Great Harvest Cville on the hill! Now featuring…Stuffing Bread (it’s just what it sounds like – a bread that tastes like stuffing!), Rosemary Garlic, Coconut Muffins, Autumn Spice Cookies and more for November.
I had to give the Autumn Spice a taste test – and went back for another quarter (our cookies are big!). It was excellent – chewy and slightly gingerbready with apricots and golden raisins.
I walked to the bakery and back [#dreamlife] and made it home just before sunset to get dinner going.
Have you ever heard of freekeh!? Lauren brought me some from her co-op’s bulk bins when she visited a few weeks ago. It’s green wheat that has been parched, roasted, smoked and dried. It’s high in fiber and protein. THIS WEBSITE can tell you way more about it than I can!
It’s a lot like bulgur, wheatberries and rice all in one. What I noticed most about it is it tastes like it was cooked in chicken broth!! It had so much flavor. I liked it a lot for a dinner grain option!
The freekeh was the stair, but on the side I made sautéed Brussels sprouts with frozen edamame and frozen bacon that turned out to be a pretty awesome dish.
I put the bacon in first and cooked it then removed it and added the beans and sprouts plus a wee bit of water when the oil flavor was absorbed and put a lid on it. Steamed for a good 10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally, and then seasoned with salt and pepper and a drizzle of herby olive oil.
The freekeh was served on the side with some parm cheese on top
Good dinner! Matt raved.
For dessert, I had 3 Triple Ginger Snaps. Those things are addicting and so good!
Hoping to climb into bed early and read on my new Kindle APP! My phone [Samsung Infuse – still in love] is big enough that reading via the Kindle app is actually quite handy. I put it on sepia background and smallish font and love just laying on my side and swiping the pages. I’ve always said the worst part of reading is the positions you have to be in to hold a book. I do miss the physical book a bit – but not after I get comfy. It also means I don’t have to keep the light on if Matt is trying to sleep! Many perks.
The book – Nicholas Sparks’ The Best Of Me. After Little Bee and The Postmistress I needed something light and romantic! I did have to pay for it verses borrowing, recycling or librarying, but that’s ok every now and then. Will be great for travel to Foodbuzz this weekend!
Cait's Plate says
Iiiinteresting! I love that wheatberries is in the mix of the description there!
And also? I have the Samsung Fascinate and LOVE the kindle app on it – definitely easy to read! 🙂
I have the Kindle app on my Samsung, too! I love being able to get cozy in bed and read – and my husband can finally fall asleep with the light off, which he appreciates. 🙂
Your dinner tonight looks amazing!
Molly @ RDexposed says
I didn’t know that he put a new one out!! I’m picking this up for my flight later this mont.! Let me know how it is!
Katie @ Peace Love and Oats says
that dinner looks so good! I’m a huge fan of the brussell sprout and bacon combo. And of course anything with Parmesan cheese is a winner for me – I’ll eat that cheese straight from the container!
I just went to the Foodbuz link & watched the Youtube video to learn about the conference. I was so happy to see your website page on the video & to hear your positive comments about the event. As always, you did a fantastic job which is why they included you in the video. I was very proud of it!
I just went to the Foodbuz link & watched the Youtube video to learn about the conference. I was so happy to see your website page on the video & to hear your positive comments about the event. As always, you did a fantastic job which is why they included you in the video. I was very proud of you!
kelsey @ living the gluten free life says
I love absolutely everything about this post! All the bakery things sound delicious and that meal looks awesome!
Simply Life says
oh that brad sounds dangerously good!
Anna @ On Anna's Plate says
Stuffing bread?!? Brillllliant. 🙂
Sweet and Savvy says
Ive never heard of freekeh! Sounds like a delicious dinner!:)
Kath, your dish looks delicious!! It is a perfect meal to start November. I love how you’ve mixed grains with all the vegetables. The Brussels sprouts are so healthy and it’s great that you added a little bacon to it. I hope you enjoyed it tonight!
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says
Enjoy your cozy bed and book.
I would have been all over that cookie and enjoying that “chewy and slightly gingerbready with apricots and golden raisins.” <– PERFECT!
[email protected] Oatmeal After Spinning says
Man, I am impressed (but not at all surprised!) at the meal that you made out of that Freekeh! I think I might have to steal that recipe! Thanks for spreading the Freekeh love- it’s my mission to introduce it to more people so that they can love it as much as I do. You’ll have to try it for breakfast sometime too. It’s good, but doesn’t keep me full as long as oatmeal does.
Thank for introducing me!!
I’m not sure I could do it for breakfast because of the chicken broth flavor!
I just got the Samsung Galaxy II S and love it! It’s my first smartphone so you can imagine the difference.
Do you flavor your olive oil and if so, how? I would love to do that.
You do have a “dreamlife” being able to walk to work and all your errands during the week. I couldn’t even imagine that. You just can’t get more convenient than that. 🙂
All of your November breads, cookies and muffins sound SO good! I wish I lived closer.
I don’t flavor it – it’s a dipping oil I got with herbs already in, but I LOVE it
lynn @ the actor's diet says
stuffing bread – mmmmm!!! you have to make bread pudding muffins like this one!!!
Hmmm freekeh sounds interesting. I love the sprout, bacon, edamame combo!
Also, on a totally unrelated comment. Have you switched to the new GMail look yet? They updated their look, and in a couple days everyone will be forced to take on the new look but I switched early and hate it. Mostly because they took away customizable colors! I couldn’t help but think of your nerd KERF GMail videos. Why would they make it less customizable? I hope it’s something they fix soon!
I am VERY unhappy about the location of the archive button and star buttons. They should be at the bottom where your mouse and eyes are after reading an email…
otherwise, pretty cool.
I really miss the white space in the middle of the screen though…and I don’t like that they pushed everything up to the top. I prefer it more spread thorughout
Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning says
I just switched to it yesterday- I feel like it’s too busy and makes me feel a little bit dizzy. Guess I’ll get used to it.
katie @KatieDid says
I’ve never heard of this grain! Checking out the website now to find out if its gluten free, I’d love to give it a try. Very yummy dinner, especially the bacon addition- adds so much flavah!
The autumn spice cookies and coconut muffins sound divine. And I’ve heard of freekeh, but had no idea what it was. I think you’ve convinced me to give it a try. Hoping Whole Foods has it in their bulk bins!
Liz @ Tip Top Shape says
That looks fantastic!! I’ve seen freekeh before but have never used it..
Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. says
You just reminded me how much I love Nicholas Sparks!!! I need to go get one of his books! And I might need to download the Kindle app…I just got a smart phone, so I just might have to learn to read your way 🙂
Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) says
I thought about grabbing that book yesterday, but was a little nervous. I love Nicholas Sparks, but his last few books haven’t been my favorites. Wenhad Brussels sprouts last night over mashed potatoes (and again for lunch today). Perfect fall meal!
Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles says
How have I not heard of that?! I am totally interested- especially since Matt raved about dinner.
Freekah? Sounds interesting! I’ll definitely be looking for it on my next grocery trip!
[email protected] says
Mmmm I love GH treats!! The cookies, the bars..you name it. And they are pretty big, haha. And this grain sounds really interesting and delicious, because I love Bulgur and its texture.
Glutenfree girl had a great brussel sprouts recipe on her site today, using pancheta instead of bacon, but same flavors. I need to get me some sprouts!
Carrie @ greenamily says
Glad I have some brussel sprouts in the fridge — your dinner looked so good I am going to have to make some tomorrow (or maybe breakfast).
I loved Little Bee, such an amazing book.
Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco says
I’ve never heard of it! Thank you for sharing. 😉
I love reading books on my phone (I never thought I would, since I love the feel of a physical book)! I checked out the Cville library website and noticed that they have ebooks. If you can find the free app called OverDrive and you have/get a library card, you can use the library to borrow books for your phone. Best part…freeeee!! Happy reading! 🙂
Jamie @ A Healthy J.D. says
Yvette beat me to it! Kindle just recently started library lending with Overdrive. Here is the link on amazon that explains how the process works…http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_200127470_ksupport_library?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200747550.
I love checking out ebooks and my library has a 7, 14 or 21 day lending period and once the period is up the book simply opens and tells you to either check it out again or provides a link to purchase the book you were reading on Amazon.
Nice, I’ll check this out!
Yum! Do they sell freekeh at Whole Foods?
Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning says
They sell it at the Whole Foods near me, but it is RIDICULOUSLY expensive. I got it for about 1/4 of the price in bulk.
What a name… Freekeh… I am going to check it out.
My local Groupon was for Great Harvest today. You bet I snatched that one up as quickly as possible!
Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife says
That is quite a cool sounding grain thingee……looks interesting! Haha. Glad it tasted good 🙂
Have you ever read any Elin Hilderbrand books? I think you would love them all!!!
You’re going to love “The Best of Me” – I read it in less than a day; it’s so touching and lovely!
You had me at stuffing bread! Wowza.
Freekeh sounds really interesting.
Kelsey T. says
I second Yvette’s comment! You can get library books on your kindle app on your phone!
Krystina (Organically Me) says
This isn’t meant as criticism, I’m just honestly wondering:
I’ve been reading/commenting on your blog for a while now, and I’ve started to pick up on you always specifying the exact amounts of something you ate/drank. Why do you think you have to specify that you ate 3 tiny cookies, 1/4 of a bakery cookie, or a sip or alcohol?
The freekeh (heh) sounds super interesting. I’ll have to see if I can find it around and give it a try.
Probably because this blog is rooted in weight loss and was originally a food diary for me. I’m just used to it.
I also don’t think it’s much different than saying “I spent 30 minutes waiting at the dentist” or “my daughter had 5 friends over.”
When you’re writing about life, numbers help to set the scene.
I like reading about those little details as sometimes you can’t objectively estimate your own portions and it allows me to put the amount of food I eat in perspective. Of course for some eating 10 cookies could be not enough and for others 1/4 of one is a feast, but nonetheless it gives me something to go by.
Health Bee says
The dinner looks delicious!
Freekeh- sounds kinda freaky 🙂 (It doesn’t rally but it was too easy to resist)!
I wish the Great Harvest Bakery were closer to where I live. Your breads always sound amazing.
Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement says
That brussel sprout/bacon/edamame combo sounds amazing. I have two out of the three ingredients in my house, so that may be making an appearance on our dinner table.
Hope @ With A Side Of Hope says
I’ve never heard of Freekah! I love your brussels sprout dinner! It looks delicious. Brussels sprouts are one of my favorites. 🙂
I love Nicholas Sparks! He is most definitely one of my favorite authors. I am so behind on reading his latest books. I can’t wait to hear what you think about his new one. I bet it’s amazing.
The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh says
I’ve never heard of freekeh but you can bet I’m going to go look for it! I’m in a side dish rut big time.
Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin says
I’ve never heard of freekeh before! But I love bulgur, so I’m sure I’d really like it.
The new fall items at the bakery sound wonderful!
Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte says
The freekeh sounds really good, I’ll be looking for it next time I’m at the health foods store! The Autumn Spice cookie looks and sounds wonderful, I keep wishing a Great Harvest Bread Co. would open up near me!
Looks like a DELICIOUS dinner. I am going to have to try brussel spouts one of these days. They have always been one of those “scary” veggies to me.
Emmy (WIne and Butter) says
I love that your ideal life includes walking so many places!!!! Im obsessed with walking and I hope, when my hubby and I come over to the states for a bit next year, I’ll be able to continue!! 🙂
Claire @ Live and Love to Eat says
That cookie looks amazing – and dangerous! 😉 I’ve never heard of freekeh but I really like wheatberries, so I’m intrigued!
Allison O'Mara (A Girl in her kitchen) says
I could eat Brussels sprouts with bacon everyday…
Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel says
Stuffing bread??! I don’t think I’d be able to keep myself from eating a whole loaf of that. Stuffing is one of the best parts of Thanksgiving, and bread is..well…BREAD. <3
I've never heard of freekeh, but I'd be curious to try it based on your description!
How do you like the Nicholas Sparks book? I've never read anything by him, but I keep meaning to. Any recommendations?
Shaun @ snackasaurusrex says
Stuffing bread sounds Ah-MAZING!! Do all Great Harvests have it?
Most but not all – better call yours!
Shaun @ snackasaurusrex says
Thanks! My fingers and toes are crossed that they will have it!!
I adore my phone…at times a bit too much! But it is so useful here in a big city, I’m constantly playing games, reading, and realizing that the “smart phone” is a times smarter than me!! I’m addicted! Now when we get back to the states I’m going to want one…bugger. The dinner looks scrumptious! Good reads lately: Room by Emma Donoghue: serious read, but extremely good!