Veggies With A Side Of Meat

July 31, 2012


Tuesday nights are fun!! I go to Mommy & Me-In-The-Womb yoga and Matt makes dinner. He came home a little early this afternoon to get started on a crock-pot dish with some local pork spare ribs.

Our plates were full of delicious vegetables – and a little meat in the center.


He even wrote out the recipe to share with all of you!

Cumin Carrots with BBQ Spare Ribs

Serves 2 (maybe 3)


  • 3-4 cups carrot chunks
  • 3/4 lb spare ribs (would be fine with a little more too)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt, pepper, cumin, smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash of red pepper flakes


  • Sear ribs in a skillet for 3-5 minutes per side, until brown
  • Place into crock-pot
  • Top with carrots
  • Top with remaining ingredients
  • Set crock-pot to high for 5 hours
  • If desired, once carrots and pork are removed, reduce the remaining juice in a medium pot until nice and thick and pour over dish.


The ribs were divine, but the star of this dish was the carrots!


And the side of purple potatoes that we roasted in the oven! LOVE purple potatoes!


And finally, a few grilled peppers


This was one of those “feel good” local meals – the pork was Babes in the Wood, the carrots were Local Food Hub, the pepper was from our garden and the potatoes from the city market!


Goodness this food tasted good tonight!


I also just wanted to note that I don’t show everything I eat on KERF if you guys think I’m 35.5 weeks pregnant and not eating a bite between lunch and dinner! If I assemble a big snack, you’ll see it, but today I had 2 graham cracker + almond butter bites before yoga that were consumed in a hurry so I could get to class! I don’t always mention these smaller snacks or if I have something light in the evening like a mug of cereal before bed.

And now – it’s time for gymnastics!!

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1 Hillary {Nutrition Nut on the Run} July 31, 2012 at 7:49 pm

nom nom, love all that roasted goodness. blue taters remind me of home <3


2 Brie @ Coxswain's Dilemma July 31, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Whoa, these carrots look incredible. Must make soon! Do you concoct your own sauce recipes or do you draw ideas from somewhere? Usually I throw everything I own into the pan… hahaha.


3 KathEats July 31, 2012 at 7:58 pm

We do too : )


4 Melissa @ HerGreenLife July 31, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Love those all-local meals, too! Just turned on the Olympics — first I’ve watched this year. Hoping I don’t get too sucked in — morning comes early with my 12-month-old.


5 Laura @FoodSnobSTL July 31, 2012 at 8:18 pm

That looks scrumptous, especially the carrots!


6 Alison July 31, 2012 at 8:21 pm

That looks so amazing! I just finished an elliptical workout while watching gymnastics too :))) So exciting–go USA!


7 Ali @ Peaches and Football July 31, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Those carrots look out of this world! I’m watching the gymnastics too – can’t believe just how awesome Mckayla Maroney’s vault was. WOW. Go USA!


8 Sana July 31, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I love that you and Matt take turns with making dinner :) Hopefully that transitions into diaper changing 😉


9 KathEats July 31, 2012 at 8:38 pm
10 laura July 31, 2012 at 8:31 pm

yum, looks great! i have some spare ribs in the freezer, ill have to try this recipe out! when you sear them on the stove, do you put any oil in the pan or just sear them without anything in the pan?


11 KathEats July 31, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Yes, in a little oil


12 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut July 31, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Who knew carrots could be so exciting? I have most of these ingredients in my kitchen—will definitely be making this recipe. Thanks for sharing!


13 kristen @ verbs and vignettes July 31, 2012 at 8:38 pm

i’m definitely with you on the “quick bites in between.” it sounded like you simply wouldn’t be able to get over it when hunger hit, when you talked about it earlier in the pregnancy. it stinks that things are sometimes scrutinized when you share life through a blog.

those glazed carrots look incredible! i wonder if they would be delicious without simmering away with the meat. i’m sure they would. 😉


14 KathEats July 31, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Oh no one has said anything, I just wanted to mention it :)


15 kristen @ verbs and vignettes July 31, 2012 at 10:08 pm

good to hear. :-) there I go making assumptions.


16 Jessica @ New Girl, New City July 31, 2012 at 8:40 pm

YUM! That’s how I like to eat.. a little meat, and lots of veggies!


17 j3nn July 31, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I dig the shiny glaze of the carrots!


18 Andrea @ LetLooseLittell July 31, 2012 at 9:05 pm

WOW – I know what we’re doing next with all those carrots we’re growing! What a brilliant little pot of goodies.


19 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 31, 2012 at 9:11 pm

the marinade/sauce for those carrots….ACV, maple, cumin, oh Kath, they are PERFECT! Wow, this post felt like a hint of fall. Break out the pumpkin & we’ll be good :)


20 Kirsten July 31, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I’m 20 weeks pregnant, and I’m living graham crackers and pb before workouts! Yum!


21 Katelyn July 31, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Real talk, Matt is the best husb ever. If you ever find a suitable suiter for yours truly…… send him my way.


22 Sarah July 31, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Thanks for writing out the recipe, Papa BERF!


23 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 31, 2012 at 11:18 pm

I love love love roasted vegetables. I think that’s one of my favorite things about fall!


24 Khushboo July 31, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Love the sound of those carrots!


25 Aimee August 1, 2012 at 4:25 am

The phrasing in this threw me off a bit– almost suggests that if one can’t get/afford local or organic produce, they should feel bad…? Probably not your intention but just wanted to give some reader response. It’s a hard lesson for me to emulate sometimes in my writing, too– that a writer’s intentions don’t always mesh with audience reception. Anyway, yummy looking dinner. Those potatoes are so fun!


26 KathEats August 1, 2012 at 6:52 am

not my intention at all, but I’m puzzled what it is about the wording that would make you think that?


27 Casey August 1, 2012 at 10:43 am

“feel good”= comfort


28 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 1, 2012 at 6:15 am

Dinner looks awesome! And I love it when meals are almost entirely local. That was like my dinner last night. I actually made a pasta inspired by the one you had the other night – and the tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, and basil I used were all local!


29 Bree August 1, 2012 at 6:30 am

Hi Kath,
I’ve been lurking around your blog for about 3 months and I really enjoy it! I’m 15 weeks pregnant, so it’s been really interesting to see into the day-to-day life of someone 20 weeks or so ahead of me! I’m glad you mentioned the snacks, I already can’t go more than a few hours without a little something, so I’d kind of wondered how you make do with three squares a day! Best of luck to you in the months to come!


30 KathEats August 1, 2012 at 6:50 am

good luck to you too!


31 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 1, 2012 at 6:44 am

Yay! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ve never made spare ribs and would love to some time.


32 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope August 1, 2012 at 6:53 am

Dinner looks great! I love purple potatoes. I’ve only had them once. Those carrots look really tasty too :)


33 Molly @ RDexposed August 1, 2012 at 7:14 am

I am obsessed with purple potatoes! More stores need to carry them.


34 Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not August 1, 2012 at 7:22 am

My crock pot is supposed to be delivered in the mail today – I’m definitely trying this recipe!


35 Jeanine August 1, 2012 at 7:47 am

That looks amazing!!!


36 Kathryn @ Mamacado August 1, 2012 at 8:01 am

Glad you mentioned those mugs of cereal! I’m 35 weeks pregnant and also usually have a mug of cereal before bed (isn’t it the best to eat cereal out of mugs? I guess I feel like I eat less that way). I’m getting REALLY excited for baby to be here as I’m sure you are too!


37 KathEats August 1, 2012 at 8:16 am

I’m just now getting those “I can’t wait to meet him!” moments!


38 Cait's Plate August 1, 2012 at 8:26 am

I went through a phase of being SO obsessed with purple potatoes. Why does their purple color just make them feel so much more exciting??

How great was gymnastics!?!?


39 Hope August 1, 2012 at 8:33 am

I’ve never heard of purple potatoes! Do they taste any different than regular white potatoes? They look fun. :)


40 KathEats August 1, 2012 at 8:34 am

I don’t think they are supposed to, but I think they do – slightly starchier or something?


41 Hope August 1, 2012 at 9:30 am

Hmmm, I think I need to find some of these.


42 Erin August 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Over here in Japan we have purple potato ice cream. It’s delicious. :)


43 Angel7 August 1, 2012 at 8:37 am

Great comfort meal! It would be a great meal during the winter months as well!


44 Erin August 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

I totally know what you mean by “feel good” meal! We can’t always do local/organic/sustainable/whatever, but when we manage to get everything in there, it really DOES feel good! :) In the meantime, we do our best to be ethical eaters as often as we can. Those carrots look amaaaazing!


45 Julia H. @ Going Gulia August 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm

As I was reading this post, I could literally smell the BBQ sauce. To the point where it was way too strong to not be real. Turns out someone in my office just heated up something that had BBQ sauce on it for lunch! Thought I was smelling your dish through the screen, haha..


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