it a Cucumber Melon! It was oblong and has that coolness that cucs do.

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It’s crunchy too – but sweet and refreshing!

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Two more tasks and I’m off to read! Started The Hand That First Held Mine this week – a hand-me-down from Karen!

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1 Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep July 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I’ve never heard of forbidden rice… until now. And I cook a LOT. It’s nice to learn new things =P

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2 Greg July 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I had purchased it at Trader Joe’s. I’m not sure whether they still have it since it’s been awhile.

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3 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 24, 2012 at 7:38 pm

I think the dinner looks delicious! I’ve never tried forbidden rice, but I’ve seen it on a couple cooking shows!

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4 Lindsey @ Sound Eats July 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm

May have been a Canary Melon!

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5 Stephanie C July 25, 2012 at 2:33 am

My thoughts too, except do they normally have those ridges on them?

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6 Kristen @ Change of Pace July 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm

You guys are always so creative with dinner. I always get in dinner ruts :(

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7 Kelley July 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Wow I forgot ALL about that burning sensation I had under my ribs when I was
pregnant, I really hated it!

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8 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm

I remember the burning under the ribs. That is tough, but you are almost done! Hang in there! Dinner looks delicious! We had red beans and rice tonight, which totally hit the spot! Have a great night Kath!

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9 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac July 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm

What a neat melon!! Rice, bean/lentil, and veggie bowls are my favorite dinners! I had one tonight too! Hope you have a nice evening Kath!

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10 MegS @ Beauty of Meg July 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Well you managed to make lentils look wonderful Kath! :-) I can see that being called a cucumber melon! lol :-P

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11 Ek July 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Its a Korean melon called cha-meh

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12 Amy July 27, 2012 at 7:50 am

Yep. It’s definitely a korean melon!! Yummmmy!

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13 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) July 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm

You should totally order some replacement bars for post partum hunger!! Breastfeeding = never ending appetite!! :)

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14 Andrea July 24, 2012 at 7:57 pm

1. I have never heard of forbidden rice before, but I LOVE rice so I will have to keep my eye out for this. I know that it isn’t sold anywhere around me (trust me, I know of all rices in my area ;)), but maybe when I’m out somewhere special I’ll find it!

2. Hearing you talk about the chest opening moves in your yoga class reminded me of how good it felt to do moves like that when I was taking yoga classes… I’m going to have to have me a little session here at home soon :) I hope you and Matt have a wonderful night!

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15 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm

that melon sounds interesting! and you did a great job on the lentils; they look fabulous!

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16 Lizzy July 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm

It’s a sprite melon, they are in season right now and the farmers markets are flowing with them. I first tried one in my CSA two years ago and now I look forward to when they are in season. I picked myself up one this weekend from the farmers market and it was delicious!

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17 Eileen July 24, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Hmm–is it a canary melon?

Rice, lentils, and grilled veg sounds like a perfect dinner!

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18 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I haven’t heard of forbidden rice before, but I’ll definitely have to check it out! Sometimes the most unattractive foods can be the yummiest!

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19 Sarah @ Learning to Feed Yourself July 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I just bought forbidden rice for the first time last week too! It cooked really easily, tasted great, and I thought it was super pretty :)

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20 Find a Juicer July 24, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Wow! looks very delicious and it made me hungry. I’m planning to try this one with my citrus juice to drink. Thanks for this useful post.

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21 Lisa July 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm

They’re Korean melons. Sweet and crunchy. Perfect for summer. : )*

http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Korean_Melon_294.php

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22 Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate July 24, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I discovered Forbidden Rice last year and fell in love with the nutty flavor! I also love Bhutanese Red Rice which has a similar taste/texture.

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23 jeanette July 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Kath, I saw something today and thought of you–a drinking lid for mason jars! The Pioneer Woman featured them today and I can’t believe someone thought of it. Too bad it wasn’t me :)

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24 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I saw those! so cool!

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25 AnneW July 24, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I just had forbidden rice for the first time last week- served with steamed lobster and a butter bourbon sauce… MMMMM…. serious butter coma ensued… but it got me hooked on that rice!

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26 Tiffany July 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I love lentils. I found that if I cook them on stove top for about 20 minutes and once its cooked but with a bit of crunch I drain it and wash it with cool water. The lentils look perfect (not mushy at all).

Have you thought about making your own granola bars before the baby is born and sticking them in the freezer?

I made Dreena Burtons “Proper Healthy Granola Bars” this week and they are delicious. I start school in 2 weeks so they are perfect to have on hand.

Is the rice kind of similar to the black rice that is in wild rice?

have a great evening :)

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27 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 9:24 pm

yeah I’ll probably make some too!

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28 Suz July 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm

That melon is a “chameh” or Korean melon! One of my faves. Mildly sweet and refreshing.
My Mom used to cut up one almost every night during the summer when my brother and I were young. :)

http://newasiancuisine.com/3540-korean-melon.html

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29 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio July 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm

mmm! What a tasty dinner!

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30 Jessica @ New Girl, New City July 24, 2012 at 9:37 pm

YUM! I haven’t had lentils in forever…
Forbidden rice sounds SO good!

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31 Courtney @ Love, Thoughts and Prayers July 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Hey Kath! Read this and thought of you, only a few more weeks before you can have the real deal but thought many of these “preggatinis” sounded refreshing and fun! :) http://simplystated.realsimple.com/2009/10/07/preggatinis-mixology-for-momtobe/

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32 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 10:00 pm
33 Michele July 24, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Kath, you totally had a korean-ish dinner tonight lol. I absolutely loveee purple rice (korean restaurants always serve them and my non-korean friends love it), you can mix it with regular rice and it comes out a beautiful deep purple (you can add beans too, it’s delicious). And that’s a korean melon called cha meh!

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34 Jennifer July 24, 2012 at 10:46 pm

HEY! That’s a Korean melon. It’s called chameh. You can even eat the seeds. They sell them out of the back of trucks in Korea. A whole back of 10 or more for $2…..oh how I miss those days!

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35 Khushboo July 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Lentils & oats- so not photogenic yet so tasty!

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36 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn July 24, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Karen is a sweet heart. I know you’ll love the book!

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37 hannah July 25, 2012 at 12:29 am

Hi Kath- Check out this pin on pintrest…. Great for traveling mummys!! http://pinterest.com/pin/241716704971034318/

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38 KathEats July 25, 2012 at 6:47 am

that is awesome !

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39 brandee July 25, 2012 at 2:53 am

I love Korean melons. I kept seeing them in Seoul and finally tried them. It’s interesting to know you can find them in the US!

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40 Jen July 25, 2012 at 5:47 am

Thought the lentils were ground beef first! Love the toppers. Lentils don’t agree with my stomach for some reason…so I usually stick to beans instead.

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41 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count July 25, 2012 at 6:01 am

Delicious looking dinner. I’ve seen forbidden rice, but haven’t tried it yet. Does it taste different?

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42 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope July 25, 2012 at 6:11 am

I’ve never had forbidden rice before! It looks good though. :)

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43 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 25, 2012 at 6:51 am

My pepper plants were flattened by some wind/rain this week too! I staked them up and I’m crossing my fingers they’ll be okay…

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44 kim@hungryhealthygirl July 25, 2012 at 7:02 am

I haven’t tried that rice yet. You actually make the lentils look good, with the colors from your tomatoes and okra! ;)

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45 Lauren July 25, 2012 at 8:10 am

Not an ugly dish, I think it looks so pretty! Adds great contrast to the vegetables, and who can say they eat black food on a regular basis? I haven’t been very adventurous with different rices in the past, always going for a new grain all together. Have you tried very many? I’m intrigued…

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46 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles July 25, 2012 at 8:12 am

Forbidden Rice…how intriguing! Paired with lentils and roasted veggies…topped with goat’s cheese…sounds delish!

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47 Cait's Plate July 25, 2012 at 8:21 am

I’ve heard of forbidden rice but never tried it – it looks delicious!

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48 Angel7 July 25, 2012 at 8:41 am

That is one cool looking melon!

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49 Johanna B July 25, 2012 at 8:49 am

One of the dishes that was prepared during the fresh peach cooking class I went to last year featured forbidden rice. Quite tasty! I’ll have to pull out that recipe since it’s peach season. Thanks for the reminder.

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50 Alicia July 25, 2012 at 8:51 am

Love forbidden rice! It is the texture that I like, but I am one of those people who likes food to have some resilience (i.e. al dente pasta, undercooked veggies).

Wonder if more water time would take some of the burning sensation in your ribs away? I am sure most of the burn is actually the size of the baby causing stretching, but gravity has to be taking some toll on your muscles too. When I was in the final stages of pregnancy, the buoyancy of the water always felt amazing to me, and I felt like I could breath better too.

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51 KathEats July 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

I’ve been trying to get back to the pool – and it is worse after a night standing on my feet (but not really after a walk?)

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52 Emma July 25, 2012 at 9:19 am

It’s funny how the most delicious, nutritious food can be the ugliest! I guess it’s balanced out by how pretty colorful fruit looks.

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53 Brianne July 25, 2012 at 9:48 am

I was just looking at the stats of Hungry bars but they don’t look very nutritious to me. Aren’t they basically a cookie?

I love lentils though; I usually put them in soup though, with rice is a good idea though.

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54 KathEats July 25, 2012 at 9:52 am

They have a pretty good amount of protein and healthy fat – I wouldn’t put them in cookie status.

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55 Alice July 25, 2012 at 10:17 am

Hi Kath! I have grown up eating forbidden rice and my family usually mixes it with white (and in your case, probably brown) with the ratio beeing majority white and a little bit of forbidden – the rice turns a beautiful purple colour! As for the melons, I have a box of them right now and it says they are just “Korean Melons”? But in Korea, we call them “Chamae”. Have a great day!

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56 Angela @ Health, Happiness, & Harmony July 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I absolutely LOVE forbidden rice! Our local sushi places offer it for sushi, and I fell in love with the taste and the nutritional value. Some places refer to it as black or purple rice too. :)

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57 Vivi @My.Beautiful.Air July 25, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Love your ‘We will rebuild!’ attitude!

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58 Leah July 26, 2012 at 5:43 am

Sounds like you had a Japan night! Japan has all these lovely interesting melons that I can’t eat because of my allergies, but the one in the picture looked like one I saw at market today! I’ll try to find out the name. Also, “black rice” is something that a lot of the vegetarian restaurants in Kanazawa mix in with their brown rice. I should buy some more!

I understand completely about the “ugly food.” I am dreading having to photograph my eggplant curry recipe for my blog.

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