Who’s The Boss?

February 8, 2009

Girls’ Day Out was a ton of fun!! I hopped on my bike and pedaled 4 miles to meet Michelle, Diana, and Amanda (Amanda, get a blog!) at Dean & Deluca in the sunny weather. My nice husband offered to bike there with me to keep me company, so that was fun too :)

I can’t pass up a big salad for lunch, so that’s what I had.

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The layers included:

  • Mixed greens + spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucs
  • Sprouts
  • Roasted veggies
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Dried cherries (the highlight!)
  • Avocado (about 1/4 of one – yum!)
  • Garbanzo beans (~1/4 cup)
  • Dijon dressing, which I used about a tbsp of.

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After lunch I had a cracker with raspberry jelly + cream cheese for dessert.

We moved next door to see He’s Just Not That Into You. I brought my bag of Jelly Belly to share and had two small handfuls of those – and a few of Michelle’s sour patch kids!! Yay for candy at the movies!

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The movie was very cute. Kind of like Love Actually with all the different stories and very cute romantic comedy style – not cheesy either. And I though it was a very ‘pretty’ movie to watch with the settings, fashion, etc.

Soaking Up Sunshine

I biked home solo, but the weather was gorgeous and I took my time. I knew when I got home I wanted to keep playing outside! I decided I’d let the husband be the boss and would ask if he wanted to go running, walking or just sit on the patio and let him decide. Much to my surprise, he wanted to go running (he said it was “restless” today). He also chose and route and the mileage, so we ended up doing a 5-mile loop to this park. It was a nice run, but I am always more sluggish in the afternoons.

I was hungry when I got home, so I had this Kashi bar before we went on our run –

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I took about 2 bites and felt it was kind of boring, so I jazzed it up with Barney Butter!

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Dinner + Drinks

After a quick second shower, we sat down to watch an Office episode before we started on dinner.

I asked the husband to make me a POM cocktail while I got the computer all set up, and look what he made! He had one too (his had vodka :) ) Mine was POM, tonic, a splash of cherry juice, a splash of orange juice. I think he snuck in a splash of Triple Sec too 😳

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I also put the husband in charge of the slaw side tonight. (Cabbage was $.47/lb so we decided to center the meal around it). Here’s the dressing he made to toss with about 4 cups of cabbage:

  • Zest + juice of two oranges
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp red curry powder
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1.5 tbsp mayo
  • Salt + pepper to taste

It was very good!! Best slaw we’ve ever made. However, we both agreed that some carrot, apple, raisins, orange, and/or nuts would have been very good in this too.

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But the “entree” of dinner was Spinach + Fontina chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s.

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I butterflied mine to make a sandwich on GH Sourdough bread. Plus ketchup and mustard.

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And pickles!

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While this dinner was filling and satisfying, it desperately missed sweet potato fries!

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Love TJ’s!

Check out this hilarious Trader Joe’s video Fig sent me today! I feel like there are so many products I have yet to try!


Our forecast suggests this warm weather is going to stick around for a few more days. I bet we only have one more cold spell and spring will be here! I remember that spring came early last year too.

I don’t have my two nutrition classes tomorrow due to a big webinar that the ADA is putting on, but I do have 9:30 Biochem. The original plan was to go to Biochem in my workout clothes and come home and go to the gym, but the boss said at the end of our run that he’d rather go first thing in the AM (which means getting up at 5) to get it over with and get his body clock back to early mornings. Going first thing would give me more time to study, so we’ll be getting up early tomorrow after all!

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1 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) February 8, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Hi Kath-thanks for sharing that video with us! It’s SO FUNNY!

“its the peanut butter made with sunflower seeds”



2 Betsy in Pittsburgh February 8, 2009 at 8:15 pm

I love the orange rind in the cocktail. So classy. :)


3 Oh She Glows February 8, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Ohh Im going to see that movie next week with my girlfriend! Can’t wait :) I heard the fashion was really good in it too.

Enjoy your night!



4 Trust, Hope, Believe February 8, 2009 at 8:21 pm

what an awesome big salad!

and the cocktail looks so pretty!


5 Lauren February 8, 2009 at 8:29 pm

That TJ’s video was very entertaining :) Great idea “pumping up” the Kashi PB granola bar with BB!


6 VeggieGirl February 8, 2009 at 8:30 pm

SOOOOOO much fun!! 😀


7 gliding calm February 8, 2009 at 8:30 pm

awesome salad and I loveeeee TJ’s chicken sausages! they are delish! def try the apple one if you get a chance!

TJs is like one of my most fav. stores everrrrrrrrrr! SO HAPPY TO LIVE SO CLOSE TO ONE!!

have a great night Kath!!!
P.s. I totally thought your barney butta covered granola bar was like an oatmeal taco/burrito thing with PB on top. AHH you should totally do that as one of your “kids” meals like the banana and pb hot dog and apple fries!!


8 zestycook February 8, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Those are some great Eats! Have a great night kath


9 Clean Veggie February 8, 2009 at 8:35 pm

im so jealous that you can eat outside and your not in three layers of sweaters and coats! lucky duck.

salad looks absolutely amazing – as always!


10 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) February 8, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I love slaw…your version sounds tasty. Ha…sneaky husband trying to the wife a little tipsy. :)

TJ’s commercial…very clever & hilarious.

Here’s to an early morning…I’ve got yoga at 6 AM. Have a good one Kath!


11 Nicole February 8, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I can’t wait to see that movie! It looks so cute :D:D


12 Sharon February 8, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Oh my gosh, that salad looks amazing!


13 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 8, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Sounds like you had a fun AND yummy day!


14 Victoria February 8, 2009 at 8:44 pm

That cocktail is so pretty! Which is, of course, one of my favorite reasons for drinking colorful things out of martini glasses.


15 Amanda Cowan February 8, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Yeah! That video was super cute! It sounds like you had a great day!


16 Diana February 8, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Fun day today! :)

We almost got TJ’s chicken sausage, too, but ended up getting the chicken patties instead. We didn’t eat them tonight, though, but can’t wait!



17 Maggie February 8, 2009 at 8:58 pm

I love slaw! Looks like a yummy dinner :)


18 K February 8, 2009 at 9:05 pm

What a fabulous day with such yummy eats!!

Haha what a funny TJs “commercial”


19 Amelia February 8, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Your dinner looks really really good.

I’m glad you liked the movie! I’m very excited to see it!


20 kaneil, balanceisbest February 8, 2009 at 9:26 pm

I’ve seen those chicken sausages around and can’t wait to make a sandwich out of one! I’m envious of all the great TJs treats!

Kaneil, balanceisbest


21 Fancy February 8, 2009 at 9:26 pm

I saw that movie last night! I thought is was so cute but a little long….

Kashi has now joined the peanut butter recall I believe. I think I read that on a blog somewhere? You should look into which bars have been recalled by them because I know there are a few. I threw away mine today just in case. I don’t want you to get sick!


22 Fancy February 8, 2009 at 9:29 pm

I was right, your bar is on this recall, I believe…



23 Bec February 8, 2009 at 9:30 pm

#1 – I love your salad in a box, looks great and tasty!
#2 – So excited to see the movie, already have a Tuesday night girls night planned
#3 – love ‘pomtinis’, its my parents drink that they serve at all their parties, with triple sec and either tequila or vodka


24 Lisa February 8, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Kath, the video made me grin. Thanks for posting it!


25 Meg February 8, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Love your sausage sandwich dinner!


26 Marisa (trim the fat) February 8, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Love TJ’s! that is a great commercial!!

That chicken sausage rocks! I bought it about a month ago – so many ways to use it! I like it best on a hot dog bun or in pasta. I couldn’t think of a good condiment for it when on the bun. Any ideas??


27 brandi February 8, 2009 at 9:44 pm

mmm…now I want a POM cocktail :)


28 Millie February 8, 2009 at 9:44 pm

I really love your blog. Healthy eating is my goal these days and your blog helps so much. I forgot how much I loved oatmeal until going to your blog now I eat it quite often. I’m to try the salad (above), it looks really good. Thanks for sharing.


29 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) February 8, 2009 at 9:46 pm

i totally agree about the movie — i saw it yesterday, and it def reminded me of love actually (which happens to be the only dvd i actually own!).

and that sausage is SO good — i tried it a couple months ago.

nice job on the double workout today! way to take advantage of the perfect weather :-)


30 Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 8, 2009 at 9:55 pm

I’m so glad to hear that the movie was good! I’m probably going to go see it next weekend, maybe even drag the boy :)


31 Brittany February 8, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Your salad looks so good. I still have yet to try Dean and Deluca.

I saw that video on another blog- love TJ’s!!!!


32 Ashley H February 8, 2009 at 10:03 pm

that video is hilarious! I am so glad you put it up. I just got home from Trader Joes too. lol


33 Kara February 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm

TJ’s chicken sausages are great! I’ve tried them with gnocchi a few times and it’s fabulous :)


34 The Healthy Hostess February 8, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Your salad looks soo good! I am going to see the movie on Tuesday so I am so glad you gave it a good review!


35 Casey February 8, 2009 at 10:13 pm

I had a similar big salad from Whole Foods today! I saw the movie last night and thought it was like Love Actually too!


36 Cara February 8, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Aww I love the trader joes video. Makes me happy yet said to see it. hahaha.

Looks like your day went fantastic. Glad you enjoyed it! :-)


37 HangryPants February 8, 2009 at 10:13 pm

I want to see that movie. I’ve heard it’s fun!

Love the video. It made me chuckle. Although, my TJs doesn’t sell wine…


38 Tyler (Raspberry Runner) February 8, 2009 at 10:15 pm

AMAZING looking salad!!

I saw He’s Just Not That Into this weekend, too. Fun movie!

Love the TJs movie! Made me laugh :)


39 Sarah February 8, 2009 at 10:25 pm

I am scheduled to see that movie on my vacation next week.

Your salad looked great! What great ingredients!


40 guest February 8, 2009 at 10:47 pm
41 Kristin February 8, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Love the Trader Joe’s video! He actually shows the TJ’s I go to in San Francisco when he shows the line of cars waiting to get into the parking lot. It’s always packed!


42 EatingRD February 9, 2009 at 12:25 am

My fiancee and I love TJ’s sausage and use it in a ton of our recipes too. We definitely got a good laugh out of that commercial, very funny and true!



43 juliet February 9, 2009 at 1:55 am

Gotta love a big salad!!


44 Sarah (lovINmytummy) February 9, 2009 at 3:28 am

I’ve been sneaking POM juice into everything, but haven’t been sneaking the booze into it…nice work, Boss!!!


45 Sara February 9, 2009 at 6:03 am

What a nice blog and all the food looks so good.


46 JENNA February 9, 2009 at 8:13 am

Sounds like the best way to spend a sunday!!!!!


47 Suzanne February 9, 2009 at 8:25 am

haha…funny TJ’s commercial.

Where is that TJ located? Ours doesn’t look like that! Ours is definitely more ‘quaint’ looking.


48 Katie February 9, 2009 at 8:34 am

Your salad looks so good. Thanks for the movie review, too.


49 Marlow February 9, 2009 at 9:04 am

That video is awesome!!


50 Kristine February 9, 2009 at 9:50 am

I had the SAME THING for dinner! I love Trader Joes! :)


51 Kath February 9, 2009 at 10:42 am

Re. Kashi PB bar,
This bar was 100 years old – no worries!

Millie ,
Thanks and welcome!



52 skinnyrunner February 9, 2009 at 11:04 am

i cant wait to see confessions of a shopaholic and i still need to see bride wars!
that sausage looks delicicous and i dont even like sausage


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