“What’s Taters Precious!?”

May 22, 2011


Wondering what those are? Stay tuned tomorrow around 12:26! I did a little experiment with them today. It was a success!

I was also called to the bakery for a minor emergency – the panic button on our ADT alarm went off and the police were at our door. Only, Matt didn’t push the button and it was no longer in the spot where I had put it! We think the button fell off its spot and into the TRASH and the panic button is being pressed from the dumpster!! A half hour on the phone later…all is fixed. But I sure hope we don’t get a bill from the police…

I also did a little cleaning while I was there – I’m using Shaklee’s Basic G as one of our main cleaners. We do have sink sanitizer and a mop sink dispenser per the health dept. and vinegar for the kneading table (all that is recommended on the wood) but for the bathroom, tables, and other surfaces I’m using Basic G.


It’s a germicide, fungicide, viricide and cleaner – all in one. And it’s EPA registered without the noxious fumes of Lysol and Clorox. This is the one you want to clean your germs! Basic H is awesome on dirt, smudges, stains and more, but Basic G is the killer for disinfecting.


I’ve also got a Basic H bottle there as my personal office cleaner :) Left the desk smelling like vanilla lavender!


I also took care of some floor scuffs with Scour Off. I LOVE our white floors, but my gosh they are scuffing up quickly! I scrubbed on my hands and knees the other day with water and a towel and couldn’t get them up – but Scour Off did the trick! I think I need to buy one for work and one for home :)

I biked on home after that to make some granola and start on dinner. Man is it getting HOT out! I practically needed another shower after that 3+ mile bike ride!

Unfortunately I can’t share this granola recipe because I was testing it out for Great Harvest use! But it’s good – and loaded with flax and walnuts!


While the oven was hot, I also made a delicious roasted dinner!

Roasted Tofu Potato Salad


Rosemary + dill red potatoes plus herby Twin Oaks Tofu, roasted in the oven


Yogurt + mayo + mustard + garlic gold dressing


Was delicious!!!!!!!!!! **If you don’t get the title of this post, go read/watch “Lord of the Rings!!”


It was only after I put my fork down after my last bite that I realized that I completely forgot to add the bacon I bought for this recipe!!!! The dish would have been even better with a crumbled bit of the good stuff on top.



Roasted Tofu Potato Salad

Inspired by Heidi Swanson’s “Mostly Not Potato Salad” from Super Natural Every Day


  • 6 medium-to-large red potatoes, cut into eighths
  • 1 tsp dried dill (or fresh if you’re lucky!)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary (or dried if you don’t have it)
  • 1 block tofu of your choice
  • 1 cup green beans, rinsed and chopped
  • A few tbsp olive oil
  • A few sprinkles of kosher salt
  • Spring mix for serving


  • 2 tbsp low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp mayo
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1tbsp red wine vinegar (or Garlic Gold Red Wine Vinaigrette)
  • Optional: 1 clove garlic


  • Preheat oven to 400*
  • Toss potatoes in herbs, a few pinches of salt and olive oil to coat.
  • If your tofu isn’t flavored, add a similar flavor profile as the potatoes.
  • Put potatoes and tofu in oven and roast for 30-35 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender and crispy.
  • Toss green beans in olive oil, salt and pepper in a separate pan.
  • Add green beans to oven with 15 minutes remaining.
  • Combine dressing in a jar and shake together.
  • Combine everything in a bowl and top with dressing. Coat well.
  • Serve over spring mix.
  • PLUS – CRUMBLED BACON – which I totally forgot!!!!!!!!!




ROASTED Tofu Potato Salad

Matt was baking bread all afternoon and had to stay at the bakery to let it cool, so I ate with the movie Evening. I enjoyed it – a beautiful film- but I have one major critique and that was that there was way too much mouth breathing!! And morning scenes when people were whispering in each other’s faces. I know they did not brush their teeth first, and I can’t help but think about breath!!


After the movie I got up to put all of the granola in containers and had a couple huge handfuls for a midnight snack! It was good!!


Man, it is so hot! I have sweat dripping down my back, but I can also hear the celebration parties from UVA’s graduation – and smell someone’s delicious grill floating into my window which makes me wish I had a bag full of marshmallows!

Matt just got home – going to play!

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1 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner May 22, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Does every Great Harvest carry the same products? Would I expect my Great Harvest to carry your new flavor “in-the-process”?


2 KathEats May 22, 2011 at 8:38 pm

No, every Great Harvest is locally owned and totally different


3 lynn @ the actor's diet May 22, 2011 at 8:38 pm

ha ha re: breath. i just finished filming a movie with a lot of sex scenes and the first week we were very conscious about teeth-brushing and mints but by week 3 we were tired and lazy. if one of us had garlic for lunch, everyone else did and we didn’t care!


4 KathEats May 22, 2011 at 8:39 pm

So did you have to make out with anyone!? I’m dying to know how that works behind the scenes!!


5 lynn @ the actor's diet May 22, 2011 at 8:48 pm

i blogged about some of my sex scenes! you can read about the easy one here:

and the not-so-easy one:


6 Lea @ Healthy Coconut May 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Ha ha breath comment…I also think the same way when I watch those early morning scenes in movies.


7 Katie May 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I think potatoes and dill is one of the greatest combos ever!


8 Amy May 22, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Haha, love your post title – I’m (still) rereading and have been since March! I’m making it last as long as possible, man.

My guess on the first picture: chestnuts?? That’s what they look like to me!


9 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 22, 2011 at 8:43 pm

The granola and potato salad look delicious! Sounds like things are moving right along for you two! Enjoy the evening with Matt!


10 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Oh my, that granola looks super yummy! I don’t care for potato salad, but adding tofu is intriguing. Can’t wait to hear/see the granola recipe :)


11 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 22, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Oh so much in this post…
Heidi’s book. I got it about 3 days before I left on vacay and can’t wait to get home to San Diego to cook. How crazy does that sound? Well, in due time :) I love the tofu tater salad…and mayo + mustard dressing is off to a great start for me. Love them both.

Mouth breathing and no teeth brushing….ewww, that’s just not a pleasant thought now is it!

Good to know about that cleaner. I am always looking for something that WORKS.

ADT going off and having to race back to the location. Been there. Always fun, eh?

Have a great and thanks!! :)


12 Dee May 22, 2011 at 8:48 pm

man, that salad looks divine!


13 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 22, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Too bad about the missing bacon! That dish looks pretty tasty.


14 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats May 22, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Mmm that potato salad recipe looks delicious! I always forget about rosemary/dill combination and how amazing it is!
Thanks for sharing your bakery opening journey with us. =) It’s like we all get to live out a dream through you. I mean, who doesn’t want to have their own bakery!?


15 Flourchild May 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Yum, It looks very good and so healthy!!


16 Eileen May 22, 2011 at 9:05 pm

That dinner looks great! I love the tip about giving the tofu “a similar flavor profile.” As I got to be more experienced as a cook, this idea really freed me up to create my own ideas and not always rely on a cookbook. I love putting dinners together that way!


17 Vanessa May 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Hahaha. Totally laughed out loud to the post title!! My cousin and I always crack up at that. “Boil em, mash em, stick em in a stew!!” :-)


18 Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm

That looks SO GOOD! I love roasts. Heat it all up ’til it’s crispy, then mix it all together! Perfection.


19 erica May 22, 2011 at 9:08 pm

oooh. i love the lord of rings title! made me smile:)


20 Shauna May 22, 2011 at 9:17 pm

soap nuts! We are using them as fabric softener right now an love them 😀


21 Alaina May 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I had a feeling it was a reference to Lord of the Rings. :-)

I think bacon make so many dishes better!


22 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan May 22, 2011 at 9:23 pm

That’s so funny that you mentioned the people in the movie whispering in each other’s faces first thing in the morning. That has got to be one of my major pet peeves when it comes to movies! I hate it! :-)


23 Lauren May 22, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Love the title of this post, I’m a HUGE lord of the rings dork. I actually studied it in college, haha! Also the salad looks awesome!


24 Holly May 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I have tofu and new potatoes on hand for this week, I think I finally know what to do with them!


25 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm

My dad loved to talk in that voice whenever we had potatoes with dinner. It was hilarious at first and then it was just annoying :)


26 Chloe (South Beach Girl) May 22, 2011 at 9:33 pm

I love that you picked up on “mouth breathing” – I always think about that during movies! Also, your salad looks divine, very similar to a potato salad but healthified :)


27 CheezyK May 22, 2011 at 9:33 pm

“Po-tay-toes! Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew … Lovely big golden chips with a nice piece of fried fish.” Love, love, love the movies and the books!

Oh, and SoapNuts! Keen to see what your experiment was, I assume it was something outside of the ordinary uses ..


28 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I’m hooked on using mustard in everything lately – totally trying out that dressing!

Can you believe how fast it got hot outside?! I was sweating bullets all day long. Not that I’m complaining after being frozen all winter. :)


29 Hannah (tickledtofu) May 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Holy moses that salad looks incredible! I’ll have to whip up some veganaise ASAP and try it out for myself!


30 kate May 22, 2011 at 9:50 pm

That salad looks amazing I love the idea of potatoes and tofu!


31 Caley May 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm

You definitely have to read Evening, the book! It was much much better than the movie. The movie lost all of the romantic, wow factor the book had (which usually happens, unfortunately!). Definitely worth while.


32 Angel7 May 22, 2011 at 10:06 pm

The Roasted Tofu Potato Salad looks really good! I am sure that the bacon would have made it taste good!



33 Becky May 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I’m loving how you don’t have noxious toxic fumes in the bakery! How many times have we been enjoying a bagel or a cup of coffee in a shoppe, only to suddenly gag when someone starts spraying chlorox or Lysol around us! Yuck!


34 Mastering Public Health (@MasPublicHealth) May 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Might those be goldenberries (AKA gooseberries)?


35 Ashley May 22, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Absolutely love the looks of that salad!!!!


36 Mama Pea May 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I thought I was the only person who worries about breath in movies/TV. I was cringing watching Mad Men last night because Don Draper was breathing in this woman’s face after a bunch of cigarettes and scotch. GAG!


37 The Healthy Hipster May 22, 2011 at 11:35 pm

I’m dying to get Heidi’s book, I hope all the recipes look this delicious!


38 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] May 22, 2011 at 11:45 pm

I made granola tonight, too. Love how it makes the house smell :)


39 Khushboo May 23, 2011 at 12:05 am

Bahah about the breath comment- that would urk me to! I made your granola recipe (with coconut/almonds) on Friday for my friend who is a granola junkie and it was a hit!


40 Alexandra May 23, 2011 at 12:30 am

Are those roasted dates??


41 jenna k May 23, 2011 at 2:11 am

as a near-graduate in microbiology, reading the stats on that basic g made me a little giddy!


42 Hannah May 23, 2011 at 3:13 am

I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this movie! Not only does it have an Aussie and Meryl Streep, but it has Hugh Dancy, who is clearly destined to be my husband. Thanks Kath!


43 Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 23, 2011 at 4:40 am

If you’d like to share your heat, I’d gladly take some of it.. it was freezing here this weekend.. (although I am SURE I will regret saying this very soon.. when summer heat and humidity set in!)


44 Rochelle May 23, 2011 at 5:35 am

Boy that lady Mary left a mean comment! Im sorry you have to put up with nasty things like that Kath, your blog is awesome and i really look forward to reading each post it inspires me to take care of myself and be as healthy as i can be! On another note that salad looks great, i would never have thought to use tofu in a potato salad!


45 Lauren May 23, 2011 at 5:53 am

What a cleaver potato salad recipe! I never thought to use tofu. This is brilliant!


46 Kristen @ Change of Pace May 23, 2011 at 5:58 am

Bacon makes everything better :)


47 Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East May 23, 2011 at 6:24 am

I’m sad you wont be sharing the granola recipe! It looks wonderful!

I love herbs on potatoes! Makes them so good!


48 Kristen Waby May 23, 2011 at 6:44 am

I love homemade granola! I’ve always wanted to try it for myself but have never had the right ingredients on hand!


49 Caitlin May 23, 2011 at 6:55 am

I saw that movie a few summers ago. It was different, but very good!


50 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 23, 2011 at 7:16 am

Haha I love the title of this post! It makes me want to go watch Lord of the Rings for the hundredth time!


51 Krissie J May 23, 2011 at 7:28 am

I couldn’t love the title of this post any more! :) I think it’s awesome you guys are running a Great Harvest! I’m a huge fan of the two in my area.


52 Melissa May 23, 2011 at 7:42 am

Sounds like such a great summer day! Just reading this post made me think of all the things I love about summer! :)


53 Tom Gellak May 23, 2011 at 7:45 am

Taters!! This one brought back some memories for sure!

About food now, I personally think that your roasted tofu and potato salad is better without bacon to be honest.
I find bacon’s taste overwhelming compared to most other flavors (and I am trying to be vegetarian too!) so I am skipping it along with most other meat products from my latest cooking.


54 Halley (Blunder Construction) May 23, 2011 at 8:01 am

Yea, I don’t get the title reference. NerdKERF has a one-up on me there :) Thanks for detailing all your natural cleaners, I’m trying to make the transition in my own home.


55 KathEats May 23, 2011 at 8:09 am

Here’s a great clip – listen at :29!



56 Halley (Blunder Construction) May 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

So random/a little scary!! THX


57 Cait's Plate May 23, 2011 at 8:04 am

I wish I could do what you do with food! I would NEVER in a million years think of creating that meal, but it looks SO amazing. I guess it’s good we have you around to continually inspire us with your yummy dishes!


58 rachel May 23, 2011 at 8:13 am

i am so glad someone else thinks about those morning breath scenes! you’re right; they would not be breathing in each other’s faces like that first thing!


59 Rebecca May 23, 2011 at 8:16 am

eeek — I have absolutely NO self control around granola fresh out of the oven. That looks so delicious. How nice that sampling counts as “work” for you :)


60 Erica May 23, 2011 at 8:39 am

The cleaners sound fantastic! I had scuffs on the floor (drives me NUTS!)- I might need to buy some of the Scour Off. An evening of baking sounds lovely. Hope the granola turned out perfect. Warm potatoes on a salad- I don’t think I’ve ever done that! I totally want to try. Have a great Monday


61 Mari @ itsgoodno.blogspot.com May 23, 2011 at 8:53 am

I just started using the seventh generation disinfectant and I LOVE it because it disinfects with Thymol (thyme oil) and smells like natural ingredients not tons of chemicals. Just curious as to what are you thoughts on that brand…

Ingredients: http://www.seventhgeneration.com/Disinfecting-Cleaner


62 KathEats May 23, 2011 at 10:10 am

Looks nice to me! I bet it’s more expensive than Shaklee because it’s not a concentrate, but I bet it smells great!


63 Natalia - a side of simple May 23, 2011 at 11:05 am

Oh, poor Sam. He’s always getting picked on when really he’s the hero…


64 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen May 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

The tater salad looks delicious!!


65 Jess (Sweet Potato) May 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Love the title!


66 Susan May 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm

How much Basic G do you put in the spray bottle? The Basic H bottles tell you how much to put in, but the G bottle doesn’t.


67 KathEats May 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm

I know – that’s frustrating!! It’s 3/8 a teaspoon, or just under a half teaspoon


68 Susan May 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Thanks! Going to sharpie it on the bottle!


69 Seth @ Boy Meets Food May 25, 2011 at 7:16 am

HA! That’s so awesome that you named this post like that. Just a day or two ago I added your baked potato soup recipe to our meal calendar, and titled the day the exact same!!! Great minds think alike!

I’ve really been enjoying following the GH progress. Keep up the great work!


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