Lunch was quite over the top today! After spending the morning walking, running, cleaning the kitchen floor, and weeding the garden, I got the bright idea to grill my lunch. I never grill. I’m kind of scared of it. The husband is usually the grill master. But here by myself with a craving for grilled vegetables, I took a stab.
Horay for the self-timer! With my tongs and giant spatula:
My art. Zucchini, squash, peppers, broccoli and carrots (yes, they were GREAT grilled!) and a Trader Joe’s frozen salmon patty.
After-shot. I didn’t eat all of these veggies – about 1/3 to 1/2 are for tonight’s dinner.
Grilled carrots = amazing!
So with all of this bounty I made a HUGE salad. The base is romaine and spinach topped with chopped veggies, the salmon patty and about 1/2 an oz of soft goat’s cheese. For a dressing I drizzled on some good-quality balsamic vinegar and a splash of EVOO. Oh, and can’t forget the capers!
Goat cheese makes any salad perfect –
I needed some whole grains to round out lunch and thought about Kashi crackers, but I was really craving PB&J so I had a slice of bread with a little of both smothered on.
The spread out on the patio –
The salad was very filling, and the PB&J added a nice sweet satisfying ending. I am perfectly full!
I better floss and hit the road or I’ll be late for the dentist!
Hasta luego amigos!
Grilled carrots? Definitely worth a try and I agree goat cheese makes any salad good.
gotta get out grillin’!!! Summer is FAST approaching, YUM!
Roasted carrots are awesome, too. Just roast them at 425 for about 20 minutes (check after 15) with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. We LOVE this with dinner and leftovers are great on salads.
Kath, lunch looks great! Cute skirt, btw.
I love those TJ salmon burgers! And capers, they are my favorite, but I never thought to put them in a salad. That lunch looks very yummy.
Looks great Kath! I looooove goat cheese. I wish they made grills for tiny NYC apts! A trip to a park may be in order….
GORGEOUS!! What a fabulous lunch you had! (PS) Not to sound weird, but your calves are AMAZING Kath!! Way to go! 🙂
And GRILLED CARROTS are my absolute favorite! Though, I hate to say this to you, but I love grilled onions too (sorry!!)
ALSO if you want to try something new, I never see you eat radishes and I L.O.V.E. roasting/ grilling sliced radishes!! They actually taste just like potatoes and are DELICIOUS even mashed up with b-nut or sweet potatoe! You won’t believe it! If you want them soft I’d recommend just boiling/steaming them first for only about five minutes, but if you boil them for 2-3/steam for 2-2.5/3 minutes and then throw them in the oven to roast, they become DELISH and CHEWY!! (I’m a chewy fan too) I hope you try these soon!! And I hope that when you do, you’re not thinking, “Eww, these are gross! What the heck was she thinking!” 😉
Good for you with the grilling! I’m too scared to use ours… those veggies look very summery 🙂
Allison K. says
I never use our BBQ either….it’s def. my husbands’ domain.
We have more of a traditional charcoal grill..do you think the effect would be the same on the veggies? I was also thinking, if I just wanted quick and easy grilled veggies, that didn’t involve lighting charcoal, and waiting for them to heat up, that I could use my George Foreman…has anyone ever tried this? Did it turn out well?
Oh and Kath…SUPER cute skirt…I looove red.
Ugh! I second the motion about your calves! Stunning!
I too wish a had a grill… all in due time…
Anne P says
ha i always make my boyfriend do the grilling too! also, i love the flossing right before the dentist, haha. good luck!
Kelly L. says
Posted this on Jenna’s blog too, but I thought I’d share here too!
Attention Brownie Lovers! Okay, so if you like chocolate keep reading… The night before last I made the No Pudge Brownies. They are all natural and fat free you just add yogurt. Anywho, I made them in a muffin tin so I could have individual brownies. OMG they are soooo good. I had three, yes three right out of the oven. I didn’t let them cook for the full time because they were smaller plus I wanted them to be doughy. They are perfect. They tasted like mini gooey cakes. Last night I had them at room temperature and had three again. These things are addicting!!! My husband had a couple and never knew they were “healthy” brownies. VICTORY! You can get the mix at Whole Foods but I have also seen them at Kroger, Wal-Mart, Randalls, etc. (i’m in TX). Sadly, there are only 4 left.
I’m so jealous that you are done with school…I have three finals next week 🙁 Quick question for you: do you have any idea about what you plan on doing after becoming an RD? Do you want to start your own private practice, or work in a hospital, etc…? Just curious. Thanks!
Petite Yogini says
I have never grilled either! I have no idea why.
I’m scared of the grill too! haha!
Kath, you look like a pro standing at the grill – kudos for facing your fears and trying something new!! Looks like a delicious lunch :0)
Good luck at the dentist!!
Good luck at the dentist!
Who took the picture of you?
Also, do you think you could share the black hummus recipe with us if you get it?
i have to say, i’m totally freaked out by grilling too. once i had to grill dinner for my family and burned basically everything. oops.
Betsy in Pittsburgh says
Kath! You should have let those suckers grill for longer! I need to see some blistered skin on the peppers, deep charring on everything, dark grill marks…. The longer the better! Usually when I’m done some of the veggie’s are unrecognizable 🙂
I love grilled zucchini but never thought to grill carrots. Will definitely try that next time. How are those salmon patties?
– The Peanut Butter Boy
My calves look exactly like yours Kath. I’ve always hated them cause I don’t have girly legs, but everyone complementing you on your calves kind off makes me feel better. 🙂
The food looks great, I must try the salmon patty soon.
kelly T says
Im scared of it, too. I avoid things that I am unfamiliar with at all costs.
I want pretty weather…
I’m a huge fan of roasted carrots (with sea salt!) so i’ll have to try this grilling method!
I’m actually quite afraid of the grill…
Emily V. says
Is your skirt from Ann Taylor Loft? I saw one that looks exactly like it the other day!
wow all these comments about her calves make me think that i should re think my own. I have always hated my shapley calves.
what do you think of the kashi cookies? i know you’re a big fan of the crackers. any thoughts on the cookies? good/bad/neutral nutritional profile for a treat and/or snack? thanks!
Re. Grilling Fears,
Seriously guys (girls?) the hardest part is figuring out how to turn it on!! Once I had the flames going it was just like cooking on the stove top. Now a charcoal grill would scare me a little…
My Calves thank you all for your nice comments. They have been a little shy all my life for being on the large side and appreciate the compliment 🙂
We just got radishes in our CSA package! Thanks for the cooking tip!
Charcoal grilled would be BETTER than gas in terms of flavor!! But a little scary to get going alone – and more work to clean up. I’m not sure about the GF because I’ve never used one, but I bet it would be just as good as sauteeing.
I’ve made the No Pudge before and LOVe them when they’re a little undercooked!! Good call on the cupcake-style!
My long-term goal is to have a private practice. Short term, I have no idea. I do know I would rather work a variety of part-time, gym and/or freelance-type jobs rather than a full-time hospital job.
My camera took the photo!! Seriously, it has a self timer 🙂
Betsy in Pittsburgh,
I love char too, but I was too impatient. And I’ve heard negative health things about too much char 🙁
I like the patties. They can be dry and are best with something else (not plain) but it’s a quick and easy way to eat salmon. They do have added salt and water to them.
Yup! The skirt is LOFT. I think it’s hilarious when you guys can pick out where I get my clothes 🙂
I think the cookies are great nutritionally and a good dessert choice. My only problem with them is they were too small! I bought them once and decided I’d rather have a small bowl of iced cream for 130 kcal that takes me 10 minutes to eat than a cookie that takes 2.
you are adorable… & brave- I would never touch a grill
Does anyone sell already cooked wheatberries?
Just curious…does anyone have foods (i.e. trigger foods) that they purposely avoid because they can’t show control while eating them? I’ve always thought this was a bad idea because not having something will make me want it more, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s REALLY hard for me to stop at one serving of anything carby and crunchy (mainly crackers and chips!). Any thoughts or experiences on this?
I can’t have tortilla chips.
Crackers, I’m okay with…I can count them out…but tortilla chips are just impossible for me. No self control.
I miss them.
Kath, I just want to repeat what everyone else has said about the grill. I don’t have a clue how to turn it on. That is entirely the husband’s domain. I am very impressed.
Beth T…having ice cream in the house. I just eat it all. I have eaten a half gallon over the course of a day. I can go out and eat it, but I don’t keep it in the house any more. The kids like popsicles better anyway.
I can’t be around goldfish crackers or animal crackers…those spell disaster for me. I can have chocolate around, but my hands get itchy if it is around too long.
I also have a strange obsession with green apples…if they are in the house I will eat them.
Hi Kath, Another question regarding your career-switch-a-roo… Did you shadow a nutritionist prior to making the decision?
chocolate is my nemesis. It’s always a danger zone.
Not specifically, but the field has SOO much variation in what you can do that I’m not sure it would have even helped clarify anything. You can do the hard-core clinical stuff – feeding tubes, ICU, neo-natal, diabetes, oncology, gastric bypass – or you can go the free-lance writing, public health, grocery store management, gyms + fitness centers, private pratice route. And there are many more avenues I didn’t name. My Intro to Dietetics could I took this spring was a 1 hour course required for nutrition majors and we had a different R.D. speak to the class every week. I learned a lot about the different options in the field and am SO glad Winthrop required the course. But I also did a lot of research on my own about R.D’s and the career on the ADA website, which has tons of helpful info.
Hope that helps,
Funny-I’m the one that does all the grilling in the family. Shaun doesn’t touch it (well he doesn’t cook at all). The other day I asked him to grill something and he had to have me come out and tell him if it was done or not 🙂 Charcoal grills aren’t hard to start either and they do taste better but aren’t nearly as quick so I opt for our propane one 🙂