Keeping the typing to a minimum here!
I had a GREAT salad at EarthFare for lunch, and it definitely brightened my dreary rainy day. When I get salads here, I fill the bowl half full with raw veggies and then the top half (well, quarter maybe) with a painters palate of little bites of salads. SO fun!! I love sampling just one bite of things. I basically eat all the toppings off along with half of the veggies and use a tiny bit of dressing to finish off the veggies.
Veggie Base (I just get a few pieces of each thing or I’d have a mountain!)
- Bell peppers
- Zucchini + Squash
- Shredded carrots
Chopped salmon (the BEST!! I think it’s because they use the highest quality salmon here)
Sweet potato salad and one blob of a pear/apple type salad (at top)
Wheatberry salad with plump raisins!
A falafel ball. I don’t really like falafel in general (onions) but these are SO GOOD! Very doughy. It’s hard not to get 3-4 of them!
Plus marinated + grilled zucchini and a blob of curry chicken salad. I had low-fat raspberry dressing for the end.
ALSO, they had grilled peach halves on the buffet!!! I had no choice but to get one for dessert! The delicious looking icing was actually an unsweet buttery blob that wasn’t very interesting so I removed it and just ate the peach.
Lastly, I got a sample of bread with goat’s cheese and fruit spread as I was checking out – I ate him for dessert too!
All together with sparkling water –
Tough to ballpark nutritionals on this one, but I’m guessing between 550-600 kcal when I broke down the parts (just generally – not each one.)
Now I’m going to work on Physio here at EarthFare and then head home to finish up a few things before the husband gets home. Tomorrow we’re planning to watch Duke play UNC basketball (Go Devils!) at a wine bar! And we’ve got brunch plans for Sunday. Otherwise, it’s just another fun weekend.
(OK that was NOT minimal typing!!)
It all looks delish!! 🙂 I want to try wheatberries!
About the skull in the grapes’ photo: I see it above your hand (it almost seems that it is on your hand in the reflection)! I am glad someone else saw it too… freaky!
Do you bake cakes, cookies at all?
quick question – i don’t have a food scale and i’m curious about cheese portions (one of those foods that is very easy to overindulge in). size-wize, about how much is an ounce of goat cheese? thanks!
that peach looks fantastic. i’ve always wanted to try grilled fruit.
happy friday everyone!
Hi Kath! I’m new to your blog and am really enjoying it. I grew up in Charlotte and went to Duke for undergrad (2003) and now live in Boston. I’m also newly married (July 2007) and am working hard on balanced meals for the two of us. Thanks so much for all your insight and advice. Go Blue Devils!
Wow that is a beautifully assorted salad! It must have been hard not to take more of everything. =)
as a carloina grad–i must say GO TARHEELS
I can see the skull but I’m pretty sure it’s the reflection of the camera in the window.
Kath, I found your blog recently and think it is very well written and extremely interesting! Thank you for sharing your recipes, ideas and thoughts on food, nutrition and exercise.
rk – I’m a Carolina grad, too! Go Heels!
Wow I am jealous of your options! hahaha. Looks amazing! Have fun watching the game and going to brunch. Also I hope your finger feels better soon!
YAY, you’re a duke fan! i wasn’t sure which way you’d fall!!
Does anybody have a healthy way to bbq chicken drumsticks (besides just adding bbq sauce)?
I’m making dinner for my boyfriend on Sunday and I’m theming it “Summer” since we live in Canada and it’s finally starting to get warm! Already on the menu:
Appey’s: Mojitos & salad rolls with peanut sauce (all home made)
Main course: White wine, Mediterrean couscous, sauteed garlic spinach, chicken drumsticks (prepare in some way)
Dessert: Ice cream with fresh mango & watermelon.
Any suggestions would be great! Also, if anybody has a good dessert drink that would go with the ice cream that would be really helpful (I know we seem glutinous but he’s all about pairing food with an appropriate drink and I’ve never cooked for him before so I want to go all out for it)
Sarah F –
I think champagne goes with everything. And it’s nice and light for the end of a meal. Or coffee with Cointreau or Grand Marnier.
Liz, I’ve read in lots of places that 1 oz of cheese is about the equivalent of 2 dice. i would think hard and soft cheeses might vary a little bit, but that is a pretty good rough estimate for you!
Talk about a flavor-packed salad – so full of variety and colors!
Okay, how gorgeous is that grilled peach?!?!?! so elegant!!
Sounds like you have a fun-filled weekend ahead – enjoy every minute of it!! :0)
Kath what do you think is an ok amount to spend on purchased meals eaten out per week? Do you have a certain budget that you stick to?
I love salad bars for this very reason, being able to add a few bites of each thing! I am glad I am not the only one 🙂 Plus it’s a great way to get in a variety of vitamins and nutrients in one bowl along with all of the food groups.
I just put some pumpkin in the fridge (from a can-in a tupperware). How long does it normally last for you in the fridge?
Hi Kath! I have a quick question about bananas. I love them, but I don’t know how to figure out their calories. Do you weigh them in the peel before eating? If so, what is the conversion you use (e.g., calories per oz/grams)? Or, do you weigh them after peeling? I really want to make an oatmeal pancake tomorrow morning with mashed banana, but I’d like to have an idea of how many calories I’m consuming!
PS GO DEVILS!! I am proud to be a Cameron Crazie:)
Mmm… I wish I had a salad bar restaurant like that to go to. Well there might be one around here but if there is I don’t know about it. And I highly doubt there is anyway. But that salad looks AMAZING.
Caroline, you would weigh the banana after peeling–just the part you are eating. On the recipe page for the oatmeal pancakes, she estimated them at 100-200 calories, depending on how much oats you use. =]
My thumb hurts sometimes too 🙁 I even asked the doctor about it and they took X-rays!! It was right after a ski trip so I thought I had hurt it somehow when I fell or something. I love to wake board but can’t ski…. It seems that it was the computer though and I use this type mouse now, they help! :
for those of you that weight your food, do you find it makes you obsessed or extremely preoccupied with the calories in each food you consume? I don’t weigh (unless its a cup of pasta, rice, or oatmeal and have to weigh it in order to cook it properly) or count calories and jw if you all do it to control everything you eat or if it is just for portion control? thanks!!
I don’t bake cookies much because 1) I’d eat them 2) I don’t want to buy the ingredients and then give them away. I wish there were more single serving cookie recipes. Anyone have any!? Cakes too!
I really have no idea – I’m horrible at eyeballing things, but I’m always surprised how much soft goat’s cheese you get in an ounce. I would guess 1/3 a cup or so crumbled?
Welcome to KERF!! GO DUKE!! My parents (and grandmother and uncle) went to Duke so I’ve got it in the blood. We had season tickets to Cameron games until recently when they skyrocketed the price. There’s nothing like the Duke/UNC game in Cameron!
Welcome, too! And thanks for your nice comment.
You menu sounds amazing!!! Want to share some photos with us!? This was the best BBQ sauce I’ve ever had:
There is no one amount to fit everyone. It depends on your family size, ingredients, income, organic/bulk, etc. etc. I couldn’t be a number on it. I have a friend who spends over $1,000 a month on two people, yet my dad fed our family of four on $50 per week for years. There are too many variables!
At least a week for the pumpkin. Maybe 10 days at the most?
Weigh after peeling (you always only weigh what you’re going to consume). You can find the calorie info at CalorieKing.com for both grams and oz.