Possible Kale Overdose?

by HEAB on December 12, 2008

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After 2 years of owning a digital camera, I finally opened my instruction booklet this week.  I decided it was time to learn to operate this fine piece of Canon equipment.  Oh, is that how you take a close-up?  Wow, you mean I can turn the flash off so my food doesn’t look like Casper the Ghost?  Fabulous!  Please enjoy the following good and  not-so-good photos of some eats from this past week.

After reading about Catherine’s Swiss Chard Pie via Erin, I remembered that I had wanted to try it.  I followed Erin’s substitutions, but I did use Swiss chard, and instead of whole wheat flour, I used oat.  Last but not least, I subbed Laughing Cow Lite cheese for the feta.  My crust turned out really thin because I don’t have an 8×8 baking dish.  Had to use something bigger.  It was delicious!

Ariel view of Vita-Mix before blending the filling.

Ariel view of Vita-Mix before blending the filling.

We ate it with steamed veggies and faux crab cakes (I used tuna) smothered in hummus.  I added a dot of ketchup for some color.

Doesn't the ketchup just bring it all togetha?

Doesn't the ketchup just bring it all togetha?

I would highly recommend this recipe.  Look, we ate almost half of the pie at one meal.  Ooops.

We are pigs.

We are pigs.

Chris’s favorite burgers served sans bun with kale chips from KERF.

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I made this recipe up one night, and now it’s Chris’s #1 request.

Ingredients:

1/2 pound lean ground beef

1/2 cup black olives

1/2 cup roasted red peppers

1/2 cup bleu cheese crumbles

1 tsp minced onion

1 clove minced garlic

salt/pepper

Drain olives and combine with peppers in a food processor or blender.  Combine olive/pepper mixture with beef and add remaining ingredients.  Form into 4 patties and grill.

My blurry dinner that evening…

Talk about going green!

Talk about going green!

I filled my plate with steamed veggies and leftover Swiss chard pie plus a big a$$ side of kale chips.  Note: picture taken before I ladled on the ketchup.  Love ketchup on my “chips”.

If we have leftover chicken breasts, I always whip up chicken salad using whatever ingredients I have on hand.

Curried chicken salad with more kale chips.  Wow, we eat a lot of kale!

Curried chicken salad served on bib lettuce with a side of kale chips. Wow, we eat a lot of kale!

If I remember correctly, this week’s recipe consisted of 1.5 grilled chicken breasts, 3 green onions, 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, 1-2 Tbsp honey mustard dressing, 1 Tbsp curry, a handful of raisins, and salt.

Chris is running a marathon on Saturday, and therefore, eating more carbs this week.  I think I finally mastered the close-up :)

Whole wheat toast with vanilla almond butter and Trader Joe's strawberry jam.

Whole wheat toast with vanilla almond butter and Trader Joe's strawberry jam.

We’re in this together, right?  Therefore, when he carbo-loads I do too.  Several breakfast sundaes this week – anything to support my man!

Bought the mint chip flavor coconut milk ice-cream this week.  Almond butter and mint?  Don't question it.  Damn good!

Bought the mint chip flavor coconut milk ice-cream this week. Almond butter and mint? Don't question it. Damn good!

Since I’m hoarding the last of my Barney Butter, I’ve been indulging in my Naturally Nutty vanilla almond butter.   The taste is so sweet without any added sugar.  LOVE IT!  Recently, I signed up to receive discount news and special offers from the folks that make this wonderful product, and I wanted to share some savings with you.  They are offering free shipping on jars of 12 or more, and you can save 8% on your order by using the code SAVE8.  Always happy to spread the love (and good deals) of my favorite treat!

More almond butter delights:

Grilled chicken with 1 Tbsp Naturally Nutty vanilla almond butter.  Love that salty/sweet combo!

Grilled chicken with 1 Tbsp vanilla almond butter. Love that salty/sweet combo!

Chris’s favorite pre-race dinner.  He came up with this concoction himself.  I know it sounds odd, but it’s quite tasty!

Chris's Oyster Mess

Chris's Oyster Mess

The recipe includes one baked sweet potato with about 1/2 cup of Newman’s Own Sockarooni (has to be the Sockarooni) pasta sauce and smoked oysters.  I wasn’t feeling the Sockarooni/Oyster combo and made a mess of my own.

Sweet Potato Delight

Sweet Potato Delight

The mix included a baked sweet potato with 1/2 cup homemade Greek yogurt (which I am liking more and more!), 1 TBSP of Barney Butter, and for fun, a dollop of whipped cream.  Why not?

I keep reading great things about the following cookbook at Fitnessista.  Gina has prepared some scrumptious looking eats, and I just had to have the recipes!  Cannot wait to try the mac & cheese!

Next week, we're going raw baby!

Next week, we're going raw baby!

Have a wonderful weekend my friends!

Don’t forget:

1. Visit Zesty Cook and help him celebrate his 100th post!  One lucky commenter will receive a $100 gift card good at Amazon or PayPal.

2. Miss Eating Bender is giving away a Vita-Mix blender.  My Vita-Mix is my favorite appliance!  Couldn’t live without it!

{ 13 comments }

FollowMyWeigh December 12, 2008 at 8:57 am

lol! I know, I used to think I ALWAYS had to have the flash on. And i only learned how to do close-ups recently too!

whoa grilled chicekn w/ almond butter!!! never tried that, or thought of it!

carolinebee December 12, 2008 at 9:33 am

Yummy pie! I need to try that, and right on with the ketchup!! I am SUCH a ketchup fiend, but usually smother my food AFTER picture taking :D

Illuminati December 12, 2008 at 3:29 pm

Great article but I think you need ONE MORE piece of food to absolutely send me over the edge of hunger. Much obliged.

Gina December 12, 2008 at 3:39 pm

That pie looks really cool! I’ll have to try and veganize it :)

Have fun doing the raw stuff :)

Erica December 12, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Hahahah- I have never read my camera instructional booklet either- I’d like to pretend I’m just a pro…. who needs that booklet ;) I want to try that swiss chard pie- it looks kinda funky but gets such great reviews! Tell Chris good luck!

Jill December 12, 2008 at 8:43 pm

I’ve always heard about the Chris “mess” but now I have seen it in writing. Ugh…I don’t know about that stuff. And, everyone else says I eat weird stuff…I think you two in the prize in that category!

Good luck to Mr. D on the marathon. RC is one of the best…lots of turns but directed by my two best Fleet Feet students..Dink and Suzanne. Make us proud in Nville Mr. D!!!

I cannot wait to hear all the stories around his super race!

Erin December 12, 2008 at 10:18 pm

I’m so glad you tried that pie and that you liked the pumpkin sub! Irish power! :)
Woo! Best of luck to your hubcap!

seeleelive December 13, 2008 at 6:50 am

Oh my gosh- almond butter on chicken!?! YUM! Heather, thanks again for the delicacy! I feel like a queen eating my barney butter!

~good wishes~

Evey December 13, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Haha, I guess it wouldn’t hurt me to open up my camera’s manual, too.. thanks for the tip!

Yummy lookin’ eats, btw!

Oh, and just wanted to let you know, my mom told me your Barney Butter arrived safely on Thursday. Can’t wait to go home and try it!! :-)

biz319 December 14, 2008 at 10:30 am

That’s a lot of kale! I tried the kale chips – maybe I overcooked them? They were really brittle!

When I first started my blog is when I finally read my manual too! Although hubby bought me a new camera for Christmas – can’t wait to try it out!

Tina December 14, 2008 at 5:25 pm

I love kale chips! Thanks for the reminder!

MizFit December 15, 2008 at 5:44 am

Ive never ever ever eaten kale.

that is all.

no big revelation of how THAT WILL ALL CHANGE TODAY!!
:)

yet, anyway…

Megan December 15, 2008 at 7:31 am

I LOOOOVE that Swiss Chard(or in my case, spinach) Pie!!! I’ve made it twice this week :) you cant mess it up!

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